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  1. says:

    Very disappointed with this book There was nothing Indian about the indian inspector Ghote Read Vish Puri series by Taruin Hall and you will see the difference


  2. says:

    Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of those impossible crimes or that your murder mystery actually has a murder in it I thought you ought to know I also think you ought to know that this is in my opinion far from the perfect anything story crime novel etc This is my second outing with Keating writing under his own name and I have to say that I am beginning to think that he just isn't for meButback to the story Why you might ask is it called The Perfect Murder if there's no murder and what we do have going on isn't perfect? Glad you asked It seems that the secretary of Lala Varde a prosperous businessman has been bashed over the head with a candlestick Lala Varde reported it to the police as a murder because by his logic someone was trying to murder his secretary so by golly it's murder Even if it didn't succeed The name caught on with the newspapers and such and nobody seems to care that the man really didn't die The ever conscientious Inspector Ghote is assigned to the case and is immediately faced with lies disdain and corruptionSoI'll just fess up now and tell you that I did not read every word of this Not even as much as every other word Only enough that I decided that I could legitimately count it for a few challenges and I'm shoving this thing off my Mount TBR and sending it back to the library's used book shop where it came from I skimmed to the end just so I could know what really happened Kate over at crossexamingingcrime says that Keating is good at establishing an interesting setting in a culture which readers can identify with but also find difference in I'm afraid I didn't find this to be the case I never did settle into the setting that Keating gave us and I certainly didn't warm to the methods of Ghote and the culture surrounding him as represented And don't even get me started on Lala Varde and his never ending need to make silly rhymes about everything when talking No rating because I didn't really read closely enough to hand one out Others have handed out four and five starsso your mileage may varyI have also read a couple of his historical mysteries written under the name Evelyn Hervey I enjoyed those handing out three starsFirst posted on my blog My Reader's Block


  3. says:

    I love these cute little books with foreign detectives They're so light and airy and so different than the typical American detective When I read the obituary for HRF Keating back in March I decided I wanted to read at least one of his Inspector Ghote books I discovered they're very hard to find outside a library But I finally got my hands on my own copy of his first Ghote book The Perfect Murder Don't get excited Mr Perfect hasn't been murdered but the media and Indian police seem to prefer to call it the Perfect murder rather than the Perfect attack or assaultAnyway that's the first indication that this is going to be a well written enjoyable detective story Inspector Ghote having worked himself up to this position from his starting position as a beat cop is rather insecure has a boss who never seems to be in his office and is forever having another No 1 priority heaped on one or two other No 1 priorities After being roused from bed in the very early morning to investigate the Perfect murder he is given another No 1 priority to find the thief who stole 1 rupee from the desk of the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts Of course no one was allowed in the room no one had been in the room nobody had seen anyone who MIGHT have been in the room the room has no entry but the doorSo poor Inspector Ghote bounces between the two crimes for days On top of this he is the mentor for a Swedish representative of UNESCO who is studying police techniues around the world Axel Svensson is forever trying to make the Indian system rational like the system he is familiar with in Sweden It just ain't that wayIn addition Mr Perfect is the secretary to a very rich businessman Lala Arun Varde who is himself uite a character For instance when asked by Inspector Ghote why Mr Perfect would have been in the room where he was attacked at the time he was attacked Lala Varde answersOh Inspector what uestions you are asking How should I know a thing like that? How should I know anything? I have too many things to think to be knowing why is this and why is that It all falls on my shoulders My son Dilip is no good I have ordered him not to go to office today He can think instead about what is the right thing to say and the right thing to do and he can read his mysteries histories at home If he went to office he would give orders and then where would we be?You can just hear this excessively fat man saying this He is a wonderful characterAnd the entire story is that wayPlease read it It deserves to be read


  4. says:

    Disappointing I read an Inspector Ghote book 10 15 years ago and really enjoyed it Over the years I got sucked into other series and lost track of this one For whatever reason it popped back into my head and I decided to start the series from the beginning However this first book didn't measure up to what I had previously read The characters were stereotypes and would have been eually at home in a sitcom I will try another book or two before I give up After all I did enjoy the book I read years ago Maybe they're better as the series develops Or maybe I'm discerning now


  5. says:

    After a 6 book attempt to get on terms with P D James Inspector Ghote came as welcome relief A human being A person involved with other people and not ashamed of it A person with so many neighbours he doesn't have time to worry about privacy that word that jumps up every 6 pages or so in James A detective with a family and best of all a detective with a heartWhew It was like leaving a dreary UK autumn day for a Delhi spring Yeah could be too hot and crowded eventually but at least you thaw out firstThere is than a slight hint of over the top comedy about The Perfect Murder with its deliberately ambiguous title its definitely over the top rhyming slang Hindu? he's certainly not Cockney rich man Arun Varde and the sub plot Case of the Stolen Rupee yes just one of them The link between the two cases is somewhat tenuous if finally vital and the ongoing chaos at the Varde house also tends to the edge of credibility at times On the other handthe power of money and the presence of corruption in Bombay come as no surprise and the portrait of Varde's elder son with his exaggerated English argot feels as if it shd strike maliciously home in a setting of post British India Then too the lyric scene when the monsoon and the case finally break together can seem on reflection just a tad too Indian so to speak one of those loces classici like the sacred cows and the brightly clad women that you wd expect in any superficial treatment but at the time it's wonderfully cathartic for the reader and Inspector Ghote bothWhich leads to the only real difficulty about Inspector Ghote at least for me for the first 9 Inspector Ghote books Keating had never actually BEEN to Bombay Sure he handles the inflections of Indian English as if he was born to them not over exaggerating the flood of present participles doing the wordiness nicely sure he adds in the odd Indian word not sure if they are in Marathi or some other dialect though Keating does know such exist with the panache of an Amitav Ghosh Sure he has a convincing presentation up and down the strata of Bombay from the street beggars to the magnificently miserly Minister's over plush office with a malicious side look at imported air conditioning and such And he treats all those strata with a democracy sadly lacking from P D James's apparently unconscious sieving of an English village into Those we know and Those We Only Know About All the same Keating is NOT an Indian Like Alexander McCall who wrote a very nicely defensive preface to my edition of The Perfect Murder he is from a colonizing culture taking the voice of a culture that has been colonized And yes we shd all let bygones be bygones But if Australia had been colonized by say the US not that we aren't culturally colonized already and some US writer decided to do a novel Down Among the Oz ites for the edification of those Not Down Among Same taking on the language and outlook and setting of these implicitly inferiorOthers as if heshe belonged there how wd I feel?Not too damn friendly I seem to thinkKeating does a Real Good Job of Bombay It's wickedly alive it can be gently malicious it's sloppy and vivid and Ghote himself is a treat All the same at times I had a sense of exaggeration for want of a better word of stereotypic ualities such as Indian volubility and uaintness especially in agitation a sense which might have been wholly in my own view that the writer like the earlier writers of Children's Lit is silently looking over his characters' heads to the white Western reader and maybe not even consciously asking Oh look at these excitable Orientals Ain't they uaint?It may be wholly unjust In the wake of Kipling who probably lived further into India than any outsider who ever wrote about the country yet still could not shake off that white view at times it wd be hard for Keating NOT to have slid into such a stance The theoretical uestion of his taking on an Indian's voice however did leave me putting 4 instead of 5 stars on Inspector Ghote's first appearance Despite what McCall Smith says I don't think even great works of fiction can wholly override the uestions of who wrote them about whom and when Otherwise kudos And whyinhell aren't all the Inspector Ghote books on Kindle instead a mere handful and the rest only on Audiobooks? Certainly a chance missed there with this reader publishers


  6. says:

    The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now Mumbai CID After falling in love with the cover design to find that the murder victim is the elderly private secretary Mr Perfect cemented my affection I knew then that this was no crush It was love Mr Perfect had been employed by Lala Arun Varde a very rich man with influence at the highest levels It is soon apparent that Mr Varde's distress at his secretary's death is not because of any deep feeling for a fellow man but because he sees the murder as an attack on him by business rivals The Inspector is assured that any number of people would want to see Varde out of the way However Varde is unwilling to name names and Ghote is hesitant to push such an important man Thenread it yourself It is a murder mystery after allSince discovering Inspector Ghote I have read the first four books in the series They are terrific throwbacks to pre laboratory procedurals There is no DNA traced cell phone calls or magical scientifically found evidence The Inspector gets his man by old fashioned police work knocking on doors interviewing suspects checking alibis deductive reasoning common sense the dogged pursuit of justice and clues There are bad guys good guys a corruption and political posturing On the local color side Keating packs each novel with a tour of Indian life and culture for the high brow the low brow and all the brows in between The Inspector is a diffident man with a great deal of integrity and a humanistic view of mankind He does not have a flashy character traits or an unhappy personal life He's of a marriage of Maigret and Precious Ramotswe than the current crop of cranky Swedes or moody American gumshoes Hooray for that I'm tired of ever gruesome murders and disturbed killers I want my victims to be cheating maids money hungry industrialists or distraught housewives and I want my murderers to be understandable greedy jealous or vengeful Thanks to HRF Keating I can get to read sixteen excellent mysteries that will meet all my demands


  7. says:

    This is not really a detective novel or police procedural It's not even a cosy It might be considered a parody of those but that's all The Inspector wanders around from pillar to post stonewalled at every turn by a wealthy fat businessman who rhymes ridiculously and his playboy sons and all officialdom And what was the point of saddling him with a visiting Swedish sidekick?The author had never been to India and it shows Cardboard caricatures for characters no real mention of places nor of the sounds and smells and food that evoke India in better authors It's supposed to be a novel of family secrets but the relationships are hardly even sketched in let alone developed You can't develop cardboard The case if you can call it that wanders and wembles along to a ridiculous conclusion I felt that the author had set up the reader and then stood there thumbing his nose and laughing at me for wading through the hundred some pages And this is the fellow who constituted himself judge and jury on the Golden Age of fiction in Murder Must Appetize Well you know what they say about critics I understand there's uite a long series of Ghote novels I might possibly read another some day if I get really bored and have nothing else to read but I wonder He'll never replace Maigret; shoot he'll never even get close to Nestor BurmaAlexander McCall Smith wrote the introduction to the edition I read and slobbered appreciatively all over the author Well he would; it's obvious where he got his own inspiration right down to Ghote's obsession with Hans Gross on Criminal Investigation reincarnated in Botswana as Principles of Private Detection by Clovis What's his name I never thought I'd say this but McCall Smith does it better His books may be episodic fluff but at least he knows the territory


  8. says:

    As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see why because there is than a faint echo of Ghote in Mma Ramotswe They are both innocent but determined and resilient both beacons of decency in a less than decent world and both rely heavily on a slightly obscure written authority for their methodology with Mma Ramotswe's relationship with Clovis Andersen's `Principles of Private Detection' bearing a striking resemblance to Ghote's with Gross's `Criminal Investigation' The plot here is also concerned with puzzling but relatively minor crimes which all makes for an amiable read with Bombay and its characters colourfully drawnIt is this last which made me slightly uneasy about the book Keating is an Englishman who in 1964 when this book was published had never been to India I am sorry of this seems like Political Correctness Gone Mad but for him then to paint poisonous portraits of some Indians and somewhat patronising comic ones of others did worry me Even if as McCall Smith says by way of exoneration such characters exist it seems to me that it is one thing for a knowledgeable author with experience of India even if non Indian to describe them but another for a mid 1960s white Englishman to imagine them without any first hand knowledgeSoit's an amiable well written and engaging book My reservations are a personal response to wider issues around the book rather than to the book itself and I have given it four stars because I think that's what the text itself deserves If you don't share my reservations and like fairly gentle detective fiction I can recommend it


  9. says:

    Not uite perfectThis is a light hearted crime mystery set in Bombay The hero Inspector Ghote is an attractive character warm hearted and honourable trying to do the right thing by his job and his family in a system filled with corruption and incompetence Unfortunately the rest of the characters too often seemed like caricatures and unlikeable ones at that Everyone is portrayed as either foolish incompetent lying or corrupt – and that’s just the police And then poor Ghote has to go home to his deeply awful wife He seems to love her – can’t think whyThe plot was OK but moved along at a snail’s pace and with constant repetitions I think the lengthy descriptive passages were spoiled for me by the fact that so much is made in the blurb and introduction of the fact that the author had never actually been in Bombay – so how authentic is the picture of the city? All in all a reasonably enjoyable undemanding read but I won’t be putting the second volume on my wish listNB This book was provided for review by Vine UKwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom


  10. says:

    I rather enjoyed this the first Inspector Ghote novel what made this detective unusual was having as his city of operations Bombay after the Brits had left This is what makes the book so appealing as the honourable and likable Ghote has to fight corruption cronyism and the ridiculously Indian class system to get anywhere near the actual clues to the case Highly enjoyable


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