Latest (Early) reads: Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Vaseem Khan

Publication Date: 3rd May from Mulholland

Source: Review Copy

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world’s elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.

The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder…

When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead – the day after buying India’s most expensive painting – the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in – and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.

Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

Do you know what? I really *really* love this series.

I read a lot and I read a lot of very different stuff but Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesh Agency series is one of the most witty, charming and beautifully written series out there. By about halfway through this one, book 4, I was thinking how wonderful it would be if it ran and ran…

There is a very subtle dark heart here, with clever plotting and that old school feel, once again the sense of place is wonderfully immersive. Chopra –  and we must not forget wife Poppy one of my favourite characters –  are both beautifully drawn with an engaging relationship, then you have Ganesha who is the most human non human I’ve ever read about.

In this story we have a dead American, an artistic crime element and the trademark charisma that I’ve come to expect from these books, there is literally not one thing not to love here (a bit convoluted but I know what I mean) I just read it in a day, probably drinking twice as much tea as usual whilst doing so. Highly addictive and endlessly captivating, this is a set of books that has a rare and indescribable sense to them that brings you back time and time again.

Loved it. Also look I’ve reviewed quite early so if you haven’t read any of these yet you’ve got time to catch up. You are welcome.

Highly Recommended.

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