Monday, February 29, 2016
Book Review-The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
I love mysteries set in other times and places, but I feel a bit strange when I see an appealing mystery set in India or South Africa or Botswana see that the author is not from that country or culture. Yes, artists and writers make stuff up, but still. Some of them have a tone of "look how endearingly cute the natives are." When I saw the name on this mystery, I thought "Oh good, written by someone who is Indian." Well, sort of. His cultural background is Indian but he is really a Brit. Suspend disappointment and go.
Inspector Chopra is retiring from the police department. He doesn't want to but he's reached retirement age. Then his dying uncle bequeaths him a baby elephant. This does not make him popular with his wife or the condo board.
In the mean time, he makes a promise to someone to investigate the apparent suicide of their son. He finds inconsistencies but is warned away from the case because it's a suicide and it's his last day. Of course he can't let it go.
I enjoyed the feel of Mumbai and a baby elephant as a detective side-kick is unusual but it works. I look forward to the next one.