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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation)

Author : Vaseem Khan
Published: 16 June 2015
Reviewed: 04 September 2015

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Copy kindly supplied by Redhood Books in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

 

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. 
The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.
As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.
And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs…

Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovers his mischievous uncle is sending him a baby elephant on the same day he uncovers a very suspicions death of a young man when he arrives in his police station, before retirement.
On the face of things, Chopra retires gracefully, leaving his replacement in charge of the station and his trusted men, but once a detective, always a detective.  Something about the death of the young man doesn’t sit right with Chopra and he intends to find out the truth…..right after he deals with the baby elephant which now sits in the courtyard of his apartment block.
Ganesh, chosen as the name for the elephant, symbolic for the elephant headed Indian god, becomes a large part of the story, Chopra’s struggles to work out why he has inherited this animal from his uncle, how to look after an elephant, and how to house an elephant when you live on the 15th floor of an apartment block are all obstacles to work around for Chopra and his wife Poppy.

The novel cleverly weaves between the touching moments with Ganesh, Chopra’s investigations into the death of the young man, and his wife Poppy’s frustrations at being childless, her retired husband being secretive and worrying that he’s having an affair.  The change in narration between Inspector Chopra and Poppy gives this novel a lighthearted feel and makes this more enjoyable to read.  Indeed, reading the later passages narrated by Poppy as Chopra gets mixed up with the Mumbai Underworld are quite fascinating, she begins to make plans, and forms a strong bond with Ganesh, so much so that she feels a motherly instinct towards him.

The characters in the novel are well described, Chopra’s description gives the reader a clear picture of the kind of man he is, as does Poppy’s, her strong will and determination come across very well in her several conversations with the building superintendent.  The Indian words used did throw me in places, but a quick check online (or using the reference tool via my Kindle) meant that I didn’t waste too much time and found that the use of them added to my enjoyment of the book, it gave me the feeling that I’d learned something from reading this novel. 

Although the conclusion provides a decisive end to the novel, I feel there is the scope for Vaseem Khan to write a sequel, I could quite happily read about the retired Inspector Chopra and his lovable elephant Ganesh a few years down the line.  

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Crime, Mystery and Thriller genres. 

I would like to thank Redhood Books for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 16th June 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Unexpected Inheritance Inspector Chopra (UK Kindle Version)
 

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