The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing
Murder is no laughing matter. Yet a prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears from a mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal... show more
Murder is no laughing matter. Yet a prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears from a mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic. Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn’t believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence, and proving who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha will require all the detective’s earthly faculties. To get at the truth, he and his team of undercover operatives—Facecream, Tubelight, and Flush—travel from the slum where India’s hereditary magicians must be persuaded to reveal their secrets to the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges. How did the murder weapon miraculously crumble into ash? Will Maharaj Swami have the last laugh? And perhaps more important, why is Puri’s wife, Rumpi, chasing petty criminals with his Mummy-ji when she should be at home making his rotis? Stopping only to indulge his ample Punjabi appetite, Puri uncovers a web of spirituality, science, and sin unique in the annals of crime.
Publish date: June 15th 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Indian Literature
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Vish Puri (#2)
The basic premise here is that the goddess Kali appears out of nowhere and kills a prominent scientist right out in the open in front of several eyewitnesses who even have a video to use as proof of the supernatural. It's up to Vish to determine whether this is murder or truly an act of an avenging ...
I get hungry reading Vish Puri's books. Not a bad thing but when it's the main attraction because the plot that started out as a really good idea devolves into a mumbo-jumbo of a mess, the food is what saves it and keeps me reading. So we have this professor who is murdered in broad day light by Kal...
Detective story with thick Indian flavour. Not being an Indian nor having been living there I can't say how authentic the story is compared to Delhi's everyday life. It is interesting and even halfway gripping at the end (not meant to be a critic, after all you won't say christie's story to be gripp...
There was too much going on in this book. Too many people to follow, too many mysteries to solve, too many false endings. And then, when we finally got to the actual ending, I found it to be heavy handed, clunky, and abrupt.I listened to the first Vish Puri book on audiobook, and I think that for ...
Better than the 1st in the series, very enjoyable!