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What terrible luck to be investigating the perfect murder at the beginning of his career with the Bombay Police thinks Inspector Ghote First he must deal with the influential tycoon Lala Verde his in 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 beYou 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

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Vestigation beset on all sides by cunning disdain and corruption As if that's not enough he must then solve the mystery of the theft of a single rupee from the desk of another important person – th 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

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E Minister of Police Affairs and the ArtsThe Perfect Murder introduces Inspector Ghote Bombay CID's most dogged dutiful officer and one of the greatest most engaging creations in all detective fictio 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 sidekickThe 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


10 thoughts on “The Perfect Murder

  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

  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

  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 p

  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 pe

  6. says:

    The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote

  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 hi

  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 sli

  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 carica

  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 n