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By Michael Moore on 10-23-13
This is another very entertaining gem in the Vish Puri detective series. Besides the well thought out and well-paced mystery plot (actually, plots), the book features detailed and lively descriptions of everyday life in modern India—the food, the traffic jams, the religious practices, as well as insights into social customs and family life. As in the previous Vish Puri stories, there are particular social issues about India that are featured in this story. In this case the social themes are the changing views in India toward arranged marriages and toward the social caste system. These themes are woven naturally into the broader tale and treated at times with humor as well as from their serious side.
A word about the narrator, Sam Dastor. In my opinion the narration of this story makes it twice as enjoyable as a mere visual read would be. The narrator captures Indian accents and speaking mannerisms in a way that makes the story and characters come fully alive. I highly recommend this book on its merits alone. I doubly recommend it with Sam Dastor as the narrator.
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By Kathi on 02-01-14
Enjoyed earlier books in series better
Well, the publisher's summary points out that each of the Vish Puri novels has become more complicated and dangerous. Yes, I agree--but what it has accomplished with that end in sight, it has done by sacrificing the rather delightful combination of quirky characters that amused as much as impressed--in the service of trying to make a more serious mystery I suppose.
I am saddened that Mr. Hall has chosen to depart (to some degree) from what was originally a charming set of stories that, read by Sam Dastor, were among my all-time favorites from Audible. I have no idea why Mr. Hall decided to move from the earlier, more amusing, stories. Others may feel this was a natural progression, a good conclusion to the series, but I regret that he didn't just keep with the approach that was so much fun to read.
This is good--if you enjoy mysteries, you will enjoy it. But I really missed something of the delight that went with the first of the books. Recommend, but with that caveat.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Renae on 11-19-13
If you could sum up The Case of the Love Commandos in three words, what would they be?
Too many storylines
Would you recommend The Case of the Love Commandos to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes. I love the private detective and his different situations he gets into.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the plot was resolved.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laugh out loud in places.
Any additional comments?
This story had too many story lines to follow. I like it for its simplicity and this particular story was very complicated. Lots of different things happening in different places.
I would love for the author to simplify and give us more about Vish in his own life; the chilis, his mother (but don't switch between feeble and strong old lady), his staff and their interactions, etc. I want to know more about him!
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By Robin on 07-23-16
Puri and Mummy are always fun
This series continues to be amusing, with Puri, who always seems a bit slow on the uptake, but is actually figuring out the case, and Mummy, who solves riddles Puri isn't even aware of. I don't know whether someone from India would find the comedy and accents offensive. To me they are very funny and the characters, though from a different culture, are relatable. Sam Dastor as narrator is what makes the series so enjoyable for me.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful