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....
"Garewal is a versatile narrator. He distinguishes between the wide cast of characters with a range of vocals including high pitches for annoying relatives, like Chopra's mother-in-law, and a singsong cadence for bumbling police officers. For this tale of mayhem, mystery, and corruption, Garewal weaves a spell that entrances the listener." (AudioFile)
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A Mumbai Mystery
- STS "Avid Listener/Reviewer"
This delightful debut for the "Baby Ganesh Investigation" series is a captivating and quirky listen.
Inspector Chopra is retiring at the insistence of his wife Poppy, following a heart attack. At least, he is trying to retire. But a murder case that seems highly suspicious arrives at the station on his last day. He finds he cannot let it go and decides to conduct an unofficial investigation.
Also, on his last day, he is presented with an additional problem when he receives an unusual inheritance from his uncle: a baby elephant named Ganesh. As he conducts his investigation that leads him into dangerous waters, he ponders what to do with his new gift. As the story delightfully unfolds, Inspector Chopra not only solves the case, he acquires a new partner and a new direction for his life.
The author writes with skill, moving the story along with snappy dialogue and humor.
Sartaj Garewal's accent adds just the right note of authenticity as he skillfully narrates the book.
I'm on to book two!
- karin ketterson robinson