The Case of the Love Commandos

The Case of the Love Commandos

From the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator

Book - 2013
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The Love Commandos are dedicated to helping lovers from different castes marry for love in spite of India's millennia-old caste prejudices. But when a would-be Romeo from the Untouchable caste is kidnapped, the Love Commandos turn to Vish Puri for help. Has his fiancée's father made good on his promise and done away with him? Or is his disappearance the result of other forces at work? It falls to Vish Puri to find out. Unfortunately, he's not having a good month. He can't locate a haul of stolen jewelry. He's been pickpocketed. And the only person who can get his wallet back is his interfering Mummy-ji.Things only get worse when he discovers that his archrival, Hari Kumar, is also trying to locate the abducted boy -- as is a genetics research institute exploiting illiterate villagers.
     As the story moves from the pilgrimage site of Vaishno Devi to the "Moonlight Garden" in the shadows of the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love, we see India's past and future collide in ways that will change Puri and his undercover operatives forever.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2013.
ISBN: 9780771038396
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HAL
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jenkskitten
Nov 25, 2017

More twists and turns than San Francisco's Nob Hill occur in this mystery. Vish Puri constantly eating the various foods of India introduces the reader to Indian foods. The story moves from a love tragedy, to the slums, through the traffic congestion problems, betrayal, and dishonest government persons. Then there is mommy-ji and her nose for trouble. A page turner of easy reading mixed with our world today.

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mysterydog
Jan 24, 2017

This series is great.! I always want a wonderful Indian meal after reading . Tarquin's characters are easy to like and laugh with! I so hope more books are in the works.

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jsjs
Jan 18, 2017

OK, Mr. Tarquin Hall. Don't just leave us hanging there after introducing a great new character and dropping intriguing hints about another character's past. We want more! This is my way of saying Tarquin Hall has done it again, with a story that entertains and enlightens at the same time -- but unfortunately this is the last story so far in the Vish Puri series. If it truly is the last, I'll very much miss Vish and his crew.

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

Delightful and funny suspense in New Delhi, India.

AuntJane Mar 29, 2015

The latest installment of the Vish Puri mystery series - I find them very enjoyable to read as a get away. I agree with a prior reviewer who compared it to McCall Smith's detective from Botswana - you get a sense of the rhythm of the country, people and food. (can't forget the food with Vish Puri!)

ChiPubLib_Adults Mar 05, 2014

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series should check out Tarquin Hall's light and enjoyable mystery series about PI Vish Puri, which just gets better and better. In the latest, Puri is called upon to help a member of the Love Commandos (which by the way is an actual organization in India "dedicated to helping India's lovebirds who want to marry for love"). In this story, a high-caste woman wants to escape an impending arranged marriage to marry a young untouchable, but he has gone missing. Hall writes lovingly about the culture (especially the foods) of India, where he has lived for over a decade.

hgeng63 Nov 01, 2013

The plot meanders all over India, but really, isn't that one of the reasons one enjoys this series? Some hilarious set-pieces with Vish Puri's Mummy-ji & some secondary characters. More idiomatic Indian English, please! With recipes.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 28, 2013

The underlying subplot of this novel was a little overly scientific for my understanding, but that didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. Those smarter or more genetically-inclined than I am might like it better. I was much more interested in the idea of the Love Commandos. Hall makes them sound like a cross between a spy ring and the Witness Protection Program.

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

A light hearted detective story about New Delhi detective working on yet another case from a series of books. The book is a joy especially if one knows a little bit about India and specifically New Delhi area. In this book Vish Puri ventures out to Agra and other UP locations, which is nice as well. The book is very funny and characters charming. Very entertaining light read that keeps you guessing until the end.

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