Uncle Bansi has left Inspector Chopra (Rtd) a present – it’s a baby elephant! Chopra knows nothing about elephants and anyway, he’s far too busy investigating the death of Santosh Achrekar and keeping his wife Poppy from finding out what he is doing because, after all, he is supposed to be retired.
This is a very busy book. There are lots of descriptions of life and activities in India and, as someone with no knowledge of that country, I did find that a little bit overwhelming. It does, however, summon up the colour, noise and excitement of the area very well, and the story rushes along at breakneck speed, rather like everything else there.
Inspector Chopra (Rtd), Poppy and Ganesha are fantastic characters brought to life realy well. The little elephant is a really different idea as a detectives “sidekick” and I found that very clever. The fact that Poppy is an interesting character in her own right is also very well done, and I found I was worried for Chopra; not about what would happen at the hands of the gangsters, but at what Poppy would say when she got hold of him!
This is clearly the opening to a series of novels and I will be interested to see how that progresses as they obviously won’t be able to go down exactly the same lines as this one has. How the characters and situations progress and adapt will be very interesting and I will certainly be looking out for the next one in the series.