Vaseem Khan

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

""...recommend it wholeheartedly." "


This is the second book in the series about the Baby Ganesh Detective agency. Inspector Chopra is well and truly retired from the police and is adjusting to the less rigorous methods employed by private detectives. His wife Poppy is working in a school and they have taken in a young lad off the streets.The orphaned elephant, Baby Ganesh, is well settled in the compound but inclined to take the huff when things do not go his way.

The British Crown Jewels are on display in India for the first time ever. Despite ultra high security Queen Victoria's crown is stolen from an apparently impregnable room and then the wonderful Koh-i-noor diamond is removed. Nationalist agitators are suspected but it takes Inspector Chopra's insight and determination (with a little help from Baby Ganesh) to track down the unexpected guilty party.

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This delightful, quirky story amuses and instructs as it plots the adventures of the wonderful Inspector Chopra. Mumbai is described in all its glory, good and bad, by someone who knows the place very well. The people are amazing and the insider slant on their character and life adds to the enjoyment of the book. The plot is ingenious and poses a puzzle for the reader to work out. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it wholeheartedly.

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