Another Quick Reads review today, this time for Vaseem Khan’s Inspector Chopra and the Million Dollar Motorcar. I loved this series and so any chance for a cheeky short story is more than welcomed. Again, Mandie and I shared reviewing duties on this one.
The Official Book Blurb
An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency short story: a million-dollar car is missing. Chopra has two days to find it, or the gangster who bought it will not be happy.
The Premier No.1 Garage is the place to go in Mumbai if you want a luxury car. Even Mumbai’s biggest gangster shops there – he’s just ordered a classic race car worth millions.
But now the car is gone. Stolen from a locked room, in the middle of the night.
Who stole it? The mechanic who is addicted to gambling? The angry ex-worker? The car thief pulling off one last job?
And how on earth did they make it vanish from the locked garage?
Inspector Chopra has just days to find the culprit – and the missing car – before its gangster owner finds out … and takes violent revenge.
For anyone not familiar with the Inspector Chopra series, this short story from the Quick Reads series really does give you the perfect introduction and an opportunity to get to know the stars of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency, Inspector Chopra and his crime fighting elephant Ganesha. I love this coupling and Ganesha is quite probably the best Detective sidekick in crime fiction.
When the a priceless former Formula 1 car is stolen from a prestigious car dealership, Chopra is tasked with locating it before its owner finds out it is missing. There is no obvious way for the car to have been taken, no incriminating footage of it being taken from the lot and all obvious leads, investigating the most likely suspects, takes Chopra nowhere.
This is a great little mystery, a kind of locked room but not affair which will have the cogs whirring as you try to puzzle it out. But the real stars of this show are Chopra and Ganesha, and while we get a glimpse of the people who make their lives whole, it is the brilliant way in which they work together, the unexpected clues which Ganesha uncovers, that make them the perfect crime fighting duo.
This is not high action stuff, it’s not a Bollywood movie. But it is good honest fun, light hearted but with a serious message and capturing the spirit of Mumbai and Chopra’s precious India perfectly. Loved it.
Who doesn’t love the idea of a crime fighting baby elephant? Inspector Chopra has one and I think it is going to become one of my favourite pairings. This book is another first for me with regards to the author but it won’t be the last.
This is not a fast paced book and there is no murder… A very expensive car has gone missing and there is no visible sign of a break in so how did it get stolen. You are taken along the investigations trying to work out who did it and how they did it. I loved the fact that Ganesha seemed to be able to go around relatively unnoticed (for an elephant) and uncover clues to the crime. You also sense the true affection between the crime fighting duo.
If you do nothing else… hunt out this quick read. You won’t regret it
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