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  • Paperback
  • 256
  • The Perfect Murder
  • H.R.F. Keating
  • English
  • 20 May 2019
  • 9780897330787

10 thoughts on “The Perfect Murder

  1. says:

    Very disappointed with this book There was nothing Indian about the indian inspector Ghote Read Vish Puri series by Taruin Hall and you will see the difference

  2. says:

    Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of t

  3. says:

    I love these cute little books with foreign detectives They're so light and airy and so different than the typical American detective When I read the obituary for HRF Keating back in March I decided I wanted to read at least one of his Inspector Ghote books I discovered they're very hard to find outside a library But I fin

  4. says:

    Disappointing I read an Inspector Ghote book 10 15 years ago and really enjoyed it Over the years I got sucked into other series and lost track of this one For whatever reason it popped back into my head and I decided to start the series from the beginning However this first book didn't measure up to what I had previously

  5. says:

    After a 6 book attempt to get on terms with P D James Inspector Ghote came as welcome relief A human being A person involved with other people and not ashamed of it A person with so many neighbours he doesn't have time to worry about privacy that word that jumps up every 6 pages or so in James A detective with

  6. says:

    The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now Mumbai CID After falling in love with the cover design to find that the murder victim is the elderly private secretary Mr Perfect cemented my affection I knew then that this was no crush It was love Mr Perfect had been employed by Lala Arun Varde a very rich man with influence at the highest levels It is so

  7. says:

    This is not really a detective novel or police procedural It's not even a cosy It might be considered a parody of those but that's all The Inspector wanders around from pillar to post stonewalled at every turn by a wealthy fat businessman who rhymes ridiculously and his playboy sons and all officialdom And what was the point of saddling him with a visiting Swedish sidekickThe author had never been to India and

  8. says:

    As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see why because there is than a faint echo of Ghote in Mma Ramotswe They are both innocent but determined and resilient both beacons of decency in a less than decent world and both rely heavily on a slightly obscure written authority for their methodology with Mma Ramotswe's relationship with Clovis A

  9. says:

    Not uite perfectThis is a light hearted crime mystery set in Bombay The hero Inspector Ghote is an attractive character warm hearted and honourable trying to do the right thing by his job and his family in a system filled with corruption and incompetence Unfortunately the rest of the characters too often seemed like carica

  10. says:

    I rather enjoyed this the first Inspector Ghote novel what made this detective unusual was having as his city of operations Bombay after the Brits had left This is what makes the book so appealing as the honourable and likable Ghote has to f

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The Perfect Murder

Ce Affairs and the Arts If people would only behave in a simple reasonable logical way sighs the inspector as he struggles through the uagmires of incompentence and corruption to solve these curious crimes As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see why because there is than a faint echo of Ghote in Mma Ramotswe They are both innocent but determined and resilient both beacons of decency in a less than decent world and both rely heavily on a slightly obscure written authority for their methodology with Mma Ramotswe s relationship with Clovis Andersen s Principles of Private Detection bearing a striking resemblance to Ghote s with Gross s Criminal Investigation The plot here is also concerned with puzzling but relatively minor crimes which all makes for an amiable read with Bombay and its characters colourfully drawnIt is this last which made me slightly uneasy about the book Keating is an Englishman who in 1964 when this book was published had never been to India I am sorry of this seems like Political Correctness Gone Mad but for him then to paint poisonous portraits of some Indians and somewhat patronising comic ones of others did worry me Even if as McCall Smith says by way of exoneration such characters exist it seems to me that it is one thing for a knowledgeable author with experience of India even if non Indian to describe them but another for a mid 1960s white Englishman to imagine them without any first hand knowledgeSoit s an amiable well written and engaging book My reservations are a personal response to wider issues around the book rather than to the book itself and I have given it four stars because I think that s what the text itself deserves If you don t share my reservations and like fairly gentle detective fiction I can recommend it

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It is just Inspector Ghote's luck to be landed with the case of the Perfect Murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police For this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tyco I love these cute little books with foreign detectives They re so light and airy and so different than the typical American detective When I read the obituary for HRF Keating back in March I decided I wanted to read at least one of his Inspector Ghote books I discovered they re very hard to find outside a library But I finally got my hands on my own copy of his first Ghote book The Perfect Murder Don t get excited Mr Perfect hasn t been murdered but the media and Indian police seem to prefer to call it the Perfect murder rather than the Perfect attack or assaultAnyway that s the first indication that this is going to be a well written enjoyable detective story Inspector Ghote having worked himself up to this position from his starting position as a beat cop is rather insecure has a boss who never seems to be in his office and is forever having another No 1 priority heaped on one or two other No 1 priorities After being roused from bed in the very early morning to investigate the Perfect murder he is given another No 1 priority to find the thief who stole 1 rupee from the desk of the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts Of course no one was allowed in the room no one had been in the room nobody had seen anyone who MIGHT have been in the room the room has no entry but the doorSo poor Inspector Ghote bounces between the two crimes for days On top of this he is the mentor for a Swedish representative of UNESCO who is studying police techniues around the world Axel Svensson is forever trying to make the Indian system rational like the system he is familiar with in Sweden It just ain t that wayIn addition Mr Perfect is the secretary to a very rich businessman Lala Arun Varde who is himself uite a character For instance when asked by Inspector Ghote why Mr Perfect would have been in the room where he was attacked at the time he was attacked Lala Varde answersOh Inspector what uestions you are asking How should I know a thing like that How should I know anything I have too many things to think to be knowing why is this and why is that It all falls on my shoulders My son Dilip is no good I have ordered him not to go to office today He can think instead about what is the right thing to say and the right thing to do and he can read his mysteries histories at home If he went to office he would give orders and then where would we beYou can just hear this excessively fat man saying this He is a wonderful characterAnd the entire story is that wayPlease read it It deserves to be read

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On Lala Varde to contend with And if this were not enough Ghote finds himself having to investigate the mysertious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person the Minister of Poli The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now Mumbai CID After falling in love with the cover design to find that the murder victim is the elderly private secretary Mr Perfect cemented my affection I knew then that this was no crush It was love Mr Perfect had been employed by Lala Arun Varde a very rich man with influence at the highest levels It is soon apparent that Mr Varde s distress at his secretary s death is not because of any deep feeling for a fellow man but because he sees the murder as an attack on him by business rivals The Inspector is assured that any number of people would want to see Varde out of the way However Varde is unwilling to name names and Ghote is hesitant to push such an important man Thenread it yourself It is a murder mystery after allSince discovering Inspector Ghote I have read the first four books in the series They are terrific throwbacks to pre laboratory procedurals There is no DNA traced cell phone calls or magical scientifically found evidence The Inspector gets his man by old fashioned police work knocking on doors interviewing suspects checking alibis deductive reasoning common sense the dogged pursuit of justice and clues There are bad guys good guys a corruption and political posturing On the local color side Keating packs each novel with a tour of Indian life and culture for the high brow the low brow and all the brows in between The Inspector is a diffident man with a great deal of integrity and a humanistic view of mankind He does not have a flashy character traits or an unhappy personal life He s of a marriage of Maigret and Precious Ramotswe than the current crop of cranky Swedes or moody American gumshoes Hooray for that I m tired of ever gruesome murders and disturbed killers I want my victims to be cheating maids money hungry industrialists or distraught housewives and I want my murderers to be understandable greedy jealous or vengeful Thanks to HRF Keating I can get to read sixteen excellent mysteries that will meet all my demands