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This review is from: The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery (Paperback)
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I had high hopes for this novel. The premise was interesting and I like mystery and thriller novels. I also love to read about other cultures and so I was looking forward to reading this story set in India. To be honest I felt a little let down.
The plot started with promise - Inspector Ghote is given a murder case to investigate and is asked to take with him a Swedish criminologist who is there to report on the Bombay police department's functionality. He's also told to investigate the number one priority case of the theft of a rupee (yes one single rupee) from the Minister of Police Affairs' office. Along the way he is met with eccentric characters, unco-operative witnesses and lots of dead ends.
My problem was that all of the characters in this book irritated me in one way or another. I couldn't connect with any of them. There wasn't much characterisation of the protagonist and the unco-operativeness of the witnesses just made me want to scream. The plot moved along at a good pace but I think that the book could have been 100 pages shorter and the author still could have gotten in everything he needed to.
As to the conclusion, I normally love a mystery/thriller where I can try to piece the evidence together to see if I can solve it myself before the revelation, but it just wasn't possible with this book. I can't say too much without revealing spoilers so I will just say that I became very frustrated in the last third of the book.
This book did keep my interest but, ultimately, it was just average.