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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Entertaining and Endearing, 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery (Paperback)
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With amusing fresh and stylish dialogue at a pleasantly sedate pace `The Perfect Murder' makes an enjoyable and entertaining read that is a far cry from today's horrific roller-coaster crime thrillers. In spite of its title the book deals with low key situations of an unsolvable assault and a puzzling minor theft. The setting is Bombay, now Mumbai, at a time when India was more influenced than now by then recent British colonialism. It is surprising how brilliantly author H R F Keating evokes the spirit, attitudes and traditions of the time - especially as the `Preface' explains he did not visit until after he had written numerous Inspector Ghote detective novels - of which the initial story is `The Perfect Murder' and it was first published in 1964.

There are strong moral connotations with Inspector Ghote being an upright and honest man operating and dealing with dishonourable and frustrating circumstances. He strives to follow guidance from the esteemed `Gross's Criminal Investigation' in his attempts to remain diplomatic and yet come to terms with undue pressures and corruption, and he emerges as a most endearing character who elicits much sympathy. Inspector Ghote is beset with lies and evasion as he copes with misinformation and incompetence and has to thwart obstructive witnesses and confusing suspects to unravel intriguing predicaments. H R F Keating manages to create characters perfectly suited to his delightful light-hearted narrative and charmingly scintillating humorous language. `The Perfect Murder' is easy and relaxed reading - for my next holiday I shall be taking other books from the Inspector Ghote series.
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