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A nice, light mystery,
This review is from: The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery (Paperback)
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I'm not a huge mystery reader, but the few mysteries I've read in the past have always been unputdownable and unfortunately this wasn't one of them. In fact I found it a bit of a struggle to continue reading during the first few chapters. I persevered though and I found it a more enjoyable read once more characters (or suspects) were introduced, but I was still content to put it aside at any random page to continue reading for the next night, except during the last few chapters. I was however very amazed by the detailing of India that Keating drew so expressively and without any first hand knowledge. It was those details that really made it a more interesting read and had me constantly admiring Keating's imagination and writing skills. I also found his descriptions and use of similes and metaphors quite eloquent, more so than some modern day authors I've read. I can see how some reviewers may be concerned about the characterisations he used and I'd agree with them to a certain extent, but I don't believe he meant to offend or create caricatures of the people and I didn't feel overly uneasy with it. To me, Keating's exaggeration of corruption seemed to be more of an attempt to draw Ghote as highly principled instead of being an imperious observation of a country he'd never been to.
The mystery itself is quite light and a lot of the clues to the motive and the murderer were quite plain to see, even for a rookie mystery reader like me. There were also times when I felt attempts to bring about more suspense felt rather forced and a little repetitive. The ending proved to be rather anti-climatic too, which was incredibly disappointing, especially after the superb chapter that preceded it. Despite these points, it was generally a pleasant, if not exciting, read and I'm quite interested to see what happens next with Inspector Ghote himself, so I'll be giving the second book in the series a try.