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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

The Case of the Missing Servant: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator

The Case of the Missing Servant - Tarquin Hall This book reminded me a great deal of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books written by Alexander McCall Smith. McCall Smith writes about a Mwa Precious Ramotswe, a lady detective living in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the sub Saharan country in Southern Africa. Tarquin Hall writes from the perspective of a Punjab detective, Vish Puri, living in Delhi, India. Both books rely on a great deal of cultural setting to allow a foreigner to that culture understand and feel a bit what it is like to live and move in that culture.If you are expecting an Agatha Christie murder mystery, then go no further. The detective work done in "The Case of the Missing Servant" (and in McCall Smith's books also) is the daily gathering of mundane details for sorting and evaluation. You are not really presented with the facts, you are presented instead with the characters and the fascinating dance of castes, middle-class Delhi life, the grinding poverty, the tortuously convoluted legal system, political corruption, all while reading about various kinds of foods! And chai (tea)! The interesting part of the book for me was not "who done it?" but "is that really what life is like in Delhi?". Hall speaks from some personal experience, as he is married to an India-born BBC reporter.