Mur­der at the Grand Raj Palace

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE - MYLES McWEENEY

Vaseem Khan

Mul­hol­land Books, pa­per­back, 368 pages, €9.15

Mum­bai is packed with grandiose pub­lic build­ings, a legacy of the Raj, but none so splen­did as the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel.

When US bil­lion­aire Hol­lis Bur­bank is found dead there, hav­ing ap­par­ently com­mit­ted sui­cide, chaos en­sues. When In­spec­tor Ash­win Cho­pra (Rtd) is con­sulted, his in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest foul play, but his for­mer col­leagues pre­fer the sui­cide the­ory.

But Cho­pra, a so­cially minded in­ves­ti­ga­tor, con­tin­ues to delve into the mys­tery, as the Grand Raj Palace pre­pares for an In­dian royal wed­ding, ac­com­pa­nied as al­ways by his mis­chievous pet baby ele­phant, Gane­sha. This fourth out­ing of In­spec­tor Cho­pra’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions is as de­light­ful, frothy and ex­otic an en­ter­tain­ment as you could wish for. Highly rec­om­mended.

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