Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
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.