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In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murd In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder...When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .


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In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murd In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder...When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

30 review for Murder at the Grand Raj Palace (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annet

    An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind..- Ghandi. Wonderful! This 4th book in the Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation equals the first book in quality. Entertaining, relaxing and fun! Private Investigator Chopra is now drawn into the Grand Raj Palace in Mumbai to investigate a suicide, or was it a murder? His feisty and lovely wife Poppy is now also showing her talents as a private detective, involved in another mystery in the Grand Raj Palace. And of course, the baby elephant Ganesh An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind..- Ghandi. Wonderful! This 4th book in the Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation equals the first book in quality. Entertaining, relaxing and fun! Private Investigator Chopra is now drawn into the Grand Raj Palace in Mumbai to investigate a suicide, or was it a murder? His feisty and lovely wife Poppy is now also showing her talents as a private detective, involved in another mystery in the Grand Raj Palace. And of course, the baby elephant Ganesha again turns out to be a witty, intelligent little animal playing his part in solving the mysteries, while at the same time up to mischief all the time. Delightful and really easy to read. A big four star plus, great summer read. I do recommend this series! Heart-warming for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is my first taste of this brilliant series, and I absolutely adored it! It is set in Mumbai, featuring Inspector Ashwin Chopra and his adorable and scene stealing baby elephant, Ganesha. It is full of quirky characters, with all the colour, culture and vibrancy of India and full of wit and comic humour. The iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel is the place to stay in Mumbai if you are anyone, this venerable institution is shocked to discover that the much disliked American billionaire businessman, This is my first taste of this brilliant series, and I absolutely adored it! It is set in Mumbai, featuring Inspector Ashwin Chopra and his adorable and scene stealing baby elephant, Ganesha. It is full of quirky characters, with all the colour, culture and vibrancy of India and full of wit and comic humour. The iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel is the place to stay in Mumbai if you are anyone, this venerable institution is shocked to discover that the much disliked American billionaire businessman, Hollis Burbank, has been stabbed through the heart in his hotel suite after an art auction in which he acquired the famous and valuable painting by Zoze Rebello's 'The Scourge of Goa'. Assistant Commissioner Gunaji of the Central Bureau of Investigations, known for its highly political actions and corruption, immediately has the death down as a suicide, but the local police are not so sure, and call in Private Investigator Chopra to delve deeper into the case. Chopra finds himself under pressure to resolve the case as soon as possible but it is complex and he is struggling to find out anything about the mysterious past of Burbank. He does uncover a host of characters with a motive to kill the businessman. The suspects include the bitter art critic, Adam Padamsee and his sculptor wife, Layla, India's famous artist, Shakti Kishore, the wealthy IT entrepreneur with his India first philosophy, Agnihotri, who is involved in a fierce and competitive conflict with the American businessman. Chopra finds himself in the bad books of his beloved wife, Poppy, who wants him to have an input into their upcoming 25th wedding anniversary, which he has little interest in. He loves Poppy dearly but he is not a man to make a huge public deal of his anniversary, not to mention that his time is taken up by the case. However, Poppy in an effort to spend time with him wangles a complementary suite at the hotel, bringng her adopted son, Irfan and Ganesha with her. Chopra finds himself dropped by the police after severe pressure from the Assistant Commissioner, but is hired by the beautiful Lisa to continue his work. Poppy meets the young Anjali, who expresses her doubts about her upcoming nuptials to her. When Anjali, bride for the upcoming royal wedding of the year, runs away, Poppy feels honour bound to track her down. Chopra finds the case moving in a myriad of directions as he pursues all possible leads, revealing secrets, tragedy, financial difficulties and more. This is a lovely crime novel that is full of charm, atmosphere, with Mumbai serving as the perfect foil for the unfolding action. Khan beautifully informs of India's past when the royals used to reign supreme, having their wings clipped by the British Raj, to their present depleted life force and diminishing power, echoing past glories with the present day wedding extravaganza and pageant. The author accurately depicts India's royals with their power seeping away, suffering from bankruptcy and moral ruin, and many failing to adapt to their new circumstances. This is a novel with fabulous characters, including a malevolent monkey, and a murder that reflects other aspects of Indian history such as its politics, intrigue, corruption and cover ups. A fantastic heartwarming book that ensnared my interest, had me laughing, and gripped by the mysteries of Anjali's disappearance as well as Chopra's murder case. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Do you know what? I really *really* love this series. I read a lot and I read a lot of very different stuff but Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesh Agency series is one of the most witty, charming and beautifully written series out there. By about halfway through this one, book 4, I was thinking how wonderful it would be if it ran and ran… There is a very subtle dark heart here, with clever plotting and that old school feel, once again the sense of place is wonderfully immersive. Chopra – and we must not fo Do you know what? I really *really* love this series. I read a lot and I read a lot of very different stuff but Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesh Agency series is one of the most witty, charming and beautifully written series out there. By about halfway through this one, book 4, I was thinking how wonderful it would be if it ran and ran… There is a very subtle dark heart here, with clever plotting and that old school feel, once again the sense of place is wonderfully immersive. Chopra – and we must not forget wife Poppy one of my favourite characters – are both beautifully drawn with an engaging relationship, then you have Ganesha who is the most human non human I’ve ever read about. In this story we have a dead American, an artistic crime element and the trademark charisma that I’ve come to expect from these books, there is literally not one thing not to love here (a bit convoluted but I know what I mean) I just read it in a day, probably drinking twice as much tea as usual whilst doing so. Highly addictive and endlessly captivating, this is a set of books that has a rare and indescribable sense to them that brings you back time and time again. Loved it. Also look I’ve reviewed quite early so if you haven’t read any of these yet you’ve got time to catch up. You are welcome. Highly Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    The Murder at the Grand Raj Palace means one delightful thing. Inspector Chopra is back for a fourth instalment, with his mischievous little companion elephant, Ganesha. All of us who have followed this series adore it. We are addicted. We love it! It has something for everyone; murder, comic touches and a backdrop of exotic Indian culture. Vaseem Khan delivers a stunning murder mystery, told with flair and humour. It does not get any better than this. We get a rather classic murder mystery, this The Murder at the Grand Raj Palace means one delightful thing. Inspector Chopra is back for a fourth instalment, with his mischievous little companion elephant, Ganesha. All of us who have followed this series adore it. We are addicted. We love it! It has something for everyone; murder, comic touches and a backdrop of exotic Indian culture. Vaseem Khan delivers a stunning murder mystery, told with flair and humour. It does not get any better than this. We get a rather classic murder mystery, this time. The setting is the very posh Grand Raj Palace hotel. A rich American is found in his hotel suite, with a dagger in his chest. He has just bought an over priced painting. He has made a few enemies. There are soon plenty of suspects. Chopra is brought in to informally investigate this suspicious death. Chopra, as we all know, is a highly skilled private detective. His years of police training mean that he can see beneath the lies and subterfuge. At the same time, Chopra’s wife Poppy also gets caught up in the case of the missing princess. Both Chopra and Poppy have their work cut out getting to the truth. Oh yes, I loved the vibrant atmosphere, the way the story played out and my lovely favourite Indian detective. I cannot fault a thing. This is my kind of murder. The mystery definitely had a massive Agatha Christie vibe about it: From the tragic murder in the hotel bedroom, to the suspects all gathered together at the end, to the false trail of clues. I heartily approve. What stood out for me was Poppy and her investigative skills. She really is clued up. She is a better detective than her husband, on this occasion. The stories in the Baby Ganesh Detective series are always exceptional. Everyone should be reading them. At the heart of this story, is a terrible tragedy from the past. Vaseem Khan always gets it right; with the perfect balance of wit, hilarity and dark moments. I loved Murder at the Grand Raj Palace far too much. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, the fourth novel to feature Mumbai's Baby Ganesh Detective Agency. The police are called out to the death of American billionaire Hollis Burbank at Mumbai's premier hotel, The Grand Raj Palace. The police hierarchy is anxious to avoid a diplomatic incident and label it suicide but Inspector Tripathi, the man leading the investigation, isn't so sure and enlists the help of Inspector Ch I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, the fourth novel to feature Mumbai's Baby Ganesh Detective Agency. The police are called out to the death of American billionaire Hollis Burbank at Mumbai's premier hotel, The Grand Raj Palace. The police hierarchy is anxious to avoid a diplomatic incident and label it suicide but Inspector Tripathi, the man leading the investigation, isn't so sure and enlists the help of Inspector Chopra (Retd) and his Baby Ganesh Detective Agency for help. In a separate plot Chopra's wife, Poppy, gets involved in the hunt for a missing princess bride. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder at the Grand Raj Palace which, with its mixture of humour, outlandish characters and Ganesha, the baby elephant, could be regarded as a cosy read but its pointed comments on the reality of life for millions of Indians give it an edge far from cozy territory. The plot is intentionally rather silly with its multitude of suspects and a baby elephant and done in the Agatha Christie style with all the suspects gathered in one room for the unmasking but I found it absorbing as I tried to work out the perpetrator and motive. I also enjoyed the humour in the novel from the feud between Ganesha and another guest at the hotel, a monkey, to Chopra's marital woes. It gives the novel a real feel good factor. Inspector Chopra (Retd) is an excellent character. In what seems like a seething mass of corruption and/or self interest he is a moral man with a desire to right wrongs and seek out the truth and no heart condition or Poppy nagging him to take things easy will prevent him from doing this. His battles with his volatile wife are at the heart of much of the humour in the novel with their valid points on human frailty. Mr Khan makes it all seem effortless as the situations, political commentary, characters and humour all blend together seamlessly into a well paced, extremely enjoyable read. I doff my hat to his skill in achieving this so I have no hesitation in recommending Murder at the Grand Raj Palace as a great read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    When this series began with The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, I wasn't entirely sure which direction it would take. There was a supernatural element that really didn't fit well with the rest of the story. However, with each new book, this series has gotten stronger and stronger, and now I have to get my hands on each new installment as quickly as possible. I first began reading because I was desperately missing my Vish Puri fix-- the superb series written by Tarquin Hall. Now I sti When this series began with The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, I wasn't entirely sure which direction it would take. There was a supernatural element that really didn't fit well with the rest of the story. However, with each new book, this series has gotten stronger and stronger, and now I have to get my hands on each new installment as quickly as possible. I first began reading because I was desperately missing my Vish Puri fix-- the superb series written by Tarquin Hall. Now I still miss Vish Puri, but I've found that Ashwin Chopra does not stand in the shadow of the wily investigator from New Delhi. Not at all. Khan always includes interesting bits of Mumbai history in his books, and Murder at the Grand Raj Palace is no exception. There are several things going on at this opulent hotel, and one of the most important involves Chopra's wife, Poppy, who wants their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary to be very special. There's only one problem: her husband refuses to cooperate, so she finds herself drawn into the mystery of a young woman who's run away from an arranged marriage. This runaway bride subplot is the weaker of the two, but I cut Poppy some slack because it's her first real investigation-- and it provides some fantastic laugh-out-loud comic relief. The major investigation concerning the billionaire is as twisty-turny as any crime fiction lover can want, and it really kept me guessing. To this first-rate mystery, readers can then add uproarious scenes of a baby elephant tracking someone through the hotel, and characters like Big Mother (Shubnam Tejwa Parwardhan, former maharani of Tejwa, and her Panzer-like wheelchair). Murder at the Grand Raj Palace is a wonderful puzzle for the mind and the perfect balm for the spirit. If you haven't tried the series yet, I urge you to do so. Begin at the beginning with The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra because these characters do grow and change. Now... follow that elephant!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    The Grand Raj Palace-the most sumptuous hotel in Mumbai. When an American billionaire is found in bed with a knife in his chest the hotel and police are quick to call it a suicide. Inspector Chopra (Ret’d) is called in by a friend on the force to investigate. Could it be murder? Ganesha, the baby elephant is as cute as ever. Such a charming series and great characters. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marco Giorgini

    In my opinion, probably the best case for detective Chopra so far as a whole, with the best mystery part. And Poppy has a greater role in this book and her wit and behavior add an intriguing tone to the narration, without of course changing too much the Baby Ganesh Agency typical structure - that contains also a lot of insights of ancient and modern India - that I love to read - and elephant Ganesh interventions. A book I'd suggest to every reader of the previous ones, but also to whom just want In my opinion, probably the best case for detective Chopra so far as a whole, with the best mystery part. And Poppy has a greater role in this book and her wit and behavior add an intriguing tone to the narration, without of course changing too much the Baby Ganesh Agency typical structure - that contains also a lot of insights of ancient and modern India - that I love to read - and elephant Ganesh interventions. A book I'd suggest to every reader of the previous ones, but also to whom just want to read a fun and well-written mystery novel with an original and interesting setting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    ‘It was said that the Grand Raj Palace owed its existence to an insult’ The novel opens with the history of the Grand Raj Palace. A history that is rotted in the British colonialism. The hotel was then and is now, revered as a symbol of India’s ambition and self-worth. I love how the author has cleverly weaved historical details into the story and the novel itself is scattered with them. It really adds to the beauty of what makes this series to great! What also makes this series so great is the b ‘It was said that the Grand Raj Palace owed its existence to an insult’ The novel opens with the history of the Grand Raj Palace. A history that is rotted in the British colonialism. The hotel was then and is now, revered as a symbol of India’s ambition and self-worth. I love how the author has cleverly weaved historical details into the story and the novel itself is scattered with them. It really adds to the beauty of what makes this series to great! What also makes this series so great is the brilliant characterisation of Chopra and Poppy. They compliment each other perfectly and in this particular case poppy gets a mystery of her own to solve. Their relationship and the way it flows from the page, makes for brilliant reading. With them both playing the role of ‘investigator’ in this novel, we the reader are in for a double treat! ‘The thought of confronting his wife when her temper was up was as attractive to him as placing his head into the mouth of a ravenous tiger’ Chopra is summoned to the hotel by a former police colleague Rohan Tripathi. After the death of American billionaire and hotel client Hollis Burbank. It is a case that will lead Chopra into the murky side of the side industry. Burbank was found with a knife in his chest in his hotel room. On the wall written in blood are the words ‘I am sorry’. But what is Burbank sorry for? What is his motive for suicide? Irfan, Chopra and Poppy’s adopted son and previous street urchin, makes a brief appearance in the novel. He is still tainted by his previous life and at 10yrs old has experienced far too much for a child. We hear Poppy’s thoughts on parenting and they every much echo my own. ‘The true definition of parenthood was the ability to love, to care, to put the welfare of another before one’s own’ Whilst Chopra persists to look into hotel security and deal with Lisa Taylor of the art auction house. Poppy determined not to be forgotten on her 25th wedding anniversary, makes herself and Irfan guests of the hotel. Where she stumbles upon a mysterious case. The case of the missing bride. ‘Everything is illusion, and no one is who we believe they are’ – Chopra It would appear that Burbank’s secrets lead deeper into India’s past and deeper within the ruthless and competitive art world. But can Chopra solve the case? There is a brilliant opening to a chapter on page 222. Where the author details the colonial history and India’s railway system. It is some of the finest writing, I even took a photo of it on my phone to save. I think that has been the niche of this particular novel, Vaseem Khan’s ability to merge the past and the present and write a brilliant story. There is also a devious monkey, which adds a comedy element into the plot! I found myself giggling whilst poor Ganesh shoulders the blame. My favourite part of the novel is Poppy’s development as a main character. There is a particular scene where Poppy sticks up for herself and Irfan and it just reminded me that Poppy can hold her own. Poppy is a modern woman and the mystery she solves suits her character perfectly. Perfect escapism and a cracking cosy crime mystery! 5* Genius!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Fox

    Chopra is back at it in the newest detective novel from Vaseem Khan. The familiarity's are there from the past three books. This investigation is rich in culture and character. We have an ancient royal family wedding, the enchanting Grand Raj palace, wealthy investors from the West and then at the center of all our humble hero Chopra. It's quite a fun ride as we watch him struggle to get the bottom of this newest mystery, the apparent suicide of Hollis Burbank. Burbank's death is most definitely Chopra is back at it in the newest detective novel from Vaseem Khan. The familiarity's are there from the past three books. This investigation is rich in culture and character. We have an ancient royal family wedding, the enchanting Grand Raj palace, wealthy investors from the West and then at the center of all our humble hero Chopra. It's quite a fun ride as we watch him struggle to get the bottom of this newest mystery, the apparent suicide of Hollis Burbank. Burbank's death is most definitely a murder and through his lengthy investigation so many pages are pulled back revealing a dark past. it seems everyone has a dramatic secret tucked away. I enjoyed the book however it never blew me away. Instead it was more of fun and fascinating jaunt through The Grand Raj palace and the many over the top characters that inhabit the rooms and halls there. I also still struggle to picture how an elephant roams freely throughout the book. Ganesha is wildly cute, inquisitive and smart but how does she ride an elevator? Or navigate through the narrow halls of an old hotel!? I think it's time this series was picked up as a motion picture :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Another worthy addition to the series. I appreciated the multiple story arcs here, even if if Ganesha was relegated to a subplot. I do hope he returns to the forefront in the next installment, as I missed him being in the true center of things. That said, I am always up for a good mystery surrounding royalty and art and this book had both so I enjoyed being able to escape from real life to go along for the ride here. Chopra and Poppy have one of my favorite marriages in modern writing, so anythi Another worthy addition to the series. I appreciated the multiple story arcs here, even if if Ganesha was relegated to a subplot. I do hope he returns to the forefront in the next installment, as I missed him being in the true center of things. That said, I am always up for a good mystery surrounding royalty and art and this book had both so I enjoyed being able to escape from real life to go along for the ride here. Chopra and Poppy have one of my favorite marriages in modern writing, so anything with them at the center is okay by me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I thoroughly enjoy this mystery series, set in Mumbai, India. A wealthy American is found dead in Mumbai’s poshest hotel. Is it murder or suicide? Chopra investigates, while neglecting his 25th anniversary with his wife, Poppy. (There were a few typographical mistakes with names - I’d be happy to do some proofreading!) (Own)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Fun and enjoyable read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Murder at the Grand Raj Palace is ultimately a good, fun murder mystery. The book was not as cosy as I was expecting – from the cover and the general premise – as it has one or two dark themes and makes some political points; but I am not complaining. However, although the story brings to life some picturesque, vivid and evocative images of India, unfortunately the mystery itself was a little pedestrian to begin with. For the first third or so, Chopra would talk to one suspect, they would suggest Murder at the Grand Raj Palace is ultimately a good, fun murder mystery. The book was not as cosy as I was expecting – from the cover and the general premise – as it has one or two dark themes and makes some political points; but I am not complaining. However, although the story brings to life some picturesque, vivid and evocative images of India, unfortunately the mystery itself was a little pedestrian to begin with. For the first third or so, Chopra would talk to one suspect, they would suggest another person for him to talk to, he would talk to them and they would point the finger elsewhere and so on like a list. Added to the fact that you didn’t really have any sympathy for the victim – you never meet him alive and all the suspects make him sound unpleasant – I found the first part of the book hard going. I persevered because I had had high hopes and I know that the series is very popular and I’m glad that I did. Ganesha the little baby elephant is a delightful and uniquely original addition to the genre, Chopra is a likeable lead and Poppy is a worthy and feisty foil. I found the subplot of Poppy trying to find a missing bride more engaging and that warmed up the whole book for me. The main story does eventually get going and the second half of the book is definitely more enjoyable. The pace and complexity both ramp up and by the end, I was really enjoying it. If the book had had a stronger start it would have been a four star read but as a whole I’d give it 3/5 stars and I would read more from this series. (And I would like my own baby elephant now, pleasethankyou.) Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the ARC of Murder at the Grand Raj Palace.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    If you're looking for a 21st-century take on the cosy mystery, this is a must-read. I love Miss Marple, Poirot and Midsomer Murders and this series encompasses the best of these with an enthralling taste of life in India. Chopra, a retired policeman, is an inherent crime solver and even ill health can't prevent him from doing what he loves. He is an honest, loyal man who values truth and justice. Sometimes his personal life gets sidelined by his investigations, like this one, which threatens to r If you're looking for a 21st-century take on the cosy mystery, this is a must-read. I love Miss Marple, Poirot and Midsomer Murders and this series encompasses the best of these with an enthralling taste of life in India. Chopra, a retired policeman, is an inherent crime solver and even ill health can't prevent him from doing what he loves. He is an honest, loyal man who values truth and justice. Sometimes his personal life gets sidelined by his investigations, like this one, which threatens to rock his marriage after twenty-five years. Chopra is a surrogate parent to an orphaned baby elephant called Ganesh, with a talent for crime solving and a young boy who is inseparable from the young elephant. These young characters provide the light relief to Chopra's often grisly investigations. The plot plays out like an Agatha Christie with numerous suspects, misinformation and sub-plots. The steady pacing makes these easy to follow, but the storyline keeps its secrets well. Poppy, Chopra's wife, has her investigation adding to the story's diversity. Indian culture and society are intrinsic to this series, and there are also pertinent comments about politics, colonialism, religion, and multi-national corporations, which give the story its authenticity. I haven't read the previous books in this series, but this one reads well as a standalone. However, it's addictive reading, and I'm sure I will read the other books in the series soon. If you like whodunnit mysteries, charismatic characters and charming animals, this is a book you're sure to enjoy. I received a copy of this book from Mulholland Books, Hodder& Stoughton via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Garin

    I wrote a three-star review of Kahn's third novel commenting that the book lacked the structure and focus of the first two. It told two interesting but disconnected stories that seemed slapped together like two short stories that alternated chapters and was quite preachy albeit about an important issue. Fortunately the author has returned to form in this fourth volume of his inventive and entertaining series. Perhaps he paid more heed to his editor than last time. In any event, the two stands that I wrote a three-star review of Kahn's third novel commenting that the book lacked the structure and focus of the first two. It told two interesting but disconnected stories that seemed slapped together like two short stories that alternated chapters and was quite preachy albeit about an important issue. Fortunately the author has returned to form in this fourth volume of his inventive and entertaining series. Perhaps he paid more heed to his editor than last time. In any event, the two stands that propelled the plotline were woven into a single tale that was well written. I look forward to volume five whenever it is published.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Szymanski

    I thoroughly enjoy this mystery series, set in Mumbai, India. An American billionaire is found dead in Mumbai’s poshest hotel. Is it murder or suicide? Chopra tries to figure that out in a hotel full of people who have reason to want him dead. Poppy has her own mystery to solve. How did a royal bride disappear from a locked room, and where is she? Irfan and Ganesha have to deal with a movie star monkey who hates elephants. Happy endings for everyone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Lester

    Walking around with a baby elephant and nobody objects may be a stretch for some and even using one the oldest plots in mystery writing (the locked room) could be a deal breaker for others. Vaseem Khan simply ignores convention and writes a book that makes you laugh, consider characters actions, and enjoy reading for fun. Reading for fun. Try it, you may like it. Murder at the Grand Raj Place is a great place to start.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Hearder-moan

    This fun series just gets better and better! I just love the image of the baby elephant trailing Chopra through the fancy Grand Raj Palace Hotel ❤ Ganesha doesn’t have a big role in Chopra’s investigation into the death of a hotel guest, but he plays a pivotal role in Poppy’s equally interesting search for the reluctant bride who has disappeared right before her wedding. I enjoy Khan’s writing style. Several times he had me laughing out loud. This fun series just gets better and better! I just love the image of the baby elephant trailing Chopra through the fancy Grand Raj Palace Hotel ❤️ Ganesha doesn’t have a big role in Chopra’s investigation into the death of a hotel guest, but he plays a pivotal role in Poppy’s equally interesting search for the reluctant bride who has disappeared right before her wedding. I enjoy Khan’s writing style. Several times he had me laughing out loud.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beagle44

    Each book in the series gets better and better. I love this family and of course baby Ganesha. I appreciate the fact that the author weaves in facts and historical perspective’s about India. I also, and I don’t know if enjoy is the right word, the fact that he’s not afraid to address India’s past.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Tight and consistent character development, interesting (even if a bit see-through) plotting, pertinent social issue awareness, and all around fun. I cannot get enough of this series. I wish we could get more Ganesha though... he is my king. GIVE ME MORE. Since there's no next book on the Goodreads horizon yet, I am terrified but optimistic...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt Tarasuk

    Five stars for the latest adventure of Inspector Chopra and the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency! Another great story from Vaseem Khan that kept me guessing all along the way. An intriguing insight into the world of art auctions wrapped around a murder mystery. A well conceived plot with side stories, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved Poppy’s role and the new highjinx from Irfan and Ganesh. Please keep these quality stories coming!

  23. 4 out of 5

    JennLynn

    Best one yet! It’s actually two mysteries for the price of one - a murder and a missing bride-to-be - as Inspector Chopra’s energetic wife Poppy solves a case of her own. (Of course baby elephant Ganesha helps too!) Set in the majestic Grand Raj Palace hotel, but with excursions to Mumbai and more, you get the real flavour of India. Can’t wait for the next one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay L

    The best murder mystery series since Agatha Christie! Makes me proud to be Indian. It includes all things I enjoy and keeps you on your toes right to the last word! And each book gets better and better!! Can’t wait for the next one!! A highly recommended read!! X :D

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Another very enjoyable installment of the Chopra Investigations. A bit more self-contained than previous books, little in the may of character development - though this meant more focus on the plot. Already looking forward to book 5!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Russell Hawes

    A delightful read and a superb follow on to all Vasim 's previous work.. This has become one of life's most welcome and enjoyable habits. I am already anticipated the next book wIth great expectation!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue Kubel

    It's the first time I've come across this author and I love the way he writes. Really didn't want to put the book down. If you want to read a beautifully written murder mystery that is enchanting at the same time, this is it. I'm off to read another of this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book was almost a 5 star for me. Sometimes I found it a bit slow and personally, it was hard for me to keep track of characters at times. However, I was very proud of myself for suspecting how Hollis Burbank died. The ending was very well put together!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne Herbison

    I laughed out loud while reading this book. I think I enjoyed it the most of all the books in this series so far. I could hear the voices of the characters. Very entertaining armchair travel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

    I love these "Baby Ganesh" books. Detective Chopra (retired) solves crimes, along with his trusty companions, with just plain old fashion police work and insightful deductions.

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