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H.R.F. Keating Ë 8 review

E Minister of Police Affairs and the ArtsThe Perfect Murder introduces Inspector Ghote Bombay CID's most dogged dutiful officer and one of the greatest most engaging creations in all detective fictio. As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see why because there is than a faint echo of Ghote in Mma Ramotswe They are both innocent but determined and resilient both beacons of decency in a less than decent world and both rely heavily on a slightly obscure written authority for their methodology with Mma Ramotswe s relationship with Clovis Andersen s Principles of Private Detection bearing a striking resemblance to Ghote s with Gross s Criminal Investigation The plot here is also concerned with puzzling but relatively minor crimes which all makes for an amiable read with Bombay and its characters colourfully drawnIt is this last which made me slightly uneasy about the book Keating is an Englishman who in 1964 when this book was published had never been to India I am sorry of this seems like Political Correctness Gone Mad but for him then to paint poisonous portraits of some Indians and somewhat patronising comic ones of others did worry me Even if as McCall Smith says by way of exoneration such characters exist it seems to me that it is one thing for a knowledgeable author with experience of India even if non Indian to describe them but another for a mid 1960s white Englishman to imagine them without any first hand knowledgeSoit s an amiable well written and engaging book My reservations are a personal response to wider issues around the book rather than to the book itself and I have given it four stars because I think that s what the text itself deserves If you don t share my reservations and like fairly gentle detective fiction I can recommend it

review The Perfect Murder

The Perfect Murder

Vestigation beset on all sides by cunning disdain and corruption As if that's not enough he must then solve the mystery of the theft of a single rupee from the desk of another important person – th. After a 6 book attempt to get on terms with P D James Inspector Ghote came as welcome relief A human being A person involved with other people and not ashamed of it A person with so many neighbours he doesn t have time to worry about privacy that word that jumps up every 6 pages or so in James A detective with a family and best of all a detective with a heartWhew It was like leaving a dreary UK autumn day for a Delhi spring Yeah could be too hot and crowded eventually but at least you thaw out firstThere is than a slight hint of over the top comedy about The Perfect Murder with its deliberately ambiguous title its definitely over the top rhyming slang Hindu he s certainly not Cockney rich man Arun Varde and the sub plot Case of the Stolen Rupee yes just one of them The link between the two cases is somewhat tenuous if finally vital and the ongoing chaos at the Varde house also tends to the edge of credibility at times On the other handthe power of money and the presence of corruption in Bombay come as no surprise and the portrait of Varde s elder son with his exaggerated English argot feels as if it shd strike maliciously home in a setting of post British India Then too the lyric scene when the monsoon and the case finally break together can seem on reflection just a tad too Indian so to speak one of those loces classici like the sacred cows and the brightly clad women that you wd expect in any superficial treatment but at the time it s wonderfully cathartic for the reader and Inspector Ghote bothWhich leads to the only real difficulty about Inspector Ghote at least for me for the first 9 Inspector Ghote books Keating had never actually BEEN to Bombay Sure he handles the inflections of Indian English as if he was born to them not over exaggerating the flood of present participles doing the wordiness nicely sure he adds in the odd Indian word not sure if they are in Marathi or some other dialect though Keating does know such exist with the panache of an Amitav Ghosh Sure he has a convincing presentation up and down the strata of Bombay from the street beggars to the magnificently miserly Minister s over plush office with a malicious side look at imported air conditioning and such And he treats all those strata with a democracy sadly lacking from P D James s apparently unconscious sieving of an English village into Those we know and Those We Only Know About All the same Keating is NOT an Indian Like Alexander McCall who wrote a very nicely defensive preface to my edition of The Perfect Murder he is from a colonizing culture taking the voice of a culture that has been colonized And yes we shd all let bygones be bygones But if Australia had been colonized by say the US not that we aren t culturally colonized already and some US writer decided to do a novel Down Among the Oz ites for the edification of those Not Down Among Same taking on the language and outlook and setting of these implicitly inferiorOthers as if heshe belonged there how wd I feelNot too damn friendly I seem to thinkKeating does a Real Good Job of Bombay It s wickedly alive it can be gently malicious it s sloppy and vivid and Ghote himself is a treat All the same at times I had a sense of exaggeration for want of a better word of stereotypic ualities such as Indian volubility and uaintness especially in agitation a sense which might have been wholly in my own view that the writer like the earlier writers of Children s Lit is silently looking over his characters heads to the white Western reader and maybe not even consciously asking Oh look at these excitable Orientals Ain t they uaintIt may be wholly unjust In the wake of Kipling who probably lived further into India than any outsider who ever wrote about the country yet still could not shake off that white view at times it wd be hard for Keating NOT to have slid into such a stance The theoretical uestion of his taking on an Indian s voice however did leave me putting 4 instead of 5 stars on Inspector Ghote s first appearance Despite what McCall Smith says I don t think even great works of fiction can wholly override the uestions of who wrote them about whom and when Otherwise kudos And whyinhell aren t all the Inspector Ghote books on Kindle instead a mere handful and the rest only on Audiobooks Certainly a chance missed there with this reader publishers

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What terrible luck to be investigating the perfect murder at the beginning of his career with the Bombay Police thinks Inspector Ghote First he must deal with the influential tycoon Lala Verde his in. Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of those impossible crimes or that your murder mystery actually has a murder in it I thought you ought to know I also think you ought to know that this is in my opinion far from the perfect anything story crime novel etc This is my second outing with Keating writing under his own name and I have to say that I am beginning to think that he just isn t for meButback to the story Why you might ask is it called The Perfect Murder if there s no murder and what we do have going on isn t perfect Glad you asked It seems that the secretary of Lala Varde a prosperous businessman has been bashed over the head with a candlestick Lala Varde reported it to the police as a murder because by his logic someone was trying to murder his secretary so by golly it s murder Even if it didn t succeed The name caught on with the newspapers and such and nobody seems to care that the man really didn t die The ever conscientious Inspector Ghote is assigned to the case and is immediately faced with lies disdain and corruptionSoI ll just fess up now and tell you that I did not read every word of this Not even as much as every other word Only enough that I decided that I could legitimately count it for a few challenges and I m shoving this thing off my Mount TBR and sending it back to the library s used book shop where it came from I skimmed to the end just so I could know what really happened Kate over at crossexamingingcrime says that Keating is good at establishing an interesting setting in a culture which readers can identify with but also find difference in I m afraid I didn t find this to be the case I never did settle into the setting that Keating gave us and I certainly didn t warm to the methods of Ghote and the culture surrounding him as represented And don t even get me started on Lala Varde and his never ending need to make silly rhymes about everything when talking No rating because I didn t really read closely enough to hand one out Others have handed out four and five starsso your mileage may varyI have also read a couple of his historical mysteries written under the name Evelyn Hervey I enjoyed those handing out three starsFirst posted on my blog My Reader s Block


10 thoughts on “The Perfect Murder

  1. says:

    Very disappointed with this book There was nothing Indian about the indian inspector Ghote Read Vish Puri series by Taruin Hall and you will see the difference

  2. says:

    Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of those impossible crimes or that your murder mystery actually has a murder in it I thought you ought to know I also think you ought to know that this is in my opinion far from the perfect anything story crime novel etc This is my second outing with Keating writing under his own name and I

  3. says:

    I love these cute little books with foreign detectives They're so light and airy and so different than the typical American detective When I read the obituary for HRF Keating back in March I decided I wanted to

  4. says:

    Disappointing I read an Inspector Ghote book 10 15 years ago and really enjoyed it Over the years I got sucked int

  5. says:

    After a 6 book attempt to get on terms with P D James Inspector Ghote came as welcome relief A human being A person involved with othe

  6. says:

    The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now Mumbai CID

  7. says:

    This is not really a detective novel or police procedural It's not even a cosy It might be considered a parody of those but that's all The Inspector wanders around from pillar to post stonewalled at every turn by a wealth

  8. says:

    As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see why because there is than a faint echo of Ghote in Mma Ramotswe They are both innocent but determined and resilient both beacons of decency in a less than decent world and both r

  9. says:

    Not uite perfectThis is a light hearted crime mystery set in Bombay The hero Inspector Ghote is an attractive character warm hearted

  10. says:

    I rather enjoyed this the first Inspector Ghote novel what made this detective unusual was having as his city of operations Bombay after the Brits had left This is what makes the book so appealing as the honourable and likable Ghote has to fight corruption cronyism and the ridiculously Indian class system to get anywhere near the actual clues to the case Highly enjoyable

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