Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall which is available now (links below).
About the book
A client claiming she was murdered in a past life is a novel dilemma even for Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator.
When a young woman comes forward saying she’s the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a wife and mother who vanished during the bloody 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Puri is dismissive. He’s busy enough dealing with an irate matrimonial client whose daughter is complaining about her groom’s thunderous snoring. Puri’s indomitable Mummy-ji however is adamant the client is genuine. How else could she so accurately describe under hypnosis Riya Kaur’s life and final hours?
Driven by a sense of duty – the original case was his late father’s – Puri manages to acquire the police file only to find that someone powerful has orchestrated a cover-up. Forced into an alliance with his mother that tests his beliefs and high blood pressure as never before, it’s only by delving into the past the help of his reincarnated client that Puri can hope to unlock the truth.
The Case of the Reincarnated Client is a fun, humorous and intriguing cosy mystery.
‘Chubby, how many times I’m telling you, diet is required? Obesity is there.’
‘And how many times I’ve told you that detective work is not for mummies?’
Vish Puri is a well-regarded and fiercely law-abiding private detective in Delhi, who seems to owe at least some of his successes – albeit grudgingly – to the help of his mummy-ji.
The Case of the Reincarnated Client sees Puri dealing not only with the mystery surrounding the eponymous character but also with an aggrieved former client with an unusual complaint and some particular financial problems ironically, for one so honest, caused by the government’s latest anti-corruption initiative.
The book is extremely atmospheric and full of lively and vivid descriptions of Delhi life and of lots of delicious-sounding food! I felt I learned quite a lot about Indian culture, families and relationships as well as about some difficult times in its history.
Alongside the more serious issues were some comic moments which made this both an enjoyable and an interesting read. I liked the footnotes with additional information and learning new words along the way.
I very much enjoyed getting to know Puri, his family, friends and associates and of course the tour de force that is mummy-ji. I know that Tarquin Hall has written earlier books in this series and have already added them to my towering TBR pile. 🙂
With thanks to Severn House for the ARC of The Case of the Reincarnated Client and Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.
About the author
Tarquin Hall is a British author and journalist who has previously lived in the USA, Pakistan, India, Kenya and Turkey. He now divides his time between the UK and India and is married to BBC reporter and presenter Anu Anand.
He is the author of four previous Vish Puri mysteries and The Delhi Detective’s Handbook.
About the Blog Tour
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