Famous Indian Detectives – Vish Puri by Tarquin Hall

Who –

Vish Puri

Creator –

Tarquin Hall

Novels in the series –

The case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri 1)

The case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Vish Puri 2)

The case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (Vish Puri 3)

The case of the Love Commandoes (Vish Puri 4)

About the detective –

The Vish Puri series
The Vish Puri series

Vishwas Puri, more popular as the 51-year-old Vish Puri is the founder and managing director of Most Private Investigators Ltd. (that goes by the catchline ‘Confidentiality is my Watchword’). A detective based out of Defence colony, Delhi, this Punjabi loves food as much his curious cases. He is often found to devise ways to defy the family physician Dr. Mohan’s cautionary advice related to his high blood pressure and diabetes. His investigation methodology follows the age-old practices of observation and detection using disguise and undercover aliases. He has a unique and funny way of addressing his employees, relatives and close friends. He has a nickname for all like for instance his wife is called Rumpi, his driver, Handbrake; the lazy office-boy, Door Stop; his assistant – the one who takes time to flicker to life, Tubelight; the guy who was the first one to have a flush toilet at his home in his village, Flush and the Nepali woman employee, Facecream. The detective is also referred to as Chubby by his near ones though, for his employees, he prefers to be known as Boss only. A few more interesting characters in Hall’s books are the matriarch in Puri’s family, his mighty Mummyji; his secretary, Elizabeth Rani, and his archrival Hari Kumar.

The author has a very interesting way of crafting thrillers with a dash of humor. There are moments in the books when despite the seriousness of the circumstances, the reader can’t help but chuckle at the proceedings. However, there’s also an underlying social message in every book. The author, who first visited India in 1990 and is settled in Delhi now, has attempted to discover the country and its socio-economic complexities through the perspective of crime and mystery. In the first book of this series, the focus is on the nature of exploitation that tribals face from their upper-class employers. In the second book, the conflict between superstition and rationality that still clouds the mind of a human, despite his education, hits hard. In the third book based on a game of cricket, there’s an underlying current of trauma and vengeance in the history of India’s partition. In his latest book, the author brings forth the issues of caste divide and untouchability, relevant even today. His books strike a chord, creating suspense and thrill, while also giving a tinted view of the real-world problems without getting preachy.

The bookish connection –

The first-ever Vish Puri book that I read was ‘The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken’. It was a birthday gift from my best friend in 2013. I was so impressed by the narrative and old-world writing charm of a Detective thriller that I ended up buying the first two books in the series next. The fourth and the last book in this series released in 2014 and it turned out to be equally intriguing. I only hope that the author intends to keep this series going and we get to read more of the great detective Vish Puri in the future.

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This is the 3rd post in my ‘Favorite Indian Detectives’ series. You can also check my first post on Feluda and the second post on Mehrunisa.

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Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

17 thoughts on “Famous Indian Detectives – Vish Puri by Tarquin Hall”

  1. I had to start with this post in your series because I love Vish Puri! He’s based in Khan Market, not Defence Colony though..
    I love that Mummyji is usually the real catalyst that helps him solve the crimes!
    I agree, the books are well-written and well-plotted (if you can call it that!)
    The good news is that a new one will be out soon.


  2. I had to start with this one in your series because I love Vish Puri!
    He’s based out of Khan Market, not Defence Colony.
    I love that Mummyji is usually the catalyst that helps him solve the crimes.
    The grapevine says there’s a new one coming out soon!

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  3. I used to be into detective series a long time ago – it is interesting to read about the latest ones. That “butter chicken” one definitely makes me want to read it… 🙂


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