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Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg (Inspector Ghote Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

H. R. F. Keating , Alexander McCall Smith
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Book Description

In a small, provincial town in the heart of India, a politician's wife has done her husband's career a great service, by dying under suspicious circumstances. That the corpse and the trail have been cold for fifteen years hasn't saved Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID from being sent to investigate. But what chance does he have when his chief suspect is so powerful, when the whole district is against him, and when a holy man is fasting to the death to protest his prying?

But still the good inspector dutifully goes, carrying just the honour of his police force and a box of double-sized eggs . . .

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Utterly loveable...Ghote is one of the great creations of detective fiction

About the Author

H. R. F. Keating was born at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, in 1926. He went to Merchant Taylors, leaving early to work in the engineering department of the BBC. After a period of service in the army, which he describes as 'totally undistinguished', he went to Trinity College, Dublin, where he became a scholar in modern languages. He was also the crime books reviewer for The Times for fifteen years. His first novel about Inspector Ghote, The Perfect Murder, won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and an Edgar Allen Poe Special Award. He died in London in March 2011 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, the actress Sheila Mitchell, and his three sons and a daughter. Alexander McCall Smith is an internationally bestselling Scottish writer, most widely known as the creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0754040798
  • Publisher: Penguin (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TRQAK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INDIAN MYSTERY December 1, 2003
By A Customer
A friend loaned me this book at work because he knew I enjoyed historical fiction. Altho this is a fictional mystery, it is written with such delicate and accurate description of character and setting, that I was transported to rural India with Ghote as he faced what seemed impossible to solve. And it is funny, but in a dry british way. When the book was over, I had a crush on inspector ghote, and was very happy to see there are other books in the series. There are linguistic and cultural references that make the story very authentic and ring true for anyone who has spent time in India.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of a Kidnapped Boy August 25, 2009
By CMBohn
Inspector Ghote is asked by the Police Commissioner himself to investigate a kidnapping. When he arrives, the finds that it is a wealthy industrialist who is involved. However, the kidnappers did not take the businessman's son, but rather the son of his tailor, who was playing with the other boy at the time. Early in the book, the kidnappers realize their mistake, but they still demand an enormous sum for the release of the little boy.

Mr. Desai, the industrialist, is torn between wanting to help and wanting to placate his young wife, who is furious at the idea of him paying any money for someone who is so unimportant. Superintendent Karandikar wants to bring in lots of police officers and capture the criminals. Only Inspector Ghote manages to stay focused on the real victim, the missing little boy, only a few years younger than his own son. It is a race against time for Ghote to deliver a ransom, follow the clues, and find the boy.

I really enjoy Keating's Inspector Ghote books. In some ways, Ghote reminds me of Inspector Alleyn. He is a very competent police officer, but he is also a complex human being with a good heart. These books are out of print, sadly, but they are well written and worth looking for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Ghote breaks an egg April 2, 2008
By Wright
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An interesting British author. His stories are slow in developing but mesmerizing as he tells the eccentricities of Indian culture while solving a mystery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars * December 19, 2012
By sydj
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Boring. What else can one say? It goes on and on and on without much plot development taking place. Not a barn burner, that's for sure.
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