The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

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On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.

As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs...
Publisher: New York : Redhookp, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316386821
Characteristics: 316 pages ;,21 cm


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Nov 06, 2018

This book was a delightful, multi-layered light mystery set in Delhi, India, and also a nice book on the intricacies of life in Delhi. A recently retired policeman It is definitely entertaining and heartwarming. Chopra had to retire early after having a heart attack, but he couldn't stop thinking of the death of a young man which was marked as a suicide. Chopra is very honest and a good detective. The addition of a baby elephant who loves Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate adds to this story! It is the first book in the series, of which three more are available.

BTW, I do not see any record that this is a Young Adult book. It is listed in regular ficture.

ArapahoeElizabeth Aug 10, 2018

It's just great, heartwarming, fun mystery book with a cute baby elephant playing a key role in the story?

Jul 09, 2018

Do not let the fact that this is a young adult's book stop you from reading this most enjoyable book. It doesn't really fit with what I have learned from my Sikh friends, but the Inspector is not Sikh. It is like no other cop story I've encountered, and although the adopting of a single elephant is as horrifying (and cruel) as adopting a single goat to me, it does make for a fun story. (Come on, who wouldn't like to see an elephant in a 14th floor apartment?) The characters are vivid and funny (for the reader, not to the Inspector). Great summer afternoon read. I started The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown the morning after I finished this book.

Jun 11, 2018

Enjoyable read plus interesting information about elephants and India. Plot and action were not very credible at times but recommend this story for "light" reading.

gailbro Mar 26, 2018

First in a series that is well written with humorous plots!

JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

This was a great find and I cannot wait to read the other sequels. Really well done!

Jan 04, 2017

Found it a very good read. lots of information about modern india. And I just love the cute elephany. A good partnership. look orward to many of their cases and adventures

Aug 03, 2016

Style is somewhat patronizing...reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith and his African stories. Interesting read nonetheless.

Apr 30, 2016

Looking forward to next book!!

SPL_Robyn Apr 04, 2016

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette April, 2016.

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SPL_Robyn Apr 04, 2016

In the span of one day, Inspector Ashwin Chopra enters into forced retirement, uncovers a mystery no one wanted solved, and inherits a baby elephant. All three are a problem to Chopra.

He does want to be retired. A policeman known for his integrity for more than thirty years, one of the most respected men on the Mumbai force, Chopra resents the heart condition which forces him into retirement. He resents the new head of police who refuses to investigate the death of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks. He resents having a baby elephant foisted upon him from his late, lamented, eccentric uncle.

But Chopra is also man with time on his hands, a sense of justice that cannot be easily retired, and compassion for the little grieving elephant who seems to have given up on life. He also has a deep love for his country, no matter how bewilderingly fast it is changing, and for his wife, known as Poppy.

As Poppy frets over Chopra’s health and worries about her own childlessness, Chopra takes the elephant – he names Ganesha - in hand as he searches Mumbai for answers. He needs answers to the young man’s death, and answers on how to aid an ailing pachyderm. What he uncovers is a big picture of just how much his beloved country has changed, answers regarding his own family, and forges a new purpose for himself, Poppy and the Cadbury Dairy Milk-loving Baby Ganesha.

This is the first in a spellbinding new detective series, one that expertly emotes the sights, sounds and smells of India – the good, the bad and the ugly. Author Vaseem Khan gives us an honest hero in Chopra, a mystery worth several evenings of contemplation, and one of the most unusual sidekicks ever brought to life on page.

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