The Case of the Love Commandos

The Case of the Love Commandos

From the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator

Book - 2013
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Coming to the rescue of Ram and Tulsi, only to have Ram disappear, India's Love Commandos, a real-life group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, asks Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, to help them reunite the star-crossed lovers.

Simon and Schuster

Critics hailed The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, the last installment in the Vish Puri mystery series, as Tarquin Hall’s best yet, saying that each book has “raised the stakes subtly” (The Huffington Post) and provided readers with “a gently humorous take on life in contemporary India” (The Christian Science Monitor). Now, in The Case of the Love Commandos, Hall has upped the ante yet again, throwing more twists, turns, and surprises at India’s “Most Private Investigator” than ever before. When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family; he’s an Untouchable, from the lowest stratum of Indian society. Young Tulsi’s father locks her up and promises to hunt down the “loverboy dog.” Fortunately, India’s Love Commandos, a real-life group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. Just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place.

It falls to Vish Puri to track down Ram and reunite the star-crossed lovers. Unfortunately, Puri’s having a bad month. Not only did he fail to recover a stolen cache of jewels, but his wallet was filched and he has to rely on his Mummy-ji to get it back. To top it all off, his archrival, suave investigator Hari Kumar, is also trying to locate Ram. In the daring race to find Ram, Puri and his team must infiltrate Ram’s village and navigate the caste politics shaped by millennia-old prejudices.

With wildly entertaining prose, outsize characters, and a perfect sense of place, this modern tale of star-crossed lovers transports us deep into Indian history and culture. And as ever, Tarquin Hall’s gormandizing Punjabi detective is never short of a good curry.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451613261
Branch Call Number: Mystery Hall
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Love commandos


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Mar 15, 2018

An amusing and entertaining mystery, delving into the culture and ideals of India, as well as the food, political situation, corruption in government, and religious practices. All given in an amusing and fast paced story. A delightful read.

Nov 25, 2017

More twists and turns than San Francisco's Nob Hill occur in this mystery. Vish Puri constantly eating the various foods of India introduces the reader to Indian foods. The story moves from a love tragedy, to the slums, through the traffic congestion problems, betrayal, and dishonest government persons. Then there is mommy-ji and her nose for trouble. A page turner of easy reading mixed with our world today.

Jan 24, 2017

This series is great.! I always want a wonderful Indian meal after reading . Tarquin's characters are easy to like and laugh with! I so hope more books are in the works.

Jan 18, 2017

OK, Mr. Tarquin Hall. Don't just leave us hanging there after introducing a great new character and dropping intriguing hints about another character's past. We want more! This is my way of saying Tarquin Hall has done it again, with a story that entertains and enlightens at the same time -- but unfortunately this is the last story so far in the Vish Puri series. If it truly is the last, I'll very much miss Vish and his crew.

Jun 02, 2016

Delightful and funny suspense in New Delhi, India.

AuntJane Mar 29, 2015

The latest installment of the Vish Puri mystery series - I find them very enjoyable to read as a get away. I agree with a prior reviewer who compared it to McCall Smith's detective from Botswana - you get a sense of the rhythm of the country, people and food. (can't forget the food with Vish Puri!)

ChiPubLib_Adults Mar 05, 2014

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series should check out Tarquin Hall's light and enjoyable mystery series about PI Vish Puri, which just gets better and better. In the latest, Puri is called upon to help a member of the Love Commandos (which by the way is an actual organization in India "dedicated to helping India's lovebirds who want to marry for love"). In this story, a high-caste woman wants to escape an impending arranged marriage to marry a young untouchable, but he has gone missing. Hall writes lovingly about the culture (especially the foods) of India, where he has lived for over a decade.

hgeng63 Nov 01, 2013

The plot meanders all over India, but really, isn't that one of the reasons one enjoys this series? Some hilarious set-pieces with Vish Puri's Mummy-ji & some secondary characters. More idiomatic Indian English, please! With recipes.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 28, 2013

The underlying subplot of this novel was a little overly scientific for my understanding, but that didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. Those smarter or more genetically-inclined than I am might like it better. I was much more interested in the idea of the Love Commandos. Hall makes them sound like a cross between a spy ring and the Witness Protection Program.


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Jun 02, 2016

A light hearted detective story about New Delhi detective working on yet another case from a series of books. The book is a joy especially if one knows a little bit about India and specifically New Delhi area. In this book Vish Puri ventures out to Agra and other UP locations, which is nice as well. The book is very funny and characters charming. Very entertaining light read that keeps you guessing until the end.


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