Sunday, July 28, 2019

On My Radar: Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Reincarnated Client

Never underestimate the power of the printed word. Back when I was growing up in a small farm town in central Illinois, the most adventurous restaurants got with their food was Italian or Mexican, and there weren't many of those. I mainly remember McDonald's, Godfather's Pizza, and a steakhouse or two. Sure, there was more selection if you had the money to go to a fancy restaurant, but it seems to me that the increased selection was more in the line of seafood. That's how I grew up, and that's how it was for a good part of my life. Until I started reading Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri mystery series set in New, Delhi, India, that is.

Of course, it helped that I married an Englishman who loves a good curry, although I've noticed that he's stopped eating spicy foods hot enough to melt the fillings in his teeth. But there was something about Tarquin Hall's descriptions of Indian food that compelled me to try it. I have, I love it, and I have his private detective Vish Puri to thank for it.

It's been six years since the last Vish Puri mystery, and I'd given up hope that I'd ever see one again. This series is marvelous for its sense of place, humor, characters, and stories. I startled the neighborhood dogs with my "YaHOOOOOOOOO!" when I learned that there's a new Vish Puri coming out. Let's take a look!

Available in the UK 31 October 2019 & in the US February 1, 2020!

"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 will be available in the UK on 31 October 2019 and  February 1, 2020 in the U.S. I can't wait!


  1. Oh, I am so happy about this, Cathy! This is such a good series, and I have missed it. The setting, the characters (I love Mummy-Ji) - it's all great.

    1. I didn't like Mummy-ji to begin with, but she's really came into her own in the last book or so.

  2. Thank you for the alert! I love these books!

    1. You're welcome! Let me tell you, it made my day when I found out about this.


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