Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker Inspector Ghote embarks on one of his strangest cases when he is ordered to prevent a murder - the killing of a precious flamingo in the Bombay zoo. And then there is the racehorse fancied to win the local Derby, which gets replaced by a donkey...
Dogged as ever by misfortunes and saddled with a sergeant of hilarious incompetence, he finds things going disastrously wrong. Little by little he realises that a monstrous practical joker is at work perpetrating a series of hoaxes on a choice selection of respectable Bombay citizens.
But then the fun stops and Inspector Ghote has a murder on his hands - and one rather more serious than that of a flamingo.
H R F Keating is at the peak of his form in a story as odd as it is mystifying. 'Virtuous, good-natured, not very efficient. . the Inspector is a fine comic character.' Julian Symons, Sunday Times
'The Inspector himself is as endearing as ever.' Daily Telegraph
'Inspector Ghote is that rare thing, a vivid recognisable character.' Anthony Lejeune, Tablet
Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes An American visitor to India meets a violent death on the road from Bombay to Poona.
When Inspector Ghote is called in to investigate, it soon becomes apparent that, as usual, nothing is as it seems - and he is soon swept into a series of adventures which force him to question all his notions of loyalty.
Caught in the meshes of intrigue, Ghote finds himself pulled between two conflicting secret services - the mysterious Special Investigations Agency and the elusive, fanatical India First Group - even the famous erotic carvings of Indian temple architecture pay an unexpected part. Inexplicable events lead Ghote further into danger as he finds himself trapped in the line of fire when guns start to blaze. .
Severn House edition
Paperback - Null (1998)
The Perfect Murder Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award
(American re-issue by Academy Chicago at $10.95)
It is just Inspector Ghote's luck to be landed with the case of the Perfect Murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police. For in this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. And if this were not enough, Ghote finds himself having to investigate the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts. "If people would only behave in a simple, reasonable, logical way", sighs the Inspector as he struggles through the quagmires of incompetence and corruption to solve these curious crimes. The Perfect Murder won both an Edgar Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Golden Dagger from the English Crime Writers Association. This is the first in the Ghote series. 'How pleasant to meet Mr Ghote! He is one of the most engaging of fictional detectives' Edmund Crispin
A Rush on the Ultimate To all appearances, Humphrey Boddershaw, the amiable headmaster of Ambrose House Preparatory School for Boys is a man with hardly a care - or an enemy - in the world. How deceptive appearances prove to be when a house party assembles at Ambrose House early in September for a week of croquet matches. One of the guests, Cicely Ravell, makes no secret of the fact that she finds her host to be a violent and wicked man. The local police superintendent reports there is a convict on the loose who has an old score to settle with Humphrey. Then, one night at dinner, Humphrey's own niece threatens to kill him. Still, it gives everyone something of a start when Humphrey Boddershaw is found murdered. And something of a jolt as they begin to realize that someone staying at Ambrose House is quite probably a murderer.
Crime Club Selection - American Edition