The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ~ AudioBook Review

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ~ AudioBook Review

Back in September I had the pleasure of reading an ARC copy of this title, and then the audio became available.  Please read on for my review of the AudioBook version of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan, narrated by Sartaj Garewal, You can also see my review of the written version of this lovely and surprising mystery set in India by going HERE

AudioBook Review

I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of this title, as mentioned in my initial review of the ARC copy of this title, and I was not disappointed in the least. The option to review this title in audio, with a narrator that could bring the musical lilt and proper pronunciation to the words and names was one too good to pass up.

Chopra is engaging, and the dynamic of he and his inheritance, a baby elephant is wonderful. It’s hard to resist a baby elephant, and the intermixing of animal and the belief system of those in the story brought moments of true joy to this listen.  I enjoyed this opportunity to have a listen to a book I was already familiar with, finding new moments and nuanced elements to Chopra, while moments that were horrible in the first were doubly so here.

The writing for this story is lyrical and musical and the narration provided by Sartaj Garewal brought every moment of that musicality, accent, tone, delivery and pacing all transport the listener to Mumbai.  There is a particular patois to the names and words of India, soft and hard consonants and vowels work together in a pattern that has a distinct flow and metre, emotional context, stress, tension and sorrow all adjust that rhythm to provide a solid understanding of the emotions that should be present, and perhaps just aren’t, as the mystery and solution unfold.

Murder, mayhem and a conflicted, if not always patient, Inspector Chopra all combine in a wonderful story that transports listeners and readers to another place, one of conflicting and often contrasting ties to modernity and tradition.  A wonderful read or listen that will keep you coming back to passages, moments and imaginings.

Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5


The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ~ AudioBook Review

Title: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Author: Vaseem Khan
Narrator: Sartaj Garewal
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette Audio
Published on: 15 September, 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 296
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 17 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

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...

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan is the author of 'The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra', first in the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series set in India and featuring a baby elephant! He first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in the city of Mumbai, India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual sight he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his light-hearted crime novels.

Vaseem was born in London in 1973, went on to gain a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, before spending a decade on the subcontinent helping one of India's premier hotel groups establish a chain of five-star environmentally friendly 'ecotels' around the country. He returned to the UK in 2006 and has since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

4 responses to “The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ~ AudioBook Review

    • It’s a lovely story – I enjoyed the audio and the written versions. It reminded me, in a general way, of the stories of Alexander McCall-Smith

  1. I definitely want to read it then. I love Alexander McCall Smith’s Corduroy Mansion series and the No 1. Ladies Detective Agency series. 🙂

    • I’m not a huge fan of blurb notes that say “if you like X then you’ll like this” sort of things – but after listening to the audio – I realized that McCall Smith is a good comparable – especially No 1 … it’s got the same sort of ‘feel’ with characters (primary and secondary) that leave me with the same feelings and interest…

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