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
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
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
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 17 minutes
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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.