Friday, September 4, 2015

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Inspector Chopra is retired now.  But when he sees a man he thought was dead, he just can't stop investigating...

Redhook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.

I loved this story.  The human trafficking is awful but how can you not enjoy a policeman who's new assistant is a baby elephant?  His uncle left him the baby as part of his inheritance.  (Who gives away baby elephants?)  The elephant isn't eating so he's worried about his health.  He looks like he's grieving, will he live or die?  He names it Ganesh, talks to the zoo vet, and arranges for it to go a conservation site.  At the time, it sounded a good solution.

When he determines the bad man never died, he's going to take him down.  So he's not a cop anymore; it doesn't mean he lost his investigative skills!  It takes some doing to find a man in hiding.  He's also investigating the death of a young man who shouldn't have drowned; he's sure it's murder.  But the police are closing the case.  So now he has two cases to pursue.  It's OK, he doesn't have much else to do.

In the meantime, his wife thinks he has another woman because he's gone so much and she can't have a child.  His mother-in-law is just plain cranky.  When Ganesh gets flooded, he takes him in the apartment and creates quite an upset all around.  Poppy medicates the elephant so he doesn't catch cold, then he's returned to the yard below.

Chopra is just lucky the elephant has taken a liking to him.  Before the story is over, Ganesh saves his life twice.  Ganesh has also secured his home with them.  I can't wait to read more in this series.  Chopra is setting up a private investigator's business and Ganesh will be helping him with it.  I can see more fun in the future books about this family.



Dear Jo Ann

A friend forwarded your review of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra to me and I just couldnt help but post a thank you. I am the author, and I really loved how you picked up on the different aspects of the book. Most of all, yes, it's fun!
I also love your Book Faery site ... you should be very proud. It's getting harder and harder to spread the magic of reading to younger audiences - who have video games, social media etc to distract them - so anyone who is trying deserves all the support they can get,

Vaseem Khan, UK

Jo Ann Hakola said...

You're very welcome. I loved the book and hope there will be more tales of the Inspector and his baby elephant.

To me, reading is a very important part of life. I can travel to different parts of the world, learn new words, read about important cultural differences and geography, and escape from my world a little while. I try to infect other people with the bug of reading!

Thanks very much for your comments.