The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

Mumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters.But as Chopra is about to discover, even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending. Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma's formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidek...

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ISBN:0316434515
Number of Pages:400 pages

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Reviews

  • Chloe

    I am in love with this series. I am in love with The Chopras and this yummy baby elephant. I love Mumbai (or as I call it "Bombay"). In the latest installment, Mr. Khan has burst out; layering #3 with even more details and making the entire location and characters become even more vivid. I read it with a Bombay map (and I use maps quite a lot when I read ) so I knew just where we were most of the time. My map was dated - thus some things had not yet been built but I now know residential location

    I am in love with this series. I am in love with The Chopras and this yummy baby elephant. I love Mumbai (or as I call it "Bombay"). In the latest installment, Mr. Khan has burst out; layering #3 with even more details and making the entire location and characters become even more vivid. I read it with a Bombay map (and I use maps quite a lot when I read ) so I knew just where we were most of the time. My map was dated - thus some things had not yet been built but I now know residential locations, localities and destinations.( And I confess, I love the appearance of a map in the front of any book set in a real place; with the glossary, the reader becomes a true participant in the tale). But an updated map is easy to find (Google helps!) and this is super third book establishes The Baby Ganesh Agency to the numerous thriller/detective series that have become popular. Keating started this trend many years ago, but few others have located the action in Mumbai and the window opened by Vaseem Khan on this fabulous city is so good it delights me. The ending was a surprise and I did not see it coming - always the sign of good mystery. I can only hope that Mr. Khan has many more Ganeshas in the wings. I await another adventure with all the cast assembled and I hope others discover this series and love it just as much as I do.

  • Kat

    Another brilliant installment from the wonderful Inspector Chopra & his sidekick elephant, Ganesha. I can't recommend these highly enough for any cosy crime fan.

  • Joseph Burt

    I can honestly say that I struggle with 364 days of the year when I do not have a new Vaseem Khan book to read. In his third foray into fiction, I have read it, as usual, in one day. The story is riveting, the narrative is fluid, the action is suspenseful and I love the pleasure I get when I read his books.

    This book will appeal to those who love the cozy mystery and also those who enjoy books about different locales. Vaseem Khan weaves the history and scenery of India into his narrative.

    I have

    I can honestly say that I struggle with 364 days of the year when I do not have a new Vaseem Khan book to read. In his third foray into fiction, I have read it, as usual, in one day. The story is riveting, the narrative is fluid, the action is suspenseful and I love the pleasure I get when I read his books.

    This book will appeal to those who love the cozy mystery and also those who enjoy books about different locales. Vaseem Khan weaves the history and scenery of India into his narrative.

    I have enjoyed each of his novels and I highly recommend his work.

  • Barbara

    Great fun (with moments of danger, social conscious and key characters with hearts of gold). As over the top as a Bollywood movie ... it even includes some dance sequences.

  • Julie

    The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Kahn is a 2017 Redhook/ Mullholland Books publication.

    Zany and thought provoking-

    Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, find themselves embroiled in the underbelly of the Bollywood film industry when the hottest heartthrob Vikram Verma mysteriously disappears. His famous mother is desperate to locate her son, but instead of going to the police, she hires Chopra.

    While Chopra is navigating his way through his investigatio

    The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Kahn is a 2017 Redhook/ Mullholland Books publication.

    Zany and thought provoking-

    Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, find themselves embroiled in the underbelly of the Bollywood film industry when the hottest heartthrob Vikram Verma mysteriously disappears. His famous mother is desperate to locate her son, but instead of going to the police, she hires Chopra.

    While Chopra is navigating his way through his investigation, Chopra’s assistant, Rangwalla is investigating a case where eunuchs housed in a slum, overseen by the Queen of Mysore, are being taken to a mansion to engage in various avenues of performance arts over the weekend, then brought back home. Something smells fishy and the Queen wants to find out what is really going on.

    The title of this book and that eye-popping cover caught my attention, and so on a whim, I checked it out of the library. I did not notice, until after I had finished the book, that is was the third book in a series. Oh well- it reads fine as a stand- alone and I now have a little incentive to check out the first two books of these series.

    I really enjoyed the cultural details in this novel, the vibrant descriptions of Mumbai, and the charming baby elephant, Ganesha.

    But, despite the obvious cultural differences, the movie industry, whether it is Hollywood or Bollywood, is still just smoke and mirrors, exactly like you’ve always heard. But, despite being a seasoned police officer and private detective, Chopra still experiences some disillusionment as he searches for Vicky.

    By stark contrast, the reader is taken to the seamier side, which is a different and very sobering reality check for the reader. Rangwalla’s case is heartbreaking and tragic, and while I loved the redemptive aspects, and the life lessons applied to Chopra’s case, this one made a larger impact on me.

    Overall, I enjoyed this novel, which served as a nice escape into another culture, and the mild humor, plus, its use of terms and names I don’t see or hear every day provided me with a chance to learn new words and even prompted me to do a few Google searches and to add a Bollywood film to my Netflix queue, just out of curiosity. So, it was also a learning experience.

    I also liked how the author added a moral to the story, which provided the characters a chance to develop and grow. While that may seem a tad cliché, it still worked as a cautionary tale.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t give Ganesha at least an honorable mention. The elephant is an unusual pet to adopt, but he was hilarious and added much charm to the story.

    The two mysteries included are not violently graphic, but there is an emotional tug from time to time. The language is mild as well, making this a novel that leans a little in the ‘cozy’ direction and is one nearly any mystery lover could get into and enjoy. So, on occasion, following one of my whims pays off!

    I will definitely check out the first two books in the series, which I hope will keep me contented until the fourth book is released.


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