Jun 23, 2012

Sunday Salon: Books Set in Asia

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I was really happy to receive two surprise books yesterday, thanks to the publishers, both novels set in India.

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery by Tarquin Hall will be released July 10, 2012 by Simon and Schuster. It's a mystery novel set in New Delhi. I've read The Case of the Missing Servant, the first in the series, and really enjoyed the main character, India's P.I. Vish Puri.

I received the ARC of Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman, the first in a planned series of books featuring Jana Bibi, her chatty parrot, and her housekeeper, living in Hamara Nagar, India. The book will be released July 17, 2012 by Henry Holt.

I'm in the middle of reading
Mingmei Yip's Skeleton Women, a novel set in early 1930s Shanghai,
finished The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam, set in the Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and
finished The Fear Artist (A Poke Rafferty Thriller) by Timothy Hallinan, a thriller set in Bangkok.

I plan to write reviews of the above three but may not post two of them till their release dates in the U.S! These books are going to take some thinking to review; they are pretty complex, with complex settings, and complex situations and characters. But I think I'll enjoy doing it.

What's on your plate for the next couple of weeks?


  1. I really enjoy reading books set in India, and that mystery sounds like fun!

  2. I'm having a heck of a time with the comments today...Blogger doesn't like me.

    Great books....Hope you enjoy them!


  3. I have never read a fiction book based in India. Look forward to the reviews.

  4. I really haven't read enough books set in Asia. I have been trying to change that.The cover of The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a good one. I only have my math textbook on my plate right now but hopefully I can read a few pages of The Memory of Love, set in Sierra Leone today. Have a great week.

  5. I haven't ever read a book set in India and I must say these look good. Going to investigate. Thank you for sharing!!

    Have an awesome week!

  6. Those look like fun! I've read a couple of the Vish Puri mysteries and liked them very much. I hope you enjoy the new one!

  7. These sound great! India isn't a place that my books are usually set in.

  8. I've got Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes in my TBR pile too. It looks like it'll be good!


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