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Vaseem Khan - Author

About the Author

Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels. He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

Author photo © Nirupama Khan

 

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Bad Day at the Vulture Club Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5

Bad Day at the Vulture Club Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest. The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared. When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence - where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures - the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced. Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low...

Bad Day at the Vulture Club Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5

Bad Day at the Vulture Club Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2019

In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest. The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared. When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence - where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures - the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced. Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low...

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

In this enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century Mumbai's iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. Anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder . . . So when the body of American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found, the pressure is on to label it a suicide. But then Chopra is called in . . . and finds a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead. Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . . PRAISE FOR THE SERIES 'A most beguiling series' Financial Times 'Utterly charming' Guardian 'Colour and atmosphere flows out of every page' Daily Express

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra Baby Ganesh Agency Book 1

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra Baby Ganesh Agency Book 1

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2018

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 discovers that he has inherited an elephant: an unlikely gift that could not be more inconvenient. For Chopra has one last case to solve... But as his murder investigation leads him across Mumbai - from its richest mansions to its murky underworld - he quickly discovers that a baby elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs. So begins the start of a quite unexpected partnership, and an utterly delightful new series.

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder... When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead. Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace Baby Ganesh Agency Book 4

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder... When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead. Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

The enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel sees Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigating the dark side of Bollywood. Mumbai thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters. But 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 sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world's most flamboyant movie industry. As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture. And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction... See what everyone is saying about this brilliant read: 'I am in love with this series.' Goodreads reviewer 'First class read.' Amazon reviewer '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. ' Goodreads reviewer 'A brilliant addition to the series' Amazon reviewer 'I couldn't put it down... This is a real treasure of a book.' Goodreads reviewer

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Baby Ganesh Agency Book 3

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel sees Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigating the dark side of Bollywood. Mumbai thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters. But 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 sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world's most flamboyant movie industry. As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture. And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction...

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown Baby Ganesh Agency Book 2

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown Baby Ganesh Agency Book 2

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

The second book in the heartwarming and charming Baby Ganesh series. For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man - and his elephant - can possibly crack this case...

Ein Elefant fur Inspector Chopra

Ein Elefant fur Inspector Chopra

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2017

Am Tag seiner Pensionierung stolpert Inspector Chopra gleich uber zwei mysteriose Ereignisse: Das erste ist der ratselhafte Fall eines ertrunkenen Jungen, dessen Tod niemanden zu kummern scheint. Die zweite Uberraschung ist ein Babyelefant. Chopra nimmt sich beider an. Ohne seine Polizeimarke, dafur aber mit tatkraftiger Unterstutzung von Elefantenbaby Ganesha, sucht er jeden Winkel Mumbais nach dem Morder des Jungen ab. Er muss bald feststellen, dass sowohl an seinem Fall als auch an seinem neuen Schutzling mehr dran ist, als es auf den ersten Blick scheint.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra Baby Ganesh Agency Book 1

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra Baby Ganesh Agency Book 1

Author: Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Harold Fry. 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...