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by Lost Button Publishing, 20 July 2015. ISBN: 978-1-512252163.
A very different setting is
envisaged here!We are in Goa with
Detective Arthur Chupplejeep as he attempts to apply Poirot's methods to
solving a murder.The victim is Sandeep
Shah found naked in the garden of the house where he has lodgings.He has a gash on his head which is obviously
the cause of death.
details really establish the very different society that we see here.This is a village in which relationships have
reference to one's job and to one's antecedents.Behaviour has to be correct and food plays an
enormous part in life.Chupplejeep and
his assistant,Police Officer Pankaj,
find that the victim is a womaniser and this, they feel, has caused his death
so they question the women in his life.They also consider the effects of Shah's actions on the men affected by
Shah's attractiveness to women.
problems, concern the two officers.While Pankaj is a neophyte hoping to learn from a clever superior,
Chupplejeep has professional and personal issues with which to grapple.He has a girlfriend hoping for marriage and to
whom he is reluctant to commit; his position as an honest cop means that he
fears he will not achieve advancement in a fairly corrupt system.
final showdown with witnesses gathered (but not quite in the Poirot style!)
leads to a satisfactory solution.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is the first of a planned series of Chupplejeep Mysteries.
Marissa de Lunais an up-and-coming young author with a
passion for writing, travel and adventure. Marissa grew up in Goa before she
moved to Oxford but her time spent in Goa has always been an inspiration to
her. On a recent trip there, in awe of the tranquility and charm of the rural
villages, she conceived the idea of Detective Chupplejeep. Under the Coconut
Tree is her third novel. It is the first book in the lighthearted
Detective Chupplejeep series
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.