Mulholland signs Mumbai detective tale

Mulholland signs Mumbai detective tale

Hodder & Stoughton’s crime imprint Mulholland Books has acquired a new Mumbai-set series about a retired inspector and his unlikely sidekick – a baby elephant.

Editor Ruth Tross acquired world English rights in four books by Vaseem Khan from Euan Thorneycroft at AM Heath.

The books focus on Inspector Ashwin Chopra, a well-respected, incorruptible police officer forced into early retirement.

In the first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, a baby elephant called Ganesha – a bequest from his uncle – arrives on Chopra's last day at work. Meanwhile, Chopra begins to investigate a murder that no one wants acknowledged.

Tross said: “From the opening line to the final sentence I was utterly gripped and charmed by this debut. It doesn’t shy away from the corruption and upheaval taking place as India’s economy booms, but it also captures what makes it such an exciting and wonderful country. It will work for all those who first fell in love with the Ladies’ Detective Agency, as well as the reading group audience for books like The Hundred-Year-Old Man. Chopra is the perfect upstanding detective, and he and Ganesha are a brilliant double act.”

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra will be published in hardback in August 2015.