Mystery Monday: ‘The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra’

Mystery Monday Book Club
For March, the Mystery Monday Book Club reads 'The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra' by Vaseem Khan. Join the discussion Monday, March 25, 5 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library.

“The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra” offers an up close, lighthearted look at life in one of the world’s largest cities — Mumbai.

By British author Vaseem Khan, the book is the first in his series of Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels. It was published in 2015 by Red Hook and became a New York Times bestseller.

Grab a copy and join the discussion when the Mystery Monday Book Club takes up meets Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. The meeting takes place in the Shelter Island Public Library’s Community Room.


The author sums up the book this way:

“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. The second is a baby elephant.

“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 there may be a great deal more than he thought to this case and his new ward”.

About the author

“I first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when I arrived in the city of Mumbai, India to work as a management consultant,” the author says on his website,

“It was the most unusual sight I had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind my Baby Ganesh series of light-hearted crime novels.”

Khan was born in London in 1973 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Long School of Economics. He spent a decade on the subcontinent helping one of India’s premier hotel groups establish a chain environmentally friendly ‘ecotels’, according to his webiste.

“I returned to the UK in 2006 and have since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where I am continually amazed at the way modern science is being used to tackle crime,” he says.

“Elephants are third on my list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.”

Read ‘The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra’

Pick up a bound copy at the library, or borrow the e-book at Live-brary.

Live-brary is an online service of the public libraries of Suffolk County. If you haven’t already registered, it’s easy to do. Simply sign in with your Shelter Island Public Library card. You can download e-books, or order hard copies of books to be delivered to the Circulation Desk.

Drop by the Circulation Desk if you need some assistance.

Other literary groups at the library

Mysteries not your thing? The library has lots of literary groups to choose from. Monthly, it hosts the Shelter Island Library Book Club, a Classics Club, a Cookbook Club, and Shakespeare in Community.

Weekly, the library hosts the Art/Rich Poetry Roundtable, which meets Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the Book Sale room.

Find more programs by visiting the library’s calendar of events at


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