Vaseem Khan

Interviewed 13 May 2017

Vaseem Khan

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.

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star is his third novel featuring Insp (Rtd) Chopra and his young sidekick, Ganesha, the elephant.

Books by Vaseem Khan

The Dying Day

Persis Wadia, India’s first female detective, returns to investigate the disappearance of an academic and a valuable copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Chris Roberts

Midnight at Malabar House

In an India still adjusting to independence, a junior female detective is assigned to investigate the murder of a prominent English diplomat.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Chris Roberts

Bad Day at the Vulture Club

In the latest adventures of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency, ex-Inspector Chopra and his friends investigate the murder of a prominent Parsee.

Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

Retired police inspector Ashwin Chopra takes on the case of a man found dead in the Grand Raj Palace hotel, while his wife Poppy is kept busy seeking a reluctant bride.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

The Baby Ganesh Detective Agency is called into action once again when an actor vanishes, disrupting the filming of a big-budget Bollywood spectacular.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Peplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

Inspector Chopra (ret’d) is actually present when the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from its display case, and to save an old friend must help to ensure its recovery.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

On his final day at work, Inspector Chopra receives a report of a suspicious death. He also inherits a baby elephant.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Chris Roberts