Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you'd expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency. His colleagues are a band of gleefully amoral and brilliant screw-ups: Ken and Clive, brutal ex-cops who are also a couple; Mark Chapman, a burned-out stoner hiding a great mind; Marcie Holder, a cheerful former publicist; Benjamin Lee, a techie prankster from South London; David Okri, an ambitious lawyer from a well-connected Nigerian family; and Olivia Wong, an upper-class Hong Kong financial analyst hiding her true skills as one of the most dangerous hackers in the world - all under the watchful eye of Roger Golden, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire, and his mysterious office manager, Cheryl Hughes. Thrust into a world where the rich, famous, and powerful hire him to solve their problems and wash their dirty laundry, Ravi finds himself in over his head with increasingly bizarre and complex cases - and the visions that he's been having of Hindu gods aren't helping. As Ravi struggles to stay ahead of danger, he wonders if the things he's seeing are a delusion - or if he might, in fact, be an unrecognised shaman of the modern world....
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Yes. There is a great diversity of characters in this book. There is lots of LGBTQ+ representation, a variety of races and backgrounds. That’s is nice to see, especially because it’s not a big deal and everyone carries on with life as normal.
This has hints of The Rivers if London by Ben Aaronovitch but with much more focus on the investigation and believing the answer is in our world rather a magical/spiritual/supernatural one.
It was a bit difficult to distinguish between characters at times. Ramamurthy doesn’t differentiate men and woman’s voices and does his one American accent for 5 different people - and that’s about all you get. It’s usually clear by context though so wait 5 seconds and you’ll catch up. Anyone not fully converted to audio might prefer to read a text edition though.
I’m still unclear what role the gods serve. Maybe that’s the point! But I hope we see more of them in future books.
- Tracy Gribble