A Very Insipid Passionby Raghu N. Mitra
Dr. Martin, a Forensic Consultant to the City of New York, is called to see a patient who has tried to commit suicide. Patient's name is Dr. Alexander Bloorwoise (pronounced: Blair). He is a retired English physician. He remains depressed. As therapy progresses, he talks about the past. Especially how he lost his best friend while he was training to be a surgeon. His friend Seth left him a first edition of Agatha Christie's The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. Dr. Bloorwoise goes to the village of Lassington to practice and meets Selma Grey. Selma Grey soon causes havoc in the village. Blackmail. Selma Grey dies, of tetanus, attended in her last minutes by Dr. Bloorwoise. Dr. Bloorwoise has developed a passion for old Golden Age Mysteries and especially Agatha Christie. Since he was reading the Murder of Roger Ackroyd before Selma's death, it is assumed he killed her. Did he? He leaves England and later settles in New York. When Curtain comes out, he cannot read it. It is as if he cannot stand the death of his best friend. Is that the reason for his continued depression? Dr. Martin is sorely puzzled. Dr. Bloorwoise himself comes up with a suggestion: if he could participate in the investigation of a very intricate murder case! Dr. Martin is the only physician who can help him. For his best friend is Detective Halley Willard, the person in charge of the Mayor's vaunted Anti-bias crime unit. A case comes up which seems totally out of the ordinary. A young man is killed, shot to death on the streets of Manhattan, in the early hours of the morning by a woman. There is an eyewitness. Mysteries pile up. Who was the young man who was murdered? No one can find hisantecedents. In his pocket were found two fruits: apple and guava and a roast sweet potato. His girl friend, Eve is prime suspect. Meanwhile, the city tycoon, a millionaire named Dabnor Champion shows unusual interest in the murder. He is the Mayor's biggest supporter. His girl friend Gregorina consults Martin. What was happening in the Champion penthouse? Martin gets involved. Inspector Dobbelia Smith, an outspoken but not too bright detective is in charge of the murder case. She bungles the initial investigation. Alexander Bloorwoise steps in and aids the police to look for the murderer in the right place. Halley's career is on the line, suddenly, as newspapers in an election year, scream for blood. Another murder happens before the end. Is the end really the end? Was justice served?
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If you would like to relax and have your brain tickled and challenged simultaneously, just pick up a copy of 'A Very Insipid Passion' and start reading. Moreover, should you be a lover of Golden Age Mysteries you might chuckle as you respectfully suggest to the immortal Agatha Christie that she move over to make room for R.N. Mitra. This is a most enjoyable read.
A Forensic Psychiatrist covering for a vacationing colleague, is summoned to attend a patient on 'suicidal watch.' Following his discharge from the hospital, the patient consults the psychiatrist about his continued depression. Early on the depression's source is established as an addicition to the mysteries of Agatha Christie which are no longer available since the author's death. This constitutes the 'Insipid Passion' of the title. The patient becomes an armchair sleuth, investigating a murder in tandem with the psychiatrist. The felicitous results are solving the murder and recovering from his depression as well. Mr. Mitra's writing reflects the liquid and solid gastronomic features currently popular in many recent novels. Some of his personal favorites are 10 year old single malt Scotch, Courvoisier VSOP and exotic edibles such as Quail Liver Pate appetizers. What makes this first novel interesting are the witty exchanges and colorful metaphors that enliven so many pages, and the narrator's psychiatric background which contributes an unusual, fresh approach to what is frequently a morbid subject: the patient.