Breaking and Entering
by H. R. F. Keating

Inspector Ghote, ‘one of the great creations of detective fiction’ (Alexander McCall Smith), is assigned Bombay’s second most important case: catching a mysterious cat burglar, who’s stealing priceless jewellery from the city’s richest, most influential women, in this classic mystery with a brand-new introduction by bestselling author Vaseem Khan.

All Bombay is buzzing with news of the murder of influential millionaire Anil Ajmani, who was found stabbed to death in his heavily guarded and tightly secured mansion. Every inspector in the Crime Branch hopes to be the one to nail the killer – and that includes the good-hearted Inspector Ganesh Ghote.

Unfortunately for Ghote, he is assigned another, less glorious, task: that of tracking down a cat burglar, known as Yeshwant, who has been scaling apartment buildings in the dead of night to steal valuable pieces of jewellery. Aided – or perhaps hampered – by his old friend and colleague Axel Svensson, who’s on a visit from Sweden, Ghote fights to uncover Yeshwant’s true identity – and finds that there is more to the case than first meets the eye . . .


Mr Keating has created in Inspector Ghote an enchanting and engaging character

P.D. James

The Inspector Ghote books … are quite exquisite, gentle novels that should find their place on any list of good crime fiction

Alexander McCall Smith

Keating is an immensely talented author who has delighted fans for decades with his wonderfully witty Inspector Ghote


Inspector Ghote is a most appealing sleuth, a little shy and uncertain of himself, but dogged and determined when it comes to ferreting out the truth

Publishers Weekly

Mr Keating has a long-established winner in his sympathetic and lively hero

The Times

H.R.F Keating’s novels about Bombay policeman Ganesh Ghote are masterpieces of imagination

Time Magazine

H. R. F. Keating

H. R. F. Keating, known as Harry to his family and friends, was born in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, in 1926. He was educated at Merchant Taylors School in London and Trinity College, Dublin, before training as a journalist. As well as publishing over sixty books in his lifetime, Keating was the crime fiction reviewer for The Times for fifteen years and held many prestigious roles, including Chairman of the Society of Authors and President of the Detection Club.Keating’s first novel about Inspector Ghote, The Perfect Murder, won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and an Edgar Allen Poe Special Award, and was later made into a film by Merchant Ivory. He subsequently won many more awards, including the CWA’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature. He lived in London with his wife, the actor Sheila Mitchell, until his death in 2011, aged eighty-four.

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Breaking and Entering by H. R. F. Keating is available in the following formats

Ebook *97814483040661st January 2099N/A272$6.99
Ebook *97814483040663rd November 2020N/A272£4.99
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