Doing Wrong
by H. R. F. Keating

Inspector Ghote, ‘one of the great creations of detective fiction’ (Alexander McCall Smith), plays an unwitting game of cat and mouse with a cunning killer in the holy city of Benares, in this classic mystery with a brand-new introduction by bestselling author Vaseem Khan.

The late Mrs Shoba Popatkar was a beloved national figure, known throughout India for her lifelong commitment to virtuous causes. But now her life has been brutally snuffed out, and the killer comes from the most unlikely place: the holy city of Banares, where the waters of the Ganges welcome thousands for the ultimate pilgrimage.

Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID, sent to investigate the peculiar circumstances surrounding her murder, feels only too keenly the official pressure to come up with a simple solution. But the clues are scanty, and his only guide in the unfamiliar city is a garrulous old inspector who seems determined to tell Ghote every historical anecdote he knows.

Little does Ghote know, however, that every misstep brings him closer to the killer – but the price of solving the case may be more than he is willing to pay . . .


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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Doing Wrong by H. R. F. Keating is available in the following formats

Ebook *97814483040351st October 2020N/A224$6.99
Ebook *97814483040351st October 2020N/A224£4.99
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