A Spider in the Cup (Joe Sandilands Series #11)

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A Spider in the Cup (Joe Sandilands Series #11)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Cleverly squanders a promising premise in her uneven 11th mystery featuring Scotland Yard’s Joe Sandilands (after 2012’s Not My Blood). At the 1933 World Economic Conference in London, Sandilands has the major responsibility of protecting U.S. Senator Cornelius Kingstone, one of FDR’s closest advisers. Whether America will adopt an aggressive posture against Nazi Germany is still up in the air, making Kingstone’s safety a national priority for the Brits. Meanwhile, an eccentric group of dowsers digging in a Thames riverbank unearth a woman’s corpse, with her right big toe severed and a gold coin in her mouth. Sandilands delegates that investigation to a subordinate, even as he suspects a possible link between the woman’s murder and his primary mission. Those expecting a well-crafted murder puzzle will be disappointed, though as she has in the past, the author may well return to form next time. Agent: Juliet Burton, Juliet Burton Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.)
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Praise for A Spider in the Cup

"Intricate and intimate, Cleverly’s series melds the whodunit with the political thriller. “A Spider in the Cup” burnishes her bona fides as she once again pulls off a chilling and charming story with an engaging hero, a dose of leavening wit and a keen sense of history."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Secret societies, economic and political power plays, and assassins on the loose share space in...[an] involving tale, marked by historical, cultural, and literary references, stiff-upper-lip dialogue, and occasionally surprising wittiness." 

"A dangerous game set against a roiling historical backdrop."

"Cleverly writes extremely well of the era that she is evoking.... [A Spider in the Cup] explores economic and political tensions of the times."
—Deadly Pleasures

"[A] suspenseful and intricate tale of honor and betrayal." 
—Suspense Magazine

A Spider in the Cup is an intriguing mix of history and murder mystery.... Another solid entry in this series, one definitely worth seeking out.”
—Mysterious Reviews

“Cleverly's strength is in her ability to pick readers up and place them in a different time and place through vivid descriptions of everything from the scenery to the sounds and aromas of the place.... The author pulls in readers [with] her marvelously colorful characters.”
—Reviewing the Evidence

Praise for Barbara Cleverly

New York Times Book Review

"Cleverly's crisp prose and solid cast of supporting characters ... make the book a delight to read."
Denver Post

"Stylish and intricate.... Cleverly has perfect pitch for period and place, whether her hero is unearthing evil in India, England or France."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A great blood and guts blockbuster."

"The appearance of a Joe Sandilands book is always welcomed by fans of this intelligent and gripping series."
—San Jose Mercury

Library Journal
The Great Depression and London’s 1933 World Economic Conference serve as backdrop to Cleverly’s 11th whodunit featuring Scotland Yard investigator Joe Sandilands (Not My Blood). Tapped to protect U.S. senator and FDR confidant Cornelius Kingstone during the crucial summit, the detective crosses paths with a shady FBI agent who served under Sandilands in World War I and may still hold a grudge against his former commander. Further complicating matters are the unknown whereabouts of Kingstone’s prima ballerina paramour, the whisperings of a secret society bent on derailing the conference, and the not-so-coincidental discovery on the banks of the Thames of a young woman’s corpse.

Verdict The Sandilands series has lost some steam since Cleverly transplanted her sleuth from India to England, and this latest installment doesn’t do much to right the ship. Heavy with tedious, politically charged dialog and light on suspense, this title likely will turn off newcomers and mostly appeal to longtime fans determined to stick with Joe through thick and thin.—Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616952884
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Joe Sandilands Series , #11
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 699,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013


    Drags and one has no interest in the characters or what happens. I have not read others in series and this does not lead me to trying another. Expected more and i did read it thru expecting it to improve page counter

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Slow to Start

    While I am a great fan of Barbara Cleverly, this is not one of her best. I found myself putting it down and reading other books and then coming back to it several times. Not her usual sit up and finish it in one night writing. That said, it is neverless the less a good read, you just need to get into the book a little further.

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