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"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."
"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."
"[A] suspenseful and intricate tale of honor and betrayal."
“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.”
“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."
"Stylish and intricate.... Cleverly has perfect pitch for period and place, whether her hero is unearthing evil in India, England or France."
"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
From the Hardcover edition.
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
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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 counterWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2013
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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Posted October 22, 2013
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