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“As usual, Cleverly neatly captures the style and feeling of the period between the world wars and provides plenty of mystery, suspense and danger.”
"Barbara Cleverly lives up to her surname with her intricate, erudite and witty books about Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands.... Cleverly is a terrific plotter, and her prose highlights a keen sense of place, character and dialogue.... Adding to the pleasure are Cleverly's unpretentious references to literary classics. Fans of P.D. James, take note: Here's a worthy colleague."
“This puzzle presents much reader satisfaction.”
—Jack Batten, Toronto Star
Praise for the Joe Sandilands Series
—The 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."
Posted September 14, 2012
Barbara Cleverly has written a interesting as well as entertaining book.
If you are a fan of Joe Sandilands this is a must read. If you are not a reader of hers, this is a good place to start.
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Posted September 28, 2012
Posted September 1, 2012
Dectective Joe Sandilands past catches up with him when he is contacted by a young school boy who just might be his son, and who might have killed his school master. Characters from earlier books show up, including the young boy's mother met during Det. Sandiland's sojourn in India. as he begins to investigate the school master's murder, Det. Sandilands discovers other boys have gone missing from the school over the years.
This book is set between the two world wars and foreshadows the rise of the Nazis and their policy of ethnic cleansing with chilling accuracy.
The mystery is well written and has several twists and turns. Det. Sandilands is an interesting and likeable character and the history of the time leading up to WWII is fascinating.
I highly recommend the book.