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."
"If you, as I, enjoy your mysteries moody, deliberate in the pacing, A Spider in the Cup will be a read you enjoy... hither you to your nearest library or bookstore and jump on in!... I doubt you'll be disappointed."
—Nick Schenkel, WBAA
"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
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
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