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The Blood Royal

by Barbara Cleverly

On his return from India, Commander Joe Sandilands, now adept at the arts of dynamic diplomacy, finds himself up to his neck in a tricky political situation. A war-weary London is reeling from IRA atrocities and Joe is further plagued by the machinations of a spy-ring being run under his nose by a Russian emigree princess. When a war hero is gunned down and the life of an even more popular Englishman threatened, Joe knows he only has days to root out the woman who is behind the killings: Irish? Russian? Or somebody quite other?With the aid of the proposed victim who offers himself as bait, and the services of a woman police constable, Joe discovers that the murderer's motive is not political but much more devious and deranged. And when the mask comes off, the killer's identity shocks even the battle-hardened commander. Praise for Barbara Cleverly:'Clevery's (novel) evokes and in some way surpasses the work of Agatha Christie' Publishers Weekly'The atmosphere of the dying days of the Raj is colourfully captured' Sunday Telegraph'A great blood and guts blockbuster' Guardian'Spectacular and dashing. Spellbinding' New York Times Book Review'Stellar& as always' New York Times Book Review'Atmospheric& intricately plotted' Kirkus Review

Bright Hair About the Bone (Laetitia Talbot Mystery #2)

by Barbara Cleverly

It's 1926 and aspiring archaeologist Laetitia Talbot finds herself embroiled in a murderous conspiracy centuries in the making. Laetitia's joy at snaring a place in the excavation of an ancient church in Burgundy is dimmed by the recent death of her godfather Daniel. But then she starts to believe that Daniel Thorndon's fatal accident was nothing of the kind. Letty's investigation into Daniel's possible murder sends her on a journey back in time and into the orbit of a privileged French family harbouring its own damning secret. Encountering ancient Celtic mysteries and one sacred truth kept through the ages, Letty makes an explosive revelation that could rock the notion of faith itself - and may force a killer out of hiding. Praise for the novels of Barbara Cleverly:'Simply put, it's a stunner' New York Times Book Review. 'Cleverly's (novel) evokes and in some ways surpasses the work of Agatha Christie. 'Publishers Weekly. 'A delight. ' Observer'Award-winning author Cleverly debuts a captivating new series... In the tradition of Agatha Christie the characters are complex and varied... Riveting. ' Romantic Times

A Darker God (Laetitia Talbot Mystery #3)

by Barbara Cleverly

Award-winning author Barbara Cleverly returns with this spellbinding new mystery featuring aspiring archaeologist Laetitia Talbot. In Athens in 1928, Letty begins a perilous race to unearth a plot steeped in betrayal, seething with retribution, and about to explode in a wave of lethal violence. In the open-air theatre of the dark god Dionysos, Letty watches a performance of an ancient Greek tragedy. But the revenge that is exacted onstage, the dagger that is wielded, and the blood that flows in full view of the audience are not theatrical effects. As Letty digs for clues, she unearths disturbing secrets and dark animosities with catastrophic implications worthy of a Sophocles-but of far more recent vintage. Now, as a killer cuts a merciless swath across a country in the throes of political instability, Letty herself steps unawares into the murderer's savage spotlight-a light so bright she may not be able to see the dark figure behind it until it's too late. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Folly du Jour (Detective Joe Sandilands #7)

by Barbara Cleverly

Praise for Barbara Cleverly: "Spectacular and dashing, spellbinding." -The New York Times Book Review. "Smashing ... marvelously evoked." -Chicago Tribune. "A historical mystery that has just about everything." -Denver Post. "Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place." -Publishers Weekly (starred). "Atmospheric ... intricately plotted." -Kirkus Reviews. "Evocative narrative, sensitive characterizations, artful dialogue, and masterly plottings." -Library Journal. "Cleverly combines a colorful historical setting with a complex plot and well-developed characters."-Booklist. "Delightfully surprising."-Mystery News. This seventh book in the Joe Sandilands murder mystery series is set at the Folies-Bergre, Paris, in December 1926. Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder there. In a cell at the Quai des Orfvres, he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening clothes stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim's box, has vanished. Joe receives assistance from an entirely unexpected quarter--Francine, a young usherette, clawing her way into the world of the Paris Music Hall. She becomes Joe's guide through this treacherous place, where Joe is sure the killer is lurking. Barbara Cleverly was born in northern England, graduated from Durham University, and now lives in Cambridge. Her debut, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2002.

The Last Kashmiri Rose

by Barbara Cleverly

In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta. Sandilands is ordered to investigate, and soon discovers that there have been other mysterious deaths, hearkening sinister ties to the present case.Now, as the sovereignty of Britain is in decline and an insurgent India is on the rise, Sandilands must navigate the treacherous corridors of political decorum to bring a cunning killer to justice, knowing the next victim is already marked to die.

Not My Blood

by Barbara Cleverly

Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had. Jackie is in trouble at his Sussex boarding school, where a teacher has been murdered. When Joe gets himself assigned to the investigation, he learns the boarding school case is more complicated than it appears: A frightening number of boys, all from wealthy families, have gone missing over the school's history, and by some coincidence none of the families have followed up on their sons' whereabouts.From the Hardcover edition.

Ragtime in Simla (Detective Joe Sandilands #2)

by Barbara Cleverly

The second in the Joe Sandilands series. Inspector Sandilands must investigate two murders in 1920'2 India. An excellent historical mystery.

A Spider in the Cup

by Barbara Cleverly

At dawn one morning in 1933, an amateur dowsing team digging the banks of the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a missing toe and a priceless gold coin in her mouth. The case falls on Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Joe Sandilands' turf, but he's been given another assignment--and a very high-profile one. London is hosting a historic global economic conference to try to solve the global Depression, and political tensions are running very high, as very influential participants are starting to take positions allied with or staunchly against the rapidly militarizing Germany. Sandilands' job is to protect and keep an eye on the visiting American senator Cornelius Kingstone, right-hand man to President Roosevelt, throughout the conference. When a strange set of coincidences link the river bank body to the senator, Joe realizes his assignment is much bigger than he'd thought, and that Senator Kingstone is caught up in a very dangerous game--one that might cost not just one but thousands of lives.

Strange Images of Death (Detective Joe Sandilands #8)

by Barbara Cleverly

Praise for the Joe Sandilands series: "In her spellbinding debut mystery, The Last Kashmiri Rose, Barbara Cleverly evokes both the enchantments and the dangers of India during the convulsive later days of the Raj."--The New York Times. "Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place."--Publishers Weekly, starred review. Provence, 1926. Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is on leave, driving his way south to the Riviera while dropping off his niece at an ancient chateau. A troubling crime committed just before their arrival leaves a clear message that more violence is to come. To allay panic, Joe agrees to stay on and root out the guilty person. But, despite Joe's vigilance, a child goes missing and an artist's beautiful young model is murdered in circumstances eerily recreating a six hundred-year-old crime of passion. Helped and hindered by a rising star of the French Police Judiciaire, Joe must delve into a horror story from the castle's past before he can tear the mask from the diseased soul responsible for these contemporary crimes. Barbara Cleverly lives in the middle of Cambridge surrounded by ancient buildings and bookshops. She was born and educated in the north of England at a Yorkshire grammar school and then at Durham University. Her debut, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2002.

The Tomb of Zeus (Laetitia Talbot Mystery #1)

by Barbara Cleverly

With the same flawless storytelling that earned her the CWA Historical Dagger Award, Barbara Cleverly delivers a dazzling new novel. Sweeping us to the exotic island of Crete in 1928, Cleverly introduces a marvelous new heroine: whip-smart and spirited Laetitia Talbot, an aspiring archaeologist with a passion for adventure-and for the mysteries that only the keenest eyes can see. Born into a background of British privilege, Laetitia Talbot has been raised to believe there is no field in which she may not excel. She has chosen a career in the male-dominated world of archaeology, but she approaches her first assignment in Crete the only way she knows how-with dash and enthusiasm. Until she enters the Villa Europa, where something is clearly utterly amiss... Her host, a charismatic archaeologist, is racing to dig up the fabled island's next great treasure-even, perhaps, the tomb of the King of the Gods, himself. But then a beautiful young woman is found hanged and a golden youth drives his Bugatti over a cliff. From out of the shadows come whispers of past loves, past jealousies, and ancient myths that sound an eerie discord with present events. Letty will need all her determination and knowledge to unravel the secrets beneath the Villa Europa's roof-and they will lead her into the darkest, most terrifying place of all.... From the Trade Paperback edition.

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