Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder. In a cell of the Quai des Orfevres he meets with Sir George Jardine still in the evening dress stained with the blood of the dead man. Assistance for Joe comes from Francine, a young usherette at the Paris Music Hall, it is she who becomes Joe's guide.
The seventh in the Joe Sandilands murder mystery series
Folies Bergere, Paris, December 1926& Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder. In a cell of the Quai des Orfevres he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening dress stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim's box, has vanished. Assistance for Joe comes from an entirely unexpected quarter - Francine, a young usherette, clawing her way into the world of the Paris Music Hall. It is she who becomes Joe's guide through this treacherous place where Joe is sure the killer is lurking.
Cleverly's (novel) evokes and in some ways 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
Solidly plotted throughout - Literary Review
Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England and is a graduate of Durham University. A former teacher, she has spent her working life in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk; she now lives in Cambridge. She has one son and five step-children.
Her Joe Sandilands series of books set against the background of the Indian Empire was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her attic. Out of it spilled two centuries of memories of a family - especially a great uncle who spent a lot of time in India - whose exploits and achievements marched in time with the flowering of the British Empire.
To find out more about the series, visit www.barbaracleverly.com.