The second novel featuring Joe Sandilands and the exotic location of India in the 1920s.
Simla 1922. The summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the jazz age.
Commander Joe Sandilands is looking forward to spending a month here in the cool of the Himalayan hills as the guest of Sir George Jardine, the Governor of Bengal. When Joe's travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the back of the Governor's car on the road up to Simla, he finds himself plunged into a murder investigation.
Confronted by the mystery of an identical unsolved killing a year before, Joe realizes that Sir George's hospitality comes at a price. Behind the sparkling fa ade of social life in Simla he finds a trail of murder, vice and blackmail. Someone in this close-knit community has a secret and the nearer Joe comes to uncovering it, the nearer he comes to his own death.
Intelligent, intriguing and splendidly atmospheric. - Hatchards
Highly entertaining - Literary Review
Fast moving . . . lively characters with a vivid description of the way of life of the British Raj. Thoroughly enjoyable. - The Good Book Guide