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Ragtime in Simla

Barbara Cleverly

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Joe Sandilands, Fiction, Crime & mystery

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.

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Praise for Ragtime in Simla

  • 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

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Barbara Cleverly

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.

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