The ninth in the prize-winning Joe Sandliands series.
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
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.