Can Joe and Edgar ensure his survival? In the glittering and luxurious setting of the court, Joe must track down a clever murderer - all under the mocking and hostile eye of the ruthless Chief of State Police. And more deaths will occur before he finds his way through the maze of intrigue to corner, at last, the palace tiger.
India, 1922. In this, the fourth in the acclaimed Joe Sandilands series, Scotland Yard detective Joe arrives in the princely state of Ranipur at the request of the Maharajah, an old ally of the British. The Maharajah is dying, and the succession is unclear. The death of his first son, while panther-wrestling, is suspicious, but as Joe begins to investigate a second son dies dramatically right before his eyes. With only the youngest, aged 12, now left to succeed, can Joe ensure his survival? In the glittering and luxurious setting of the court with its array of powerful, scheming characters, Joe must find his way through the maze of intrigue to trap, at last, the palace tiger.
The atmosphere of the dying days of the Raj is colourfully captured. An enjoyable read. - Sunday Telegraph
..combines attention to colourful historical detail with a modern rendition of the classical mystery novel. - The Observer
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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