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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Cleverly Narrator: Terry Wale Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Simla 1922, and the summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the Jazz Age. Simla is where detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of Sir George Jardine, the Governor of Bengal.

But when Joe's travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the governor's car, 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 high price.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 2/17/2014

    " Picks up where Kashmiri Rose left off, but a bit slow moving at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoy Ms. Cleverly's descriptions of India. Her character development is very good, too. I desperately wish she would stop using so many exclamation points!!!!! It is distracting!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting characters, good luck twists, one of the better books in the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 willievans | 1/28/2014

    " I've been on a bit of a mystery kick lately and Cleverly's Commander Joe Sandilands series is just the ticket. Great historical fiction. Fun whodunit plots. Easy reads. Perfect for this busy time of year when you might only have a few minutes a day to sit down with a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/23/2014

    " Really very good. This book is full of tricky plot twists and characters who aren't who you think they are, and the author makes it all work. She also has lots of very interesting details about life in India in this period. This is the second mystery by a woman who started writing late in life, after she won a newspaper contest. But she's really got the goods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 1/18/2014

    " Consistently good series with Joe Sandiland, the early ones set in India are the best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Batesharbuck | 1/16/2014

    " Nice atmospheric mystery in India; a little like Agatha Christie in the twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina Moore | 1/16/2014

    " Enjoyed this mystery--requisite twists and turns, good writing style, fun settings, interesting characters. Looking forward to more in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/14/2014

    " This was a very cleverly written who done it novel. Set in an exotic location with all kinds of mysterious characters and an intricately woven plot, it was a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/13/2014

    " Read one, read em all. Good but soon after I can't remember who's in which book etc. The first in the series is probably the most memorable simply because it was the first I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/30/2013

    " I enjoyed the story although I do feel it got very unnecessarily convoluted in the end. I'll probably still read more Joe Sandilands mysteries. They aren't must read, but pleasurable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 12/23/2013

    " Maybe I should have given this 3 stars because it was slow moving and easy to figure out most of the "mystery", but the setting and the time frame were so interesting. I think this would make a good movie and Tom Ford could do the costumes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/23/2013

    " Just for fun book - good enough mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 emilie | 11/1/2013

    " This is a good airplane mystery novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/22/2013

    " another great case solved by Joseph Sandilands! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 10/11/2013

    " Wow, Excellent story of India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 8/12/2013

    " Clever plotting, sympathetic characterizations. A very satisfying mystery. Cleverly richly evokes the time and place in which set set her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madonna | 7/18/2013

    " I am liking this series. I sometimes need to reread the history parts since I'm not as aware of the history as I should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 9/16/2012

    " This was one was more predictable than the first novel, but happily, contained less adult material. Still there were some twists that took me a little off guard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 9/7/2012

    " Fun series, if a bit obvious. Many of the lead characters in this book are strong women, some of whom I'd love to join for a cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 4/12/2012

    " This was an alright murder mystery. I really like period mystery novels, and I enjoyed this one, but for some reason it did not hit a home run with me. It seemed the plot was fairly transpartent in places, which for a mystery is not a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 3/14/2012

    " I enjoyed this story: interesting plot, interesting characters, interesting setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/20/2011

    " A gentle mystery, despite two murders, set in the British Raj summer capital of Simla, featuring Detective Joe Sandilands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/7/2011

    " I enjoy this series of mysteries. There is always a twist in the plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/2/2011

    " I really like this series, rich in historical detail. My only quibble with this particular book in the series is that the "surprise" ending stretches credibility a bit. (Actually read in trade paperback/selected the wrong good reads cover and have no idea how to fix that short of starting all over.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/7/2011

    " not as good as i had hoped. also, discovered part way through the beginning that i had read it some years before. still the detective may be good or better in the following books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 5/29/2011

    " Joe Sandilands has cemented his place on my list of favorite detectives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naina | 5/24/2011

    " Predictable. Disappointing, since the first book in the series was so freaking awesome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/2/2011

    " This was a very cleverly written who done it novel. Set in an exotic location with all kinds of mysterious characters and an intricately woven plot, it was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/11/2011

    " One of the best stories I've read in a long time. I enjoyed the twists. Every time I thought I had it figured out, another twist would send me down a different path. I'm looking forward to reading more stories by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/10/2011

    " Fun series, if a bit obvious. Many of the lead characters in this book are strong women, some of whom I'd love to join for a cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/8/2010

    " I enjoy this series of mysteries. There is always a twist in the plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 10/12/2010

    " I enjoyed the story although I do feel it got very unnecessarily convoluted in the end. I'll probably still read more Joe Sandilands mysteries. They aren't must read, but pleasurable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 7/31/2010

    " Maybe I should have given this 3 stars because it was slow moving and easy to figure out most of the "mystery", but the setting and the time frame were so interesting. I think this would make a good movie and Tom Ford could do the costumes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabin | 5/17/2010

    " I like the Sandilands stories more than the Laetitia (spell?)...more action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 5/6/2010

    " Picks up where Kashmiri Rose left off, but a bit slow moving at times.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 1/27/2010

    " The series gets better as it goes along! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 willievans | 11/6/2009

    " I've been on a bit of a mystery kick lately and Cleverly's Commander Joe Sandilands series is just the ticket. Great historical fiction. Fun whodunit plots. Easy reads. Perfect for this busy time of year when you might only have a few minutes a day to sit down with a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/24/2009

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 12/2005, Joe Sandilands #2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 4/28/2009

    " My enjoyment of this book increased with each sneaky turn the plot took. Another fun Sandilands novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 4/16/2009

    " Consistently good series with Joe Sandiland, the early ones set in India are the best "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Cleverly

Barbara Cleverly is a former teacher and a graduate of Durham University who now lives in Cambridge. Her debut, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2002.