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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (34 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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Events that took place on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1910 are resurrected for Joe Sandilands 12 years later.

On a welcome break from his duties, he is spending a fortnight with his old army friend James Lindsay, commander of the British army's fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. There is an uneasy peace in operation, but into the delicate situation is injected an ill-assorted group of visitors.

After a skirmish that results in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, Joe and James are given a week in which to find the killer. Otherwise the frontier is likely to erupt into war. Drawing on all his skills, Joe sets out to find the murderer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Stabenow | 2/20/2014

    " The third in this series and the best so far. Good characterization, good plot with convincing motivation and a couple of nice twists at the end, excellent scene setting, you'll choke on the dust of the Khyber Pass, and as the author acknowledges in her foreword, the more things change in that part of the world, the more they stay the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naina | 2/13/2014

    " Much much better than Ragtime in Simla! I can continue on with the series! Whew!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/11/2014

    " Nice series... this one involved NW India bordering on Afghanastan in 1922. Some interesting commentary on why the region today is the way it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh | 2/5/2014

    " I think this is a good series, sometimes a little too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/29/2014

    " On a far grander scale than the previous two novels in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/18/2014

    " Fascinating insight into the Khyber Pass and Afghani tribalism in the 1920s. Fun Sandilands book as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/12/2014

    " The writing in this series continues to improve, I thought the plot was interesting and held together well, and I love the setting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoy Barbara Cleverly's books, even though sometimes I struggle through them. I appreciate the history lessons, especially of a period in history that is not covered in most American school history classes. It is definitely the unknown history and geography that are at the root of my struggles through the books. I enjoy my visits with Mr. Sandilands and welcome them. The books are definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/3/2014

    " Unfortunately, not as good as the first two books in the series. I didn't find the character of Lily at all believable, possibly because of Cleverly's strained attempts at American diction. I hope that the other books in this series return to form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/22/2013

    " Entertaining enough. I do love stories set in colonial India! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie K | 12/10/2013

    " another wonderful mystery starring Sandilands in India. good plot and clever twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 12/5/2013

    " 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 Nadine | 12/5/2013

    " Set in 1920's British-invaded Afghanistan, it's an interesting mystery and a painful reminder that countries invading Afghanistan are destined for failure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Ryser | 10/30/2013

    " A very satisfying mystery and a quick read. I liked Joe's new female sidekick and hope she turns up again, though I kind of doubt it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/15/2013

    " Another well-written mystery set in 1920s India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 8/18/2013

    " Not my style but Katie, this may appeal to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/15/2013

    " Uusual well done mystery. I thought this one has a particular Christie-like ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 12/22/2012

    " A very good book with a very interesting setting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heep | 11/23/2012

    " I couldn't make it more than a couple of chapters before it seemed far too canned for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 willievans | 9/9/2012

    " Another great historical mystery by Barbara Cleverly. I really wish I had started this series at the beginning though. These books are fun and perfect for times when you want a good, entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 8/6/2012

    " After a strong start, this meanders a bit. But it's an interesting, unusual setting and the historical atmosphere "comes alive". A recommended mystery. I'll look for the two previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 8/3/2012

    " Joe Sandilands #3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 3/13/2012

    " All of the Sandilands books I have read are good reads. This is one set in India, and I think I like the ones set in India a bit better than those set in England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 12/23/2011

    " Written in 2003 and set in 1920's India (now the border area of Pakistan and Afghanistan), the writer gives an excellent insight into the tribal culture of Afghanistan and the border conflicts with the West. A rather chilling reminder that, even after almost 100 years, nothing much has changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naina | 6/7/2011

    " Much much better than Ragtime in Simla! I can continue on with the series! Whew!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 4/27/2011

    " Fascinating insight into the Khyber Pass and Afghani tribalism in the 1920s. Fun Sandilands book as well. "

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

    " Nice series... this one involved NW India bordering on Afghanastan in 1922. Some interesting commentary on why the region today is the way it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/24/2010

    " Entertaining enough. I do love stories set in colonial India! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/9/2010

    " A very good book with a very interesting setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/12/2010

    " A very satisfying mystery and a quick read. I liked Joe's new female sidekick and hope she turns up again, though I kind of doubt it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 willievans | 1/15/2010

    " Another great historical mystery by Barbara Cleverly. I really wish I had started this series at the beginning though. These books are fun and perfect for times when you want a good, entertaining read. "

  • 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 8/20/2008

    " another wonderful mystery starring Sandilands in India. good plot and clever twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 4/12/2008

    " Set in 1920's British-invaded Afghanistan, it's an interesting mystery and a painful reminder that countries invading Afghanistan are destined for failure. "

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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.