Not My Blood by Barbara Cleverly
(Joe Sandilands)

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Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had. Jackie is in trouble at his Sussex boarding school, where a teacher has been murdered. When Joe gets himself assigned to the investigation, he learns the boarding school case is more complicated than it appears: A frightening number of boys, all from wealthy families, have gone missing over the school’s history, and by some coincidence none of the families have followed up on their sons' whereabouts.
 

About Barbara Cleverly

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Barbara Cleverly, a former teacher, now lives in Cambridge. Her Joe Sandilands series, including The Last Kashmiri Rose, Folly du Jour and Strange Images of Death, which is set against the backdrop of the Indian Empire, was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her attic.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Soho Crime. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After three rounds with a new detective (A Darker God, 2010, etc.), Cleverly brings back Joe Sandilands (Folly du Jour, 2008, etc.) for the eighth time to investigate, and instigate, international intrigue in London between the wars.

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Jackie Drummond’s mother had once used Joe in an attempt to conceive, so there’s a chance that young Jackie could be Joe’s son.

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Detective Joe Sandilands returns in this puzzling, haunting mystery, in which he investigates a death and multiple disappearances at a boarding school circa 1933.

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Cleverly’s suspenseful 10th Joe Sandilands mystery (after 2011’s The Blood Royal), set in 1933, makes the most of its intriguing setup.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In this 10th novel featuring Inspector Joe Sandilands of Scotland Yard, he resumes his role as the main investigator in a complex case that revives characters and elements from two previous novels in the series.

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Dedman's organization, the Irish Secret Service, is folded into Joe's, giving him an expanded role at an inauspicious time: a gala is to be held to honor the future Prince of Wales, who is said to be in grave danger.

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Review: It is the mid-winter of 1933 when Joe Sandilands, an Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, receives a call from the 9-year-old son of close family friends, who insists he urgently needs the assistance of his "Uncle Joe" in Not My Blood, the tenth mystery in this series by Barbara Cleve...

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