Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly
The Second in the Detective Joe Sandilands Series

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Simla 1922. While the rest of India bakes in the hot season, up in the pine-scented coolness of the Himalayan hills the English have recreated a vision of home. Here are half-timbered houses, amateur theatricals, gymkhanas and a glittering vice-regal court for the socialites. The summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the jazz age. It is toward this country that detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of the governor of Bengal.

But when Joe's travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side on the road to Simla, he finds himself plunged into a murder investigation. As Joe begins to unravel the mystery which has its roots in the aftermath of the First World War, he discovers that behind the sparkling facade of Simla lies a trail of murder, vice and blackmail.

About Barbara Cleverly

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Barbara Cleverly writes the Detective Joe Sandilands series and the Laetitia Talbot Mystery series. Her book The Last Kashmiri Rose was named one of the best crime thrillers of 2002 by the New York Times.
Published April 30, 2013 by C & R Crime. 229 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Summoned to Simla, the summer seat of the British Raj, by Sir George Jardine, Commander Joe Sandiland (The Last Kashmiri Rose, 2002), due to return to Scotland Yard in one month, is accompanied to the Hill Country by Russian baritone Feodor Korsovsky, who steps out of their car to admire the view...

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Fully developed characters and a convincing portrayal of time and place lift Cleverly's second historical (after 2002's The Last Kashmiri Rose) featuring Commander Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yard detective stationed in post–WWI India.

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