- Series: A Detective Joe Sandilands Novel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Soho Crime (August 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616950021
- ISBN-13: 978-1616950026
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Kashmiri Rose (A Detective Joe Sandilands Novel) Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Praise for The Last Kashmiri Rose
"In her spellbinding debut mystery, The Last Kashmiri Rose, Barbara Cleverly evokes both the enchantments and the dangers of India during the convulsive later days of the Raj."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Has just about everything: a fresh, beautifully realized exotic setting; a strong, confident protagonist; a poignant love story; and an exquisitely complex plot."
—The Denver Post
"In an impressive debut, British author Cleverly weaves an engrossing tale of serial murder and the impending decline of the British Empire into a well-written fair-play mystery set in 1920s India."
"The splendor, beauty and politics of the last days of the Raj come brilliantly to life in The Last Kashmiri Rose. All the characters, Indian and British, are fully fleshed out, and Ms. Cleverly is also a dazzling plotter, with talent to rival the grand masters of the genre."
About the Author
Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England and is a graduate of Durham University. A former teacher, she lives in Cambridge. She is the author of thirteen books in the Joe Sandilands series, including The Last Kashmiri Rose, Strange Images of Death, The Blood Royal, Not My Blood, A Spider in the Cup, Enter Pale Death, and Diana’s Altar.
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The protagonist is a heroic, handsome and dashing policeman, Commander Joe Sandilands, sent out from London to do some helpful training among the Indian police agencies in l922. He is called in to help solve the suspiciuos death of the young and beautiful wife of the British officer in charge of an outpost. Her home and body were consumed by fire but the ashes reveal the presence of a second body on the bed with her at the time of death. Moving on from there we find that four other Memsahibs died mysteriously in the same month, March, over a period of 12 years in this same community. There is a romance with a lovely, charming and spunky married woman who boldly attains the romantic attentions of our detective, in spite of her obvious love for her husband. There is lots of great gossip among the British folk, and lots of information to be had from the community of servants and local officials.
The investigation proceeds apace with nice twists, as does the romance, and both end quite satisfactorily. The writing is good and feels like prose taken right out of the Roaring Twenties. Jolly Good!
My ‘sense of place’ meter was off the charts with this title and the historical period - 1910 Bengal, India, became alive to me.
Joe is an interesting, likeable character - although he may need a bit of ‘fleshing out’ in upcoming titles.
I found the characters interesting, the locale captivating, a sense of British military life in India fascinating (and appalling at the same time) and the mystery intriguing.
A good read - my only compaint is that I am a fast reader so it didn't last long enough for me!