Ragtime in Simla

Ragtime in Simla

Book - 2003
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World War I hero and Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is traveling to Simla, summer capital of the British Raj, when he is thrust abruptly--and bloodily--into his second case of serial murder: His traveling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the Governor of Bengal's touring car at a crossroads known as Devil's Elbow. Like Cleverly's award-winning and enthusiastically reviewed The Last Kashmiri Rose, which debuted Sandilands, Ragtime in Simla effectively combines exotic settings with high suspense in a deftly plotted tale of 1920s India. At Simla, in the pine-scented Himalayan hills, the English colonials have re-created a bit of home with half-timbered houses, glittering dinner tables, amateur theatricals, and gymkhanas. But when Joe's murder investigation turns up an identical unsolved killing a year earlier, he begins to uncover behind the close-knit community's sparkling facade a sinister trail of blackmail, vice, and deadly secrets.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786712465
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Cleverly Barbara
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 06, 2014

Another good mystery solved by Joe Sandilands. This time he is invited to Simla, the summer capital of India, to spend some of his vacation but before he can even get to the city a murder is committed. As Sandilands investigates the murder of a Russian opera singer he finds the mystery goes back to the unfortunate crash of a train 7 years previously.
This was a great sequel and I'll be sure to read the rest of the series.

Feb 13, 2010

Love the series. Great detail and description of India in the 1920s. Always an exciting plot with lots of twists and turns.


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