Brutal murder embroils Scotland Yard commander Joe Sandilands in the intrigue and violence of late 1920s Paris in CWA Historical Dagger Award–winning author Barbara Cleverly’s tour de force of suspense.… In a box at the famed Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, an ex-soldier and knight of the realm is dead, his throat savagely cut. In a jail cell, diplomat George Jardine, his evening clothes stained with the slain man’s blood, awaits the arrival of his old wartime friend, Joe Sandilands. In spite of the evidence, Sandilands believes Jardine is innocent. His search for a crucial witness—a notorious beauty who quickly vanishes—leads to the discovery of a shocking series of unsolved murders. Is Sandilands hunting a serial killer? Or has he stumbled upon something even more sinister and carefully orchestrated? As the final, chilling pieces of the puzzle fall into place, Sandilands launches his own counterattack against a killer whose sadistic agenda is about to become horrifyingly clear.…
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Praise for Barbara Cleverly:
“Spectacular and dashing, spellbinding.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A historical mystery that has just about everything.”—Denver Post
“Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Evocative narrative, sensitive characterizations, artful dialogue, and masterly plottings.”—Library Journal
“Cleverly combines a colorful historical setting with a complex plot and well-developed characters.”—Booklist
“Delightfully surprising.”—Mystery News
This seventh book in the Joe Sandilands murder mystery series is set at the Folies-Bergère, Paris, in December 1926. Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder there. In a cell at the Quai des Orfèvres, he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening clothes stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim’s box, has vanished. Joe receives assistance from an entirely unexpected quarter—Francine, a young usherette, clawing her way into the world of the Paris Music Hall. She becomes Joe’s guide through this treacherous place, where Joe is sure the killer is lurking.
Barbara Cleverly was born in northern England, graduated from Durham University, and now lives in Cambridge. Her debut, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2002.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Barbara Cleverly
Barbara Cleverly is an award-winning writer of seven novels including the New York Times Notable Book The Last Kashmiri Rose. She lives in Cambridge, England. Delta publishes both Ms. Cleverly’s Joe Sandilands novels and her acclaimed Laetitia Talbot series (Bright… More about Barbara Cleverly