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Barbara Cleverly
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24 Jun 2004 Joe Sandilands Murder Mystery
The North-West Frontier, 1910. The screams of a wounded British officer abandoned at the bottom of a dark ravine are heard by a young Scottish subaltern. Ignoring the command to retreat back to base the Highlander sets out alone, with dagger in hand, to rescue his fellow officer from the Pathan tribesmen who are slowly torturing him to death. Over a dozen years later the backwash of this tragedy threatens to engulf Joe Sandilands. On secondment from Scotland Yard, Joe is spending a fortnight with his old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the front line fort at Gor Khatri. An uneasy peace is in operation with the Afghans but into this already-delicate situation is injected an ill-assorted group of visitors to the fort. After a skirmish which results in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, Joe and his companion James are given seven days in which to identify, arrest and execute the killer before the frontier erupts into war. Drawing on all his courage and detective skills Joe must find out who the murderer is before more bloody deaths occur, the legacy of a bitter feud with its roots hidden deep in the past.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; New Ed edition (24 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841199168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841199160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Damascened Blade...has won the Crime Writers' Associtaion Ellis Historical Dagger for 2004" -- Bookseller (The)

... surpasses the work of Agatha Christie... This marvellous historical delivers on the promise of the first two mysteries. -- Publishers Weekly June 2004

American heiresses, handsome Afghan tribesmen - they are all here in spades. A great blood and guts blockbuster. -- Guardian

Solidly plotted...with lots of energy and all period accoutrements up to scratch and true to the Raj. -- Literary Review, Philip Oakes.

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On a welcome break from his policing duties, Joe Sandilands is visiting his old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the British army's front line fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. An uneasy peace is in operation, but into this situation is injected an ill-assorted group of visitors to the fort. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 19 Feb 2013
By CSC
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I really enjoyed The Last Kashmiri Rose and this one is just as good, if not better. I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in the North-Western Frontier Province 17 Feb 2013
By Smithy
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Unlike the previous reviewer I found this highly enjoyable. This book finds Commander Joe Sandilands on the restive North-Western Frontier visiting an old army friend at his outpost fort just below the Khyber Pass. Whilst there, Joe is entrusted to be an escort for a visiting American girl of both formidable financial and daredevil means. When the son of a Pathan tribal leader is discovered dead and by foul means, Joe must solve the murder and attempt to prevent a possible war on the Frontier.

Once again, Cleverly brilliantly evokes the British Raj in this novel and adeptly describes the hard landscape, climate and peoples of the North-Western Frontier. A very enjoyable read and my favourite Joe Sandilands book thusfar, plenty of colourful characters, intrigue and a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Sandilands fascinating detective 2 May 2013
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The second Joe Sandilands book I read, and was prompted to buy more of the other in the series. I don't believe it is necessary to read them in order since they look to be stand alone stories, but nevertheless I am trying to read them in order. The ones I have so far read (three) are set it India and are very atmospheric with a well thought out plot and a few surprises, just the ticket for a good mystery detective read. I'm persuading my family to read these and have so far had good feed back from them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Indian frontier yarn 25 Jun 2014
By manley
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Barbara Cleverly writes a good, rip roaring yarn. It seems very dated and the manner and customs of the time are stilted. many parts are not easy to go along with. The practicalities are brushed over. But the reader nevertheless does want to know what the ending is even of it is mostly obvious early on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 17 April 2014
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The third book featuring Joe Sandilands , a metropolitan policeman slightly out of his comfort zone in 1920's India.
The best yet. So many twists and turns. A very enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan in 1910 29 Mar 2014
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A rollicking good read as are all Joe Sandilands. Always interesting to find out about another country at the turn of the century. Police policies and overseas politics are fascinating when accompayned with a good mystery story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great setting 31 Jan 2014
By M.A.M
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The background to this story was well researched and gave the plot a very credible feeling. All the characters are well rounded and believable. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! 1 Dec 2013
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Another great read from Barbara Cleverly.
I have devoured each book with rapacious greed and alas have now read all the Joe Sandilands and Letty Talbot novels.
They are written with scolarship and humour and are completely addictive.
More please, Barbara.
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I am enjoying this the third cleverly book and will read the rest, however I am confused. At the end of book two he is on his way back home on ship to Europe . Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Another good tale about Joe Sandilands- a character I've taken to my heart. He is, essentially, an ex-military man, turned detective, and these are detective stories but his past... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
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