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Folly Du Jour (Joe Sandilands Murder Mystery) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; 1st Edition edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295288
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Cleverly's (novel) evokes and in some ways surpasses the work of Agatha Christie' Publishers Weekly 'The atmosphere of the dying days of the Raj is colourfully captured' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph 'A great blood and guts blockbuster' Guardian 'Solidly plotted throughout' Literary Review"

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This is the frothiest of the Sandilands series and, I hope, catches some of the spirit of Paris in the late twenties. It's the world of Josephine Baker, Sydney Bechet, Coco Chanel and Georges Simenon; there's a frenetic determination to have fun, to see a show at the Folies, to drink champagne and dance till dawn at a jazz club in Montmartre. But under all the glamour there's a darker world of crime and vice and Joe has to navigate his way through this to solve a series of grotesque murders. Impossible to write about Paris without a love story breaking out and there is one - though an unexpected one!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on 17 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're new to the series, don't start with this one. You might not read any of Cleverly's other Sandilands novels. Look for one of the books set in India (e.g. The Last Kashmiri Rose) or Tug of War (set in the French countryside). Skip The Bee's Kiss (which also rates only 3 stars). The Indian novels are strengthened by their exotic locales, and Tug of War, while not in an exotic setting, is a richly-textured and satisfying tale, carefully crafted and driven by characters rather than action.

Folly du Jour, set in Paris, tries to rely on fast pace and violence. The author attempts to glamorize things with Lindbergh's arrival in Paris and with Josephine Baker--but these are not successful. There's a sense of confusion, a patching in of elements from previous novels. The Paris underworld, the Apaches, play a major part. It's not quite as corpse-strewn as Hammett's Red Harvest, but it comes close. So what you get seems minimally different from a thousand other pulp-fictionish crime novels, which is sad, since Cleverly has proven herself capable of much better work.

Contrast this with Tug of War, which had one long-dead corpse. There was no action, no violence--which seemed a bit odd, but only at first. That novel was carefully written, and had a beautiful quiet strength. It didn't need shootings, killings, and car chases to achieve its power. The India novels have more action and violence, but it never gets out of hand, and if you pruned out the action and violent episodes, the stories would still have been powerful. Unfortunately, The Bee's Kiss wandered away from these strengths, and Folly du Jour has gotten even further away. So try instead Tug of War or The Last Kashmiri Rose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on 29 Jan. 2014
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This is not one of the best books featuring Joe Sandilands, but despite that quite a good read. I loved the Indian trio and felt that not only were they very good reading, but I learnt quite a lot about Indian and the Raj.
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Not one I would recommend. Have read most of this series and really enjoyed the 3 set in India. Unfortunately I have liked them less and less.! "Tug of War" was reasonable then I went to "Folly du Jour" but have found it hard to wade through and glad to get to the end! Lots of unnecessary description which made it quite unsavoury and needlessly graphic at times!
Hope Joe Sandilands will be seconded back to India!!
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Folly du Jour is the final book of the Sandilands' series. They should be read in order as Joe Sandilands progresses in his Met career, becoming more cunning and equally more likeable as the series progresses. Author Cleverly has crafted all stories extremely well, developes her characters completely and includes excellent descriptions of the environments surrounding each mystery. I particularly enjoyed the relationship with his adopted niece Dorcas and their travel to France in The Bee's Kiss. A very readable series and I am sorry to see Joe Sandilands disappear into the book ether.
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By M. Ring on 10 Mar. 2015
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Found it a bit slow moving
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lila M on 16 Feb. 2010
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This is not the best of the Joe Sandilands series, but it is a very good read
and, if you enjoy the series, then don't miss this one. Good French
atmosphere and characters. I did guess who had done the murders but that
didn't detract too much from enjoying the story. I think, overall, I enjoyed
the India series rather than those with the French settings, but that is
personal choice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. A. Morris on 20 May 2013
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I love all these novels with the Joe Sandilands character, I have to say though, that I particularly like the earlier ones set in India. Wonderful easy and engrossing reads all of them.
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