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The Damascened Blade (Joe Sandilands) Paperback – 24 Jun 2004


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841199168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841199160
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Damascened Blade combines attention to colourful historical detail with a modern rendition of the classical mystery novel. (Peter Guttridge, Observer)

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

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smithy on 17 Feb. 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CSC on 19 Feb. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PatatBriz on 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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By manley on 25 Jun. 2014
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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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By N. M. Davey on 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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By grannysmith on 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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By M.A.M on 31 Jan. 2014
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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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By T. Lindley on 13 Aug. 2013
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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 . In book three he is still in India?
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