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Barbara Cleverly
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5 Feb 2015 Joe Sandilands (Book 1)

It is India 1922 and the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one each year and always in March. The only link between the bizarre but apparently accidental deaths is the bunches of small red roses that appear on the women's graves.

When a fifth wife is found with her wrists cut in a bath of blood the Govenor rejects the verdict of suicide and calls in Joe Sandilands, an ex-soldier and Scotland Yard Detective. It becomes clear to Joe that the deaths are, indeed, a series of murders and they are have not yet run their course.

Who will be the recipient of the next - and last - Kashmiri Roses? As he discovers the shocking truth Joe must work fast to unmask a killer whose motives are rooted in the dark history of India itself.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; Re-issue edition (5 Feb 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472111540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472111548
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Praise for Barbara Cleverly:

Colourful historical detail with a modern rendition of the classic mystery novel.

(The Observer)

Spectacular and dashing. Spellbinding. (New York Times)

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The very first Joe Sandilands mystery from the prize winning Barbara Cleverly re-launched with a fantastic new cover treatment.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new fan 10 April 2005
By A Customer
Brilliant first of a series - very evocative of India - My grandfather served in India in the period in which the book is set and it brought back memories of his tales of life there in the 1920s -I spotted the murderer fairly late on but was totally wrong as to the motive. I am now a fan and have already ordered the next books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surefire Winner ! 30 Aug 2001
As a fan of historical crime novels, a new novel set between the wars in India had great appeal for me. With so much run of the mill crime fiction being published, I really was not expecting too much. After a few pages it became clear that 'Last Kashmiri Rose' is something very special. Evoking clear pictures of a time long past, Ms Cleverly writes with a style and panache that keeps the pages turning to the very last. Excellent characterization and beautifully plotted this novel bears comparison with Charles Todd's - 'A Test Of Wills' and ranks alongside Rennie Airth's - 'River Of Darkness' (my top crime novel of 1999). A first rate debut, and the start of a new series; sadly I will have to wait a year for the next one. A Super Read - Don't Miss It !!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the days of the Raj 27 Jun 2008
After reading, A Bee's Kiss by Cleverly, I decided to check out her debut novel, and I'm glad I did. Her main protagonist, Joe Sandilands, a veteran of the Western Front and a member of the London Metropolitan Police, is on assignment to India for the purpose of sharing the latest techniques of Scotland Yard with local law enforcement officials. Just as he is about to return to London, he finds himself investigating the murder of an officer's wife which leads him to four older murders. I think Cleverly captured the atmosphere of the British Raj when the sun was just beginning to set on Britain's control over great swaths of India. I stayed up until the wee hours of the night to see "who done it."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The writing is marvellous, the characters intriguing and unusual and the atmosphere (India 1922) terrific! Serious but light, sad but funny. More Joe Sandilands mysteries in the pipeline? I hope so!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and eagerly await the next Joe Sandilands story. The mystery unfolds in a thoroughly comprehensible way - unlike so many crime thrillers -, the characters are believable and sympathetic, and the depth of knowledge of India and the social structure of Army life are both fascinating and impressive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and evocative 16 Mar 2008
By Smithy
"The Last Kashmiri Rose" is a simply stunning debut novel. Set in British India in the 1920s it is wonderfully evocative of the period, to the point where you can almost smell the India of the Raj in the pages. It is also a superbly twisted and crafted whodunnit which keeps the reader guessing. Cleverly's writing style is very reminiscent of "classic" British crime writing, especially Agatha Christie, with a taut feeling which whips along but without detracting from description and atmosphere. All in all, a marvellous novel which both historical fiction and British crime fans will thoroughly enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I had never read Barbara Cleverly before, and found this after reading another book with Kashmir in the title.
Having loved India of this period all my life, and knowing the set-up, I found this to be a delightful read, with good detail of the lifestyle and characters.
There are plenty more of her series with the same detective chap which makes it rather comforting! If you finish one story there are others to choose from!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 18 Feb 2013
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I'm going through a 'whodunnit' phase and, having worked my way through the usual suspects (pun intended), I have been scouring Amazon for more that aren't clunkily written, with believable characters, background and plot. Believe me, there are many out there that fall foul of these conditions. So I was delighted to alight upon this, Book 1 of the Joe Sandilands Mystery series. I doubt it would win any literary awards but it's a good yarn, well written and researched with its backdrop set in 1920's, pre-partitioned India. I like to come away from a book knowing at least one thing I didn't know before and The Last Kashmiri Rose didn't disappoint. For some reason Book 2 doesn't appear to be present in Kindle format. I'm hoping however that whichever one I download next is at least as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
A remarkable picture of a society created by the British in India.Perhaps the best ever time and place for soldiering.
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I have just discovered this series of books and would recommend them to anyone who likes really good historical detective stories
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Published 6 months ago by margaret tomlinson
4.0 out of 5 stars india in the time of The Raj
I suppose a fairly predictable end to a story set at a wonderful time in india 1920's.
Being a lover of india I enjoyed the read, really a detective story trying to solve why... Read more
Published 6 months ago by victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
This feels like an old fashioned detective story, in the style of Agatha Christie, for example. It is quite evocative of the period and in its depiction of colonial India. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AT61
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Kashmiri Rose
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story came to life I actually felt as if I had been to India living with the old military regime.
Published 9 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story
The plot is complicated but it is unravelled in a way that entices the reader to keep on reading . It arouses the curiosity and then satisfies it.
Published 10 months ago by manley
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
I have always enjoyed reading books about India, starting with John Masters` Coromandel,some 50years ago. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christine B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Kashmiri Rose
Able to get into the story very quickly. Full of suspense and the taste of Regimental life for the English Indian Soldiers and their English wives.
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