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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 September 2013
Love historical mysteries and kudos to Barbara Cleverly for so credibly presenting time, place, and characters. However, in this eleventh Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands mystery we're confronted with a rather intricate plot unlike previous Cleverly novels. Readers may well wonder how in the world all can be tied together but after a bit of meandering it is.

At dawn in June 1933 a group of dowsers are digging along a far stretch of the Thames when they uncover a corpse - the deceased is a woman with a toe missing and a rare gold coin in her mouth. We quickly move from the river to be reminded of a recent conversation Sandilands had with the Commissioner. His assignment is to protect U.S. Senator Cornelius Kingstone who is coming to London for the World Economic Conference. Kingstone is a major player and a close adviser to President Roosevelt.

It has been made clear to Sandilands that Kingstone's safety is of primary importance to Britain. The war is behind but Europe has serious economic problems, and this meeting seems divided as it appears that some will side with Germany's Adolf Hitler. The political fate of the world is at stake. Add to this mix Kingstone's personal FBI bodyguard, William Armiger, a fellow from Sandilands past, and Kingstone's passion for a ballet dancer.

Before long Kingstone is clearly threatened and his inamorata has disappeared. There is still the question of the girl found by the Thames - what connection could her death possibly have to a U.S. Senator? Is it possible that Sandilands who is described as "A bloke who got things done....A man built for speed as well as skill over the jumps" has more than he can handle this time out?

- Gail Cooke
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on 13 September 2013
This book goes into the depth of the political tensions just before the war, revealing the arguments against Hitler and those who were in favour of him and the plotting they went to for his winning over Churchill. Some of this goes to some length and the reader could be very fascinated or rather bored. However the murders and thrills do outweigh the politics and the answer is kept until nearly the last page.
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on 9 September 2013
I really enjoy Barbara's books which are so evocative of the time period she writes of.
I enjoy the fact there is a good mystery with interesting characters sumptuously described locations and no gratuitous violence or sex.
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on 4 September 2013
A very enjoyable book and evocative of the period it represents. However the middle part seems long drawn out compared to the end which is rather abrupt. I now have read and enjoyed all the Joe Sandilands kindle books and looking forward to the next one
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on 23 May 2014
As ever a good read but probably not one of my favourites. A bit long winded in some places and occasionally there were times when I felt the plot got a bit lost. Still an enjoyable read though.
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on 13 January 2016
The plot was exceptionally complicated but the book is excellent, as Barbara Cleverly's always are!
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on 20 October 2014
Excellent series of books. Have enjoyed them all and can't wait for the next.
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on 3 August 2014
Having read all the previous books in the Sandilands series, I was looking forward to reading this, but was a bit disappointed. I was bored by long homilies delivered by some characters, and in places, the dialogue lost me completely. Sandilands began to irk too - was he always so simplistic and sanctimonious? I pushed on tho' and finished it. Okayish, but not the author's best.
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on 17 March 2015
Enjoyed book, but managed to work out ending to quick
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on 15 November 2014
Book as described. Prompt delivery
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