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The Blood Royal (Joe Sandilands)
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on 15 May 2015
Intricately plotted story, beautifully written, with a vivid sense of period. The author has a style all her own. I'm a devoted fan.
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on 31 May 2014
I enjoy the stories of Barbara Cleverly's dashing hero Joe Sandilands very much. Whilst they're not classics they do entertain me.
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on 19 October 2013
It was as expected a good read but it went on a bit though the story line held the interest with its twists and turns.
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on 23 March 2013
Not quite as good as the Indian books, but nevertheless an interesting read with Joe Sandilands in England this time
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on 18 June 2013
Another good story from the Sandilands books, well thought out and a really good read would recommend it to anyone
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on 12 September 2015
Clever ending. Just thought it a bit too long getting there.
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on 25 August 2014
Some parts hard to follow but good read
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on 28 September 2011
"The Blood Royal" has the bones of an interesting plot -- in 1922 London, a terrorist ring (maybe Russian?) is targeting highly placed government officials and members of the royal family. Early on in the laying out of the storyline, however the tale seems to turn into a version of "Pygmalion"/ "My Fair Lady", with novel protagonist, Police Commissioner Joe Sandilands as Henry Higgins and Deputy Constable Lily Wentworth as his Liza Doolittle. This is conceit that never gets off the ground. Next there is a very confusing Chinese fire drill kind of action that is rendered all but unintelligible by writing and language as royal purple and convoluted as anything written in the late 19th Century. The narrative and dialogues are total action killers.

Equally regrettable are the characters who could have been interesting, but who are so dressed up (literally, at times) with super human qualities and sent through such outlandish action hoops, that they just fail to establish any credibility. The final straw for me was the book's closing message (repeated twice over in the novel) that no crime committed by a member of the upper classes may be punished if it any way could cause embarrassment to the nation's powers that be.

This could have been a pretty good book with some fierce discipline imposed by a good editor. Apparently, that kind of assistance was not available to the publisher.
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