Top positive review
Well plotted, beautifully written thriller.
on 14 May 2016
This was the first novel of Barbara Cleverly that I read, and since then I have gone on to read others as I was so impressed by it: she is aptly named! Joe Sandilands, the English policeman who arrives in 1920s Bengal to investigate a series of unexplained deaths of 'Raj' wives, is an engaging detective as is his underappreciated Indian side-kick, Naurung Singh. The plot is intriguing, and although the identity of the murderer is revealed well before the end, there is a final twist regarding the murderer's motivation and mindset which are very interesting and well developed. Characters are rounded and well imagined, and the Indian setting is colourful.