The Palace Tiger

The Palace Tiger

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
In her award-winning mysteries–from The Last Kashmiri Rose to The Damascened Blade–Barbara Cleverly paints a dazzling portrait of the British Raj, infusing it with intrigue, enchantment, and menace. And in her detective hero Joe Sandilands, war veteran and Scotland Yard policeman, Cleverly gives us a gallant guide to this paradise lost. Having seen humankind at its worst, now, in a lush royal kingdom, Sandilands will see it at its most dangerously complex....

In northern India, Ranipur is renowned for its trove of priceless gems, its exquisite palace, and its medieval mores in matters involving men and women. But Ranipur’s prince is dying, and Joe has been sent to be Her Majesty’s witness to a charged battle of succession. With two heirs dead and another running for his life, Joe suspects that a murderer is hiding among the palace’s visitors and residents, from English opportunists to scorned wives and a dangerous seductress. Now, as a gilded, remote bastion teeters on the brink of chaos and a man-eating tiger prowls the nearby countryside, Joe must turn hunter–of a human, an animal, and the hunger that drives them both....

Baker & Taylor
The fourth installment of the author's series follows Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yard detective sent to help a Maharajah hunt a tiger that has been terrorizing the countryside, but Joe's suspicions are raised when the choice of weapons for the expedition seems more appropriate for hunting humans. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2006, c2004
Edition: Delta Trade Pbks. ed
ISBN: 9780385340090
Characteristics: 320 p.


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Jul 06, 2017

The fourth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series

Aug 17, 2014

I love the atmosphere of India that the author manages to imbue into her stories.
While the twists and turns of this particular story made it not quite as enjoyable as the previous three, I still enjoyed the book and especially Joe.

Jan 03, 2010

Barbara Cleverly delivers a taut mystery with a sufficient number of red herrings to keep you guessing, without muddling the fine structure needed for the eventual resolution - cleverly indeed. This is a mystery in the vein of Christie, not P.D. James or Ruth Rendell. There are no psychological insights, but there are nice details of history and politics and even culture. Good quality entertainment.

Joe Sandilands, the protagonist, is clever and capable without being unrealistically brilliant - he has his off-moments and comes off the page as a human being.


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