Ragtime in Simla

Ragtime in Simla

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
When his traveling companion is killed at his side while they drive through the Indian countryside, Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands investigates and finds himself digging into another related murder.

Perseus Publishing
World War I hero and Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is traveling to Simla, summer capital of the British Raj, when he is thrust abruptly—and bloodily—into his second case of serial murder: His traveling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the Governor of Bengal’s touring car at a crossroads known as Devil’s Elbow. Like Cleverly’s award-winning and enthusiastically reviewed The Last Kashmiri Rose, which debuted Sandilands, Ragtime in Simla effectively combines exotic settings with high suspense in a deftly plotted tale of 1920s India. At Simla, in the pine-scented Himalayan hills, the English colonials have re-created a bit of home with half-timbered houses, glittering dinner tables, amateur theatricals, and gymkhanas. But when Joe’s murder investigation turns up an identical unsolved killing a year earlier, he begins to uncover behind the close-knit community’s sparkling facade a sinister trail of blackmail, vice, and deadly secrets.

World War I hero and Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is traveling to Simla, summer capital of the British Raj, when he is thrust abruptly—and bloodily—into his second case of serial murder: His traveling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the Governor of Bengal's touring car at a crossroads known as Devil's Elbow. Like Cleverly's award-winning and enthusiastically reviewed The Last Kashmiri Rose, which debuted Sandilands, Ragtime in Simla effectively combines exotic settings with high suspense in a deftly plotted tale of 1920s India. At Simla, in the pine-scented Himalayan hills, the English colonials have re-created a bit of home with half-timbered houses, glittering dinner tables, amateur theatricals, and gymkhanas. But when Joe's murder investigation turns up an identical unsolved killing a year earlier, he begins to uncover behind the close-knit community's sparkling facade a sinister trail of blackmail, vice, and deadly secrets.


Blackwell North Amer
Simla 1922. While the rest of India bakes in the hot season, up in the pine-scented coolness of the Himalayan hills, the English have recreated a vision of home. Here are half-timbered houses, amateur theatricals, gymkhanas and a glittering vice-regal court for the socialites. The summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the jazz age.
It is toward this delightful country that detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of Sir George Jardine, the governor of Bengal. But when Joe's travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the governor's car on the road up to Simla, he finds himself plunged into a murder investigation. Confronted by the mystery of an identical unsolved killing a year before, Joe realizes that Sir George's hospitality comes at a high price.
As Joe begins to unravel a mystery which has its roots in the aftermath of the First World War, he discovers that behind the sparkling facade of social life in Simla lies a trail of murder, vice and blackmail. Someone in this close-knit community has a sinister secret and the nearer Joe comes to uncovering it, the nearer he comes to his own death.

Baker
& Taylor

When his traveling companion is assassinated at his side while they drive through the Indian countryside in a touring car, Scotland Yard detective and recent arrival in the post-World War I Raj Joe Sandilands investigates the crime and soon finds himself digging into another, earlier murder that is almost certainly related.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786712465
0786712465
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 06, 2014

Another good mystery solved by Joe Sandilands. This time he is invited to Simla, the summer capital of India, to spend some of his vacation but before he can even get to the city a murder is committed. As Sandilands investigates the murder of a Russian opera singer he finds the mystery goes back to the unfortunate crash of a train 7 years previously.
This was a great sequel and I'll be sure to read the rest of the series.

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Nefret3
Feb 13, 2010

Love the series. Great detail and description of India in the 1920s. Always an exciting plot with lots of twists and turns.

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