The Palace Tiger

The Palace Tiger

Book - 2005
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India, 1922: Joe Sandilands, Scotland Yard detective, is staying with Governor Sir George Jardine in Simla when there is some unexpected news. Sir George sends Joe off to the Princely State of Ranipur in the company of Edgar Troop, an experienced hunter, at the request of the Maharajah, an old ally of the British. A man-eating tiger is terrorizing the northern villages, and the two men are invited to join a hunting party in the forest. But the quality of the weaponry with which Sir George supplies him raises Joe's suspicions. The rifle will be perfect for the tiger, but why has he also been issued with the small Browning M pistol, designed for use on human targets? The Maharajah is dying and the succession is unclear. His first son has recently been killed in a panther-related incident. Then a second son dies dramatically before Joe's eyes. The third and last remaining son--the favorite successor in the eyes of the British--is only twelve years old. In the luxurious setting of the Maharajah's court with its array of powerful, scheming characters, Joe must track down a clever murderer--all under the mocking and hostile eye of the ruthless Chief of State Police.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005, c2004.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786715725
0786715723
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.

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maipenrai
Jul 06, 2017

The fourth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series

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Eosos
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.

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nicollemelanson
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.

Enjoyable.

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