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The Last Kashmiri Rose: Introducing Detective Joe Sandilands (Joe Sandilands #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,945 ratings  ·  202 reviews
In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta. Sandilands is ordered t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Soho Crime (first published 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
Ovo je autorka koja mi je "urednički" posebno draga... Za sve ljubitelje Agate Kristi i egzotike... Divan serijal detektivskih romana koji se dešavaju u Indiji... u prošlom veku... Pošto sam bila uporna i dosadna pokleknuo je i hrvatski urednik pa je tako ova autorka objavljena i u Srbiji i u Hrvatskoj... :)
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says: In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta. Sandilands is ordered to investigate, and soon discovers that there have been other mysterious deaths, hearken
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LJ
THE LAST KASHMIRI ROSE – VG
Barbara Cleverly – 1st book in series
Set in 1920s India, Commander Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yarder completing a stint with the Bengal Police, is on his way back home when the provincial governor asks him to look into the recent death-by-suicide of an army officers young wife. Nancy Drummond, a close friend of the dead woman, reveals that four other officers’ wives have also died apparently by accident or misadventure over a period of 12 years, each in March.

Even whe
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Barbra
Enjoyed this book very much, it has just about everything you want: a fresh, beautiful exotic setting; a strong, confident protagonist; a poignant love story; and a complex plot. This engrossing tale of serial murder takes place in the final days of the Raj in India, and this author takes you there. "In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? Inspector ...more
Lewis Weinstein
This is the beginning of Cleverly's Joe Sandilands series, with the Scotland Yard policeman located in India in 1922. It's a good solid read. Sandilands is asked to investigate five murders, all Englishwomen who were wives of British officers, which occurred one at a time over a 10 year period. The challenge of his well presented detective effort is to find the links that tie the murders together as a prelude to finding the perpetrator. The background tension of an India about to explode against ...more
Carol Hunter
Cleverly's first novel intrigued me because it combines 2 of my favorite genres: historical fiction and mysteries. I enjoyed reading about the last days of the raj. Joe Sandilands is a good detective who works with the young wife of a British official to solve the deaths of wives married to calvary officers over the course of a number of years...a good job for a first novel...
Marfita
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Jane
I would really like to give this book 3.5 stars. Alas we don't have that option.

This was a very enjoyable & readable book. I really like the story: clever and unusual, great characters, intriguing setting, and so on. It was sometimes difficult to read which seems like a contradiction of the previous thought but let me explain. It was a British edition, therefore single and double quotes are switched. All dialogue was enclosed in single quotes. While this has not bothered me too much with oth
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Rossrn Nunamaker
I had read the Palace Tiger some time ago and needing something to read I decided to revisit Cleverly's character Joe Sandilands.

This is the first of several Sandilands mysteries and like the Palace Tiger I enjoyed this one as well.

As with the other, Cleverly details life from the English perspective in India and does so with great depth of description from the beauty of the land and people to the stresses of life by the English.

In the Last Kashmiri Rose, Sandilands is ready to return to England
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Mike
Dec 14, 2009 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good historical mystery
Recommended to Mike by: Picked up at a Barnes and Noble sale of debut mystery novels
"The Last Kashmiri Rose" was a NYTimes notable book in 2002. Marilyn Stasio called the novel a "spellbinding debut mystery," and "classic in design." The setting is 1922 Colonial India during the later days of the Raj. Investigator Joe Sandilands is assigned to investigate the death of five officers' wives, each death occurring during the month of March over successive years, broken by occurrence of World War One. Each victim's death takes the form of the victim's phobia--fire, drowning, a fall ...more
Heather Heathcote
meet Joe Sandilands, Scotland Yard Detective. Joe is readying to leave British India for home when he is asked to investigate a Suspicious death. An officer's wife has died...but is it suicide or murder.as he pursues his investigation, he discovers that there have been other murders. cleverly gives us a studied introduction to the world of the British in India in the 1920's . She captures the mood and the mores of this society as the story unfolds, If you enjoy Historical mysteries I would highl ...more
Gwennie
Oct 13, 2007 Gwennie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom!
Shelves: grownupbooks, mystery
I have a new series to enjoy! Joe Sandilands is an interesting character, and post WWI colonial India makes a fascinating backdrop for murder. Wives of the Bengal Grays (a group of British soldiers) have died under unusual circumstances over the last few years, and Joe must unravel the mystery.
Meaghan
I picked this book up at a thrift store because it intrigued me. Reading it I found it to be interesting. I like the character of Sandilands and I enjoyed the time era Barbara Cleverly wrote it in. And while I enjoyed the plot I was a bit puzzled by the dalliance Sandilands had with Nancy. I understand that she had her own agenda going and stuff, but I don't feel like the dalliance worked for the book itself. The plot was very well thought out and although I did quickly figure out who the murder ...more
Mazel
Je vide ma PAL... challenges : polars des 5 continents, autour du monde, thrillers polars historiques, littérature au féminin, dames de lettres

présentation de l'éditeur :

L'étrange malédiction qui s'est abattue sur la garnison anglaise de Panikhat, au nord de Calcutta, fera-t-elle bientôt, en ce mois de mars 1922, une sixième victime ?

Incendies, noyades, chutes fatales, morsures de serpent se succèdent avec une troublante régularité qui ne peut plus rien avoir d'accidentel. Pour aguerris qu'ils
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 11, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
This was a diverting mystery, but it doesn't make me want to read more of this series or the author. I did like the (to me) exotic time and place, that of the last years of the British Raj in 1922 in the Bengal region, and for better or worse I don't know enough to know if it's accurate, but it makes me curious, so I have to give the author snaps for that. I also have to admit she kept me guessing, with several twists and turns--not so much who, but how and why--but she also played fair--all the ...more
Andrew Macrae
Five women have died in unusual circumstances over the past twelve years, each the wife of a British Army officer and living with her husband in the remote Indian outpost station of Panikhat, and all having died in the month of March. Tragic coincidence or is each death a thread woven into a fiendish plot? The dashing and resourceful Commander Joe Sandilands of Scotland Yard must unravel this colorful and complex
tapestry of death and intrigue.

The year is 1922. All over the world the sun is setti
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Marcie
This is the first in the Joe Sandilands series. Joe is a Scotland yard detective who is just finishing his six months'secondment from the Metropolitan Police to the Bengal Police (British India 1922). The British Governor of Bengal postpones Joe's leaving to assist with a possible murder at a station in Panikhat, 50 miles south of Calcutta. The story takes off from there. We get a good picture of India after World War I in the turbulent early years of Indian independence. His investigation opens ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Inspiration for this series was not any farther away than her attic. A trunk held a rich trove of material from Brigadier Harry Sandilands, her husband’s great uncle. Handsome Harry was the real thing, a dashing hero who lived an exciting life and left behind quite a bit of writing full of details on life around the time of WWI. With this heroic character right to hand in the family tree, Barbara Cleverly created a series of mysteries. She kept the family name, Sandilands, but changed Brigadier ...more
Dawn
In 1920’s India a forward looking Scotland Yard detective is drawn into a mystery involving the suspicious death of a Bengal Grey’s wife. The more he discovers, with the help of the Collector’s wife Nancy, about the past 12 years in Panikhat the more foul play is discovered.

I really enjoyed the story. The time period, the setting and all the characters were impeccable. The detective Joe Sandilands is smart, thoughtful and mostly quick witted. He handles the detecting well, jumping from clue to c
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Deb
Joe Sandilands is looking forward to returning to England after a tour of duty in India. Just as he about to leave, he's asked to postpone his trip to investigate a series of mysterious deaths. Five Anglo women have died under odd circumstances over a long period of time. As Joe investigates, he uncovers an intricate web of deceit, and at the same time, meets Nancy Drummond and falls in love with her. This was an interesting novel set in 1920's India. My only "complaint" was the use of a lot of ...more
Moira
I read this because a friend I trust lent it to me. But I was skeptical - I am not a fan of mysteries set in historical times as a general rule. However, I found this entrancing. The writing was very enjoyable - lovely descriptions that were not overdone but took me to India in the 1920's. And the mystery itself was quite interesting. My complaint (after all, I almost always have one) is that the romance scenes were just laughable. I would have preferred just a cloud in front of a moon, a la Bur ...more
Joanna
Murder mystery beach book about the last days of the Raj and therefore the last knockings of the British Empire. The mystery was well thought out and spun out. Unpleasant characters, being smug, all of them apart from the native Indian characters. The native main Indian characters were subservient (but talented), and the peripheral ones were either grateful (to the British for charity) or murderous and drug fuelled bandits. The smugness was in the writing about how wonderful British India was (N ...more
Donna
I stumbled upon the sixth book in this series, Tug of War, a few years ago and really liked it. I just now got around to the first book. Joe Sandiland is just finishing a tour of India where he has been lecturing on the latest advances in police procedures when he is called upon to solve a murder that turns out to be one in a series. Great setting, interesting characters and a nicely intricate plot. I love finding a good mystery series with a number of books already published and I won't wait an ...more
Linda
My sister gave me this on our recent 48-hour-meet-up in Chicago. Great first novel with enough local color (1922, British Raj in India) to be interesting without cluttering up the mystery. Fully realized character of the detective and one I'm looking forward to seeing again. And a mystery that kept me engaged. I figured out one small bit but not the main story — though the info was there all the time. That's why I never read Agatha Christie: I think her solutions are done in a way that doesn't i ...more
Elizabeth K.
This is a murder mystery set in India during the Raj, just post-WWI. I had some trepidation going in, that it was either going to make like life was delightful for everyone, or veer off in the other direction, with lots of hand-wringing about the shame of it all. I was fairly relieved that the book seemed to take a thoughtful middle road position. The mystery itself was decent enough ... it was obvious who but not why, which is a nice variation on knowing the who but not the how.

Grade: B
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Janice
An interesting dip into the life of early 1900's India. There are moments of unneeded filler, but I still liked the story and the diverse characters. This book is the first in the Joe Sandiland mystery series, I will read another, he's a delightful character. I loved the words in various languages, but then I happen to like languages. The harshness of military life makes me happy that I didn't live during those times, but then in the future people will say that about our society, I'm sure. I sat ...more
Donna
I'm crazy about Barbara Cleverly who I always want to call Beverly Cleary instead! I've read all of the Joe Sandilands mysteries(think tall, attractive British detective, with scar from the war, sent to India on assignment for the War Dept. Lots of exotic scenery and characters and excellent mystery fare. A spin off series involves his Niece, Laeticia Talbot,who involves herself in her own detective adventures in equally exotic places, usually unwittingly on the way to visit friends and relative ...more
Quillracer
I have never much been one for historical novels in any genre and even less for novels set in other countries. So this book had 2 strikes against it before I even opened it. But the friend who loaned it to me strongly urged me to read it, and that was good enough recommendation for me. Am I glad I did. Caught up in the story in no time at all, I loved it. Cleverly provides just enough description of post-WWI India to put readers there without overwhelming them with detail.
Now I can't wait to rea
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Shelley Fearn
I started the Joe Sandilands books in the middle of the series with The Blood Royal. (I so enjoy when authors are kind enough not to require one to read every book in proper sequence.) However, I was happy to see the new release of Cleverly's debut novel that introduced him.

While on assignment from Scotland Yard to 1920's India, Sandilands is sent to a cavalry unit to discover the murderer who is killing garrison wives every year in March.

Brilliantly written, the novel conjures up both the image
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Elizabeth Hunter
This was a fascinating snapshot of the period of British rule in India. The mystery is engaging and the detective sympathetic. I was asking the question that proved to be key fairly early on, but the detective's failure to ask it was in many ways explained by the cultural context. The denouement was a bit too melodramatic for my taste, but overall it was a very satisfying read.
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Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England and is a graduate of Durham University. A former teacher, she has spent her working life in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk; she now lives in Cambridge. She has one son and five step-children.

Her Joe Sandilands series of books set against the background of the British Raj was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her att
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