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Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly
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Sep 07, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, traditional_mystery, police_procedural, licensed_investigator, india, golden_age_1918-1939
Read in November, 2003

Barbara Cleverly
Scotland Yard Commander Joseph Sandilands, a World War I hero, has accepted an invitation to spend his vacation at the guesthouse of the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal in Simla, the summer capital of the British Raj. A noted Russian opera singer who will be performing there shares a ride with him from the train station in the governor's car. As they climb the steep mountain road, a sniper kills the singer and Sandilands' vacation turns into an investigation. Working with the police, he discovers that there was an identical shooting a year earlier that remains unsolved. As he learns more about Simla, a transplanted slice of England in the Himalayan hills, he finds a web of blackmail, vice, and other nasty secrets behind the proper British facade.

Sandiland is a character you want to follow and know, with the other characters not always being what they seem. There are twists and turns that keep you going along the way. I already have book three on the TBR shelf. This is a wonderful series.

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