Synopses & Reviews
Joe Sandilands is back and headed to France where he's scheduled to stay as the guest of a glamourous French war window on her estate. The widow needs Joe's help to support her claim that a shell-shocked soldier suffering from amnesia is actually her husband. The problem is that four other men have identified this soldier differently. As Joe investigates all the claims, he uncovers a cleverly concealed murder committed during the war years. This discovery presents him with an even grater dilemma — he must not only solve a killing in the past, but avert a tragedy in the future.
"'Set in 1926 France, Cleverly's impressive sixth Joe Sandilands novel (after 2005's The Bee's Kiss) finds the Scotland Yard detective, still scarred by WWI, taking a relaxing jaunt around Provence until Sir Douglas Redmayne of the British War Office gives him a sensitive assignment: to ascertain the identity of an amnesiac war veteran who's surfaced in a French hospital speaking English. As the French government would provide a lucrative pension to the soldier's family, there's no shortage of people who claim him as their relation. Accompanied by his precocious ward and honorary niece, Dorcas Joliffe, Sandilands probes the four most likely candidates, each of whom has ample motive to lie. Before long, an old murder is uncovered, further complicating the quest to identify the soldier. Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
Joe Sandilands has been dispatched to France to stay as the guest of a glamorous French war widow on her Champagne estate. The widow is determined that Joe should support her claim that a mysterious shell-shocked soldier, suffering from amnesia and a loss of speech, is actually her husband. The problem is that four other claimants have identified him differently, and his doctor suspects he is an English soldier. Joe decides to investigate the four claimants and picks his way through a tangle of lies, deceit, and manipulation, discovering that each of the four has an undeclared motive for claiming the unknown soldier. He uncovers a cleverly concealed murder committed during the war years, and during this pursuit he finds out who the soldier really is. The discovery presents him with an even greater dilemma--he must not only solve a killing in the past, but avert a tragedy in the future.
Joe Sandilands goes to France and uncovers a cleverly concealed murder committed during the war years.
About the Author
Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England now lives in Cambridge. To find out more about the series and about Barbara, visit the websitewww.barbaracleverly.com.