Ragtime in Simla

Ragtime in Simla 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
  • Title: Ragtime in Simla
  • Author: Barbara Cleverly
  • ISBN: 9781841197401
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ragtime in Simla
    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 wiWorld 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.
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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 attic Out of it spilled two centuries of memories of a family especially a great uncle who spent a lot of time in India whose exploits and achievements marched in time with the flowering of the British Empire.

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  • 3.5 This is not much of a review, but I m having some time on my hands and thought I d update some posts.I picked up Ragtime in Simla a few years ago when work took me northern India I travelled with a colleague who was going to stay for the same period and we decided to plan a trip to Shimla over the weekend Of course, being way too busy with exploring and work, I never had a chance to read the book not even on the plane which is why it ended on my TBR pile for a couple of years Having now read [...]


  • 1922 Commander Joe Sandilands, of Scotland Yard but currently in India, accepts an offer to be a guest at the Simla residence of the Acting Governor of Bengal On his way from Kalka to Simla in the car the Governor s sent from him, Sandilands gives a lift to a famous singer the Russian baritone, Feodor Korsovsky, who is on his way to perform at Simla s Gaiety Theatre Even before they can get to Simla, however, Korsovsky is dead, killed in the car by an unseen sniper.Sandilands, determined to find [...]


  • The best thing about this mystery was the setting I didn t know much about Simla, the summer seat of British power in colonial era India It sounds like a fascinating place to visit.The characters didn t enthrall me Joe Sandilands seemed easily sidetracked by pretty women, and the dialogue was prone to many exclamation points It didn t engage me enough to read any books in the series.


  • Great fun A good old fashioned whodunit I loved the descriptions of the settings and the characters The plot had plenty of twists and turns although the ending was a little drawn out I could easily imagine an Agatha Christie style Sunday evening drama as I read this one A light and easy read Very enjoyable.



  • Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly is the second book of the Detective Joe Sandilands mystery series set in 1920s India Once again Joe is working for George Jardine I found it curious that George s niece Nancy was never mentioned even in passing, since Joe and Nancy worked closely together to solve a series of murders in the first book, The Last Kashmiri Rose I also found it odd that Joe s scar made an erroneous first impression twice in this second book the first book just briefly mentioned i [...]


  • This is the second Joe Sandilands book, set, like the first, in 1920 s colonial India, with echoes back to World War 1 It was an improvement on the first, though not without its flaws First though, how could you resist a book with the title Ragtime in Simla What a very evocative title Anyway, as the book begins, Joe is once again getting ready to sail back to Blighty, but first he is offered a month s holiday in Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the Raj goes to avoid the summer hea [...]


  • The second installment of the Sandilands chronicles is as entertaining as the first There may even be a few twists and turns in this second tale Sandilands can t seem to make it out of India The wily Sir George Jardine pulls the Scotland Yard Commander into another murder investigation the brother of an heiress to a East India company has been shot by a sniper As Sandilands enters the picture he meets a renowned Russian tenor who is set to perform at the Gaiety Theatre in Simla And the tenor be [...]


  • Disappointing The protagonist Joe Sandilands never came across as the same man policeman as in the first book In fact he was constantly being manipulated by the author and this instantly brought any action to a halt Add to that, an unresolved murder and near murder I did love the setting and will probably give book three a try.


  • This is the second in the Joe Sandilands series Joe is on leave in Simla before returning to England On his journey up from the plains his pleasant companion, a Russian opera singer is shot dead by a sniper This sweeps from Simla to Marseille to Delhi and Afghanstan very convoluted and unexpected wont spoil the ending


  • This is really an excellent series The descriptions of the places are wonderful and I love the intricate plots that are not obvious at all This one has Joe thinking he s taking a month off in the summer highland area of Simla but instead he is called on to solve two murders that took place a year apart.


  • Maybe I should have given this 3 stars because it was slow moving and easy to figure out most of the mystery , but the setting and the time frame were so interesting I think this would make a good movie and Tom Ford could do the costumes


  • This is the second book I ve read in this series of murder mysteries in India in the 1920 s Light and entertaining.



  • The British Raj just after WW1 An assassination Or two And why would anyone assassinate an opera singer Or were they aiming for the detective sitting next to him


  • This is one of those rare books which actually got better the further along it went I had it down for a 4 star rating until about the last 50 pages when the author turns up the suspense and the action to the boiling point This is such a satisfying mystery for many reasons, one of which is that it is several mysteries rolled into one Another is that you just keep peeling off layer after layer to discover different aspects of the multi faceted characters Another is watching Colonial India stand Br [...]


  • One of my resting and healing from a broken patella books I m not good at resting, but I m good at reading Fun to go back to India again, via the book I agree with Alrescate s review This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it I will say it is flawed, but not so much I found it annoying I thought there were several predictable plot points, but I wasn t disappointed with the resolution I will probably read the next book in the series at some point.


  • Second book in the series, our hero from Scotland Yard, Joe Sandilands solves another murder mystery during the British Raj This time we move to Simla, a summer town by the Himalayas visited to get away from the India heat down on the plains The author provides a great feeling of the time and place The characters are vivid and the mystery complex remember to bring a stiff upper lip.


  • Fini, te ni krimi u engleskom stilu, i vi e trenutaka kad pomislite da su zagonetke rije ene a vidite da je jo dosta stranica pred vama.


  • I am really enjoying this Joe Sandilands series The settings are in exotic India, and Joe is a great character.


  • Yet another great entry into this series Lots of twists and turns and plenty of suspects in a series of murders Hard to put down and a great summer read.



  • It was great to read a Joe Sandilands story It has been a while since I read the first one in the series but I was happy to find this copy at my local library Once again, Barbara Cleverly has woven a spider s web of deception, intrigue, and murder I kept trying to determine how the story would end and while I had some parts correct, other elements totally surprised me.Most of this book s actions take place in Simla in 1922 India Joe thinks he is getting a vacation offered by Sir George Jardine, [...]


  • I learned about this book from my Page a Day book calendar It sounded interesting and was It s book 2 of a series featuring Joe Sandilands, of Scotland Yard, and takes place right after World War 1 in India during the Raj Joe, a WWI veteran, has been working in Bombay and is looking forward to taking a month off in Simla where people from Bombay go in the summer to escape the heat it s in the foothills of the Himalayas Since this is a mystery series, of course he doesn t find the RR he was expec [...]


  • 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 country that detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of the governor of Bengal But when Joe s travelling companion, a [...]


  • RAGTIME IN SIMLA VGBarbara CleverlyScotland 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 [...]


  • Simla is in far north India and was really frontier during the British rule of India, the time zone in which this story was to have taken place Joe Sandilands is the detective But all the characters are very real and the reader gets to know them and identify with them as well as well as having strong feelings about some The story begins with a train trip from which a number of passengers are foreigners who are now in India and are on their way going through India to their destinations And there [...]


  • Having returned last year from a long trip to India, I was eager to read a novel set in the area I had visited Of course, the story takes place in the 1920s, so nothing would look the same still, it is always fun to have a connection to a book s setting Barbara Cleverly writes a classic mystery in Ragtime in Simla She sets up a murder early on and then we find virtually every character in the book a suspect And just when the reader thinks she has pinpointed the killer, the story turns off in ano [...]


  • The summer of 1922 in India is sweltering and beastly hot, so the British Raj move to their summer homes in the Himalayan Mountains Here the British re establish England in India rather than adapting to the landscape Approaching beautiful Simla is a treacherous climb via vehicle or by a to train Joe Sandilands of Scotland Yard, seconded to India, is about to go home He is offered a stay at a holiday bungalow, though Joe knows full well there s an ulterior motive He meets a famous opera star on t [...]


  • This is the second in the India series by Cleverly, and I enjoyed it as I did the first One of the problems of writing a series has to be the settling in of the characters that you introduced in the first book There was some slight changes and emphases from the first book which I put down to Cleverly getting to know her hero better The sense of place was particularly wonderful as an introduction of India It was a complex plot and the protagonist gets pulled in believing he is on vacation, but ra [...]


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