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Governor Sir George Jardine dispatches Joe Sandilands, war hero and Scotland Yard detective, to join in a hunt for the beast as the guest of the maharajah. The weaponry with which Joe is issued rouses his suspicions about the true nature of his trip. The Holland and Holland rifle will be perfect for tiger hunting but why will he need the latest small Browning M pistol? The maharajah, an ally of the British, is dying. The succession is unclear and could well be decided against a background of blood-letting.

The first heir to the throne has already died in a panther-wrestling incident. A second violent death occurs as Joe approaches the city. Or is a killer prowling the corridors of the palace of Ranipur?

The Palace Tiger (Detective Joe Sandilands, book 4) by Barbara Cleverly

In the glittering setting of the court, surrounded by scheming characters both Rajput and European, Joe must track down a clever murderer. Under the mocking eye of the ruthless Chief of State Police, Joe finds his way through a maze of intrigue to corner, at last, the Palace Tiger. Read more Read less. Applicable only on ATM card, debit card or credit card orders. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days.

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Don't have a Kindle? Avalon Publishing Group 25 May Language: Sometimes, however, an author desperate for a plot has trouble being plausible within his own usual universe. So far, Cleverly has not made me cringe. Hmmm, Of the four I've read, this was not my favorite. It still has the wonderful sense of place, of culture, of interesting characters, of native tribes -- but the mystery itself got a bit tedious because there were so many different versions of what may have happened, that although close to the confusion of real life, it simply bored.

The ending wrapped it all up mostly , but I felt as though I had been in a constant windstorm of ideas and theories before the final result. These books do have Hmmm, Of the four I've read, this was not my favorite. These books do have a lot of intrigue often attributed to understanding the machinations of a completely foreign culture. That part is fascinating. She is such a good writer, however. I shall forge on to 5. Dec 10, Shannon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Readers of Charles Todd mysteries.

I was through it almost before I knew it. Some old friends here, notably Edgar Troop and Sir George from a few of the other "Sandilands" mysteries. Some slightly annoying features are starting to crop up as I read through this series. There is always a feisty female, usually American, but sometimes British, who entices Joe Sandilands into intimacy of at least one sort or another.

She is such a stereotypical character that I am getting bored with her type and wonder why Joe who Very fast read She is such a stereotypical character that I am getting bored with her type and wonder why Joe who is so quick in other respects! In this book, "she" is the American wife of the Majarajah's second son. He is killed most dramatically right before her and Joe's eyes, before he can even make it into town. It is a very similar scenario to the opening of "Ragtime in Simla! Surely there's more than one way to introduce murder in a sensational way!

Joe's brief is to discover what is going on with the succession in this princely State. Once he arrives, there are more deaths resulting in more chaos and confusion. On top of murder, court intrigues and power plays, a hunt is organized to shoot a man-eating tiger which has been terrorizing a few out-lying villages.

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During the hunt, Joe is the hero of the hour as well as the dupe of the day! The hunters return home only to find a dying Maharajah, a depleted treasury and courtiers scrambling to keep or increase their political influence. This book was fast-paced for sure and had some endearing characters the Maharajah's year-old son, for one, but it lacked cohesion and development. It ran over the top of some areas that needed more exposition to enhance the reader's grasp of such things as the women's quarters and life removed from regular society. Greed needs no explanation, but personal descent from honor to unscrupulousness does require more motivation than was shown here.

The last chapter not the exposure of the killer was powerful and poignant. In this story, the deft writing lifts a mediocre tale from bland to worthwhile, if not quite as good as the first three in the series. Jul 18, Suzannah Hoppe-washburn rated it liked it. A mystery set in India, although the main character is British. I found the conclusion to be lacking a "bad guy" as every mystery should have. There were perhaps too many "bad guys" and as a result the characters were a bit weak. The story was complicated, with so many different twists that it was not engrossing.

Even as a historical fiction goes, I felt that it got too bogged down with everything the author was trying to convey. Sep 01, Rossrn Nunamaker rated it really liked it Shelves: I had not previously read any of her works and was not aware until I received it that there was a series of books based on the character Joe Sandilands. All in all, the book was well-worth the read and I anticipate going back to her earlier works to read some more. The book is set in India in and features a ranging cast of characters including the main character Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yard investigator, who has been asked to visit the principality of Ranipur, where the deaths to two sons of the Maharajah, have occurred.

More disconcerting is the fact that the Maharajah himself has cancer and will die soon, requiring a transition of the throne. In Ranipur, the wives of the ruler and his sons, an illegitimate child of the ruler, the Regent, and a number of others are keenly aware of the situation and nearly each is calculating his or her own path to power. The tiger is a real threat to villagers in one of the prince's territories, having acquired a "taste for man" it has attacked and killed numbers of children and people, and a hunt is held to end its reign of terror.

The physical and metaphorical tiger is revealed in this wonderful climax. I thought Cleverly wrapped things up well and did a great job of portraying this period in time. What a gem of a find! Absolutely delightful, a quick romp through a princely Indian state during the British Raj circa s. And also a marvelous mystery thriller to boot, that unfolds in an exotic setting. Cleverly manages to pull it off without becoming cheesy or campy at any point, demonstrating her extensive knowledge of the historical background, fashion and technology of the era, from gaudy palaces and formal dinners to the thrill of royal tiger hunts and even a little aviation history th What a gem of a find!

Cleverly manages to pull it off without becoming cheesy or campy at any point, demonstrating her extensive knowledge of the historical background, fashion and technology of the era, from gaudy palaces and formal dinners to the thrill of royal tiger hunts and even a little aviation history thrown in for good measure. The pacing was a little uneven as the plot quickly thickens and winds up in the last quarter of this short novel, in contrast to the gradual build up in the first half. Just as one settles down and gets used to the locale, the action climaxes and resolves all too quickly.

One senses that the author was in a hurry to wrap things up! A pity as such rich historical fiction deserves more extensive treatment for sure. I auppose it could be expected, being just one out of a detective series. And I couldnt help but visualise this being an excellent video game whilst reading it, having all the ingredients for one - stunning and colorful visuals given the locality, plenty of puzzles in a multiple murder mystery for the player to uncover, and some lively action thrown in too!

This is the 4th book in the Joe Sandilands mystery series, so far set in India during the time of the Raj. Sandilands is a Scotland Yard commander who, in the first book, was seconded to the British police in India to teach law enforcement techniques to the Indian police and to learn from them as well. In the 4 books he has also worked for Sir George Jardine, the governor of Bengal, travelling around India solving various mysteries and acting as Sir George's eyes and ears in outlying areas.

This This is the 4th book in the Joe Sandilands mystery series, so far set in India during the time of the Raj. This story finds Sandilands in Ranipur, looking into the suspicious deaths of two heirs to the throne of the prince who is also dying. As well, he is to assist if possible with tracking and killing a tiger that has been killing local people.

I like the pace of the story and I've grown to like Sandilands, his detective style and his personality. The mystery is interesting and worked at methodically and this allows Barbara Cleverly to give an excellent portrayal of the region and of life in the Raj at the time.

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The story isn't complex but it's still an entertaining read. I will now have to find the next in the series, The Bee's Kiss, which finds Sandilands returning to London. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action in more familiar turf for him. Jan 08, Val Sanford rated it it was amazing Shelves: A well-loved Maharaja is dying and the succession to the gaddi of Ranipu, a prosperous kingdom with important and positive relations with Britain.

In he goes with a brief to find out what's going on and report. The first son has been killed-- by misadventure or by murder, has yet to be proven. The second and third sons are in danger, but by whom and for what purpose? The book opens with on a pleasant, happy rural scene. A mother's joy as she scythes the grass with her 8 year old, newly married daughter is shattered when a man-eating tiger attacks.

The hunt for the man-eating tiger is paralleled by a hunt for killers in the beautifully appointed palace. Joe is caught in a tangle that might have him thinking it's Colonel Mustard in the Library with a gun.

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As lighthearted as the book might appear at first with barnstorming Americans and Tut Tut Cheerio Brits and three thousand Rahjput at the palace, Sandiland's brief is sad and sorrowful. Greed and entitlement sicken the palace and the last days of a once good and thoughtful ruler. Oct 21, Jim Leffert rated it liked it.

Alas, this tiger won't hunt! Perhaps it was because there are so many suspects and victims so that the story presents an intricate puzzle but without any compelling character development. So, I would direct prospective readers to other volumes in this series.


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As he is arriving, a plane crashes in front of him killing the son and present heir of the maharajah. Joe quickly finds the crash was no accident and this is the second heir who has died, the first proving to be murdered as well. Watched and tailed, whom can he trust, who is suspect a n d why? Never clear until the end. Another fascinating view of life during the Raj and Indian culture during the time. I can hardly wait to read the next one! Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands books are always a pleasure to read, and this is no exception.

Sandilands, a Scotland Yard commander on a never-ending temporary assignment to India, is sent to an Indian Princely state ostensibly to view the succession of a dying prince. But, as you might expect, when he arrives Joe finds himself in the middle of a number of intrigues which he must solve. The book is interesting in its description of life in one of the princely states and its relationship with the British Raj. The intrigues that Joe deals with -- not the least of which is the termination of a man-eating tiger -- are creative and well-executed.

Cleverly gives an authoritative rendering of life in s India and Joe Sandilands is one of the more interesting characters to emerge in modern police procedural offerings. Good job -- as usual. One person found this helpful. British police detective, is inserted into the middle of a local ruler's family tragedy and must solve the murder of his son before there is chaos. Questions arise about which people on either or any side are trustworthy and which are not.

And then there are plenty of beautiful and willful women. Because this is set in the India and Afghanistan border and between the world wars, I enjoyed the descriptions and explanations of the historical background. Joe, the main character, is a London policeman on loan to the Indian government. As always he is interesting, observant, and wise, although his analyses can be swayed by a beautiful woman. The struggle by strong women during a time of social change is also interesting.

So very glad I took a chance on Cleverly based on the reviews for Kashmiri Rose. Have been hooked ever since and am thoroughly enjoying each read. Love Joe Sandilands and the time period as well as her twists at the end Reminded me of a Nancy Drew novel, soooo maybe a good book for a pre-teen girl. Don't waste your money tho, if you took English Lit in high school.


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