The Bee's Kiss

The Bee's Kiss

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Random House, Inc.
London. 1926. One war is over, another is beginning, and murder is sealed with a kiss....

At midnight she was ravishing: a tall redhead wearing emeralds and a low-cut dress. An hour later, in her room at the Ritz, she was dead, the jewels torn from her bludgeoned body. Thus begins Barbara Cleverly’s ingenious novel, another masterpiece of suspense from the CWA Golden Dagger Award—winning author.

With the help of a former comrade-at-arms and a society girl turned constable, Scotland Yard Inspector Joe Sandilands enters into the private world of Dame Beatrice Jagow-Joliffe–a hive of state secrets and sexual extravagance.

But as The Dame’s affairs are exposed, the case takes a sudden, strange turn. Because what Sandilands is about to discover are deceptions that go far beyond salacious scandal to betrayals that strike at the heart of a nation . . . and the ruthless heart of a killer.

Baker & Taylor
A fifth installment in a Golden Dagger Award-winning series finds a returned Joe Sandilands enjoying Jazz Age London, until a high-profile bludgeoning death at the Ritz embroils him in an investigation complicated by three additional suspicious deaths and pressure by Scotland Yard to close the case. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2007, c2005
Edition: Delta trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385340410
0385340419
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm

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Jul 06, 2017

The fifth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series

This is a bit more gritty than some of the Joe Sandilands books. It's easy to see why a combination of the effects of the British class system and World War I combined to usher in the Roaring Twenties, with its cynicism and frantic scramble for diversion. References to artists of the time are interesting, as is the character of Dorcas. I may go back and re-read the whole series from start to finish, just to enjoy the character development, which seems to culminate in the author's most recently released Sandilands book. The hints at the develpment of the secret spy service dealt with in John LeCarre's books is intriguing (pardon the pun).

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