5 November 2015.
ISBN 978-1-61695-617-2 (PB)
This twelfth adventure for Joe Sandilands maintains the impeccably high standard of the stories before it. Joe, now an Assistant Commissioner for Police at Scotland Yard is dealing with an investigation that needs very delicate handling. He suspects that the death of Lavinia, Lady Truelove when she was trampled by a frightened, bad tempered horse was actually murder. To discover the truth he must delve into the lives of the privileged classes. The widower of the victim, Sir James Truelove is a politician at a top level and possibly on the verge of greater power in an era of dangerous political development - April 1933.
Joe has personal reasons for his doubts about Sir James since Dorcas Joliffe, a lady he hopes to marry, is under the academic patronage of the politician. The swirling events around Joe, acting alone at a weekend gathering at the Truelove country estate, lead to a further death and complex investigations into complex political and financial motives. Joe reaches a conclusion about the responsibility for the deaths but whether this was completely successful is a moot point.
This is a very enjoyable read.
Jennifer S. Palmer
The first book in this series was set in 1920s India it is the Last Kashmiri Rose. Barbara Cleverly also has a series about Laetitia Talbot who is an archaeologist in Crete in the 1920s.