Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Blood Royal, by Barbara Cleverly
I thought I would never like any of the Joe Sandilands books as well as I liked the ones set in India and Afghanistan, but Cleverly is pretty skilled at creating exotic worlds within post-World War I English society too. The addition of the new character, Constable Lily Wentworth, makes the series all that much richer and entertaining. In this story, a string of assassination of military officers is thought to be the work of Finian terrorists, but not for long. Far more personal motives are at work, and discerning them requires both Sandilands and Wentworth to hobnob with British and Russian nobility and with the families of the dead.