A Spider in the Cup
Overview - At dawn one morning in 1933, an amateur dowsing team digging the banks of the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a priceless gold coin in her mouth and a missing toe. The case falls on Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Joe Sandilands's turf, but he's been given another assignment--and a very high-profile one. Read more...
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At dawn one morning in 1933, an amateur dowsing team digging the banks of the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a priceless gold coin in her mouth and a missing toe. The case falls on Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Joe Sandilands's turf, but he's been given another assignment--and a very high-profile one. London is hosting a historic global economic conference to try to solve the global Depression, and political tensions are running very high, as very influential participants are starting to take positions allied with or staunchly against the rapidly militarizing Germany. Sandilands's job is to protect and keep an eye on the visiting American senator Cornelius Kingstone, right-hand man to President Roosevelt, throughout the conference. When a strange set of coincidences link the river bank body to the senator, Joe realizes his assignment is much bigger than he'd thought, and that Senator Kingstone is caught up in a very dangerous game--one that might cost not just one but thousands of lives.
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British author Cleverly squanders a promising premise in her uneven 11th mystery featuring Scotland Yard’s Joe Sandilands (after 2012’s Not My Blood). At the 1933 World Economic Conference in London, Sandilands has the major responsibility of protecting U.S. Senator Cornelius Kingstone, one of FDR’s closest advisers. Whether America will adopt an aggressive posture against Nazi Germany is still up in the air, making Kingstone’s safety a national priority for the Brits. Meanwhile, an eccentric group of dowsers digging in a Thames riverbank unearth a woman’s corpse, with her right big toe severed and a gold coin in her mouth. Sandilands delegates that investigation to a subordinate, even as he suspects a possible link between the woman’s murder and his primary mission. Those expecting a well-crafted murder puzzle will be disappointed, though as she has in the past, the author may well return to form next time. Agent: Juliet Burton, Juliet Burton Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.)