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A Spider in the Cup
by Barbara Cleverly

Overview - London, 1933: An amateur dowsing team searching the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a priceless coin in her mouth. The case falls on Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands, but he has another, very high-profile assignment.  Read more...

 
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Overview
London, 1933: An amateur dowsing team searching the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a priceless coin in her mouth. The case falls on Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands, but he has another, very high-profile assignment. London is hosting a massive economic conference to address the global Depression, and political tensions run high as world leaders stand either with or against a rapidly militarizing Germany. Sandilands is to protect visiting American senator Cornelius Kingstone throughout the conference. But a when a series of bizarre coincidences links the riverbank body to the senator, Joe realizes that Kingstone is caught up in a dangerous game that might cost not just one but thousands of lives.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616952884
  • ISBN-10: 1616952881
  • Publisher: Soho Crime
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 346

Series: Joe Sandilands Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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