By Barbara Cleverly

Simla 1922. whereas the remainder of India bakes within the scorching season, up within the pine-scented coolness of the Himalayan hills, the English have recreated a imaginative and prescient of domestic. listed here are half-timbered homes, novice theatricals, gymkhanas and a glittering vice-regal court docket for the socialites. The summer time capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the power of the jazz age.

It is towards this pleasant nation that detective Joe Sandilands is heading because the visitor of Sir George Jardine, the governor of Bengal. but if Joe's traveling spouse, a Russian opera singer, is shot useless at his facet within the governor's motor vehicle at the street as much as Simla, he unearths himself plunged right into a homicide research. faced by means of the secret of a similar unsolved killing a yr earlier than, Joe realizes that Sir George's hospitality comes at a excessive price.

As Joe starts off to solve a secret which has its roots within the aftermath of the 1st global conflict, he discovers that in the back of the gleaming facade of social lifestyles in Simla lies a path of homicide, vice and blackmail. somebody during this close-knit neighborhood has a sinister mystery and the closer Joe involves uncovering it, the closer he involves his personal loss of life.

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My father was standing in the doorway where he'd been posted. I've heard him tell about it a hundred times; he was always telling it. He heard the shot fired and ran to the corner of the building and sent one glance at the site and saw what had happened - and don't tell me that in that short time someone could have come out of the building and run away, because they couldn't. ' he appealed to Inspector Block. 'No,' said Block. 'In that short time, anyone shooting, from the window where the gun was could hardly even have reached the top of the stairs.

May it please your lordship, members of the jury. Fifteen years ago, almost to this very day, the police The Scapegoat 23 were shown an anonymous letter which had been received by the famous stage magician, Mr Mysterioso. It was the first of a dozen or so, over the next six months. They were composed of words cut out from the national dailies, and enclosed in cheap envelopes,, varying in size and shape, posted from widely differing parts of the country. I may add here that no one concerned with the case appeared to have had the opportunity to post them, unless of course it was done for the sender by different persons.

I don't want to hear all this, I know what I know. Because of what he did, my father's life was ruined. I meant all those threats. ' said Mr Photoze, appealing to the rest of them with outflung arms and a tinkling of gold. 'Your father was never accused of anything,' said Inspector Block. 'He was dismissed - ' ' "Dismissed for negligence" - everyone knew what that meant. ' 'We are going to lift that suspicion,' said Mysterioso. 'That's what we're here for; we're going to clear the whole thing up.

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