RAGTIME IN SIMLA by Beverly Cleverly is the 2nd title in the Joe Sandilands series.
The scene is Simla, 1922. Simla is/was a recreational summer retreat in the foothills of the Himalayans, very popular with the British ‘expat’ community. Joe Sandilands was invited by Sir George Jardine, acting governor of Bengal, to spend time in Simla before returning to England.
The mystery is very intricate with quite a bit of backtracking to events happening during a train crash in France in 1919.
I was very interested in the descriptions of Simla, 1920’s India and colonial culture.
The major characters are British and much is told of the Pathan ‘tribal customs’. (You would think Joe would know more of Pathan customs after his run-in with a Pathan character in Book #1 - THE LAST KASHMIRI ROSE.)
I would recommend this book to mystery readers, especially those interested in a strong sense of foreign locale.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Constable; 1 edition (5 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781472111555
- ISBN-13: 978-1472111555
- ASIN: 1472111559
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.9 x 13.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
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