Joe Sandilands

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 279 ratings

The Last Kashmiri Rose Summary

India, 1922. In Panikhat, 50 miles from Calcutta, the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one every year and always in March. All the deaths are bizarre and seem accidental. The only link between them is the small red roses that mysteriously appear on the women’s graves on the anniversaries of their deaths.

The first victim perished in a fire, the second was bitten by a cobra, another was thrown off her horse into a ravine, while the fourth drowned. When the fifth, the pretty young wife of Captain Somersham, is found with her wrists cut, the Governor of Bengal refuses to accept a suicide verdict and calls for help from the reluctant Joe Sandilands, currently on secondment to the Bengal police.

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  • Book 1

    • The Last Kashmiri Rose

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    India, 1922. In Panikhat, 50 miles from Calcutta, the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one every year and always in March. All the deaths are bizarre and seem accidental. The only link between them is the small red roses that mysteriously appear on the women’s graves on the anniversaries of their deaths. The first victim perished in a fire, the second was bitten by a cobra, another was thrown off her horse into a ravine, while the fourth drowned.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • really good

    • By Jennifer Chennell on 27-11-16

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 2

    • Ragtime in Simla

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Simla 1922, and the summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the Jazz Age. Simla is where detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of Sir George Jardine, the Governor of Bengal. But when Joe’s travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the Governor’s car, he finds himself plunged into a murder investigation. Confronted by the mystery of an identical unsolved killing a year before, Joe realizes that Sir George’s hospitality comes at a high price.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Paints a vivid picture

    • By Kaz on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 3

    • The Damascened Blade

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Events that took place on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1910 are resurrected for Joe Sandilands 12 years later. On a welcome break from his duties, he is spending a fortnight with his old army friend James Lindsay, commander of the British army's fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. There is an uneasy peace in operation, but into the delicate situation is injected an ill-assorted group of visitors. After a skirmish that results in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, Joe and James are given a week in which to find the killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Kaz on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 4

    • The Palace Tiger

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    India 1922. When a tiger, turned man-eater, starts terrorising the northern villages of Ranipur, Governor Sir George Jardine dispatches Joe Sandilands, war hero and Scotland Yard detective, to join in a hunt for the beast as the guest of the maharajah. But Joe's suspicions are soon roused about the true nature of his trip. The maharajah is dying and his succession is unclear. The first heir to the throne has already died in a panther-wrestling incident and a second violent death occurs as Joe approaches the city.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, twisty plot

    • By elly gausden on 15-11-15

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 5

    • The Bee's Kiss

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    It's 1926: Joe Sandilands is back from India enjoying the frantic pleasures of Jazz Age London. But post-war gaiety soon wears off when Scotland Yard ask Joe to conduct a swift enquiry. Dame Beatrice Joliffe, a much-respected member of the British establishment, has been bludgeoned to death in her suite at the Ritz. It seems that death dogged the footsteps of Dame Beatrice, and Joe finds himself investigating the apparent suicides of three young women who had been close to her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly listenable vintage murder series

    • By Linda on 06-06-17

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 6

    • Tug of War

    • A Joe Sandilands Murder Mystery
    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Joe Sandilands has been dispatched to France to stay as the guest of a glamorous French war-widow who is determined that Joe should support her claim that a mysterious shell-shocked soldier is her husband. The problem is that four other claimants have identified him differently. Joe decides to investigate the four claimants and picks his way through a tangle of lies, deceit, and manipulation, uncovering a cleverly concealed murder committed during the war years.

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  • Book 7

    • Folly du Jour

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Folies Bergère, Paris, 1927. Joe Sandilands hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder. In a cell of the Quai des Orfevres he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening dress stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim's box, has vanished.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ok, but somehow didn't hold my attention

    • By Hardy Fan on 07-06-17

    Regular price: £27.79

  • Book 8

    • Strange Images of Death

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is on leave, wending his way through France to the Riviera. En route, he stops off at a chateau in the Lubéron, where his niece is to join her father as one of the guests of a generous yet enigmatic host. But arriving at the chateau, they find that a troubling crime has been committed recently. Joe stays on to allay a rising sense of panic and root out the guilty.

    Regular price: £14.69

  • Book 9

    • The Blood Royal

    • A Joe Sandilands Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    1922: Commander Joe Sandilands returns from a stint in India and immediately finds himself up to his neck in a tricky political situation. London is reeling from IRA atrocities and Joe is further plagued by the machinations of a spy ring being run under his nose by a Russian émigrée princess. When a war hero is gunned down and the life of a popular Englishman is threatened, Joe knows he has only days to root out the person behind the killings.

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 10

    • Not My Blood

    • A Joe Sandilands Investigation, Book 10
    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Mrs Mac on 23-01-14

    Regular price: £20.29

  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

    • Enter Pale Death

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    One morning before dawn at her regal country estate, Lady Lavinia Truelove is crushed to death by a horse. Classified as “death by misadventure”, this appears a gruesome accident, but Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands suspects foul play. His suspicions are aggravated by his personal grievances toward Sir James Truelove, Lady Lavinia's widower and the influential academic patron of Dorcas Joliffe, whom Joe one day hopes to marry.

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 13

    • Diana's Altar

    • By: Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Cambridge, October 1933. Inside the old All Hallows Church on All Hallows' Eve, Doctor Adelaide Hartest bears witness to the final moments of a dying stranger. Despite the dagger plunged into the stranger's chest, the death is ruled a suicide, compounded by a formal confession before death. The victim, it is revealed, is known to Scotland Yard, and Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands is sent all the way from London to investigate.

    Regular price: £20.69