The Palace Tiger – a good sale for $1.99 – Historical mystery/adventure – British Detective (This is book four. Book four and Book 5, The Bee’s Kiss are on sale so pick them up now if you like this kind of historical mystery. Book one is: The Last Kashmiri Rose.
India, 1922. In this, the fourth in the acclaimed Joe Sandilands series, Scotland Yard detective Joe arrives in the princely state of Ranipur at the request of the Maharajah, an old ally of the British. The Maharajah is dying, and the succession is unclear. The death of his first son, while panther-wrestling, is suspicious, but as Joe begins to investigate a second son dies dramatically right before his eyes. With only the youngest, aged 12, now left to succeed, can Joe ensure his survival? In the glittering and luxurious setting of the court with its array of powerful, scheming characters, Joe must find his way through the maze of intrigue to trap, at last, the palace tiger.
Next up, I found this VERY interesting set of books by Elizabeth Cadell that are finally on Kindle. These appear to be cozies of an old fashioned character-based kind–a mix of romantic comedy, trials and tribulations and fun. Here’s the author bio:
Violet Elizabeth Cadell was born in 1903 in Calcutta, India. During the Great War she studied music in London, but refused a musical career and returned to India where she married and had two children. After she was widowed ten years later, she returned to England.
Elizabeth wrote her first book ‘My Dear Aunt Flora’ during the Second World War in 1946, thereafter producing another 52 light-hearted, humorous and romantic books which won her a faithful readership in England and America. She moved to Portugal in 1960 and subsequently set many of her books in that country. She died in 1989, aged eighty-five.
Here’s the first in one of her books, a romantic comedy:
The Lark Shall Sing There was no money, the family was scattered, and Lucille, who had mothered them all since she was sixteen, was going to be married. So the house must be sold; Lucille knew that was the only sensible things to do, but the family had other ideas.
Home they came by whatever way they could, penniless and bedraggled but with certain new-found friends who were to help them to upset Lucille’s plans—all her plans for a calm, settled and sensible life.
The Fox from His Lair is more of a cozy mystery, but seems to have that same focus on characters. This one also falls under British Amateur Sleuth.
For Anabelle Baird, the fortnight’s holiday with her fiancé, Philip Ancell, in Lisbon has not been a happy one. At the Lisbon airport she has a surprise encounter with Angus Pemberton whom she had last seen seven years ago when he left Steyne under a cloud and went to Brazil. Anabelle’s reunion with Angus and her strange meeting with Luis, a small Portuguese boy, are but portents of her involvement in a mystery which pursues her to Steyne and finds its roots there in the home of Angus’ eccentric old grandmother Lady Evelyn Pemberton.