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A Spider In The Cup


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About the Author

Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England and is a graduate of Durham University. A former teacher, she has spent her working life in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk; she now lives in Cambridge. She has one son and five step-children. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Kashmiri Rose, Strange Images of Death, The Blood Royal, and Not My Blood. Her Joe Sandilands series, set against the background of the Indian Empire, was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her attic.


Praise for A Spider in the Cup

"Intricate and intimate, Cleverly's series melds the whodunit with the political thriller. "A Spider in the Cup" burnishes her bona fides as she once again pulls off a chilling and charming story with an engaging hero, a dose of leavening wit and a keen sense of history."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"If you, as I, enjoy your mysteries moody, deliberate in the pacing, A Spider in the Cup will be a read you enjoy... hither you to your nearest library or bookstore and jump on in!... I doubt you'll be disappointed."
-Nick Schenkel, WBAA

"Secret societies, economic and political power plays, and assassins on the loose share space in...[an] involving tale, marked by historical, cultural, and literary references, stiff-upper-lip dialogue, and occasionally surprising wittiness."

"A dangerous game set against a roiling historical backdrop."

"Cleverly writes extremely well of the era that she is evoking.... [A Spider in the Cup] explores economic and political tensions of the times."
-Deadly Pleasures

"[A] suspenseful and intricate tale of honor and betrayal."
-Suspense Magazine

"A Spider in the Cup is an intriguing mix of history and murder mystery.... Another solid entry in this series, one definitely worth seeking out."
-Mysterious Reviews

"Cleverly's strength is in her ability to pick readers up and place them in a different time and place through vivid descriptions of everything from the scenery to the sounds and aromas of the place.... The author pulls in readers [with] her marvelously colorful characters."
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Praise for Barbara Cleverly

-New York Times Book Review

"Cleverly's crisp prose and solid cast of supporting characters ... make the book a delight to read."
-Denver Post

"Stylish and intricate.... Cleverly has perfect pitch for period and place, whether her hero is unearthing evil in India, England or France."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A great blood and guts blockbuster."

"The appearance of a Joe Sandilands book is always welcomed by fans of this intelligent and gripping series."
-San Jose Mercury

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