Not My Blood

Not My Blood Cover

Not My Blood

By Barbara Cleverly

Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781616951542, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Description
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. Jackie is in trouble at his Sussex boarding school, where a teacher has been murdered. When Joe gets himself assigned to the investigation, he learns the boarding school case is more complicated than it appears: A frightening number of boys, all from wealthy families, have gone missing over the school's history, and by some coincidence none of the families have followed up on their sons' whereabouts.


About the Author
Barbara Cleverly, a former teacher, now lives in Cambridge. Her Joe Sandilands series, including "The Last Kashmiri Rose, Folly du Jour "and "Strange Images of Death," which is set against the backdrop of the Indian Empire, was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her attic.


Praise For Not My Blood

Praise for Not My Blood

“Cleverly is a terrific writer, and she’s also wonderful at setting a scene. Fans know that she supplies the glamour as well as the grime, and she’s one of the most adept puzzle-plot-makers now working. The clues are all there. But you won’t guess who it is until she gives you the final word.”
The Globe and Mail

“As usual, Cleverly neatly captures the style and feeling of the period between the world wars and provides plenty of mystery, suspense and danger.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Barbara Cleverly lives up to her surname with her intricate, erudite and witty books about Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands.... Cleverly is a terrific plotter, and her prose highlights a keen sense of place, character and dialogue.... Adding to the pleasure are Cleverly's unpretentious references to literary classics. Fans of P.D. James, take note: Here's a worthy colleague."
Seattle Times

“This puzzle presents much reader satisfaction.”
—Jack Batten, Toronto Star

Praise for the Joe Sandilands Series


"Spellbinding."
The 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."
Guardian