The Bee's Kiss

The Bee's Kiss

Book - 2006
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Yet, there is a darkness behind all that postwar gaiety. A woman has been discovered bludgeoned to death in her suite at the Ritz. A broken window and missing emerald necklace suggest that it is a burglary gone wrong. But the corpse is that of a much-respected member of the British establishment, Dame Beatrice Joliffe, one of the founders of the Wrens, and so Scotland Yard send Joe to conduct a swift enquiry. Her companion, an ex-chorus girl, falls from Waterloo Bridge at twilight. Two of the Dame's clique of eager young Wrens commit suicide. All these deaths make Joe suspect that Beatrice has been killed by someone close to her but suddenly he finds that the case is closed and he is asked by his superiors to surrender his files. Against the background of the looming General Strike, and pressure from unseen governmental presences he struggles on, picking his way through the political panic and rebelling against authority, through to a shattering solution to the killings.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9781845290498
1845290496
9780786717361
078671736X
Branch Call Number: X
823.92
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jul 06, 2017

The fifth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series

This is a bit more gritty than some of the Joe Sandilands books. It's easy to see why a combination of the effects of the British class system and World War I combined to usher in the Roaring Twenties, with its cynicism and frantic scramble for diversion. References to artists of the time are interesting, as is the character of Dorcas. I may go back and re-read the whole series from start to finish, just to enjoy the character development, which seems to culminate in the author's most recently released Sandilands book. The hints at the develpment of the secret spy service dealt with in John LeCarre's books is intriguing (pardon the pun).

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