a spider in the cupThis Friday, we’re pleased to bring you mystery writing at it’s best. In Barbara Clevery’s 11th installment of the hit Golden Age London mystery series A SPIDER IN THE CUP, Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is tasked with protecting a visiting American senator during London’s 1933 global economic conference–and possibly with keeping the world from going to war.

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At dawn one morning in 1933, an amateur dowsing team digging the banks of the Thames for precious metals unearths the body of a young woman with a missing toe and a priceless gold coin in her mouth. The case falls on Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Joe Sandilands’ turf, but he’s been given another assignment-and a very high-profile one. London is hosting a historic global economic conference to try to solve the global Depression, and political tensions are running very high, as very influential participants are starting to take positions allied with or staunchly against the rapidly militarizing Germany. Sandilands’ job is to protect and keep an eye on the visiting American senator Cornelius Kingstone, right-hand man to President Roosevelt, throughout the conference. When a strange set of coincidences link the river bank body to the senator, Joe realizes his assignment is much bigger than he’d thought, and that Senator Kingstone is caught up in a very dangerous game-one that might cost not just one but thousands of lives.
Praise for Barbara Cleverly:

“Spellbinding.”—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

Friday Reads: A SPIDER IN THE CUP by Barbara Cleverly

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