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India, 1922. In Panikhat, 50 miles from Calcutta, the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one every year and always in March. All the deaths are bizarre and seem accidental. The only link between them is the small red roses that mysteriously appear on the women’s graves on the anniversaries of their deaths.

The first victim perished in a fire, the second was bitten by a cobra, another was thrown off her horse into a ravine, while the fourth drowned. When the fifth, the pretty young wife of Captain Somersham, is found with her wrists cut, the Governor of Bengal refuses to accept a suicide verdict and calls for help from the reluctant Joe Sandilands, currently on secondment to the Bengal police.

©2001 Barbara Cleverly (P)2002 Soundings

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 08-01-14

Excellent evocation of murder in British Raj!

What made the experience of listening to The Last Kashmiri Rose the most enjoyable?

The detail in the book was excellent - the descriptions and evocation of both time and place brought the novel to life. I didn't see it had been written by Cleverly, and it felt as though it had been written by a man, such was the description and exchanges between the male characters. There were only three females in the book and two of them were rather weak, the third, Kitty, was excellent (maybe because she was a tough old boot and a matriarchal type who had been running the women in the military station in india for so long she would have no nonsense, and spoke her mind).

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have a person as a favourite character. I think "India" was my favourite character, if a place can be a character. You saw all sides of it, the smells, heat and the influence the British had on the native population.

What does Terry Wale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He had such a clear voice, and it made the parts explaining the Indian honour code (very important to the plot) much easier to understand.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was. I kept wanting to know what happened next. There were some twists thrown in which made me want to know more!

Any additional comments?

The only weak point was the sort of romance between two of the main characters, It was not very well drawn, and the descriptions made me squirm a bit (another reason I thought it had been written by a chap!) BUT...it was only a very small part of the book and the episodes flashed by, so did not really detract from the novel overall.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 11-27-16

really good

I really enjoyed this book, loved the period and setting, more of an updated Agatha Christie so if your looking for gore move on,but if your looking for s good murder mystery for a wet Sunday afternoon can't go wrong with this.

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  • Sue
  • 07-08-13

A good example

Would you listen to The Last Kashmiri Rose again? Why?

A well presented mystery in a slightly different time - the height of the British Raj. Good sense of time and place.

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  • Christine
  • 06-05-17

Believable plot

Excellent new (for me) historical murder mystery. The plot was unusual and yet believable, and what's more, the careful slueth reader has a fair shot at working it out (although it isn't easy).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-17

Excellent story to keep you enthralled

This is the first book in a series and the first I have read. The writer vividly captures the sights, sounds and ways of India and the plot keeps you guessing to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable and I will certainly be listening to more in the series. Also enjoyed the narration by Terry Wale.

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  • Helen
  • 02-26-17

WHY the blasted music?

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Kashmiri Rose to be better than the print version?

NO! I will persist with a couple of the audiobooks for this excellent series. I love everything about EXCEPT the blasted music, I will persist before I turn to printed books, because I enjoy Mr Wale's narration.

What other book might you compare The Last Kashmiri Rose to, and why?

Miss Cleverly writes a great story, I do not know who I would compare this book to, just let it stand on its own merits.

Have you listened to any of Terry Wale’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Enjoyed Mr Wale's narration, his voice is pleasant and diction good. A good narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments in this book that I found very moving. Look forward to further escapades of Commander Sandilands.

Any additional comments?

Who are the book hating idiots that persist in putting music into the narration of a book. It distracts from the continuity of the book. If I wanted to listen to music I would.This would have been five stars all around, except for the blasted music.

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 01-02-17

Period mystery in India between the wars

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My first book by Barbara Cleverly, certainly not the last. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Joe Sandilands as he investigated a strange series of deaths in an Indian military town in the period before Independence.