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The Bee's Kiss

(2005)
(The fifth book in the Detective Joe Sandilands series)
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1926, and Joe Sandilands is back from India, enjoying the frantic pleasures of Jazz Age London. Yet there is a darkness behind all that postwar gaity. 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. Yet very soon he discovers that this Dame was no tweed-wearing fusty type; Titian-haired Beatrice wore evening gowns by Lanvin and perfume by Caron; she drank cocktails and had a younger lover. And death dogs her footsteps. Her companion, an exchorus 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.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 1-84617-687-5 / 978-1-84617-687-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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July 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Bee's Kiss: A Detective Joe Sandlands Mystery (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 0-7867-1736-X / 978-0-7867-1736-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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September 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 1-84529-049-6 / 978-1-84529-049-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

February 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 0-385-34041-9 / 978-0-385-34041-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 1-84529-238-3 / 978-1-84529-238-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: C & R Crime
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Audio Editions

May 2010 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Bee's Kiss
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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May 2010 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Bee's Kiss
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 1-84559-361-8 / 978-1-84559-361-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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January 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 1-84559-350-2 / 978-1-84559-350-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Book 5)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
Publisher: C & R Crime
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Investigation Book 5)
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
Publisher: C & R Crime
Availability: Amazon UK   



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