is the author of five celebrated Joe Sandilands novels, including
New York Times Notable Book of 2002, THE LAST KASHMIRI ROSE
and THE DAMASCENED BLADE, for which she received the Golden Dagger
Award for Best Historical Crime Fiction. Barbara lives in
Cambridge, England where she is now at work on a new series set in
post-WWI France and featuring archeologist Leatitia
One morning before dawn at her regal country estate, Lady Lavinia Truelove is crushed to death by a horse. Classified as “death by misadventure,” this appears a gruesome accident, but Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands suspects foul play --- a misgiving he is struggling to separate from his personal grievances toward Sir James Truelove, who is Lady Lavinia’s widower. As Joe’s investigation yields surprising secrets about one of England’s most powerful families, he discovers how little he knew about not only the gilded lives of the moneyed.