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A Spider in the Cup London, An Amateur Dowsing Team Searching The Thames For Precious Metals Unearths The Body Of A Young Woman With A Priceless Coin In Her Mouth The Case Falls On Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands, But He Has Another, Very High Profile Assignment London Is Hosting A Massive Economic Conference To Address The Global Depression, And Political Tensions Run High As World Leaders Stand Either With Or Against A Rapidly Militarizing Germany Sandilands Is To Protect Visiting American Senator Cornelius Kingstone Throughout The Conference But A When A Series Of Bizarre Coincidences Links The Riverbank Body To The Senator, Joe Realizes That Kingstone Is Caught Up In A Dangerous Game That Might Cost Not Just One But Thousands Of Lives


10 thoughts on “A Spider in the Cup

  1. says:

    A group of dowsers find a body in a canal Meanwhile, Joe Sandilands has to protect an American politician.I m not sure whether this is some kind of spoof or not It seems campy in places.


  2. says:

    Because I love London and the 1930s, I was thrilled to receive a free advanced copy of Spider In The Cup from Goodreads But I was quickly disenchanted with the novel due mostly to the choppy writing that was actually unreadable I couldn t figure out what was happening There were pages and pages of nothing but talking where it seemed the author forgot to include any descriptions of the situation or the characters As a result, no characters were emerging from the pages The author had all th Because I love London and the 1930s, I was thrilled to receive a free advanced copy of Spider In The Cup from Goodreads But I was quickly disenchanted with the novel due mostly to the choppy writing that was actually unreadable I couldn t figure out what was happening There were pages and pages of nothing but talking where it seemed the author forgot to include any descriptions of the situation or the characters As a result, no characters were emerging from the pages The author had all the characters speaking in a dialect that seemed to be from a period far earlier than the 1930 s, which was very difficult to read There were also too many references to British culture and landmarks that didn t translate to an American audience Please know I feel so bad giving this book a negative review when I was a recipient of the giveaway, but I do want to honestly review the book


  3. says:

    First of all, as I won this ARC, thanks to Goodreads and the Publisher, Soho Crime I m new to Goodreads and it was exciting to win I look for books published by Soho, their fine international mysteries and period crime Spider in the Cup is first and foremost an espionage novel and anyone expecting a complexly plotted mystery will be disappointed As a person who reads a great many historical mysteries I found much to like, but also several things that were disconcerting in Cleverly s approac First of all, as I won this ARC, thanks to Goodreads and the Publisher, Soho Crime I m new to Goodreads and it was exciting to win I look for books published by Soho, their fine international mysteries and period crime Spider in the Cup is first and foremost an espionage novel and anyone expecting a complexly plotted mystery will be disappointed As a person who reads a great many historical mysteries I found much to like, but also several things that were disconcerting in Cleverly s approach to the genre I look for an historical challenge, something that will stimulate research and discussion of the period Initially she provided it the action is set during an actual economic summit in 1933 and the corpse that of a young dancer discovered in the mud of the Thames had a coin in her mouth from a famous treasure hoard The problem is, her plotting quickly degenerated into international conspiracy This is an irritating and lazy device for such a respected author After dealing with her protagonist, Joe Sandilands, over the course of many books, he s become a sketch rather than a fully motivated character I wishtime had been spent exploring his psyche I did though enjoy an appearance by his sister Lydia in clouds of Chanel and chiffon, and the family cat, Brutus a cantankerous, elderly beast with bad teeth and a liking for saucers of ale Though I will eagerly snap up the new J Robert Janes, David Downing or James Benn World War II mysteries, I doubt I will read Cleverly again There are much better things out there


  4. says:

    I received an ARC copy of this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway Review to follow I really liked the parts of the book that I was able to understand what was happening, and I really liked the cover Other than that, I don t really know what to say Most of the time I wasn t sure what was happening to really in enjoy the book It was hard for me to finish it and not just quit I hate to say that, because I don t like to give bad reviews Like I said though, I REALLY liked the cov I received an ARC copy of this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway Review to follow I really liked the parts of the book that I was able to understand what was happening, and I really liked the cover Other than that, I don t really know what to say Most of the time I wasn t sure what was happening to really in enjoy the book It was hard for me to finish it and not just quit I hate to say that, because I don t like to give bad reviews Like I said though, I REALLY liked the cover though


  5. says:

    This Joe Sandilands novel starts very slowly, and the reading does not flow well Towards the middle of the book, the old Barbara Cleverly glimpses through the English mist The story hints at the building German problem, as a few powerful men attempt to manipulate the world Cleverly has spies and counter spies everywhere, and they seem wimpy The action does not ring true to what is actually happening during this time Cleverly does not utilize the writing that has made her popular.


  6. says:

    First Sentence On a neglected reach of the Thames, a woman stood counting the chimes ringing out from Chelsea Old Church behind her The body of a young woman buried in the banks of the Thames is discovered What attracted the dowsing rods this amateur group member s attention, was the priceless gold coin in her mouth That she is also missing a toe sends the case to the desk of Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands Sandilands, however, is also task with protecting an important US Senator who First Sentence On a neglected reach of the Thames, a woman stood counting the chimes ringing out from Chelsea Old Church behind her The body of a young woman buried in the banks of the Thames is discovered What attracted the dowsing rods this amateur group member s attention, was the priceless gold coin in her mouth That she is also missing a toe sends the case to the desk of Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands Sandilands, however, is also task with protecting an important US Senator who is in London for an historic global economic conference Senator Cornelius Kingstone s own bodyguard from the F.B.I., used to report to Sandilands in the British Army Protecting Kingstone, Joe learns there is much, muchat risk than one Senator s life It is always painful to write a negative review for a book by an author whose previous works one has loved Sadly, there is just no way around it, in this case Ms Cleverly has such a wonderful ability to paint verbal pictures The amber glow of the gas mantles was beginning to fade to lemon as a brightening sky quenched them, offering her sensitive eyes a symphony in grey and gold worthy of Whistler I did, however, have a problem remembering when, exactly, the book is set Although there is substantial, and interesting, historic information included, if your knowledge of the pre WWII era isn t strong, it s not easy to grasp The characters are interesting and introduced very well although I was sorry to see those at the beginning of the story disappear so quickly, particularly Hermione Herbert, the head of the dowsers She was smart, self assured, quick witted and observant Another delightful character was Joe s sister, Lydia, who was bright, capable and definitely not a wimp For those who ve not read previous books in the series, Cleverly provides details of the recurring characters backgrounds in a way that is informative yet not boring Cleverly does write very good dialogue sprinkled with wry humor Joe s expression of slight boredom was enlivened by a flash of humor Thank God no one put a bomb in the surprise pudding The wealth makers of the world would have been splattered all over London Strawberries, cr me de la cr me and blue blood sauce, Bacchus spoke grimly A real Eton Mess we d have had to clear up One of the things to be appreciated about Ms Cleverly s previous books was that they were, at their heart, really good mysteries Sadly, that was completely lost in here There was a mystery but, by far, the greater focus was on there being an international conspiracy and the book suffered greatly because of it Republicans, Communists, Fascists, Daughters of the Revolution, Seventh Day Adventists you name it Hard to believe but a fully employed population earning a living wage with provision for good health, equal states for coloured folks and immigrants of all races, and equal rights for women come pretty low on the agenda of the wealthy and privileged Although this book had many very good attributes, the overwhelming problem for me was at the end I don t know whether Ms Cleverly has something going on in her life that prevented her from improving this book or whether she changed or didn t use an editor or whether she or her researcher didn t check the information but the entire premise on which the motive for the story was based takes the book from fiction to absolute alternative reality We re not talk a small thing that can be excused as creative license For anyone who knows anything about the structure of the U.S Government, we re talking a major point of unalterable fact so egregious it could not be overlooked The Spider in the Cup came close to being a wallbanger for me The only thing that saved it was that justice was brought home to the killer Here is hoping Ms Cleverly does much, much better with her next book.A SPIDER IN THE CUP Hist Mys Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands England 1933 PoorCleverly, Barbara 11th in series Soho Press, 2013


  7. says:

    Sometimes I think that Cleverly doesn t know whether to be a mystery writer or an historian.This particular book was not my favorite Often her writing is hazy and unclear she leaves you to fill in blanks which can be pretty easy when you are reading a fairly lightweight mystery But, this was full of espionage and plotting leading up to WWII and full of all the subtle plots to overthrow governments That kind of writing needs to be muchprecise and that is not her forte Cleverly seems Sometimes I think that Cleverly doesn t know whether to be a mystery writer or an historian.This particular book was not my favorite Often her writing is hazy and unclear she leaves you to fill in blanks which can be pretty easy when you are reading a fairly lightweight mystery But, this was full of espionage and plotting leading up to WWII and full of all the subtle plots to overthrow governments That kind of writing needs to be muchprecise and that is not her forte Cleverly seems to believe that readers can catch her hints about matters that would best be explicit.Her early books on India centered around a mystery work well But, when she concentrates on the history of an event and, by the way, plugs in a mystery it just fails to be tightly written As I was reading, I was aware of being bored by all the espionage which became tedious at best And, the end left us wondering what she was going to do next with her protagonist but nothing was ever really, really clear Cleverly is no doubt a wonderful researcher to bring such rich background to her books But, she lacks the ability to make that complex events clear to her readers is it in the editing I m not sure


  8. says:

    This was another case of picking up a book in the middle of a series and not realizing it until halfway through the bookThat being said, this was a different look at the political and economic scene leading up to WWII A multi nation convention to discuss the Depression is taking place in London, and representatives of everyone from Hitler to Roosevelt will be there Joe Sandilands, Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, is assigned to guard a particularly difficult target who is known as R This was another case of picking up a book in the middle of a series and not realizing it until halfway through the bookThat being said, this was a different look at the political and economic scene leading up to WWII A multi nation convention to discuss the Depression is taking place in London, and representatives of everyone from Hitler to Roosevelt will be there Joe Sandilands, Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, is assigned to guard a particularly difficult target who is known as Roosevelt s right hand man Complicating matters are a possibly missing ballerina mistress, the body of a young girl found in the Thames by a dowsing society, and the bigwig s body guard, a former detective who worked under Sandilands at one time and was forced to flee under inauspicious conditions Sandilands must work with this former colleague to protect the man who, he begins to believe, is key to the direction America takes in the war.A very complicated book, with a lot of politicking I think the thing I enjoyed most about it was the fascinating look at how Great Britain viewed the U.S before WWII I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series


  9. says:

    An almost did not finishAnother author capable of writing a decent mystery decides that a mere murder mystery is not enough, she must involve her sleuth in a plot to Take Over The World This one was ridiculous on many levels I thought it was going to be clever when one of the characters a Senator from Tennessee who despite his youth and incredibly poor judgment, is portrayed as being the true power and brains behind FDR s administration went on and on about how FDR was a German sympathizer An almost did not finishAnother author capable of writing a decent mystery decides that a mere murder mystery is not enough, she must involve her sleuth in a plot to Take Over The World This one was ridiculous on many levels I thought it was going to be clever when one of the characters a Senator from Tennessee who despite his youth and incredibly poor judgment, is portrayed as being the true power and brains behind FDR s administration went on and on about how FDR was a German sympathizer who was anti British Since this is about 100% wrong, I figured it was a sign that this character was not to be trusted Alas, it was a sign that Ms Cleverly needed to do a heck of a lotresearch and would be well advised to stick to writing mysteries.In addition to the crazy plot, many of the characters are flat including Sandilands he was muchinteresting when he was in India and the dialogue execrable As an example, dialogue between British to the core Sandilands and the Tennessee senator is so poorly written that I could not tell who was speaking half the time


  10. says:

    I think I may have OD d on this series It started off pretty well but the last few have been hard to get through Joe Sandilands is supposed to be an intelligent man but he produces some of the sloppiest police work I ve ever read The dialog is maddening it s full of pip pip and cheer ho stereotypical blather Telephone calls are the worst Only one side is given, so there is an overabundance of What You say you re coming in on the eleven o clock train And you want to meet at the Ritz I think I may have OD d on this series It started off pretty well but the last few have been hard to get through Joe Sandilands is supposed to be an intelligent man but he produces some of the sloppiest police work I ve ever read The dialog is maddening it s full of pip pip and cheer ho stereotypical blather Telephone calls are the worst Only one side is given, so there is an overabundance of What You say you re coming in on the eleven o clock train And you want to meet at the Ritz What s that You broke your leg and need an ambulance And you know the name of the murderer, too Good show, old boy Boring, repetitive, and just too much, don t you know


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