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Tug of War by Barbara Cleverly
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Number Six in the Joe Sandilands series, and (like number five) less interesting as the ones set in India. The plot, moreever, is a bit over the top -- very, very complicated and not exactly plausible. Still, it's a good read, with a nice feel for the time and place. I enjoyed it considerably more than the previous Sandilands novel, "The Bee's Kiss". ( )
  annbury | May 23, 2012 |
Intriguing mystery with a reasonable factual basis. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 22, 2011 |
Liked it least of all ( )
  fordbarbara | Jun 18, 2008 |
Slight but worth a quick read. ( )
  picardyrose | May 23, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341830, Paperback)

1926. The war-ravaged vineyards of France. In this masterpiece of suspense from CWA Historical Dagger Award–winner Barbara Cleverly, a nameless soldier plunges Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands into a shifting world of deception, rage, and murder.…

A well-earned vacation takes a sharp detour when Sandilands is called to France, where a shell-shocked patient—a tragic casualty of war—is in the throes of a violent nightmare. Trying to determine the mystery man’s identity proves a difficult, internationally delicate task: several families are claiming the unknown soldier as their own.

But it is at a famed château, where the wine flows and disturbing secrets abound, that Sandilands meets a woman who takes his investigation in a chillingly different direction. Strong-willed and alluring Aline Houdart’s husband has been missing and presumed dead for nearly ten years. Her true motives are as elusive as the truth about a long-ago night…when a horrific crime was committed and lives changed forever. Now Sandilands, an ex-soldier himself, a man who has seen his share of bloodshed and sorrow, is waging his own battle for justice. It is a fight for his fallen comrades that will unmask a killer. Or bury the truth forever…

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Dispatched to France to help a glamorous widow prove that a mysterious amnesiac soldier is actually her husband, sleuth Joe Sandilands investigates four conflicting identifications as well as the suspicions of the man's doctor.

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