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Tug of War by Barbara Cleverly
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Interesting theme - WW1.
The WW1 data seems to be quite accurate.
The sub plots are effective.

The 14 yr. old 'honorary' niece is not realistic.
Did the WW1 British army really have officer ranks of Commander?
Too many chapters ended with 'cliff hangers!'
Too much WW1 drama - for a mystery, I want entertainment, not tears!
The ending is vague. ( )
  TChesney | Sep 20, 2014 |
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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