BOOK CLUB: All the Tears in China

Author: Sulari Gentill
Publication Date: 
21 January 2019
Pantera Press
Courtesy of the Publisher

Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pantera Press for the opportunity to read All The Tears in China By Sulari Gentill.

Sulari Gentill is an Australian author. All The Tears in China is Book 9 in the award winning Rowland Sinclair mysteries, a series of historical crime novels set in the 1930s.  Rowland is a gentleman artist and amateur  detective. You need not have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one. It is great stand alone novel, but I am sure after reading it you will want to read the others.

All The Tears in China is set in Shanghai in 1935. Shanghai at this time is a playground for expatriates where fortunes are made and lost. East meets West.

Rowland is sent to Shanghai to represent his brother on family business which is international wool sale negotiations. His instructions are to listen only, do not commit to anything.  It should be an easy job.

Virtually as soon as he and his friends arrive in Shanghai , a brutal murder takes place and Rowland is under suspicion. His friends Edna Higgins, a sculptress, Milton Isaacs, a poet and Clyde Watson Jones, a painter, plus several locals they  have befriended all help Rowland in his desperate bid to find out who is responsible for the murder and clear his name.

Shanghai at this time is a free trade port where politics and vice entwine with commerce. Exiled Russians, Communists, Germans, Japanese, Chinese and gangsters all make it a dangerous place to be.

A very clever way to help the reader to understand the times are the  fascinating News Paper articles preceding   each chapter.

There are plenty of twists and turns, action and complicated relationships to keep you interested. Also the main question…….who is the murderer and  why has Rowland been framed ?

What I especially likes about the book is the ending. You don’t need to wait until the next book comes out to find out what happens to everyone. There is excellent closure.

I am sure Rowland Sinclair will be in another country having another adventure and I will be sure to read that book too!

This review was written by our Beauty and Lace Club Member, Anne Steer. Thank you Anne for your submission.

Sulari Gentill can be found on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, and her website.

All The Tears In China is published by Pantera Pressand is available now where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Pantera Press,25 of our Beauty and Lace Club Memberswill be reading All The Tears In China so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below

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