Mandalay by Alexandra Jones

“Burma in the late nineteenth century, a land of barbaric splendour, of vast wealth, sumptuous beauty, strange faith and unthinking savagery. In fabled Mandalay a king lies dying. Around his deathbed swell rumours of assassinations, intrigues, conspiracies, rebellions and sorcery. A ruthless queen is determined to set her own puppet on the Dragon Throne and will brook no opposition from British diplomats, missionaries, or a handsome American ruby hunter…”

First published 1987. View on amazon.co.uk