Sometimes some books really leave you surprised. The plot and the twists and turns keep you on tenterhooks. One such book which I read was The Sisterhood by Colin Forbes.


‘In this age of equality women can be greater villains than men. . .’

Paula Grey ‘witnesses’ the murder of Norbert Engel, key German statesman, in Vienna. A veiled woman entered and left the building. Is she a member of the insidious Sisterhood?

In a leaderless Europe its few strong men are assassinated. Tweed fears an Eastern power – not Russia – is planning to take over the continent. Tracking the mastermind, he suspects Captain Wellesley Carrington, Dorset landowner, his neighbour Amos Lodge, eccentric strategist, and Tina Langley, Carrington’s ‘friend’. In Europe he encounters his one-time associate, Karin Berg, and the wily Frenchwoman, Simone Carnot.

Tension rises. Tweed, Paula and Bob Newman race to Zurich, scene of a new assassination. Another veiled woman was observed leaving the murder location. Tweed’s frenetic pursuit leads to the vast plain east of Vienna, to a strange village – reminding him of a weird Dorset hamlet.

Relentless attempts are made to kill Tweed. He slowly unravels the secret of the Sisterhood. The action switches back to Geneva, into France. The ultimate horrendous clash explodes on the eve of the invasion.


The story begins with a murder and the plot thickens with every page. Paula and Bob work with Tweed on a case where the murders are committed by women in veils. The first suspicion is directed towards the Middle Eastern part of the world. Is the world in danger of being ruled by fanatics?

The various characters that come in to the story add more to the already long list of suspects, which also gets reduced regularly. The murders, the suspects and the storyline are well crafted and do not let the reader keep the book till the truth is revealed out. The line which really caught me was the line by Paula – a woman herself – who knows how cruel a woman can be, when she says – ‘In this age of equality women can be greater villains than men. . .’

This is the first book I have read by Colin Forbes. And I must add that he didn’t disappoint me. I would be willing to pick up more books by him but I guess my Banned from Buying Books phase will go on for long, for I haven’t been able to read much these days.

Do share some good titles of Colin Forbes or any other writers of the similar genre.

Sending across lots of love and best wishes.