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Blood from a Stone (A Jack Haldean Mystery) [Hardcover]

Dolores Gordon-Smith
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882639
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dolores Gordon-Smith lives in Manchester, England, and is married with five daughters, three cats and two dogs. She's always been fascinated by the First World War and the 1920's and loves the Golden Age mysteries of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, an era which she re-creates in her books, capturing the glamour, style, intricate plotting and robust characters that have proved so compelling to so many readers.

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Blood from a Stone When Mrs Paxton, related to the aristocratic Leigh family of Sussex, is found poisoned in her bedroom one morning, fingers point towards her artist nephew Terence Napier, seen leaving the house earlier that previous evening after a row over her will. Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars `Sapphires, murders and mysterious corpses' 24 May 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This cosy Agatha Christie-alike crime romp is set after the first world war and takes in missing jewels, forged wills, and mysterious murders.

The plot at the heart of this book is a complex one with some nicely convoluted puzzles to be untangled.

My one small niggle is that the author doesn't bother to introduce her main characters and expects us to already know them from previous books - leaving us a little adrift if we come to this book first.

This doesn't have the atmosphere of authentic Golden Age crime writers (Josephine Tey, Dorothy Sayers, Christie herself) but is a fun, light read that keeps the pages turning effortlessly.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tangled Web 6 July 2013
By Donna
Format:Hardcover
An old woman commits suicide-- or was she killed? A man is brutally murdered on a train-- but who is he? A young man who went missing in the Great War is found-- or is he? Another young man disappears. Valuable sapphires are stolen. . .

And that's just the beginning of the puzzles confronting Jack and his lively cousin Isabelle in this latest Jack Haldean mystery that only gets more tangled as they dig deeper into the puzzle. Dig literally, that is, because a great deal of the riddle focuses on an ancient Roman cave.

The questions pile up (as well as the bodies) but Jack Haldean never loses his charm or his wits and Isabelle maintains her indomitable courage right up to the stunning conclusion in yet another triumph for one of my favorite detectives.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood from a stone. 27 July 2013
By Marion J Prosser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book. It was a little slow in begin with,but it was a good story and enjoy this character.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Web 6 July 2013
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An old woman commits suicide-- or was she killed? A man is brutally murdered on a train-- but who is he? A young man who went missing in the Great War is found-- or is he? Another young man disappears. Valuable sapphires are stolen. . .

And that's just the beginning of the puzzles confronting Jack and his lively cousin Isabelle in this latest Jack Haldean mystery that only gets more tangled as they dig deeper into the puzzle. Dig literally, that is, because a great deal of the riddle focuses on an ancient Roman cave.

The questions pile up (as well as the bodies) but Jack Haldean never loses his charm or his wits and Isabelle maintains her indomitable courage right up to the stunning conclusion in yet another triumph for one of my favorite detectives.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's back 16 Jun 2013
By Annie Flemming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jack Haldean is a most intriguing, suave man-about-London (and the country) who solves crimes to help his friends' friends. He knows things and understands things that the police can't figure out on their own. This outing involves jewel thieves, masquerades and ancient Roman mysteries that all work together for a thoroughly rousing adventure. The characters seem true to the time of the early twenties with everyone trying to recover from the War and adapt to the rapidly changing social conditions. Crimes are solved intellectually but brought to a action packed conclusion that ties up the loose ends. Reading the exploits of Jack and his crowd make for fun reading.
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