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Trouble Brewing (A Jack Haldean Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Dolores Gordon-Smith
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A missing man leads Jack Haldean straight into danger . . .Mark Helston, the rising star of Hunt Coffee Limited, was successful and popular, with plenty of money and everything to live for. Yet at half past seven on the evening of the ninth of January, 1925, he walked out of his Albemarle Street flat and disappeared. Desperate to know what happened to Mark, his uncle, old Mr Hunt, appeals to Jack Haldean. Inspector Bill Rackham of Scotland Yard thinks it’s a thankless task. Perhaps, says Jack, but why should Mark Helston vanish? And then Jack finds a body . . .

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"Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy how the intricate plot builds to a particularly satisfying solution" Publishers Weekly "A classic mystery in the style of Philip MacDonald's Anthony Gethryn stories: complex, insouciant and very British" Booklist

About the Author

Dolores Gordon-Smith lives in Greater Manchester and is married, with five teenage children and assorted dogs and cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D4IC7W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister and exciting, a Classic murder mystery! 23 April 2012
I always enjoy the Jack Haldean books, they could have been written in the twenties, they're so full of the atmosphere of the time!

The writing is excellent as always - the discovery of the first body particlarly stands out as one of the most chilling scenes and I've ever read.

There's thrilling chases and break-neck car races, mysterious husbands, vanished coffee merchants and some heart breaking romance and - of course! - Jack, who is as suave and lovely as ever in his tiny London flat. Oh but Dolores, there was one death I absolutely can't forgive you for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee and crime, a great combination 6 Aug. 2012
Another excellent Jack Haldean mystery. The 1920s background is believable, the characters are interesting, and the plot's twists and turns keep you guessing. The coffee trade makes a really good theme for murder and mayhem. I'd have liked more about the coffee trade myself - knowing how thoroughly Dolores Gordon-Smith researches her period, I'd have welcomed a bit more on the history of one of my favourite tipples. A brief historical note maybe, next time? And I hope next time comes soon. I love this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real plot twister 14 Sept. 2012
The best of the series - so far. As usual, the period details percolate through the plot as it twists and turns its way with all the clues to the guilty made available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Trouble Brewing' Delightful Throwback to Genre Greats 21 May 2012
By John Granger - Published on
I had never read a Jack Haldean mystery before 'Trouble Brewing,' a title I began while at a St. Andrews conference, but I expect to read the others soon, too. The author has a wonderful command for idiom and detail of the post WWI United Kingdom, London especially, and this realism was more than sufficient to foster my 'suspension of disbelief' and full entry into the story. I was a goner from about page 5 and read almost straight through to the end (I confess to having looked forward to the transatlantic flight back to the States because of the opportunity I knew my time at Heathrow and on plane would give me to re-enter Haldean's world). Lovers of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and S. S. Van Dine will enjoy 'Trouble Brewing' because of its playful adherence to the demands of the murder mystery genre with brilliant detective, the layers of plot twists, and the wonderful dialogue. I loved the Ellery Queen element and hat-tip in Haldean being a writer cum detective combo. This is an edifying, delightful book and I'll be looking for previous Haldean mysteries that I have to assume are as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Brewing 20 Sept. 2013
By luv to read mysteries - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading the Jack Haldean mysteries from the beginning. Dolores Gordon-Smith has once again weaved a tale of intrique with surprises along the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Haldean mysteries 24 Jun. 2014
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I have enjoyed this series from the first book; I am a big fan of the "between the world wars" mysteries. The books are well written, the characters interesting and the mystery always intriguing
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution about this book 3 April 2014
By GreatLady - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered the hardcover book, but what I received was a large-print version. There was no indication on the website that hardcover was the same as large print. This has happened before, so watch out what you order.
I returned the book.
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