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Off the Record (Jack Haldean Murder Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 3 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (3 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869746
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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Off the Record is another of Gordon-Smith's genial and ingenious crime mysteries set evocatively among London's upper echelons during the aftermath to the Great War. Readers familiar with the previous tales in the series can expect - and will receive - a brisk pace, plenty of action, an engaging detective(the now fully established Major Jack Haldean)polished prose and subtle use of period detail. But the novel's strongest feature is the author's masterly handling of plot -whose inventiveness and byzantine complexity will delight those who like nothing better than to spend an afternoon negotiating the twisting paths and blind alleys of a five star labyrinth! Anyone with a fond regard for the 'Golden Age' of crime writing and who relishes the feints and sleights of a good puzzle will enjoy this book immensely.
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I enjoy the Jack Haldean mysteries. Their 1920s setting contains a fascinating blend of bright Roaring Twenties glitz and dark Great War shadows. There's always a good mix of well-drawn characters. And Jack himself is one of the most delicious sleuths around: likeable (and fanciable,) brave (an ex-air ace,) intelligent (just as well, given the convoluted cases he gets drawn into solving.)

OFF THE RECORD is about the gramophone industry, which was at a crisis point because of the advent of radio, with its clearer sound quality. Dolores Gordon-Smith has clearly done her research here, and it's fascinating, especially perhaps for people like me who can remember wind-up gramophones. I'd have liked more on the technical side actually, because sound recording has always intrigued me.

As the story starts, tension is building like a gathering thunderstorm. Charles Otteerbourne is a gramophone manufacturer whose firm is in financial trouble, going to a crucial meeting with a possible business partner and an eccentric but brilliant scientist who may just have invented a much better type of record player. However, the meeting becomes stormy and culminates in Otterbourne's violent death. Murder or suicide? If murder, who has a motive? Jack works his way through a maze of contradictory clues to an unexpected and satisfying resolution.
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If the nice chap was innocent, who was the murderer? I missed a vital clue, us usual hidden in plain sight, and had a nagging doubt right up to the end. A good who/how done it.
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love the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars By jingo, it's the caterpillar's boots! 17 Sept. 2013
By Cheryl Leaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An intelligently written, fun read set in 1920's England. The pace was brisk, there was a lot going on, many twists and turns. Jack is a war vet, writer, and solver of mysteries. My only quibble is that I would like to see Jack given a personal life. He had a lady friend in one of the earlier entries but she vanished. Although I enjoyed this book tremendously, I wish Jack would have someone besides Scotland Yard detective, Rackham, to interact with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another different era 5 Mar. 2013
By Patricia McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the description of the lifestlyle just after WW1 and enjoy the character of the hero. A good mystery
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent entry in this series 31 Dec. 2014
By MamaSylvia - Published on Amazon.com
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Jack Haldean # 5

Jack is called in when a murder follows a series of apparent suicides surrounding a new type of sound recording device.

Decent mystery and kept me reading. Although whodunit was fairly obvious, how and why had me stumped. There were some extremely subtle clues, but I'm not sure that the reader was given all the information to figure it out. That doesn't bother me when the stories are involving, and Gordon-Smith's complicated but follow-able stories always drag me in. The title was quite clever. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were fine.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous 11 April 2016
By Christine Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It was too obvious from the very first chapters who was going to be "the villian" and the means used to obfuscate the truth (before, even, a crime was committed). So i spent the rest of the novel skimming portions that were obvious red herrings, and waiting for the denoument. Not enough Jack Haldean & extended family. I did enjoy the quirky characters (Both the Carringtons & Mrs. dunbar) and the explanation of logic & justice jack gave Gery Carrington.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this series. 4 Jan. 2015
By Mrs. Peel - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series, although this is a weaker novel than the others I have read. I found the mystery a bit too convoluted; however I still recommend anyone interested in the series read it. Although each book can be read independent of the others, there are some background "facts of the main character's life and relationships that develop through all the novels.
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