Off the Record (Jack Haldean Murder Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 3 Nov 2010
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About the Author
Dolores Gordon-Smith lives in Greater Manchester and is married, with five teenage children and assorted dogs and cats.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.