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Tuesday 21 February 2023

‘Trouble Brewing’ by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Published by Severn House,
4 April 2012.
ISBN: 978-0-7278-8169-4 (HB)

This is Jack Haldeans sixth adventure and Dolores is on sparkling form as she narrates his experiences. In January 1925 prosperous, popular Mark Helston left his London flat and disappeared. His frail, elderly uncle asks Jack to look into the case as the police have found out nothing. Jack stirs up the situation and eventually finds a body!

The relatives and fellow workers of Mark Helston are embroiled in the investigation that follows. The finances are complex and so are the relationships swirling around the man who has disappeared. A continuous rollercoaster of strange events follows with Jack trying to make sense of them. This is an excellent story which finishes excitingly and with all the loose ends neatly tied up.

Period details are carefully and sparingly used to give the flavour of the 1920s. The conversations are particularly well phrased as those 1920s of various social levels would have expressed themselves. The title refers to the family business which is Hunt Coffee Company. Jack is a charming, clever hero with entrée into London society and with experience in investigations as his previous adventures have shown.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer

Dolores Gordon-Smith graduated from the University of Surrey in 1981.
She lives in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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