From Publishers Weekly
Gordon-Smith's intricate third 1920s mystery to feature writer-sleuth Jack Haldean (after 2008's Mad About the Boy
) opens with an intriguing setup: George Lassiter, a down-on-his-luck South African, breaks into what he thinks is an unoccupied London house, only to overhear what he's sure is a woman's murder. When the police collar him for burglary, he relates what happened, but the authorities find no evidence of foul play at the house. Fortunately, Haldean, who flew with Lassiter during WWI, learns of his situation and goes to his rescue. When Lassiter tells Haldean he's been cheated out of a bequest by an imposter, Haldean discovers that the people whose house Lassiter burglarized were his relatives, who may beÂ tied not only to the scam that deprived Lassiter of the bequest but to a series of murders reminiscent of the Ripper killings. While the answers to the various puzzles may not satisfy every reader, Gordon-Smith does a solid job presenting fair-play clues. (Aug.)
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Robin AgnewAunt Agatha's BookstoreThis is a terrific book.
Rachel A Hyde MyShelf.comAs If By MagicLondon is the venue for old family secrets, dastardly doings and shenanigans in the world of aviation, the best so far. There is an enthusiasm for this lost world, which is as enjoyable as the actual murder mystery. Here is a book that sets a high standard. Very highly recommended.
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When Gordon-Smith's storytelling wizardry takes hold, you'll be seriously hooked.
Any fan of either the traditional British mystery or of the historical mystery should be in heaven.