Historical Novel society July 2012
Readers will have no trouble diving in without having read the previous titles in the series. Solving the mystery, however, may be more challenging. This fast-paced page-turner has more twists than a serpent, yet it's easy to follow, and the ending may surprise even the most die-hard mystery fan. Great read!
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 11th June 2012
Gordon-Smith's absorbing sixth Jack Haldean mystery
Fans will enjoy how the intricate plot builds to a particularly satisfying solution.
Dolores Gordon-Smith is on sparkling form. Period details are carefully and sparingly used to give the flavour of the 1920s. This is an excellent story which finishes excitingly and with all the loose ends neatly tied up
"A classic mystery in the style of Philip Macdonald’s Anthony Gethryn stories; complex, insouciant and very British"
Kirkus Reviews on Trouble Brewing
From the Author
One day I picked up the mug beside me... and there it was; coffee. So where did it come from? Apart from the supermarket, that is. Brazil? Yes, and other exotic places too.
So what about a coffee importers....? They'd be in London. of course, but they'd have a plantation in Brazil. Interesting...
Despite tea being far and away the most popular hot drink in Britain, coffee was readily available to the working class from mid Victorian times.
However - and here's the oddity - coffee - "real" coffee was a drink that, to the British, had an awful lot of class. Mrs Beeton waxes lyrical about Italian coffee and Lord Peter Wimsey seems downright finicky about it. That's probably because coffee, for the masses, was not only instant but mixed with syrup and chicory. This is the coffee I remember from my childhood.
I had great fun inventing my own bottled coffee(it's called Royale in Trouble Brewing) and to find out exactly how important Royale Coffee, with the blue-and-yellow label is and how it plays its part in murder, deception, Jack being very clever and very brave - and misunderstood - well, the answers lie in Trouble Brewing.