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Off the Record (Jack Haldean Murder Mystery #5)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The new entry in the popular 'Jack Haldean' series, set in the Roaring Twenties - Charles Otterbourne's New Century company should have been the perfect partner for Professor Alan Carrington's radical new gramophone. After all, Charles was not only a leading manufacturer, but also a noted philanthropist. But when murder is the result of their meeting, Jack Haldean takes up ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published March 1st 2011)
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Val Sanford
I continue to be intrigued by Major Jack Haldean. He's a 20th century Sherlock Holmes with a dashing wardrobe, a fast car and a quick wit. This story takes us through the industrial coming of age for wireless recording and playback. An eccentric and rough genius is embroiled in heated talks with a captain of industry and the bodies start adding up. This was the first of the series where I was pretty sure I had the loose ends tied up, but like Lord Peter Whimsey, Haldean keeps his thoughts close ...more
Another great Golden Age style story. With lots of red herrings and a colorful cast of characters, Jack gets pulled into another puzzle.

I liked this exchange in the book:
"...They're talking about trivialities and you want to talk about real things?
And yet, you know, ordinary people have a lot to talk about. All you have to do is listen.
Listen. ... I can do that, I suppose. Anyone can do that.
You'd be surprised how many people don't want to. ..."
Like other reviewers, I found the mystery element of this one to be too convoluted, although easier for me to figure out than previous books in the series. I saw the bad guy early on. The romance plot was unbelievable. But I did enjoy how she visualized an alternative history of recording. These books do a good job of being rooted in the time, and Gordon-Smith does her research.
Jack Haldean's Scotland Yard inspector friend asks for his opinion on a murder case. Oh, they've caught the murderer, but something about the proof seems--well, unconvincing. As Jack digs further into the case, he realizes that the loathsome victim had a lot of enemies, but the roots of the case seem to go back to an earlier crime which had never been solved in a satisfactory way. Again, there's a strong case against a suspect--but Jack still thinks there's something wrong. This is so charming t ...more
This mystery has a lot of the elements I really like in a story. It takes place "between the wars" and includes a lot of useful clues which are generally doled out fairly. The author sets up an interesting tension between who the reader "wants" the to be the murderer and the clues. I suppose I should applaud her for that, but somehow when I finished I felt a little cheated.
Kathy Moberg
I have enjoyed all of the Jack Haldean books. this one may not have been quite up to snuff -- I did find myself getting a little bogged down and confused about which young man was which, but that may just have been because I was interrupted so many time while reading it. It was quite a puzzle, tho, and Jack continues to intrigue me.
Dolores Gordon-Smith is my 'new' go to author. Slowly reading through ALL of her books. They are mysteries set in England WWI and just after. Very witty; reminds me a bit of the writing of Dorothy L. Sayers (who I love) and her Peter Wimsey character. Love them!
A dependable but not sterling series. There was not enough of Jack Haldean in this one. I had figured out the murderer early on and how he had done it. It was almost an "Unknown twin," one of the no no's of mystery writing form the golden era.
Darn it, I really liked the first Haldean book, but these later ones are just not living up to my expectations!
BORING. Which is funny because I liked the other two in the series.
3.5 stars

Readable, a little predictable but a pretty good series.
Figured it out about 1/2 way through.
Not one of her best.
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Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of A Fete Worse than Death, the first in the Jack Haldean series. She graduated from the University of Surrey in 1981. She lives in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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Jack Haldean Murder Mystery (8 books)
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  • Mad About the Boy? (Jack Haldean Murder Mystery, #2)
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  • After the Exhibition (Jack Haldean Murder Mystery, #8)
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