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Set in 1923, Gordon-Smith's second Jack Haldean novel (after 2007's A Fête Worse than Death) vacillates between cozy country-house mystery and attempted comedy-of-murderous-manners, with mixed results. Jack, a former Royal Flying Corps officer who writes detective stories, finds himself knee deep in a real crime after the apparent suicide of a guest at a ball at Hesperus-the lavish estate of the uncle and aunt of Isabelle, the flighty inamorata of Jack's forgetful friend Arthur Stanton-turns into a homicide case. Before long, Jack, Isabelle and stodgy Superintendent Ashley are also looking into the stabbing death of Lord Lyvenden, a munitions manufacturing rotter, Arthur's disappearance and nocturnal invasions by Russian terrorists. Those who prefer watered-down Dorothy Sayers will be most rewarded. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.