Dolores Gordon-Smith

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Dolores Gordon-Smith (born 1958) is a British novelist. She is best known for writing The Jack Haldean murder mysteries, the first of which, A Fête Worse than Death was published in 2007.[1] Set in England in the 1920s, there are currently nine books in the series. She has also written a stand-alone historical novel, Frankie's Letter, set during World War I.


Dolores Gordon-Smith was born in Glossop, Derbyshire.[citation needed] She graduated with a degree in English from Kingston Polytechnic in 1981.[2][3] She is married and lives in Cheshire with her husband and five daughters, Helen, Elspeth, Jessica, Lucy and Jennifer.

Jack Haldean[edit]

Jack Haldean is the fictional main character of Dolores Gordon-Smith's books. He is a former World War I pilot who now writes mysteries. In 1915 at the age of 16, he was accepted into the new Royal Flying Corps. Jack became a good friend to a police officer after trying to get information about a crime. He was later confided in about a huge murder, which started his hobby of investigating crimes.

The Jack Haldean mysteries play out against the tranquil Sussex countryside backdrop, each murder belying the seemingly mundane environment. So far, Jack has discovered a body in a fortune teller's tent, has unravelled a supposed suicide and has had to confront his best friend Arthur over his involvement in the murder of an obnoxious businessman.

Jack Haldean Series[edit]

A Fête Worse than Death (2007)
Mad About the Boy? (2009)
As if by Magic (2009)
A Hundred Thousand Dragons (2011)
Off the Record (2011)
Trouble Brewing (2012)
Blood From a Stone (2013)
After the Exhibition (2014)
The Chessman (2015)


  1. ^ "Perfidy and penguins, pigs and police". Richmond Times. August 26, 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2011. A Fete Worse Than Death 288 pages Carroll & Graf $14.95 the first in her projected Jack Haldean series recreates the good old days ...
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