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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1924. The streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London's back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still shadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War.   

Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders himself, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: the Britannia. But when a gentleman's wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim's last words echo in the lieutenant's head: that he would "Soon right a great wrong from the past".   

Eric is certain one of his fellow members is the murderer. But who? Captain Mortimer Wolf, the soldier's soldier thrice escaped from German custody? Second Lieutenant Oliver Saxon, the brilliant codebreaker? Or Captain Edward Aldershott, the steely club president whose Savile Row suits hide a frightening collision of mustard gas scars?   

Eric's investigation will draw him far from the marbled halls of the Britannia to the shadowy remains of a dilapidated war hospital and the heroin dens of Limehouse. As the facade of gentlemenhood cracks, Eric faces a Matryoshka doll of murder, vice, and secrets pointing not only to the officers of his own club, but to the very investigator assigned by Scotland Yard.

©2018 Christopher Huang (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Huang surrounds his engaging lead character with a meaty supporting cast, many of whom quickly become suspects with tantalizing motives. The mystery itself is clever and should keep even the most experienced whodunit finders guessings. We hope [this] will be only the first of many Eric Peterkin adventures." ―Booklist

"Dorothy Sayers is alive and well and writing under the name of Christopher Huang. A Gentleman's Murder echoes the traditional mysteries in the best sense: no car chases or explosions, just great characters and a feel for time and place." ―Rhys Bowen, New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and two-time winner of the Agatha Award 

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Your little grey cells will be delighted with this murder mystery

I was hoping all the reviews were correct... was it really a whodunnit written in the style of Golden Age of detective stories? Yes, is was an intriguing story and so much more. I found myself so wrapped up in this mystery that I would set a time in my day to actually brew some tea and listen to my book. I savored this mystery as much as my tea. It was made more poignant due the fact that I finished it on Veterans Day and on the 100 year anniversary of WW1.Christopher Huang, I hope this isn’t my only encounter with Eric Peterkin and the Britianna Club.
Mr. Corkhill did a superb job with the narration.

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Good ole mystery

A mystery novel that keeps interest well. I have no dissappointment and will deliver greatly

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Its like being one of the boys

In this book you get a birds eye view of an exclusive British club after WW1 and the characters who inhabit it. It is told in the first person which really works for this private and intimate male sanctuary. It deals with the inherent racism in Britain at that time,with a curious mixture of male social behaviour, British reserve and army etiquette thrown in for good measure. Secrets and lies abound and a murder occurs. Eric Peterkin is an outsider due to his mixed race heritage, but tolerated to different degrees by the various individuals. He begins to try and solve the murder in an ever unfolding narrative where secrets are exposed and a mosaic of the crime comes together thru Peterkin’s eyes. The mystery is a maze, with many wrong turns and stumbles. Peterkin’s method is intuition and attack and he is not afraid to be unliked. He makes mistakes but his resolution is firm and he slogs thru mud to get to the truth. It is an image of the trench warfare that they have experienced, a inch forward and then two back. The characters are wonderful and the plot is complex and imaginative.

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I know there’s a good story in there ...somewhere ...

The review is better than the story . Boring!!! ... unless you enjoy listening to a bunch of British school tie types dancing around each other to protect the status quo. They are more interested in making sure their club’s reputation remains unsullied than in solving a member’s ( not really ‘one of us’) murder. The only one persevering is a bit of a wimp... Eric Peterkin would like to solve the mystery but never really stands up for himself or anyone else. A very milquetoast hero. Decorum est ...

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Great read

Interesting characters. Plot development lags somewhat. Will certainly read next in series. Apparent effort on historical significance.

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Terrific!

A fantastic voyage into the golden age of murder mystery! Huang kept me guessing until the very end. I very much look forward to the next adventure from Huang and Peterkin!

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