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Published June 23rd 2018
A Rowland Sinclair Novel (the fifth book in the Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series)

Gentlemen Formerly Dressed cover. Courtesy of Readings
Gentlemen Formerly Dressed. Courtesy of Readings

Rowly and his friends escape Nazis and get themselves to London, almost in one piece. They want to believe they are safe here. They want to believe powers that be will listen to them, will hear their horrific stories and will act to prevent the evil from breaking free.

But politics is a very complicated and nasty dance. So many things get in a way of the straightforward fight of good against evil. Plus, there is a murder. And Rowly and his friends get themselves tangled in the investigation, once again.

To save themselves or to save an innocent person, accused of murder. To tell their story or to listen to the wisdom of older brother. Rowly will have a number of choices to make. He will 'grow up' pretty quickly in a short time. He won't have much time to dandy around as... the Great War is coming.

When old friends come around you, make them welcome. You feed them and give them a drink. You catch up, you laugh and you cry and you get angry if your dearest friends share something horrible with you.

I have not 'seen' Rowly since the very first book in the series (A Few Right Thinking Men), but I love him and care for him nevertheless. Rowly has taken up the same place in my heart and my mind of a polygamous reader as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Phryne Fisher and Erast Fandorin.

I love the man. I love his style. I love his friends and his adventures. But there are some things I find hard to swallow. Like when my friend comes back broken and branded. When he needs people to listen but they are too busy playing nice with monsters.

The fifth instalment in Rowland Sinclair adventures is like a book grown. Rowly has changed. His adventures have changed as well. Yes, they are still very much upmarket, impeccable in style, dressed to the nines and etc (all the usual trimmings). But now the goings on are much more sinister and gloomy.

Having an adventure of hindsight (we do know what happens in the late 30s in Europe), it is even more hurtful and heart-wrenching. It's like letting your friends go to some dangerous place, without knowing if they return.

One of the thing that brought me both joy and annoyance, is tingling, ticking and buzzing thought 'will they, won't they'. Hell, they are running out of time. The war is coming. Will Edna and Rowly get together? How many more books Sulari will have to write before making it happen?

Well, there is a murder, there are many European aristocrats, there is even a dress-up ball of very peculiar nature. There is so much in this story, the reader will be kept interested and entertained.

If you want more and you will want more, read forward or backwards. I will do both.

Gentlemen Formerly Dressed
Gentlemen Formerly Dressed. New cover. Courtesy of Readings


For more information on the author, please see her website.

To purchase this or any other books from Rowland Sinclair series, feel free to ask at any good bookstore or go to Readings
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Why? Gentlemen Formerly Dressed - Book 5 in Rowland Sinclair series
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Cost: $22.99
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