Lady Collendon's Cook

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As a cook working for Lady Collendon, Jewish Mrs Green is accused of poisoning a Nazi diner. But was this actually true, or was she the victim of a conniving political plot devised by a ghastly civil servant who has a lot to gain through her downfall? More
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About Herbert Howard Jones

APOLOGIES TO OUR READERS FOR AN EDITING GLITCH WHICH OCCURRED IN 'PETULANT RAINBOW', WHEN THE NAME ANNABELLE WAS MISTAKENLY SUBSTITUTED FOR THE MAIN CHARACTER NAME OF GERALDINE . ANNABELLE OR ANNA IS THE NAME OF A CHARACTER WHO APPEARS IN A DIFFERENT PUBLICATION. THE MISTAKE HAS NOW BEEN CORRECTED. THANK YOU.

HERBERT HOWARD JONES grew up in Notting Hill, London in the sixties. he went to a boarding school in Norfolk and then local schools. Got a job as a porter (not reporter) at the BBC London, worked in a jewellery factory and also at a solicitor's office as a trainee legal executive. I'm a creative spirit who likes dabbling in music and art. I always wanted to write literary suspense books with a melodramatic element and so spent years working on a formula and finally came up with an approach which I thought might work. I also always wanted to be a stand-up comedian but as a profession it appears to be too deadly serious! The funniest joke I ever heard was told by American comedian, Jerry Seinfeld - the sock joke. (You might be able to Google it). I am also very fond of dogs and cats and have had several pets in the past. At the moment I am a magnet for stray cats who seem to like my back garden. They all take turns at the food bowl while strictly keeping their distance from each other! Observing these animals does give you a clue about how the animal brain works which isn't far from the workings of the human brain I reckon! All grist for my suspense book formula! But with all my interests, I have to be careful not to neglect one at the expense of the other. If I manage to achieve anything at all, I think being a writer of suspense books would be the thing! Going off at a tangent, I was once asked what the most interesting thing about me is, and after thinking about it, I have to say that in the 1960s, I once had tea with the daughter of the Captain of the Titanic in her cottage up in Suffolk. Miss Smith was a lady with a big personality and a very interesting home. She was surrounded with Titanic memorabilia wherever you looked. I was only a boy at the time and didn't appreciate the significance of all this stuff, but regret not quizzing her on the catastrophic event which has forever featured large in shipping folklore!

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P DD reviewed on Feb. 9, 2019

Lady Collendon’s Cook transports the reader, not to a simpler time, but a time of consequence. The characters and plot weave through prewar, post Victorian Britain in an engaging manner without resorting to the current predilection toward morality plays and predetermined viewpoints.

Mrs. Green plays well as the not-so-ordinary everyman (or woman as it may be) and the intrepid Mr. Kearns keeps life interesting for all. The Nazis play second fiddle to the craven British aristocrats as villains in a manner that reminds a new generation that many in the UK (and the US, for that matter) were more than sympathetic towards the resurgent Germany.

With a believable cast, and a nostalgic air, Mrs. Collendon’s Cook provides an engaging, if somewhat ahistorical, look at a period that is quickly fading from memory.
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Jennifer L. Armstrong reviewed on Sep. 23, 2018

Brew up a pot of tea and let Lady Collendon’s Cook take you back to the pre-World War II days of upper-class England.

Fans of Remains of the Day will enjoy this suspenseful story that starts out in a stately home that entertains both English aristocrats and German diplomats. But when a German diplomat staying in Lord and Lady Collendon’s home orders some wurst and shortly thereafter, dies in his room, tainted pork is one of the possible causes. Is it an assassination attempt? Interested parties may not believe it is but it is politically convenient to pursue the possibility. Naturally, Lady Collendon’s cook becomes a person of interest. We get introduced to a variety of characters who we might be tempted to think of as ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. But as the story unfolds, Herbert Howard Jones shows us that these people aren’t so ordinary.

Herbert Howard Jones has set his story in a fascinating time in English history. After World War II, it was conveniently forgotten that there had been Nazi sympathizers in Britain among both the lower and upper classes. But thanks to movies and novels like Remains of the Day and Lady Collendon’s Cook more people than ever know that history can be a terrifying reminder that we don’t see what’s coming even when all the signs are in place.

The great appeal of Jones’ book, however, is that despite the vivid backdrop, when you’re done reading it, it’s the individual characters who you will remember, and not just Lady Collendon’s cook!

Jennifer
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kathie bursaw reviewed on Sep. 14, 2018

Very smartly written. It kept me engrossed.
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