I randomly read the book: Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (Rowland Sinclair #5) and enjoyed the concept. It is rare that I pick up a country and a time and social complications that I did not encounter in any earlier books. Rare mostly because I tend to stick to known people and places.
When I saw the first book of the series available, I had to request it. I was lucky to get a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.
This is the introduction of Rowland Sinclair and his band of merry men (and woman). It is a highly complex situation that they find themselves in. Rowland is from a family high on society’s ladder but the antics of this artist youngest son of the family is not looked on favourably by the only other remaining brother. Thrown into this situation is the development of radicalised feelings of nationalism as well as communism. The fear on either side of the debate is running rife with possibilities that would lead to a much bigger problem. It is a reasonably heavy book as our lead characters contemplate both personal and political implications of behaviour in 1930’s Australia. It is filled with details of life in particular during that time and is supported by actual facts from that time which are peppered throughout the story. The author’s note at the end was fascinating too. It is not meant for fast reading and cannot be rushed. That would be something to keep in mind for those who like reading fast (namely me)
I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an adventure/mystery/drama series set in different country and time than many of the historical fictions that are currently popular.