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BLOODY TOWER, THE (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) [Hardcover]

Carola Dunn
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10 Oct 2007 Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Book 16)
In early 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, recent mother of twins, resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London - The Bloody Tower - for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night (her first time away from her babies) since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat. Having been given a tour of the Crown Jewels, interviewed and observed the Yeoman Warders, and met the Ravenmaster, Daisy has more than enough material for her article and decides to leave as early as possible the next morning to return to her family. But when walking down the stairs, she almost trips over the dead body of one of the Yeoman Warders. That there's something seriously amiss cannot be denied, due to the pike sticking out of his back. With her husband, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher assigned to resolve the case, Daisy finds herself in the middle of the investigation.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur; 1 edition (10 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312363060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312363062
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Delicious . . . pleasantly reminiscent of the old-fashioned English mysteries of a bygone era." --"Denver Post" on "Gunpowder Plot"

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CAROLA DUNN is the author of a number of mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn 14 Aug 2009
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Another excellent read from Carola Dunn. The Daisy Dalrymple series of books make very 'easy reading'. Her description of the Tower of London is so clear, that it gives one a sense of sctually being there. They are fun to read and never boring - even my husband reads them as well as my daughter. We can't wait for the next one!!! Happy reading!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not as good as usual 9 Sep 2007
By Laura Gifford - Published on Amazon.com
My usual rating for a Daisy Dalrymple mystery is a full five stars. I gave this one four not because this was not a bad book, but it lacked the usual fun romp feel of most of the other books. So - Daisy fans enjoy your fist introduction to Daisy, new mom, but first timers - try Murder on the Flying Scotsman first.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable installment 13 Sep 2007
By Coppertop - Published on Amazon.com
This is another installment in Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series. As usual, we are treated to a new location in Britian and new murder to be investigated by Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy has been very pregnant in the last book and now she has twins. The twins play a very minor role, though. This is Daisy's first assignment since the birth and take her to the Tower of London. She discovered a murder one morning - a case of mistaken identity it turns out. Daisy isn't quite as involved as normal, as she isn't living at the Tower, but she still provides a lot of fodder for Alec to work with. This is another exciting and interesting mystery - Daisy and Alec never fail to amuse me!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable and absorbing read 16 Oct 2007
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
There seems to be a sudden proliferation of mystery novels set in Post WWI England -- it almost seems as if it is the "in" thing to do right now. And while some of the more recent offerings have proved to be rather well written pieces, I have to admit that for me, my favourtie has to be Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series.

In this latest installment, "The Bloody Tower," Daisy has been asked by her American editor to write a series of articles on the Tower of England. Having just recently given birth to twins, this assignment fits in nicely with Daisy's plans to remain close to home while working. Another bonus is the realisation that a friend of her mother-in-laws, the eccentric Mrs. Tebbit and her daughter Myrtle, are currently living with the Resident Governor, Major General Carradine and his two daughters. Now, if only her luck would hold, she won't find herself embroiled in yet a murder investigation! Unfortunately for Daisy, her luck doesn't hold: invited to spend the night at the Resident Governor's so that she can observe the Ceremony of the Keys, Daisy almost trips over the body of Chief Yeoman Warder Crabtree as she leaves the Tower the following morning. That Crabtree has been murdered is evident; but who would want to murder the nice, harmless Mr. Crabtree? In spite of her good intentions, Daisy soon finds herself giving her husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, some unsolicited assistance on the case once again...

"The Bloody Tower" was a quick and easy read from the very first page. This was due entirely to the author's energetic and effervescent prose style, and the fact that she managed to maintain and light touch in spite of the dark overtones the storyline sometimes decreed. I particularly enjoyed all the colourful and atmospheric descriptions of the Tower of London shrouded in fog. It was only two paragraphs long, but it set the tone and was completely memorable. I also enjoyed the all the wonderful red herring suspects that the author had thoughtfully provided for me as well as interesting plot twists. Best of all though, was observing how Daisy and Alec interacted with each other, assisting and respecting each other's strengths, and so working together to catch another killer. All in all a very enjoyable and absorbing read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay 1 Feb 2013
By Nancy G. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I choose this because it was an English Historic Mystery. I enjoyed it, but it was not so much about the characaters as it was about the tower building and it dragged a bit for me. I like the author but this book was just ok.
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful historical amateur sleuth police procedural combination 22 Sep 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher has been asked to do a series of articles about the Tower of London for an American magazine. It will be the first time she returns to work since the twins were born four months ago. People take a natural likening to Daisy and she gets a personalized tour of the Crown Jewels, interviews the people in power in the tower, learns about the feuds between the Yeomen Warders and the Hotspot officers, and is told the stories of the ghosts who haunt the place.

When she gets ready to leave, she comes across the murdered body of the chief Yeomen Warder with a partisan (pike) in his back and his neck broken. She gets someone to call the superintendent who calls her husband DCI Alex Fletcher, who is resigned to the fact that Daisy will once again be in the middle of a homicide investigation; but this time she walks away and is dragged back by the entreaties of two teens she befriended. She contributes to the investigation and hopefully with what she learns it will lead to the killer.

The latest Daisy Dalrymple mystery is as refreshing and entertaining as are the rest of the books in this delightful historical amateur sleuth police procedural combination. Points of views keep changing between the spouses who learn much of the same information from different sources in different manners. This is a perplexing case because everybody liked the victim and it is only when knowledge of the victim comes to light the Fletchers begin to even come to solving the case.

Harriet Klausner
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