- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; Reprint edition (13 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075820938X
- ISBN-13: 978-0758209382
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,452,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Die Laughing (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 13 Mar 2005
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"As ever, the author brings upper-class society in 1920s Britain wonderfully to life."--"Publishers Weekly""" "With this twelfth story in her series, Dunn proves that few things are sweeter than a dozen Daisys."--"Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Carola Dunn is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although his wife, who is with Daisy when she finds the body, assumes the death was a suicide, Daisy notices some significant signs that suggest otherwise. Neither she nor Alex is surprised when it turns out the good doctor is a victim of foul play. So, who is the most likely culprit? The unfaithful wife who is pregnant with her lover's child? Her lover, who had been told the affair was over? The dentist's own lover, who had been informed of the same? Her bad-tempered former military husband? Talk about an embarrassment of riches...
The Daisy Dalrymple series, set in the years following the first World War, are the sort of mysteries that these days get overshadowed by the Hannibal Lecters and Gary Sonejis. For those who just want to be entertained by amusing characters, scintillating dialogue and a good solid puzzle to unravel, that is a shame. DIE LAUGHING is not only delightfully British but has a marvelous hint of farce throughout that makes the reader wish he or she could jump right into the fun. It isn't difficult at all to envision the action taking place on a stage or a movie screen-perhaps with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant as Daisy and Alex.
What's even better-and something that is all-too-often missing in angst-ridden modern mystery series obsessed with serial killers-is that Ms. Dunn provides all the hints and information necessary for the reader to solve the mystery and identify the culprit. Half the fun of reading this latest installment is finding out if you're right.
Set in 1920s England, DIE LAUGHING investigates the habits of a society where people discuss 'people one knows,' complain about the problems finding servants but keep several on staff, and still defer irrationally to the smallest hint of aristocracy. Although this was a different world, the motives for murder remained the same. And someone who has murdered once just may do so again.
Author Carola Dunn writes with a light touch that kept me smiling. Daisy can't stop her curiosity even though she knows that it drives her husband crazy (fortunately for both of them, it is her curiosity that brings out most of the evidence). The relationship between these characters stands in contrast to that of the victims and suspects, most of whom seemed to be involved in illicit relationships with one another.
I found the beginning of DIE LAUGHING a bit slow and bogged down with social references but Dunn soon picked up the pace and delivered a charming story. Readers will enjoy spotting the killer and then watching Daisy and her husband work their way to the truth.
Gathering gossip about illicit affairs is a useful addition to Daisy's sleuthing skills. Sometimes this is difficult since she refuses to fit into the social expectations of middle class matrons. Her clashes with her mother-in-law occur frequently. Daisy's ease with servants, her writing, which is viewed as "adventurous" rather than an important part of her life, her choice of up-to-date clothes and music, are only forgiven because of her upper class status.
While this 1920s "new woman" character is likable enough, the story limits itself to an examination of British middle class social forms and styles. This is number twelve of sixteen books in Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, with more to come! I suspect that a read of the entire series can offer a fuller depiction of the many changes occurring in England between the wars.
Daisy's own dentist, Dr. Raymond Talmadge is known for his magnetic draw of the ladies, but hidden well is his bad practice of inhaling laughing gas which may have led to his accidental death.
Though it looks like suicide or accidental death at first to Daisy's husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, Daisy has keenly observed it was nothing short of murder. Both the victim's wife and his mistress seek out Daisy in order to persuade her and her husband they are innocent of the crime.
I consider myself an Agatha Christie fan and I can truly say Die Laughing is a gratifying and fun read. Enjoy!
Author J.D. Holiday