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Carola Dunn
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27 Aug 2009 Daisy Dalrymple (Book 1)
No stranger to sprawling country estates, well-heeled Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground at Wentwater Court to cover a story for Town & Country magazine. But her interview gives way to interrogation when suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a chilly end on the tranquil skating pond. With evidence that his death was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard so the culprit can’t slip through their fingers like the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice … Praise for The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries: ‘Appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.’ Publishers Weekly ‘As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above... This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.’ Booklist

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; paperback / softback edition (27 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845298659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845298654
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lively mystery debut for the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple.

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Born and raised in England, Carola Dunn now lives in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Murder of Manners 1 Jan 2003
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Daisy Dalrymple is striking out on her own. Using her wealthy background, she gets a job for a magazine photographing and writing about the famous Wentwater Manor. Not too long after she arrives, one of her fellow guests is found dead in a hole in the ice. At first, it's thought to be an accident, but soon Daisy is convinced it's murder. Aiding the handsome Scotland Yard detective assigned to the case, she does her best to find the truth while keeping the family out of scandal.
This is a fun mystery set in 1923 England. I was drawn into Daisy's world and was quite curious about what was really going on. Having said that, the plotting did seem a bit uneven. Still, it moved along nicely and reached a conclusion that was surprising and satisfying at the same time. The characters are almost all English aristocracy, and it was interesting getting a glimpse into their world at a less then ideal time. The dialog was so good that I could hear the "accents" most of the time.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this fun, historical series.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death at Wentwater Court 29 Oct 2011
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. I am overjoyed these have all appeared on kindle and I can replace my battered and torn paperbacks, because I love this series and am looking forward to re-reading them. They are best read in order and so, if you are interested, then this is the place to start.

When we first meet the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, she is on her way to Wentwater Court. Although the daughter of a viscount, she has no wish to live with her mother or cousin Edgar, who has inherited her family home and is trying to make her own way in the world as a writer. She has a writing assignment for the magazine "Town and Country", to write about stately homes, and her social connections are useful to gain her access and invitations.

It is January 1923 and Daisy finds a house which has a very uncomfortable house party going on. The Earl of Wentwater has a young, new wife, Annabel. His sister and her husband are also staying, as are his children, James, Lord Beddowe, Lady Marjorie and younger sons Wilfred and Geoffrey. There are also some other guests - Fenella, who is engaged to James, and her brother Phillip Petrie, who was the best friend of Daisy's brother (her brother and the man she loved, both died in WWI) and the seemingly unwelcome Lord Stephen Astwick, best described as a 'cad'. He knew Annabel previously and, despite Marjorie's crush on him, is paying her very obvious attentions, while she seems afraid of him, James is using his resentment of his new stepmother to make trouble and everyone else is affected by the difficult atmosphere.

Then, Lord Astwick is found dead and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher C.I.D. comes to investigate.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very British cozy 17 Sep 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an ardent reader of British mysteries. I was first drawn to this genre by reading a series of cozies. Over the years my tastes have changed, though, and I now much prefer a British psychological thriller or police procedural. However, I still read a cozy now and then for a change of pace.
"Death at Wentwater Court" is the first book in a series featuring The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple and Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Take a weekend gathering at a country estate in the 1920's, one of the guests who is the unfortunate victim, suspects galore, a promising romantic story line, more red herrings than clues and you have the makings of the ultimate cozy.
Most of the sleuthing is done by Daisy, a member of the British aristocracy who, being rather down on her luck, is supporting herself by working as a journalist. Alec seems to be along for the ride providing her with bits of information that set her off in her pursuit to solve the murder. Oh, he also serves a very important role as a possible suitor for Daisy.
I am giving this book three stars because I found it to be a bit too one-dimensional for my tastes. However, if you like an old fashioned very British mystery, this just might be your cuppa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Twenties Tale 12 Feb 2011
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the first in an ever growing series of books featuring Daisy Dalrymple and I am rather late in finding them. However the premise of a nice cosy mystery set in the 1920s was enough for me to pick this book up.

Daisy Dalrymple is writing a piece for Town and Country magazine and to prove her worth as someone who can make her own living and live independently in the ever changing modern 1920s and not simply wait to be married off and become Mrs somebody with interests only in her husband. Daisy is herself a member of the high society but uses it to her advantage and helps her forge a career.

It is this career that Daisy, notebook, typewriter and camera in hand she finds herself at Wentwater Court. The many characters there making up a house party are intriguing and varied. Lady Annabel the Earl of Wentwater's second much younger wife, the infamous step children Marjorie, Wilfred, Geoffrey and the eldest James who harbour doubts about her reasons for marrying their father in protection of their own ends. James fiancée Fenella and her brother Phillip, who has courted Daisy in the past or tried. And to balance the `young set' the Earl's sister Lady Josephine and husband Sir Hugh Menton. All interrelated in some way but there was also another guest Lord Stephen Astwick who meets his end by falling through a hole in the ice seemingly having drowned.

All is not quite as it seems with this death, and to try and avoid scandal locally, they call in help from Scotland Yard. Enter Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher who is already in the area investigating a rather large theft of gems from another house party. Daisy and he hit it off, and she proves invaluable in the investigation and can see what she can achieve as an independent young woman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
I had been thinking about trying the Daisy Dalrymple series for a while and I'm glad I finally took the plunge. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and like the character of Daisy. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining period whodunnit
This is the first of a whole series of whodunnits set in the 1920s and featuring the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
loved it.love daisy dalrymple.set in the 20s she is agreat detective and always finds the murderer.nicely paced novel.will read more of these.
Published 1 month ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Author Carola Dunn
This is the first book of hers I have read as I don't usually read this genre but
Daisy Dalrymple caught my attention on the first page and I shall be reading more of her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by june
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
very good story line
enjoyed listening to the CD
Kept completely to the story line in the book
Would recommend it
Published 3 months ago by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and simple and loving every minute of it
It's not Agatha Christie which is a tad more serious and a lot darker.

This is lighter in tone however I loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarccy
4.0 out of 5 stars First Daisy book
I read. Several books before this with great enjoyment and this was well paced and set Daisy and Alex's budding romance.
Published 6 months ago by Jayne Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading
The great thing about Carola Dunn is her characters. The plot may not be tremendously mysterious but her characters are a delight, The toffee-nosed to the humble are 'real' in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by al'Miral
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle read
I read book 2 first and enjoyed this gentle marple-esque mystery. Bought this for mother in law and borrowed it once she' d read it. Aiming to read the series!
Published 7 months ago by Coxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and games
Set aside your sensible side and just enjoy a lovely but preposterous story.
Daisy is a sensible good hearted and well heeled girl. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cherry blossom
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