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Gunpowder Plot (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) [Hardcover]

Carola Dunn
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31 Mar 2007 Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Book 15)
In the winter of 1924, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend's house to witness the estate's famous Guy Fawkes celebration. But she gets more than a quiet weekend at the quaint family manse that she was originally hoping for. The home is the site of some severe family tension - the Viscount and head of family is a strict and unyielding sort, insisting that everyone - especially his children - meet his own unreasonable expectations. On the evening of the Guy Fawkes celebration, the Viscount is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. What's more, he apparently first killed a guest - a married woman visiting England from Australia - before turning the gun on himself. Now it's up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband and a DCI of Scotland Yard, to unravel the mystery and the long held family secrets that led to this state of affairs before anyone else can fall prey to the tragic cycle of events - a solution that will require, perhaps, more than a little help from Daisy herself.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books,US (31 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349899
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Daisy exhibits her usual common sense and charm."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Fans of the dauntless Daisy ... will delight in this Anglophilic period mystery."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cozy."--"Booklist"

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The 15th novel in the charming Daisy Dalrymple series of 1920's country house murder mysteries. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Relaxing Reading 28 Oct 2011
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Yet another 1920's period 'Daisy Dalrymple' mystery from 'Carola Dunn'.
I have tried to read this series of books in order, and it is
worth the effort, as it takes you from just after the WW1 into
the life of the 'upper classes' and the Honorable Daisy who needs
to escape from its confines and pursue her passion for journalism (with
quite a lot of murder and mayhem included).
As the title indicates (Gunpowder Plot)the mystery revolves around a murder at a manor house on the 5th November.
These are the sort of books to relax with; they are interesting and easy to read and all set in a world that only the privileged enjoyed. Good plots which mainly take place in country-house settings.
Well worth a read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks country house style 26 Nov 2011
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Daisy has been invited to a fireworks celebration because she is writing an article about the centuries old tradition of fireworks parties at Edge Manor. Her old school-friend, Gwen Tyndall lives there with her parents and her brother and sister. Unfortunately two deaths take place at the Manor on the night of the party and once again Daisy is involved in a murder investigation. Naturally her husband, Scotland Yard detective Alec Fisher is called in to track down the murderer.

The plot is complicated enough to keep most people guessing almost to the end and there are plenty of suspects with means motive and opportunity to commit the double murder. There are plenty of ongoing disagreements between family members which add spice to the story. I loved the description of the party and found most of the characters sympathetic. I thought the argumentative Lord Lieutenant was well done too. Alec's colleagues are interesting and well drawn especially the way the react to Daisy's theories.

If you have not tried this series before then this might be a good one to start with as it is fast moving and interesting and you don't need to know any of the back story to appreciate the relationships between the characters. The book is well written and brings the era - the nineteen twenties - to life. The series commenced with Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery 1)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a writer who never lets you down 3 May 2007
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
When you read a Daisy Dalrymple mystery you know you are in for a treat and although best read before a cozy fire on a winter's night she can be just as much fun on the beach or on the plane. This latest outing finds our intrepid heroine heavy with child being invited to a traditional November the 5th celebration in a great Old House in the country. It has all the ingredients required, enough suspects to fill the dusty hallways and enough clues to fill those echoing stairways. The plot may have a couple of creaks in it but the sheer fun of reading the book soon silences those. Just read it and enjoy a few hours in another less complex time
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars charming 29 Aug 2011
By tdk
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As usual Carola Dunn has produced another charming, well written detective story. I love her 1920's settings, especially the way in which the aftermath of the Great War is shown to have affected the characters everyday lives.
In this tale Daisy is invited to an old schoolfriend's family home so that she can write an article about their annual Guy Fawkes celebration.
It becomes immediately obvious that there are tensions within the family, mostly connected with the irascible father (very much Lord of the Manor). Dear old Dad wants his son to manage the family estates, however Jack wants to be an aviation engineer. Whereas Babs is a fantastic farmer and actually wants to run the estate, obviously being a mere women this is totally impossible. To add insult to injury the youngest daughter appears to be romantically involved with a member of the middle classes!
It is therefore no surprise when the old man is murdered undercover of the firework explosions. What does puzzle everyone, including Alec, Daisy's husband, is why a recently arrived Australian visitor should also be killed.
Light touches are added by the coy references to Daisy's pregnancy - she is constantly hungry and needs the loo, although this can't be mentioned in polite company. I also enjoyed the rivalry between the Lord Lieutenant of the county and the Chief Constable of the neighbouring county.
I've now read all the Daisy D. novels plus the Dandy Gilver books by Catriona McPherson, what do I read now to get my 1920's detective novel fix?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pitch perfect 15 Sep 2014
At first I took great pleasure from what I took to be an undiscovered classic of the golden age - but when I realised that the author is still among us, alive and well and living in the US, my attitude began to change. So well done is the pastiche, so perfectly judged the language (plot, too, pace and tone), that when the sense of awe had passed, shock set in at the very pointlessness of the exercise. Everything here has been done a hundred times before, a hundred years ago, often no better, but by no means always worse; Daisy Dalrymple adds nothing to the sum of human happiness already amassed by St Agatha and all her acolytes. Unless, perhaps, one is in the mood to accept as humorous the idea of one character marrying to become 'Gwen Miller' ... ?

While there is no need for every country house murder mystery to descend to parody, perhaps just a touch of irony might have leavened what wants to be a souffle but remains a rather plain, if delicate madeira?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent murder story with the heroine Daisy Dalrymple
Carola Dunn just gets better and better as does her heroine Daisy Dalrymple.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs G.
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Published 3 months ago by Westendboy
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
Once started one has to go on to the end. I find her books very readable and pass them on to others who want an easy pick up and put down book
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Published 5 months ago by T. Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book in the Dalrymple series
Another good read. The book is an easy read. The stories are entertaining and the characters are charming. I would certainly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Daisy Dalrymple story
I was introduced to Daisy via a chance purchase from Kindle and have enjoyed all the stories about this redoubtable heroine. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MRS
4.0 out of 5 stars Ebook
readable, I'm enjoying it, but prefer more up to date detective mysteries. I would buy another by the same author
Published 9 months ago by Dorie Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Daisy
Daisy Dalrymple are easy reading I just love the way she always solves the murder. I like the era the books are set in.
Published 9 months ago by LEAH CAVE
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoyed the book the story was very gripping couldn't put it down, wish more books were written this way easy to follow
Published 10 months ago by Rowland Parry
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read
Very old fashioned. Gentle read ideal for night time insomniacs. Sent me straight back to sleep. No hot milk required
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