- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: C & R Crime (5 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472110838
- ISBN-13: 978-1472110831
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.6 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Heirs of the Body (Daisy Dalrymple) Hardcover – 5 Dec 2013
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"A treat for Daisy's fans as well as those who enjoy Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs." --"Booklist" on "Gone West""Dunn adds another winner to a long string of charming mysteries evocative of the period between the Great Wars." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred) on "Gone West""A cozy replete with the amenities of English country life." --"Publishers Weekly" on "Gone West""Dunn writes enchantingly of 1920s England: its period accoutrements of cars, cocktails, and the always delightful Daisy." --"Mystery Scene" on "Sheer Folly"
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Daisy and her husband DCI Alec Fletcher are invited to the house-party and when accidents start happening to some of the prospective heirs her curiosity and Alec's professional instincts are aroused. An unexplained death soon has Alec in the middle of a busman's holiday as he is asked to investigate. I enjoyed this mystery and found myself struggling to work out who was the guilty party and who was the real heir.
Daisy is a likeable character though I am less keen on her husband who can be a little irascible at times. I like the way the children - Belinda, Daisy's step-daughter, and her nephew Derek - are part of the story and I felt the author really brings the children to life.
This book could be read as a standalone novel but it is also part of the Daisy Dalrymple series in which Daisy's insatiable curiosity frequently lands her in the middle of a murder investigation.
I've been avidly awaiting Heirs of the Body. It did not disappoint. Crafted as well as the others, the story swiftly pulls one in and one quickly sorts out who one is rooting for and who the ne'er-do-well(s) are likely to be. The background is well established without overlong descriptive passages. Old friends are welcomed; new characters quickly establish interest and either sympathy or reservation.
What I think I most enjoy about Dunn's novels are the strong and well crafted story lines, the credible, likeable characters (with exceptions of course - but well drawn exceptions), the meticulously researched period details and an energy which keeps things moving at just the right pace for full enjoyment.
In fact my only real gripe is that Dunn can't write them quickly enough! I guess I'll just have to re-read.
There are the usual inaccuracies which seem to pepper these books. Twice before we've had Belinda, and then Belinda and Derek reading the Dandy and the Beano, years before the first issue appeared. This time we have something equally annoying, and that is Daisy's insistence on calling the children "kids". I'm sure the aristocracy of the 1920s would never have used such a word. I certainly can't imagine it among the nobility of Downton Abbey. Nevertheless, this book makes an entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good all round and easy to read one of the better DAISY DALRYMPLE story's. Looking forward to the next bookPublished 1 month ago by paul
Great story, lovely characters, read the whole series for fun!Published 5 months ago by W. McDonald
The book started promising buttoo many characters led to them sounding unrealistic and certainly how they managed to travel the world at that time seemed inconceivable.Published 6 months ago by Carol Hopkinson
Light read, much as readers of previous books in series would expect. Perhaps running out of steam?Published 7 months ago by arenosa