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Carola Dunn
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15 July 2011 Daisy Dalrymple (Book 12)
In April 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher must face her darkest fears and confront the one person she's tried to avoid-the dentist. But upon arriving for her appointment, she discovers the dentist stone-cold dead. The circumstances of his death are suspicious but everyone seems anxious to write it off as accidental. Once again it falls to the redoubtable Daisy to uncover the truth behind this case of murder most foul. Critical Praise for The Daisy Dalrymple novels by Carola Dunn: "Replete with well-drawn characters, snappy dialogue and interesting plot twists...Easily the best entry in a charming series." Booklist on Mistletoe and Murder "The period sense remains vivid, the characterizations are excellent, and the mysteries are, if anything, more perplexing than ever." The Oregonian on Rattle His Bones "Daisy and her husband spring into action, surrounded by historical armaments, secret rooms, hidden treasure, and family secrets. For fans of British cozies and Dorothy Sayer's novels, this is a very inviting situation." Library Journal on Mistletoe and Murder "Styx and Stones is a swift, deeply enjoyable read. While Dunn's influences are many, she ultimately makes this territory her own." The Register-Guard "Reading like an Agatha Christie thriller, Rattle His Bones is a charming look at life after the first World War." Romantic Times "Dunn captures the melting pot of Prohibition-era New York with humorous characterizations and a vivid sense of place, and with careful plotting lays out an enjoyable tale of adventure." Publisher's Weekly on The Case of the Murdered Muckraker

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849017077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849017077
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this twelfth story in her series, Dunn proves that few things are sweeter than a dozen Daisys. (American Library Association)

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The 12th novel in the charming Daisy Dalrymple series of 1920's country house murder mysteries.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good 18 Aug 2011
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Poor Daisy Dalrymple is having trouble with a tooth, so she makes an appointment to see a local dentist. When she arrives for her appointment though the dentist as first can't be found, and when he eventually is he is in his dental chair, with a mask feeding him Nitrous Oxide, which has killed him. With the household believing it to be an accident, Daisy isn't so sure, neither is her husband, when he is called in.

With a nurse and lady's servant arguing all the time, the dentist and his wife both having affairs, and another person dying, there is a lot for the police to be getting on with, and even if they do get the right person, do they have enough evidence?

This is a good story to relax with, but the mystery part of it was really quite easy to work out, although reading about the police trying to get evidence and chasing down alibis does make this an absorbing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy does it again! 21 Aug 2011
I love the Daisy Dalrymple series with its engaging and feisty heroine. They're light-hearted enough to be enjoyable and not tax the brain too much, yet deftly written and absorbing enough to make you - or me, certainly - want to stay up and read it to the end. The blurb compares them to Dorothy L Sayers, but while I love the Wimsey works as well, I don't see there's really much comparison - Daisy is no Peter Wimsey, nor is she a Harriet Vane. But anyhow Carola Dunn neatly captures the ethos and culture of post-WW1 England, and without being in the least didactic or priggish weaves in some important social issues. 'Die Laughing' is a worthy addition to the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars O.K. 22 Aug 2011
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The background to this episode in the Hon. Daisy Dalrymple's unofficial career is the middle class environs of the Fletcher's home although Dunn can't resist also shoe-horning in yet another charmingly useless toff. As usual the author borrows liberally (from Agatha Christie she takes the sleuth's dentist found dead on the day of an appointment, from P.G. Wodehouse the 'nerve specialist' who disapproves of his daughter's marriage plans etc), but she stirs it all up to provide a pleasant result. Not the most baffling of mysteries, but an entertaining enough read. Strange spelling of 'gormless' though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death and the dentist 13 Nov 2011
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Daisy Dalrymple finally plucks up courage to go to the dentist only to find the dentist dead in his own chair having apparently been poisoned by Nitrous Oxide gas. Suicide? Accident? Or Murder? Daisy thinks it is murder - the local police are not convinced and favour suicide or accident until Daisy points out one or two discrepancies to them. Scotland Yard is called in, in the person of Daisy's husband Alec Fletcher and Daisy starts asking questions amongst her friends and acquaintances.

This is an entertaining and at times amusing mystery story which shows how much goes on under the surface in any society. It also shows how trivial things can catch people out even if they think they have hidden what they are doing. I thought the way people's propensity to gossip was very well done especially the difference between the malicious gossips and those who do it because they're interested in people.

I like the way the author is developing the relationship between Daisy and her husband and her mother-in-law. Her step-daughter, Belinda does not feature as much in this story as in some but as ever what the reader sees of her is interesting and amusing. The plot is quite complex and I completely failed to spot the murderer in spite of the relatively small number of suspects. I recommend this series to anyone who likes their crime novels with interesting and well drawn characters and entertaining plots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite Daisy story 12 May 2012
I have all the Daisy Dalrymple books and this is one of my favourites. It's just like the Poirot story where the dentist is found dead in his chair but not as intricate as an Agatha Christie novel and much more fun to solve with Daisy around.

Daisy and Alec are such a lovely couple and we learn a lot more about their happy family life and the one big problem of trying to keep the senior Mrs. Fletcher in hand. It may be that in this book a solution to this problem is not far off. Alec has the finances all worked out and Mrs. Fletcher senior the baggage but you'll have to read the story to find out exactly what happens.

What makes this series work is the wonderful attention to detail and to the social history of the period before the Second World War. The social and cultural backdrop to the actual crime is as fascinating as the solution at the end.

Perfect reading for a summer Sunday afternoon and once you've tried one Daisy book you'll find you must read the whole series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy gets involved again 15 Sep 2014
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I haven’t read the previous 11 novels in this series but you can read this as a stand-alone novel because there is enough background information for the gist of the history and relationship of Daisy and her husband who is an inspector at New Scotland Yard.

Daisy is settling in to her marriage and her new step daughter, living in her husband’s house along with his mother, Daisy and her stepdaughter get on well but she struggles with her mother-in-law because Daisy is too modern for her taste.
The era of the 1920’s is captured very well with the social aspects of the upper class, middle class and servants and this is depicted very well in the kitchen scenes.

Daisy has bad toothache and plucks up the courage to visit the dentist who is found dead in the dentist’s chair having imbibed too much gas by ‘accident’ although Daisy is not convinced.

This is a nice cosy murder mystery, well written and entertaining and keeps you turning the pages although you have probably guessed the reasons why and the who-dunnit.

I will certainly look out for more in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 7 days ago by ANGELA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a good read by Carola Dunn.
Published 27 days ago by Mrs Sue McClymont
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I am enjoying collecting the Daisy Dalrymple series since receiving one for Christmas. Carola Dunn has captured the era perfectly.
Published 5 months ago by jennifer baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
another excellent read by Carola Dunn. Daisy, and her fellow characters are an excellent team. Though with the amount of dead bodies Daisy finds I wouldn't like to be around her! Read more
Published 6 months ago by michaela ridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Daisy is a bit bored as Alex' wife, putting up with his mother running their household, and she is glad to find the distraction of another murder to solve. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aletheuon
4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy
Daisy goes to the dentist and finds him dead much to her husband's disgust. This is a light frothy whodunit with interesting characters and plot although I guessed the murderer... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read
I wouldn't say it was a bad read, nor would I say it was a particularly good one either. It was like an Agatha Christie wannabe trying to emulate one of the greatest mystery... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. M. Donaldson
4.0 out of 5 stars fun book
Enjoyable, light reading
Liked the period
Character has great personality
Good book for a holiday, just enough to keep you interested without needing too much... Read more
Published 10 months ago by v
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
This was the first book of this series I had read, read it on holiday and really enjoyed it. A proper who done it that kept me guessing to the end but you could solve it if you... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Death in 1920's suburbia
Daisy finds a corpse even when she goes to the Dentist! A well crafted story set in the early days of Daisy and Alec's married life.
Published 13 months ago by Sheila V Green
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