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Rattle His Bones (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) Hardcover – Jun 2000

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312205724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312205720
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,112,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mrs. S. Hambelton on 24 Aug. 2012
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This copy was not in the same print series as my other copies, but I was desperate to read all the books in order so that the story unfolds of the personal side of Daisy's life. I have all the set now and have great pleasure in sharing my enthusiasm of these lovely stories with my American daughter in law who also stays up late unable to put the book(S) down. We all hope that Carola Dunn is busy writing more stories of this female sleuth. Thanks Amazon for stocking these books, a great read .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frosty on 2 Nov. 2008
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I admit that Dunn's Daisy has captured my attention and often transports me away from our often harsh contemporary society to an assumed gentler age. However, this book irritated me right from the start as it began in describing the criminal activities of an un-identified person before switching to Dunn's more usual story narrative. This didn't add to the drama or even set the scene particularly well but then perhaps that's because I like to unravel all the clues along the way, not be handed half the solution in the first chapter. The rest of the book suffered a little but the Dunn magic was still glimpsed as Daisy & Alec hunted the jewel thief/murderer through the Natural History Museum. Perhaps the author had recently been watching a 'cop' show where they give away the guilty party before the opening credits? Nevertheless I'm glad to see the experiment hasn't been repeated in the other books I've read of hers.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Historical mystery that is fun to read 27 May 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1924 England, the separation between the social classes was so wide, most citizens believed that one should marry within one's class. Deputy Constable Alec Fletcher is not so sure that perspective is incorrect, but he cannot give up his fiancee Daisy Dalyrmple just to satisfy conventional wisdom. The honorable Miss Daisy does not give a fig about social class distinctions as she plans to marry into the middle class.

Unlike most blokes of the period, Alec appreciates Daisy's independence and fully supports her need for a career writing magazine articles. However, at the same time he wishes she would stay outside of his homicide cases. Daisy wants to comply, but fate seems to keep pushing murdered bodies along her path. She currently works in the London Museum when she finds the corpse of the Keeper of Mineralogy impaled on a dinosaur bone. Daisy later learns that a fortune in jewels is also missing. Unable to resist, Daisy starts snooping, which places her in danger from the killer and sends Alec towards a potential stroke from her latest involvement.

The eighth installment in the Daisy Dalyrmple series, RATTLE HIS BONES, contains the humor of a sitcom that makes it more enjoyable than the entertaining previous seven. Daisy and Alec are an adorable couple, whose enlightened outlook helps them transcend the loud objections to their relationship. The era and the crime scene provide an ideal locale for Carola Dunn's first class story line while the ending is perfect for those readers who relish a well designed puzzle. The author has done historical mystery fans a big favor with this wonderful tale.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A fun period mystery--especially for those who love museums 27 Jun. 2007
By S. A. W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Daisy Dalrymple, a freelance writer with a penchant for stumbling over corpses, is working on a magazine article about London's Natural History Museum. When the geology curator is murdered, Daisy's fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher is called in to investigate. It is soon discovered that many of the museum's gemstones have been replaced with fakes. Now Fletcher must unmask the killer and recover the missing jewels while trying to keep Daisy from meddling in his case.

Set in England during the 1920s, the Daisy Dalrymple books are lovely light reading--sort of a cross between Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse. "Rattle His Bones" is one of the best in the series. The writing is effervescent and the main characters are absolutely charming. It's not all froth--the characters are confronted with the barriers of class distinctions and the horrible physical toll of World War I--but the overall tone is very lighthearted.

As someone who enjoys prowling the dimly lit halls of Chicago's Field Museum, I particularly enjoyed the book's setting. As a previous reviewer mentioned, if you've ever seen a dinosaur exhibit, you'll have no trouble picturing the locations in your mind's eye.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not the Best........... 22 April 2014
By Gammy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have started reading the Daisy Dalrymple books from the beginning. I have really liked all of them. I like the characters and the way Ms. Dunn gradually allows us to learn more about them. That being said, I just could
not really get interested in this book. I found it difficult to follow.
That will not stop me from reading all the rest of the books. I just hope this one is the only one I am disappointed in.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rattle His Bones 5 July 2013
By Martha C. Shepler - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best of the Daisy Dalrymple series. If you have ever been to the Tower of London, you will appreciate all the information about the customs and traditions of the tower. And the mystery story is good. Lots of hints about the killer, but I never figured this one out. People who love London will really like this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Professional rivalry in the Natural History Museum 11 April 2012
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Daisy Dalrymple is researching some articles about the Natural History Museum when. She is in the wrong place at the wrong time when one of the curators is murdered. Alec Fletcher - Daisy's fiancé - is not pleased that she has yet again got herself involved in a murder case but his colleague, Sergeant Tring, is more forgiving. As ever Daisy vows not to go off investigating for herself but naturally her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts asking questions under cover of her legitimate research.

The professional rivalries of the various curators are well done with the result that almost all of them are suspects. There is also a Grand Duke from a central European country which has been overrun by foreign powers who feels he is entitled to the return of a magnificent ruby which is on display in the museum. One of his ancestors gave it to Queen Victoria and now he needs the money he wants it back. As a result he visits the museum almost every day just to stare at the exhibit.

I thought this book was well written and I like Daisy and her friend Lucy as well as Alec, her fiancé and Belinda, her future stepdaughter. The period detail is good too as is the background of the Natural History Museum. If you have not tried this series before this might be a good one with which to start.
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