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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not as good as some titles in this series
Daisy Dalrymple and her husband Alec Fletcher have come into some money as well as a desirable residence. Alec's estranged uncle has left him a considerable fortune and a large house as well as the freeholds of all the other houses in Constable Circle. But the solicitor handling the estate seems as though he does not want Alec and Daisy to move into the house. Daisy is...
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by Damaskcat

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3.0 out of 5 stars poor plot
Like all Daisy Dalrymple books this has to be read in two ways. Firstly, as a continuation of the saga; and here it ticks all the right boxes: old characters appearing in context and nicely drawn new ones adding to the mix. Secondly, as a stand alone mystery; and as such it is fairly ropey. There isn't much mystery. One knows who has done it and even it wasn't obvious...
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by Graham R. Hill


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not as good as some titles in this series, 5 Dec 2011
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Daisy Dalrymple and her husband Alec Fletcher have come into some money as well as a desirable residence. Alec's estranged uncle has left him a considerable fortune and a large house as well as the freeholds of all the other houses in Constable Circle. But the solicitor handling the estate seems as though he does not want Alec and Daisy to move into the house. Daisy is puzzled - even more so when she starts to wonder what her immediate neighbours are hiding. Then the incompetent FBI agent, Lambert, whom Daisy befriended in The Case of the Murdered Muckraker (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) arrives on their doorstep because he has been robbed and his identity papers stolen.

Lambert is on the track of bootleggers selling alcohol to the US contrary to the prohibition laws in force at the time and Daisy and Alec live next door to a wine merchant. When a body is found in the gardens opposite the houses no one living in Constable Circle escapes suspicion and Alec finds himself not at all popular with his neighbours.

This is an interesting mystery but I felt the ending was a bit too convenient. The background of the story about prohibition and how drink was smuggled into the US was very interesting but it almost seemed irrelevant at times to the central mystery of the murder. I liked the way Daisy and Alec's relationship is developing and the growing friendship between Daisy and the police officers. It was interesting to see Lambert again as well. An entertaining read but not as good as some titles in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poor plot, 20 Mar 2012
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Like all Daisy Dalrymple books this has to be read in two ways. Firstly, as a continuation of the saga; and here it ticks all the right boxes: old characters appearing in context and nicely drawn new ones adding to the mix. Secondly, as a stand alone mystery; and as such it is fairly ropey. There isn't much mystery. One knows who has done it and even it wasn't obvious there would be no way to work it out from the clues. And in what is always a bad sign, any number of red herrings are simply left dangling rather than being tidied up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Feb 2012
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J. Severn (LONDON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Have read most of the DD series but this one just failed to grip, especially the longish "sea interludes". Wouldn't have bothered to finish it if I hadn't been stuck in a waiting room for ages. Perhaps Prohibition has more of a fascination for Ms Dunn's American audience?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Author, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Black Ship: A Daisy Dalrymple Murder Mystery (Paperback)
Another good read by this just discovered author, have now become addicted and have bought several more would recommend to anyone wanting light and easy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, 4 April 2014
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This is up to her usual standard and her plots are always well thought out and the sort of book that one can always pick up and continue. I really do like her visions of Victorian England
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 24 Mar 2014
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I love Daisy Dalrymple. It is a very good read. I have also introduced friends and family to her antics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Daisy, 12 Jan 2014
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Beautiful sense of time and place. Character and plot well considered. Best to read earlier books first to fully understand the back story. Keep them coming, Carols.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Daisy book, 19 Oct 2013
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How does she get involved with all the mysteries - her poor husband! Excellent read as usual. Long may Daisy reign.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 15 Sep 2013
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Well researched with good plot. A great holiday read for anyone who enjoys an old fashioned murder mystery in the Agatha Christie mould.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Sep 2013
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Another good mystery with Daisy Dalrymple. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Have already read others in the series and will be definitely readingmore.
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