The Black Ship: A Daisy Dalrymple Murder Mystery Paperback – 10 Sep 2009
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Cunning ... appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece (Publishers Weekly)
As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries. (Booklist)
For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels (Library Journal)
I love this series ... fascinating, pacy and easy to read. (MyShelf.com)
The seventeenth Daisy Dalrymple mystery published in the UK for the first time.See all Product Description
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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.
There is nothing authentic about Carola Dunn's writing in this book (I haven't read any others for comparison, but am not prepared to take the risk) and her research is superficial. Her main characters are an upper class young woman and her detective inspector husband. Although the daughter of an earl, the young woman seems very self concious in her upper class role, and her husband is very tentative as a police officer. The writer employs the clumsiest means to provide information to her readers (a Chief Superintendant who does not know what FBI stands for?)and in order to attempt a little romance, she has her main protagonists making the most coy and nauseating references to their sexual activities. The plot was weak, and the solution could be seen a mile away.
I took this to read on a skiing holiday and swapped it for a Mary Wesley from the hotel library - a much better deal.
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