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Death at Wentwater Court Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 37 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 May 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQF536
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Daisy Dalrymple is striking out on her own. Using her wealthy background, she gets a job for a magazine photographing and writing about the famous Wentwater Manor. Not too long after she arrives, one of her fellow guests is found dead in a hole in the ice. At first, it's thought to be an accident, but soon Daisy is convinced it's murder. Aiding the handsome Scotland Yard detective assigned to the case, she does her best to find the truth while keeping the family out of scandal.
This is a fun mystery set in 1923 England. I was drawn into Daisy's world and was quite curious about what was really going on. Having said that, the plotting did seem a bit uneven. Still, it moved along nicely and reached a conclusion that was surprising and satisfying at the same time. The characters are almost all English aristocracy, and it was interesting getting a glimpse into their world at a less then ideal time. The dialog was so good that I could hear the "accents" most of the time.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this fun, historical series.
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This is the first in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. I am overjoyed these have all appeared on kindle and I can replace my battered and torn paperbacks, because I love this series and am looking forward to re-reading them. They are best read in order and so, if you are interested, then this is the place to start.

When we first meet the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, she is on her way to Wentwater Court. Although the daughter of a viscount, she has no wish to live with her mother or cousin Edgar, who has inherited her family home and is trying to make her own way in the world as a writer. She has a writing assignment for the magazine "Town and Country", to write about stately homes, and her social connections are useful to gain her access and invitations.

It is January 1923 and Daisy finds a house which has a very uncomfortable house party going on. The Earl of Wentwater has a young, new wife, Annabel. His sister and her husband are also staying, as are his children, James, Lord Beddowe, Lady Marjorie and younger sons Wilfred and Geoffrey. There are also some other guests - Fenella, who is engaged to James, and her brother Phillip Petrie, who was the best friend of Daisy's brother (her brother and the man she loved, both died in WWI) and the seemingly unwelcome Lord Stephen Astwick, best described as a 'cad'. He knew Annabel previously and, despite Marjorie's crush on him, is paying her very obvious attentions, while she seems afraid of him, James is using his resentment of his new stepmother to make trouble and everyone else is affected by the difficult atmosphere.

Then, Lord Astwick is found dead and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher C.I.D. comes to investigate.
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This is the first of a whole series of whodunnits set in the 1920s and featuring the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple. Penniless and attempting to become independent of her family, Daisy decides to write magazine features about stately homes and Wentwater Court is her first. She finds a tense situation there; Lord Wentwater has remarried and his family is torn by jealousies and disagreements. Daisy's sympathetic, warm personality means that people confide in her, and her curiosity and sharp intelligence enable her to solve the mystery of the death of caddish Lord Stephen Astwick. In the course of this, she meets the attractive Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, who is destined to play a large part in her future.
This is a competent mystery story, but not a great one; instead, it is an entertaining romp, lively and amusing, with characters who will appear again throughout the series. It is well-written, with dextrous use of language and wit, and the author really evokes the England of the 1920s, even though the books were written in the USA.
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I loved this book!The cover looks somewhat infantile or girl-bookish but do not judge the book by it's covers. The US edition looks quite different with a more art deco style to all of this series' covers. Because this is the first book of 18, and the author seems to still be writing them.
This book brings you straight in to P.G.Wodehouse's world and Bertie Wooster's. The dialogue between the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple and her fellow titled peers makes half the book if not more. It's hilarious. Add to that a mystery in the class of Agatha Christie's Hercules Poirot or Miss Marple without DNA samples, mobile phones, luminol... And finally the third ingredient, a little bit of romance since Daisy has lost her one love during WWI and the police detective that is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate the death, has lost his wife. In subsequent books this budding romance will turn in to the real thing...
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Why have an American reading a book that is set in England? The accent is wrong, the pronunciation is incorrect of many words which totally spoils the enjoyment of this book. Will not be buying any more, really sad about it ☹️
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an ardent reader of British mysteries. I was first drawn to this genre by reading a series of cozies. Over the years my tastes have changed, though, and I now much prefer a British psychological thriller or police procedural. However, I still read a cozy now and then for a change of pace.
"Death at Wentwater Court" is the first book in a series featuring The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple and Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Take a weekend gathering at a country estate in the 1920's, one of the guests who is the unfortunate victim, suspects galore, a promising romantic story line, more red herrings than clues and you have the makings of the ultimate cozy.
Most of the sleuthing is done by Daisy, a member of the British aristocracy who, being rather down on her luck, is supporting herself by working as a journalist. Alec seems to be along for the ride providing her with bits of information that set her off in her pursuit to solve the murder. Oh, he also serves a very important role as a possible suitor for Daisy.
I am giving this book three stars because I found it to be a bit too one-dimensional for my tastes. However, if you like an old fashioned very British mystery, this just might be your cuppa.
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