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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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...
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another encounter for Daisy and Alec, the story is good and interesting and just makes me want morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie .
Such a great read. All characters ( except baddies). Different and decent by their lights
Great fun. Read more
I loved that it was a clean read, but it wasn't the most gripping. I did hope for a bit more. But this is the first book in this series, so I will try the next one and see if it is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by rebekah jones