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A Mourning Wedding (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 13) Kindle Edition
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As it turns out, the big event is not a wedding, but a murder, when the morning after Daisy's arrival, Lucy's great-aunt - the matriarchal gossip Lady Eva Devenish - is found strangled in her bed. The wedding is postponed, Alec is summoned early from London and instead of arriving at the house as a guest, is now in the unenviable position of having to find a murderer among the wedding guests, as well as trying to take care of his well-meaning but curious wife, who will insist on finding out things. Then there is another murder, and Alec now finds himself and his men racing against time to solve the crimes before the villain can strike again...
'A Mourning Wedding' is one of the better ones of this 'cosy' murder mystery series set in the 1920s. All the 'usual suspects' are there - Daisy and Alec, of course, along with Tom Tring, Ernie Piper, Lucy and Binkie/Gerald - with some interesting characters in the form of Lucy's numerous family members and their servants, many of whom apparently had motive or opportunity to commit murder. The solution is very satisfying, and one of those where you go 'Oh, yes...!' in your head! The only slight niggle I had with it was I found it a little difficult to remember who was who and related to whom at first, because they all had very similar names, if not the same surname, so I could have done with a list! But overall, well worth a read, particularly if you like this series.
Naturally Alec Fletcher is called in to investigate one of the most complicated cases of this entertaining series. All the guests have motives for doing away with Lady Eva who is a great collector of scandal and may or may not be a blackmailer. When another member of the family is found dead in the conservatory things get worse for everyone.
Alec and his assistants - Detective Sergeant Tring and Detective Constable Ernie Piper - are totally puzzled by the case and it takes a few insights from Daisy to set them on the right track. I enjoyed this story - which is darker than some - and I thought all the characters were very well drawn, even the minor ones. I also like the developing relationship between Alec and Daisy and their sometimes prickly, friendship with Lucy. Overall this is an enjoyable read and can be read as a standalone novel though it is part of a series which started with Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery 1)
I enjoyed the light hearted and elegant style of this, and found it an easy and enjoyable read. Its not for those who want a blood thirsty murder mystery, its very calm and dignified. I have already downloaded the next 2 in the series and no doubt will be grabbing the rest as well.
Very much in the Georgette Heyer detective stories style, a bit Agatha Christie 'ish!
Well worth a read if you like this sort of thing.
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