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'When malice turns to murder...'
on 28 February 2012
England, 1920s, and the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple is called to aid her brother-in-law Lord Frobisher, who's suffering from the maliciousness of a 'poison pen' letter writer because of a past fleeting indiscretion just after the Great War. Daisy hotfoots it down to his village, with her fiance Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard's daughter Belinda as company for Daisy's nephew, to see what she can do to discover the identity of the poison pen.
It soon becomes apparent that the village is a hotbed of scandal and secrets, some of the little white variety, but no-one is safe from the nasty words of the letter writer. Daisy sets about investigating and soon has a host of suspects as well as victims to puzzle over. Then things take a fatal turn when a prominent figure is found dead in the churchyard and Daisy herself comes under suspicion of his murder. But Alec is soon on hand to help proceedings.
Overall, 'Styx and Stones' is a great read; pacy and lively and with plenty to keep you occupied. However, I have to say that a couple of things made this less than 5* for me: firstly, there were a bit too many suspects (seriously, you would not want to live in this village) and secondly, I did find the fact that the police let Daisy not only 'tag along' to all the official police interviews but also take an active part a bit hard to swallow, and the actual solving of the crime and villain was a little bit rushed, after a great story. But still, overall, worth getting!