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4.5 out of 5 stars
Anthem for Doomed Youth (Daisy Dalrymple)
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This is the first Daisy Dalrymple book that I have read, and needless to say, I will be reading more. I get the impresion that Daisy was single at the beginning of the series, but here she is married with twins, and also the responsibility of a stepdaughter. Although this is a Dalrymple mystery, the majority of the story is in fact about her husband, DCI Alan Fletcher, and his investigations.

In Epping Forset three shallow graves are found in close proximity, and it turns out that the three bodies have all died within the past year. Alan and his team from Scotland Yard are called in to take over the case from the Essex Constabulary, much to the annoyance of Gant, who has started the investigation. Following the team as they try to identify the bodies, and find any connections seems a dauntless task, but the police press on anyway. At the time, Daisy with her friends, are visiting their daughters at boarding school, for the Sports Day. When the girls find a the dead body of a teacher in a maze, Gant is called in to investigate, and holds a grudge against Daisy, because of her husband.

Could this death be connected to the other three, or is this another crime altogether? Daisy starts to look into the murder, and finds that she has to make some tough decisions. Her husband not knowing that she is involved with anything is chasing clues around the country.

All in all this is a good tale that holds your attention, and brings home the horrors of war, espcially the First World War, and the terrible conditions of the trenches, also the hate that bullies cause to their victims.
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on 31 March 2014
First, a quick introduction for the benefit of those who haven't read any of these books. Daisy Fletcher nee Dalrymple is a freelance writer and amateur sleuth of aristocratic birth. Married (for some of the books) to a high ranking Scotland Yard detective she meets in the first novel, she often meddles in her husband's cases. She is an endearing character, and it's Carola Dunn's gift for characterisation as well as her ingenious settings that make these books remarkable, since the plots are nothing to write home about.

This particular book is a very good one. Not for the first time, Daisy's husband's work interferes with his personal life, and as such Daisy attends her stepdaughter's sportsday without him. While Alec investigates multiple murders in Epping Forest, Daisy is at the other end of the county and, surprise surprise, stumbles upon yet another body. Is there a connection between the two cases, or is the author teasing us?

The action moves backwards and forwards between the two locations and some of my favourite characters return. We have Daisy's friend Sakari with her mischievous humour. Her daughter Deva, together with Daisy's stepdaughter Belinda and their friend Lizzie, always add extra interest when they appear. As with all of these books, the cover is vivid and attractive. While we know we shouldn't judge books by their covers, I think the cover is part of the package in this instance.
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on 15 March 2015
Carlos Dunn keeps the series alive, not only by having the running thread of the relationships, but with the versatility of the plots. Here Daisy spends the majority of the book on a separate line to alec which I think has kept it fresh. I love the whole series as there are elements that you can relate to and I found the memories of sportsday particularly haunting!!
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on 24 June 2017
love this story line well written and kept you guessing, as well as who was involved in which crime. Daisy involved in one story line and her husband on the other one. love these books.
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on 17 August 2012
This book gives the leading role to Daisy's husband Alec ably supported by his police team. This is a good move! Alec is very very good at his job and very dedicated to his team which makes for interesting insights into police working methods of the time. Alec's a smashing husband and father too and the details of home life in the 1920's add a nice touch to the story.

Daisy has more of a background role this time around but still manages to be involved, her suggestions and ideas are of course helpful to the outcome of the case.

I have read all the Daisy Dalrymple books so far with "Gone West" the next on my list. I hope that will not be the final Daisy and Alec story! You can pick up any book in the series to start with and I recommend "Rattle His Bones", "The Murdered Muckraker or "Die Laughing" which are my particular favourites.
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on 6 May 2016
Another brilliant Daisy book. One has to feel sorry for Alec on occasions with his wife's tendency to fall over bodies but they're a wonderful team and you can always be sure of an excellent read.
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on 16 October 2016
so sad, the first world war became all too real, I was for once on the side of the murderer, I'm sure most people reading this were too.
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on 4 November 2015
Good stories and you get caught up with daisy and her family and friends as you read more of the books. Set in a more gentle time but none th worse for that.
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on 30 March 2017
poignant and also good picture of saffron walden and school as well as the general daisy and family background.
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on 13 February 2018
excellent book
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