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Daisy Dalrymple and her husband Alec Fletcher have come into some money as well as a desirable residence. Alec's estranged uncle has left him a considerable fortune and a large house as well as the freeholds of all the other houses in Constable Circle. But the solicitor handling the estate seems as though he does not want Alec and Daisy to move into the house. Daisy is puzzled - even more so when she starts to wonder what her immediate neighbours are hiding. Then the incompetent FBI agent, Lambert, whom Daisy befriended in The Case of the Murdered Muckraker (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) arrives on their doorstep because he has been robbed and his identity papers stolen.

Lambert is on the track of bootleggers selling alcohol to the US contrary to the prohibition laws in force at the time and Daisy and Alec live next door to a wine merchant. When a body is found in the gardens opposite the houses no one living in Constable Circle escapes suspicion and Alec finds himself not at all popular with his neighbours.

This is an interesting mystery but I felt the ending was a bit too convenient. The background of the story about prohibition and how drink was smuggled into the US was very interesting but it almost seemed irrelevant at times to the central mystery of the murder. I liked the way Daisy and Alec's relationship is developing and the growing friendship between Daisy and the police officers. It was interesting to see Lambert again as well. An entertaining read but not as good as some titles in this series.
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2012
Like all Daisy Dalrymple books this has to be read in two ways. Firstly, as a continuation of the saga; and here it ticks all the right boxes: old characters appearing in context and nicely drawn new ones adding to the mix. Secondly, as a stand alone mystery; and as such it is fairly ropey. There isn't much mystery. One knows who has done it and even it wasn't obvious there would be no way to work it out from the clues. And in what is always a bad sign, any number of red herrings are simply left dangling rather than being tidied up.
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on 10 February 2012
Have read most of the DD series but this one just failed to grip, especially the longish "sea interludes". Wouldn't have bothered to finish it if I hadn't been stuck in a waiting room for ages. Perhaps Prohibition has more of a fascination for Ms Dunn's American audience?
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on 17 May 2013
Not great literature and the plot is a little contrived - the end comes rather suddenly and took me by surprise. However, the Daisy Dalrymple books are, in general, fun, light reading. This isn't the best, but it's easy reading and enjoyable.
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on 28 January 2010
excellent book gives a lovely atmosphere of the 20's or 30's unusual to read a book written in modern day but faithful to period.
Elizabeth O'Reilly
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on 19 October 2011
I read this straight after a Laurie R King, and that was a mistake. A review on the cover said that lovers of Dorothy L Sayers would enjoy it. They wouldn't.

There is nothing authentic about Carola Dunn's writing in this book (I haven't read any others for comparison, but am not prepared to take the risk) and her research is superficial. Her main characters are an upper class young woman and her detective inspector husband. Although the daughter of an earl, the young woman seems very self concious in her upper class role, and her husband is very tentative as a police officer. The writer employs the clumsiest means to provide information to her readers (a Chief Superintendant who does not know what FBI stands for?)and in order to attempt a little romance, she has her main protagonists making the most coy and nauseating references to their sexual activities. The plot was weak, and the solution could be seen a mile away.

I took this to read on a skiing holiday and swapped it for a Mary Wesley from the hotel library - a much better deal.
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on 7 April 2010
A very well written and acsessable crime novel, with some old friends reintroduced as well as a wonderful bunch of neighbours. Kept up the pace well and was thought provoking in places, due to its political inferences. A thoroughly good read with Daisy up to speed and Alec cool sand at times confused with his wife and her influence on his job. GB
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on 4 April 2014
This is up to her usual standard and her plots are always well thought out and the sort of book that one can always pick up and continue. I really do like her visions of Victorian England
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on 7 September 2013
Another good mystery with Daisy Dalrymple. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Have already read others in the series and will be definitely readingmore.
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on 12 January 2014
Beautiful sense of time and place. Character and plot well considered. Best to read earlier books first to fully understand the back story. Keep them coming, Carols.
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