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Poor Daisy Dalrymple is having trouble with a tooth, so she makes an appointment to see a local dentist. When she arrives for her appointment though the dentist as first can't be found, and when he eventually is he is in his dental chair, with a mask feeding him Nitrous Oxide, which has killed him. With the household believing it to be an accident, Daisy isn't so sure, neither is her husband, when he is called in.

With a nurse and lady's servant arguing all the time, the dentist and his wife both having affairs, and another person dying, there is a lot for the police to be getting on with, and even if they do get the right person, do they have enough evidence?

This is a good story to relax with, but the mystery part of it was really quite easy to work out, although reading about the police trying to get evidence and chasing down alibis does make this an absorbing read.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 March 2014
Daisy is a bit bored as Alex' wife, putting up with his mother running their household, and she is glad to find the distraction of another murder to solve. As usual, Carola Dunn has lots of fun giving Daisy a cosy puzzle to solve and guiding her through it. Daisy is a likeable heroine and her ongoing relationship with Alex and with the two families involved is always satisfying. All the books are engaging and although this one is a bit less fun than some of the others, it is a pleasant and undemanding read with a few chuckles here and there. Recommended!
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on 25 June 2017
Enjoyed the whole series
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on 17 June 2017
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on 21 August 2011
I love the Daisy Dalrymple series with its engaging and feisty heroine. They're light-hearted enough to be enjoyable and not tax the brain too much, yet deftly written and absorbing enough to make you - or me, certainly - want to stay up and read it to the end. The blurb compares them to Dorothy L Sayers, but while I love the Wimsey works as well, I don't see there's really much comparison - Daisy is no Peter Wimsey, nor is she a Harriet Vane. But anyhow Carola Dunn neatly captures the ethos and culture of post-WW1 England, and without being in the least didactic or priggish weaves in some important social issues. 'Die Laughing' is a worthy addition to the series.
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VINE VOICEon 22 August 2011
The background to this episode in the Hon. Daisy Dalrymple's unofficial career is the middle class environs of the Fletcher's home although Dunn can't resist also shoe-horning in yet another charmingly useless toff. As usual the author borrows liberally (from Agatha Christie she takes the sleuth's dentist found dead on the day of an appointment, from P.G. Wodehouse the 'nerve specialist' who disapproves of his daughter's marriage plans etc), but she stirs it all up to provide a pleasant result. Not the most baffling of mysteries, but an entertaining enough read. Strange spelling of 'gormless' though.
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Daisy Dalrymple finally plucks up courage to go to the dentist only to find the dentist dead in his own chair having apparently been poisoned by Nitrous Oxide gas. Suicide? Accident? Or Murder? Daisy thinks it is murder - the local police are not convinced and favour suicide or accident until Daisy points out one or two discrepancies to them. Scotland Yard is called in, in the person of Daisy's husband Alec Fletcher and Daisy starts asking questions amongst her friends and acquaintances.

This is an entertaining and at times amusing mystery story which shows how much goes on under the surface in any society. It also shows how trivial things can catch people out even if they think they have hidden what they are doing. I thought the way people's propensity to gossip was very well done especially the difference between the malicious gossips and those who do it because they're interested in people.

I like the way the author is developing the relationship between Daisy and her husband and her mother-in-law. Her step-daughter, Belinda does not feature as much in this story as in some but as ever what the reader sees of her is interesting and amusing. The plot is quite complex and I completely failed to spot the murderer in spite of the relatively small number of suspects. I recommend this series to anyone who likes their crime novels with interesting and well drawn characters and entertaining plots.
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on 19 May 2017
Love Daisy in these books, but again guessed the murder early on, but as usual love the characters in these books.
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on 5 August 2017
A great read.
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on 12 May 2012
I have all the Daisy Dalrymple books and this is one of my favourites. It's just like the Poirot story where the dentist is found dead in his chair but not as intricate as an Agatha Christie novel and much more fun to solve with Daisy around.

Daisy and Alec are such a lovely couple and we learn a lot more about their happy family life and the one big problem of trying to keep the senior Mrs. Fletcher in hand. It may be that in this book a solution to this problem is not far off. Alec has the finances all worked out and Mrs. Fletcher senior the baggage but you'll have to read the story to find out exactly what happens.

What makes this series work is the wonderful attention to detail and to the social history of the period before the Second World War. The social and cultural backdrop to the actual crime is as fascinating as the solution at the end.

Perfect reading for a summer Sunday afternoon and once you've tried one Daisy book you'll find you must read the whole series.
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