Heirs of the body A Daisy Dalrymple mystery

Carola Dunn

Book - 2013

"In the late 1920's in England, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar--i.e. the Lord Dalrymple. About to turn fifty, Lord Dalrymple decides it is time to find out who would be the heir to the viscountcy. With the help of the family lawyer, who advertises Empire-wide, they have come up with four potential claimants. For his fiftieth birthday, Edgar invites those would-be heirs--along with Daisy and the rest of the family--to Fairacres, the family ...estate. In the meantime, Daisy is asked to be the family's representative at the lawyer's interviews with the claimants. Those four are a hotelier from Scarborough, a diamond merchant from South Africa, a young mixed-raced boy from Trinidad, and a sailor from Jamaica. However, according to his very pregnant wife, the sailor has gone missing. Daisy and Alec must uncover a conspiracy if they are going to stop the killing in the latest from the accomplished master of the genre, Carola Dunn"--

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Dunn, Carola. the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries.
Mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2013.
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292 pages ; 22 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

The long-running Daisy Dalrymple series, set in England in the late 1920s, adds another smart, engaging title. Daisy is charged with helping her cousin Edgar and his wife sort through a convoluted and gap-filled family history to discover who is his rightful heir. Inquiries from Daisy's attorney brother bring forth some interesting candidates from the family lines throughout the world, but as time passes, the issue becomes still murkier as proposed heirs, gathered at a party, become victims first of accidents and then murder. Daisy and her Scotland Yard detective husband, Alec, disagree over her involvement in the crime, but Daisy's clever and loving approach to finding answers helps assuage the tension. Slow pacing and complicated family story lines impede the narrative flow a bit, but the immersive period details, appealing main characters, and surprising plot turns generate enough momentum to take readers to the satisfying finish. Fans of Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear will find the same depth and feisty female characters here.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in 1927, Dunn's entertaining 21st Daisy Dalrymple mystery (after 2012's Gone West) takes Daisy to her childhood home, Fairacres, in Worcestershire. Daisy's cousin, Lord Dalrymple, needs her help vetting candidates for designation as heir apparent to his title and estate. A number of claimants from the far corners of the British Empire, including a South African diamond merchant and a Jamaican sailor, gather at Fairacres, where drawing-room manners clash with colonial informality and ignorance, much to Daisy's mother's dismay. When strange accidents begin to happen, Daisy and her Scotland Yard inspector husband, Alec Fletcher, suspect that one of the candidates will go to great lengths to establish his right of inheritance-perhaps as far as murder. Daisy and Alec must do their utmost to discover a possible killer and protect the innocent as well as the legitimate heir. Fans of Downtown Abbey will be delighted. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

Lord Dalrymple is turning 50 and needs Daisy's help figuring out the family tree. Some disreputable characters come out of the woodwork hoping to claim rights as heirs. Dunn is up to number 21 in her witty historical cozy series (after Gone West). (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

In 1920s England, a family mystery offers the aristocratic wife of a police officer new scope for her sleuthing. The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher's family is currently headed by her childless cousin Edgar, Lord Dalrymple, a former schoolmaster with a passion for butterflies and moths. Upon the death of Daisy's father and brother, Edgar inherited the title and estates. Now, he's trying to find the male heir who will eventually succeed him. After advertising worldwide, the family lawyer has come up with a list of possible claimants, all descended from one man, and gives the ever-inquisitive Daisy permission to sit in on the interviews. The four possible heirs are a South African diamond merchant, a Scarborough hotelier with a French connection, a mixed-race boy from Trinidad, and a Jamaican sailor whose pregnant wife has come to England to forward his claim since he is currently not to be found. All the prospective heirs are invited to join Daisy, her husband, Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher, their children and other relatives at Fairacres to celebrate Edgar's 50th birthday. A series of unsettling incidents reaches a climax with the death of one of the possible heirs. Was it accident or murder? The lucky sailor arrives just in time to come under suspicion, leaving Daisy and Alec to discover which of the claimants is the true heir and which is willing to kill to forward his claim. Perhaps not the strongest of Daisy's period mysteries (Gone West, 2012, etc.), but another charming valentine for fans of classic British mysteries.]]]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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