Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries

This summer I stumbled upon Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple books and absolutely fell in love with them. I think I was looking for another Mrs. Jeffries book on Better World Books website and ran into Death At Wentwater Court, the first book in the series. The series is set in 1920s England and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is a 20-something magazine writer who happens to run into all sorts of murders and other mysteries. In the first book she meets Mr. Alec Fletcher, the Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard,  whom she starts solving crimes with and also falls in love with. Chief Inspector Fletcher is also smitten with Daisy from the start, but worried about the fact that she is upper-class and he is a policeman. He is also trying, without much success, to get Daisy to stop meddling with murder cases for her own safety's sake. But Daisy keeps finding herself in the middle of them and enjoys snooping around :)

Besides the fact the book series describes the 1920s England in a very entertaining way (I love the 1920s!), it's also a love story, which works for a romantic person like me :) The murder mysteries are thoroughly enjoyable as well. I love the humor and wittiness that the characters have in them and the language used - it's just spiffing! 

Here are the books so far (from Wikipedia):

Death At Wentwater Court (1994)
The Winter Garden Mystery (1995)
Requiem For A Mezzo (1996)
Murder On The Flying Scotsman (1997)
Damsel In Distress (1997)
Dead In The Water (1999)
Styx And Stones (1999)
Rattle His Bones (2000)
To Davy Jones Below (2001)
The Case Of The Murdered Muckraker (2002)
Mistletoe And Murder (2002)
Die Laughing (2003)
A Mourning Wedding (2004)
Fall Of A Philanderer (2005)
Gunpowder Plot (2006)
The Bloody Tower (2007)
Black Ship (2008)
Sheer Folly (2009)
Anthem For Doomed Youth (2011)
Gone West (2012)

So far I've read the first six books and just started reading Styx and Stones today. They are a light read, I usually finish a book in two days (I usually read them while lil man is napping). If you like light murder mysteries with a hint of romance, you'll love the Daisy Dalrymple books!

Hope everyone is having the most wonderful week!

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