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"In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house in Hampstead, on the outskirts of London, from a recently deceased great-uncle. It's fortunate because he and his wife, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, are the recent proud parents of twins and their house is practically bursting at the seams. Though in need of a bit of repair and updating, this new, larger house seems a godsend, set in a small circle of houses, with a communal garden, and with Hampstead Heath nearby - the setting is idyllic." Idyllic, that is,
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"In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house in Hampstead, on the outskirts of London, from a recently deceased great-uncle. It's fortunate because he and his wife, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, are the recent proud parents of twins and their house is practically bursting at the seams. Though in need of a bit of repair and updating, this new, larger house seems a godsend, set in a small circle of houses, with a communal garden, and with Hampstead Heath nearby - the setting is idyllic." Idyllic, that is, until a dead body shows up half-hidden under the bushes of the communal garden. Now rumors of bootleggers, American gangsters, and an international liquor smuggling operation via black ships have turned everything in their new neighborhood upside down. Alec is assigned by Scotland Yard to ferret out the truth behind the dastardly dead - but it's up to Daisy to find out who the dead man is, what his relationship to her new neighbors is, why he was murdered, and who did him in!
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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Dunn's diverting 17th Daisy Dalrymple 1920s mystery (after 2007's The Bloody Tower), Daisy and her Scotland Yard detective husband, Alec Fletcher, have inherited a large house from Alec's great-uncle near London's Hampstead Heath. While the couple are delighted with the extra space for their growing family, they have doubts about their new neighbors. Then the maid discovers a dead body in the garden one morning, and Daisy and Alec become entangled in a case involving bootleggers, American gangsters and black ships (e.g., rum-running vessels). Meanwhile, the nanny can't get used to the idea that Daisy as a modern mother actually wants to play with her babies. Dunn provides an intriguing view of the Prohibition era from the English perspective, besides casting a witty light on the social changes of the day. (Sept.)

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A sleuthing couple who move to a new home suspect their new neighbors of murder. The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple and her Scotland Yard detective husband Alec Fletcher are about to take up residence in No. 6, Constable Circle even though the lawyer for Alec's uncle's estate seems unenthusiastic. But a chance to move their growing family into a large, albeit shabby, house is too good to pass up. As it turns out, the lawyer's daughter is part of the Jessups, purveyors of fine wines and spirits and the charming family who live next door. When the Fletchers' honeymoon acquaintance, hapless ex-FBI agent Lambert, now tracking down bootleggers for the Treasury Department, arrives on their doorstep with no money or papers, they take him in, little knowing the trouble he will cause. Nicely settled in their refurbished house, they bid farewell to domestic bliss when a man is found murdered in the gardens outside their home and Alec gets the case. The dead man proves to be an Italian-American enforcer whom Daisy had seen leaving the Jessups' house. Daisy feels sure her new neighbors, who admit to shipping spirits to the United States, can't be cold-blooded murderers and sets out to prove it despite Alec's usual resistance to her meddling. Ever-curious Daisy (The Bloody Tower, 2007, etc.) adds an interesting take on Prohibition to her modest mystery.
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"Dunn provides an intriguing view of the Prohibition era from the English perspective, besides casting a witty light on the social changes of the day."

Publishers Weekly on Black Ship

 

"An interesting take on Prohibition."

Kirkus Reviews on Black Ship

 

"Entertaining and well researched."

Romantic Times on Black Ship

 

"Delicious...pleasantly reminiscent of the old-fashioned English mysteries of a bygone era." — Denver Post on Gunpower Plot

 

"Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece." — Publishers Weekly on The Bloody Tower

 

"The period sense remains vivid, the characterizations are excellent, and the mysteries are, if anything, more perplexing than ever." — The Oregonian on Rattle His Bones

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312363079
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Daisy Dalrymple Series , #17
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carola Dunn

Carola Dunn is the author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Fans of this strong historical mystery series will appreciate this

    In 1925 with the death of his great uncle, Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher inherits a fixer upper home on the outer rim of London. He and his wife Daisy Dalrymple are excited by the size of the large house as they feared space for their growing family although neither is pleased with their neighbors. Still with their babies, who Daisy enjoys spending time with, the house came to them at the right time not that either wanted up in the relative to die.--------------- Soon after moving into the Hampstead Heath house, their maid finds a corpse in the garden. Alec begins officially investigating while Daisy sleuths too starting with who he is. Soon the married couple find the case focuses on bootlegging of rum on black ships in which American mobsters are muscling their way into a piece of the action.-------------- Fans of this strong historical mystery series will appreciate the latest entry as the English gentry and servant class perspective to the American inanity called Prohibition makes for a roaring twenties tale. The whodunit is fun, but as with the entire Honorable Daisy Dalrymple saga it is the sense of time and place that brings enthralled readers to a bygone era.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoy ventage British mysteries and this series, although new, is very similar to 1920's books of Agatha Christi and Dorothy Sayers. Fun reads, but really an escape. Nothing hard hitting here. It is also nice there are a lot of them. The writer is very consistent through the whole series.

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