Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Series #1)

Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Series #1)

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by Carola Dunn
     
 

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It's the early 1920s in England--the country is still recovering from the Great War and undergoing rapid social changes that many are not quite ready to accept. During this heady and tumultuous time, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, the daughter of a Viscount, makes a decision shocking to her class: rather than be supported by her relations, she will earn her

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It's the early 1920s in England--the country is still recovering from the Great War and undergoing rapid social changes that many are not quite ready to accept. During this heady and tumultuous time, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, the daughter of a Viscount, makes a decision shocking to her class: rather than be supported by her relations, she will earn her own living as a writer. Landing an assignment for Town&Country magazine for a series of articles on country manor houses, she travels to Wentwater Court in early January 1923 to begin research on her first piece. But all is not well there when she arrives. Lord Wentwater's young wife has become the center of a storm of jealousy, animosity, and, possibly, some not-unwanted amorous attention, which has disrupted the peace of the bucolic country household.
Still, this is as nothing compared to the trouble that ensues when one of the holiday guests drowns in a tragic early-morning skating accident. Especially when Daisy discovers that his death was no accident....
In a series debut that is sure to delight fans of the classic British cosy mystery, Death at Wentwater Court brings readers old and new back to the "golden age" of mystery.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This lively mystery debut introduces the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, who has taken a job to ensure her independence--an unusual step for the daughter of a viscount in 1922. Her first assignment for Town and Country takes her to Wentwater Court at Christmastime to write about the Wentwater family. Her visit is disrupted by unwelcome guest and--according to Lady Josephine--``utter cad'' Lord Stephen Astwick. When Astwick's body is found floating under the ice in the estate's lake, attractive Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher arrives on the scene. Daisy's photos of the victim, showing ax marks in the ice, suggest the death is murder and prompt Fletcher to enlist her as his stenographer during his investigations. With the entire family, from the earl to his grandchildren, under suspicion, Daisy takes on the role of liaison between landed and working classes. Astwick's indiscretions come to light and disclose more motives for murder at Wentwater Court. Inquisitive and sympathetic, Daisy identifies the murderer, suggests a solution pleasing to most of the family and secures the possibility of romance in her future. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466820616
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/15/1994
Series:
Daisy Dalrymple Series , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
61,580
File size:
251 KB

Meet the Author

Carola Dunn was born and raised in England, where she attended the University of Manchester. She is the author of numerous historical novels, but this is her first mystery. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.


CAROLA DUNN is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple, including Sheer Folly, Gone West and Heirs to the Body, as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Death At Wentwater Court: The First Daisy Dalrymple Mystery 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole series!
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56BookLover More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and a very fun read. I love the mystery without the dark and depressing that are a lot of mysteries. I'm looking forward to reading several more.
PappyPE More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea. Slow and a silly story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many mysteries and many period pieces of 1920's and 1930's England. I was able to follow most of the conversations. However, the story flow seemed rushed with so many characters introduced at the same time with little or no character development. Some conversations seemed incomplete or dislocated. I couldn't even get half way through before giving up in disgust.