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Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,922 ratings  ·  340 reviews

No stranger to sprawling country estates, well-heeled Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground at Wentwater Court to cover a story for Town & Country magazine. But her interview gives way to interrogation when suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a chilly end on the tranquil skating pond.

With evidence that his death was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotl

Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published by Robinson (first published January 1st 1994)
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This lighthearted Downton Abbey era 1920’s mystery totally charmed me. Daisy Dalrymple comes from a titled family, but after her brother was killed in the Great War and her father died in the flu epidemic their estate passed to a distant relative (shades of Jane Austen!) leaving the remaining female family members somewhat impoverished. Daisy is quite cheerful about working for a living though, and being a society girl doors open for her, so she’s off to Wentwater Court to to write a story for T ...more
An entertaining cosy...

It’s 1923, and the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has broken with tradition by getting a job. Hired by an up-market magazine to write articles on stately homes, her aristocratic background is useful in allowing her to mingle on an equal footing with the owners and their families. So as the book begins, Daisy is on her way to stay at Wentwater Court, home of the Earl of Wentwater.

Daisy is not the only guest and she soon finds that the house is filled w
A very enjoyable first installment in the Daisy Dalrymple series, one that would definitely please fans of historical mysteries. This, I think, is one of those series that are far better read in order. I had actually picked up Dead in the Water (Book 6) by mistake a long time ago and remember not liking it half as much as I liked this one. In hindsight, I realize it's because the latter books jump straight into the mystery without much backstory, and you barely know either Daisy or Alec (as most ...more
The first book in the Daisy Dalrymple series set in England in 1923 fills in many of the details of Daisy’s background. First, her losses – her dear brother Gervaise’s death in WWI, her fiancé Michael’s death, her father’s death from the deadly influenza epidemic, and her family home passing on to the next male heir, a cousin.
Faced with living with her cousin and her “ghastly” mother, Daisy, daughter of a Viscount, chooses to move in with her photographer friend, Lucy Fotheringay and bear the di
Olga Godim
Reading this book was pure, unmitigated pleasure. Although it is the first novel of the series, it’s not the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery I’ve read. I have already read several others in no particular order and I have to admit: I enjoyed them all. I love the lead characters, I love the setting – England in the 1920s – and I absolutely adore Carola Dunn’s easy and expressive writing style. Especially her sweet British vocabulary, which makes the experience of reading her novels so delightful.
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Y
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

Death At Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

For a long time I have wanted to start the Carola Dunn series. Finally, I have finished the first book in the series, "Death At Wentwater Court." The first book is very good. I have already put the second book of the series on hold at the library.

My one misgiving was that at the beginning there were so many characters being thrown at me. I worried whether it would be necessary to write the characters names down on pape
This was my first book by Carola Dunn, and I was entertained by it. This book reminded me of the current "Royal" series by Rhys Bowen. I enjoyed the character of Daisy Dalrymple, as well as that of Detective Alec Fletcher. I like historical mysteries, so am glad to have found this entertaining series.

Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has elected to work in the early 1920's rather than be dependant upon family members. She heads to Wentwater Court to write a magazine article, but shortly a
This is a nice gentle read. A great choice is you do not want anything too challenging.

It is set in the 1920's and I grew to really like Daisy. I did really hate the resolution to the case but maybe it is true to the time period it is set in I am not sure. The few pages did reassure me about other books in the series.

This is not a series that I will go and buy myself but I will actively look for them in the library and charity shops so I can continue Daisy's story.
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2 Jan 1923 p 10. Honorable Daisy Dalrymple 25 p 10 "sparkle in her blue eyes" p 177 prefers to work for prestigious Town and Country magazine after her father dies. "A sad loss to the House of Lords. That wretched influenza decimated our ranks" p 23. Her aristocratic position allows her to be assertive, write about exclusive estates. For photos, she bows to an imaginary Mr Carswell "down with the flu" p 23. Her mother will never forgive cousin Edgar for inheriting Fairacres.

Lady Marjorie Beddow
Ah ha ha! I love these British mysteries. When Lord Stephen is found expired face-down in an estate skating pond, an apparent drowning victim after falling through the ice, one of the foppish bystanders remarks, "'Jolly rotten luck, having a guest drown in one's ornamental water.'" Hee hee hee.
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I loved this little book! Lots of cool stuff to look up: Dundee cake (what is it?), a magazine called _The Armchair Detective_ (was it real?), kedgeree (eaten for breakfast - what the hay?), Gentl
Januar 1923: Honourable Daisy Dalrymple darf ihren ersten Artikel für das Town and Country Magazine über Wentwater Court und seine Bewohner schreiben. Die ländliche Idylle währt nicht lange, ein Gast des Hauses, Stephen Astwick, wird in einem Loch im Eis des Sees ertrunken aufgefunden.

Die Golden Twenties sind auch das Golden Age des Kriminalromans und ganz in diesem Stile verhält sich dieses Buch: die Upper Class, ein überschaubarer Kreis von Verdächtigen, Befragungen der Zeugen und ein ausführl
BOTTOM LINE: #1 Daisy Dalrymple, January 1923, rural England; cosy police procedural, historical, gently satirical. A nasty young man falls through thin ice in the early dawn, and pretty much everyone is rather glad to see him gone.

Classic setting: a grand house, lots of servants with nice manners, family members mostly with good manners, several interesting guests ditto, and Daisy. Although much of the story is taken up with police procedures of the time, it’s mainly focused through Daisy, who
Nov 30, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of 1920s murder mysteries, Cold Comfort Farm
Shelves: historical
As sweet and comfortably domestic as a murder mystery can be. When the Honorable Daisy Dalyrmple visits a school chum's ancestral home to write a magazine article, she does not expect to find a roiling mess of emotions and secrets. The earl's new wife is young, beautiful, and clearly caught up in something with the underhanded Lord Stephen. And when Lord Stephen is found dead, everyone is a suspect.

Daisy and her new friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, try to sort out the tangled loyalties and
This was so much fun to read. It's set in the 1920s and full of (undoubtedly over-the-top) 20s slang and a 'jolly ho' kind of talking. The characters are very engaging, I found myself wondering who'd committed the murder by going over all their personalities and motives etc, which I don't often do when reading crime novels for some reason. What did disappoint me was the way in which the murderer was revealed, I can imagine you'd miss it if you weren't careful. Quite anticlimactic. I'm also not t ...more
Lisa C
Fans of Downton Abbey looking for another way to immerse themselves in the Edwardian era will be a little disappointed by the lack of historical detail in this work. Although the stunning estate with strong-minded post-war females is in place, these details serve only as a light dressing to the storyline and aren't well explored. As a light mystery, however, it's reasonably engaging. Then convention used to place the female protagonist in the action is cute at first, but becomes tiresome and dif ...more
Picture 1920s England. This is where the Daisy Dalrymple series starts, when Daisy is an up and coming journalist/author in a male-dominated field. She's young and lively. And when she's at the parts for the Wentwater family on its estate, she witnesses a murder. When Detective Alec Fletcher from Scotland Yard come on scene, there's some chemistry between them, a possible romance. And even if you're royalty, things take center stage and go on the hot seat. It's up to Daisy to figure out about th ...more
A charity shop find, my local oxfam had a whole batch of Daisy books with their brightly coloured spines shining out of the crime section. Obviously I couldn't leave them there!

Death at Wentwater Court is a real Sunday afternoon book. Perfect for kicking back in the garden and relaxing, easy to follow but not horribly predicatable (it is a mystery book after all).

It is light and a bit silly, but the characters are fun and you can't help but be charmed by Daisy and her dashing hero Chief Inspec
This is a classic British cozy. Daisy is a "modern" woman trying to make it on her own in 1920's England. Since she is part of the British peerage, she snags a job for a magazine to write articles on the great estates of England. Her first assignment is at Wentwater Court, a grand old Tudor estate. No sooner than she arrives, one of the guests in the home falls through the ice and drowns, or did he???[return][return]This is the first of the series. I enjoy Daisy and her interactions with others. ...more
Overall, meh. A few of the characters have a spark of life (only a skosh), but others are light pencil sketches. The plot is a bit dull, what with a country estate, interactions with the gentry, and a ho-hum twist. There were several points at which the detective and The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple would dismiss another character as a suspect because they were likable. Really? I skimmed the next book or two in the series and found the same flaws flitting through the first installment in the series ...more
While I have enjoyed reading some great books lately, this one hooked me from the first chapter. Instead of taking a week to read it, I read it in three days.
The Character Days Dalrymple had me hooked. I know this is a reprint of the 1994 edition and a series I have always been interested in, so of course I snatched it up when I was at the bookstore.

Carola Dunn does a fantastic job of writing historical fiction. I admit I do not know England except through books, but I am very familiar with th
Jennifer Oberth
I love the characters in this book.

I had trouble getting into the story - I liked it, loved the 1920's language, the British setting and thoroughly enjoyed Daisy. I think my problem was the narration. I didn't get sucked inside the world at Wentwater Court, I was more a voyeur, a shadow squirreled away behind the curtain, rather than right there in the thick of things. Maybe that was Daisy herself. She had no loyalties as she was a stranger in the house, there was nothing to latch onto. She incl
Delightful. This is the first I've read in this series and I gave it five stars not because it's great literature (it's not, particularly) but because it's such a nicely executed example of the type. Daisy Dalrymple is a young woman of the aristocratic class in 1920's Britain, who is forced through circumstances to chose between living with her whiney and dependent mother, living as a dependent of her brother and his wife, or making a living. Daisy chooses to try her hand at free lance journalis ...more
The Honourable Miss Daisy Dalrymple is the daughter of a viscount in 1923 England. (A viscount is one step above a baron and one step below an earl, in case you didn't know.) Her father died from influenza. Her fiance and brother both died in the war. Her cousin inherited the title and estate and now lives there with Daisy's mother. And without Daisy herself. Daisy lives with her friend, Lucy, and has just landed a gig as a freelance writer for Town & Country magazine. Her assignment is to p ...more
Ugh. Well that was a flat story.Flat like an opened Coke bottle that has resided in the fridge for over a week, and in a moment of desperation for something sweet and refreshing you lunge for said beverage and gulp it down, only to fall weeping to the floor as you try to scrape away the sensation of fizz-less syrup congealing to your tongue, and no feeling of satisfaction to be found anywhere.

I thought I could happily get away with reading a fun, light, mystery. One that happened to be magically
Kind of inoffensive version of the classic British cozy. It's a locked door mystery in which the victim and suspects are all guests at an English manor house. This is the first in the Daisy Dalyrumple amateur detective series about an aristocratic young woman who works as a journalist to be independent. She solves the mystery because everyone loves her and opens up to her spilling their deepest secrets. Silly.
I listened to this book from After about the first 90 minutes of listening I was ready to throw in the towel and give up on it, which is something I would hardly ever consider. But I kept plowing on and I am very glad I did. The story picked up and became much more interesting and I found myself starting to enjoy the book.

I thought I would give this series a try after having read all of the Phryne Fisher novels by Kerry Greenwood. When I first started the book I did not think that
This was a great, quick read that felt like a mash-up of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, with a dash of Dorothy L. Sayers. Sometimes the dialogue felt a bit stilted and overly reliant on slang to assist with the 1920s setting, possibly because it was written in the 90s. However, highly enjoyable, especially if you like the cozy British mystery genre.
It is as it the author did not want to offend her readers. The good are rewarded and the bad are punished. No real surprises here. It was an easy read though too predictable like Jessica Fletcher in the twenties. Since there are so many Daisy mysteries I might pick up another one. But first I'll read the latest Maisie Dobbs who wins hands down!!
I'm sure she was trying to make it "authentic," but the 20s slang seemed overdone to me. Also, maybe the character matures in later books, but I didn't really like her "well, I like that person so he/she couldn't have done it" mentality. Aren't journalists supposed to have more objectivity?
I wasn't sure whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. I've decided to do the former as this book has one thing I absolutely hate in whodunnits - the mystery resolved itself with almost no actions on the side of the detective(s). Also, whether I wasn't able to figure out the culprit, the main big secret that made it so difficult for the characters to find out who killed was painfully easy to guess.

Still, the book is not bad. It is written in a very nice way, the times in which the action takes place ar
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Carola Dunn is the author of more than 30 Regency romances, as well as 16 mysteries (the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s). Ms. Dunn was born and grew up in England, where she got a B.A. in Russian and French from Manchester University. She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California. After 30 years in the US, she says she still sounds as if she a ...more
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