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Gone West: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple #20)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  534 ratings  ·  80 reviews
In September 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher visits Sybil Sutherby, a school friend now secretary to a novelist supporting a house of hangers-on by thrice-yearly Westerns. Sybil took over while Humphrey Birtwhistle was ill, sales increased, and she suspects someone is poisoning him - until he suddenly dies. Daisy investigates.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published January 17th 2012)
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Sadly this book was just very meh. It took over one hundred pages (about a third of the book) till the murder happened which is just too long. I appreciate some setup but not at that lengths.

Additionally I just didn't care for the characters that much. Usually Dunn is really good at introducing a set of characters from really likeable to absolute jerks (though thankfully the jerks aren't always the murderers) but here almost everybody acted horribly and annoying (with the exception of Daisy's ol
Bev Taylor
a daisy dalrymple mystery

daisy is asked to visit an old school friend sybil - who she has not seen for years - as she is concerned about the household she is living in

she is working as the secretary to a well known writer but is convinced that someone is trying to murder him

but who? u certainly have a rum bunch of characters to choose from

when the murder is committed daisy's husband, alex, a d.i. from scotland yard is called in an the game is afoot

enjoyable though i had my suspicions early
2012, #20 Daisy Dalrymple, rural England, 1926
Daisy helps out when a friend’s boss, a reclusive author, appears to have been poisoned
[genteel cosy, almost four stars]

Daisy wasn’t close to Sybil Sutherby when they were at school together, but when Sybil tells her an intriguing story and asks for her help Daisy (of course!) can’t resist. She travels to Eeyrie Farm to visit Sybil for a couple of days, and meets a motley group of people, the Birtwhistle family, where Sybil works as the author’s pers
The year is 1926. It is September when Daisy’s old school friend, Sybil Sutherby, contacts her regarding the mysterious happenings in the home of her employer. Her employer is noted author Humphrey Birtwhistle, who pens American westerns under a pseudonym. Because of his long three year long illness, Sybil has actually been writing his most recent stories. Since she began writing the stories, sales have increased and so has demand for the stories. When Daisy arrives, she finds an odd group resid ...more
If you like Agatha Christie you'll like Carola Dunn, who writes with the dame's ease. This mystery has a classic feel to it that invites a reader to light a fire in the study and retreat to that easy chair next to it, cup of tea in hand and the little Jack Russell terrier at your feet. The story is a "who done it" puzzle as easy to enjoy as a drift down one of England's canals.

Writer Dunn is an expat Brit living in Eugene, Oregon. If you're English and land in the United States, it's hard to im
Daisy's back! More, in Gone West(1), she's gone to visit rambling English houses again and having to deal with an eccentric family, untangling their motivations and helping them sort out their personal lives while she's at it.

After Anthem For a Doomed Youth I was worried. Not that Anthem for a Doomed Youth, was a bad book, but it was much more Alec's book than Daisy's, and more police procedural than cozy, and Daisy and her visits to old English houses are what hooked me on this series.

In Gone
Jann Barber
Several years ago, I read nine or ten of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries and enjoyed them all. Then, I wandered away from Daisy and rather forgot about her.

I was excited to win a copy of "Gone West" through the Goodreads first-reads program, and enjoyed running into many familiar characters once again.

As always, I like the fact that Daisy is an independent thinker during a period of time when it was mortifying to find a woman of a certain class holding a job. Since Daisy's father died of illness a
For me there's something very appealing about this light - some might even go so far as to call it frothy - series featuring Daisy Dalrymple, wife of DI Alec Fletcher, writer of travel articles and mother of twins as well as stepmother to Alec's daughter, Belinda, the daughter of his deceased first wife. The series takes place in 20's Britain, still in some pain as a result the loss of so many young men in WWI. Happily, Carola Dunn knows how to write otherwise this might have joined the list of ...more
It's been a while since I've read Gone West, but I've read the entire Dalrymple series, and they're thoroughly enjoyable. Daisy is a modern young woman of the 1920s from an aristocratic background who's married a former RAF pilot and Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher. The series paints a colorful picture of the time period through descriptions of fashion to trends in slang and daily goings-on in either London or the English countryside. I've always liked that Dunn's unapologetic about the pe ...more
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Once again, Daisy is on the scene when a murder occurs… and once again, Superintendent Crane of Scotland Yard sends Daisy’s husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, to catch the killer – and not incidentally, to keep Daisy out of trouble. If you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the appalling frequency with which Daisy finds herself involved in murder (an inevitable problem for any cozy mystery series, and one which Dunn addresses at l
Cheryl A
In this latest installment of the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series, Daisy has been invited by an old school chum, Sybil, to visit the farm estate where she works as a private secretary to a writer. Sybil feels that there is something "off" about her employers' continuing illness and wants Daisy's opinion. The farm is a full of miscellaneous relatives and visitors, including two young men seemingly besotted with Myra, the young lady of the house. When the author, Humphrey Birtwhistle, turns up dead ...more
Another good book by Carola Dunn. Daisy's friend, Sybil is afraid that something strange is going on in the home she lives and works in. Sybil is secretary to an author, Humphrey Birtwhistle, who is having strange fits of weakness. While Humphrey has been ill, Sybil has filled in his story outline and the book has sold better than his previous ones. Now Humphrey only gets better long enough to outline another book and takes to his bed while Sybil writes it. Is he being poisoned by a family membe ...more
I received this book from a giveaway at Goodreads. It is an Advance Reading Copy of "Gone West" by Carola Dunn. I was very impressed with the amount of detail the author went into. I got hooked the very first chapter.

This book is a murder mystery but the murder doesn't happen right away. First the author gives insight into the characters and then the murder happens. You have to pay real close attention to what the author is saying about each character because it gives very subtle clues as to who
Ann aka Iftcan
In this, the latest Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Daisy is headed to Derbyshire to help out an old school friend. Sybil, the friend, has come to Daisy because she thinks someone is drugging her boss, a somewhat mysterious writer. Daisy gets there, re-assures Sybil that the people she'd been suspecting couldn't have been doing anything to the writer and prepares to head back home only to have (drum roll) the author die of mysterious causes--causes that the doctor thinks are murder. Daisy's long-suffer ...more
This was a fine story, with a charming setting and somewhat likable characters. But it wasn't a mystery. By the time the murder occurred (it's a murder mystery -- not giving anything away there), there was only one possible suspect, which was confirmed by the murderer's actions.
I am a fan of light mysteries and always enjoy a country house murder or story about an adventurous, aristocratic young woman who lands in the center of a murder. Carola Dunn's new novel, Gone West, has all of the elements that I enjoy in a mystery, yet it failed to entertain me.

Something, or perhaps quite a few things were missing. The plot was thin; the characters needed embellishing; and the pace was plodding. For a book that is written as a confection, this was like a cake prepared without t
Daisy visits her friend, Sybil, who is ghost writing old West novels, and murder ensues. It took me forever to finish this book, not the author's fault, more the fault of March madness and personal issues. Just not in the mood.
I enjoyed this enough to finish it, but not quite enough to really relish it. The motivation for the crime is pretty thin, and I don't think the characterization of the villain is strong enough to pull off that kind of sociopathic act. I also (I'll admit) kind of missed the more domestic scenes (or at least private moments if they're on the road) between Daisy and Alec. There was very little of them together, other than the obligatory scenes of his exasperation at her involvement alternating wit ...more
I usually love the mysteries in this series, but for some reason, I didn't find this one as good as the others. The book seemed to move very slowly, without a lot of action and at times seemed confusing and repetitive. Part of this impression may be due to my being tired while reading, but I don't think that was the only reason. The usual characters made an appearance, albeit it small in the case of DS Tring and DC Piper. The murder itself, took a while to get to and the culprit and the reasonin ...more
Alan Leach
Carola Dunn,s Daisy Dalrymple Series of crime books based in the 1920's make for a nice relaxing read you could let your Granny read
I love reading mysteries, although I usually don't read mysteries set in the past. It is always fascinating to get a look at how people lived in another time. The book seemed to move a little slow, but I felt that was echoed in the slower pace of life in the early 1900s. The book was very character driven, and the murderer was not readily apparent to me. It did seem a little abrupt, when the narrator would suddenly switch from Daisy to her husband, the Scotland Yard detective. Other than that, t ...more
This is second book I have read by Carola Dunn and I find it to be much worse then the first one I read which was book #6 Dead in the Water in the series. This book is one of the latest novels in the series so we do not get much information on Daisy and her married life. I would have liked more information on this aspect of her life. However, this book just goes on and on about the minor characters in the book and the background scenery of where the murder takes place. Speaking of the murder, it ...more
Kay Webb
Started 16 July 14; Excellent story. I deduced who the murderer was, but not why that person did it.
Janet McCord
I was so proud of myself at the end in that I was right about who and how dunnit. Love spending time with Daisy and going along on her adventures! Such and enjoyable series.
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as usual really enjoyable. Daisy done it again.
Daisy goes to visit a friend who has asked her to get a feeling whether anything is wrong in the household where she works. While she's there there is a murder and, of course, her husband,a Scotland Yard inspector, is called in to solve the murder and keep Daisy out of any more trouble. Characters interesting but reason for the murder is sort of flat and doesn't seem to be that big enough deal to commit a murder. Story seemed a little dull but I'll continue to follow the series. They can't all b ...more
Judy Tate
The writing was excellent, but I just couldn't get the plot for some reason. It just seemed too complicated.
Olga Godim
A solid mystery. The plot is interesting and well-constructed, the tension hikes the way it should, and the heroine is her charming self. But I think the series is finally winding down. Daisy, so fresh and original in the earlier books, has matured, becoming a nice but ordinary English lady, and it’s not enough to sustain the series further.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. After reading a dozen others about Daisy (I’m a huge fan of the series), it felt like meeting an old friend, cozy and undemandi
Brenda Kirton
This book took me a while to read, mainly because my other books were randomly chosen library books, and I wanted a book I knew would be good in reserve. This book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this set of characters and the plot. Although I did guess the murderer a fair bit before the end, it was more because I had to pick someone rather than knowing the means, or specific clues pointing that direction. Wish there was a bit more of Tom Tring or Ernie Piper though. it will be a long wait ...more
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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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