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Heirs of the Body (Daisy Dalrymple #21)

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The Daisy Dalrymple series continues in Heirs of the Body—when one of four potential claimants to the title of Lord Dalrymple dies a sudden, nasty death, the question on everyone’s mind is, “was it murder”?

In the late 1920s in England, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar — i.e. the Lord Dalrymple. About to turn fifty, Lord Dalrympl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published December 5th 2013)
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Olga Godim
The latest installment in the Daisy Dalrymple series, this cozy murder mystery was a delight to read. As always, Daisy and her husband Alec Fletcher, the DCI from Scotland Yard, are in the thick of it, but this time, the action takes place too close to Daisy’s heart – in her ancestral home Fairacres. After her father and brother’s death, the estate now belongs to a distant cousin Edward, but unfortunately, he and his wife are childless.
As Edward’s 50th birthday approaches, his lawyer starts loo
The Daisy Dalrymple books are my all-time favourite escapism-and-fluffiness reading: I only discovered them about three years ago, but since then I've worked my way gleefully through all 20 extant novels before having to wait for this one to be written and published.

Of course they're all majorly formulaic: in addition to the description of recurring characters which varies little from book to book*, they nearly always involve a murder** in some upper-class setting***, and while they don't (inten
The latest in the Daisy Dalrymple series is a fun romp in post WWI Great Britain. Daisy is an "Honorable" but with no money of her own. Her father died without making any provision for her in his will, her elder brother and fiance were both killed in the Great War. Her mother, the dowager Viscountess, lives on the estate that she formerly ruled. Now, Cousin Edgar, a former schoolmaster and his wife, Geraldine, live there. They are pleasant, middle class people who have adapted to their higher es ...more
Usually I dislike it when crime-novels take ages till the first body appears (even more so in cozies somehow) and there were also one or two Lady Daisy novels that, in my opinion, suffered somewhat from taking a long time to 'set the scene' before the murder finally happens. Not so this one. I was very much glued to the pages even though I had a good idea who the victim would be a while before it happened. Nevertheless the whole story was intriguing enough to keep me reading.
However apart from g
Susan Oleksiw
This installment of the Daisy Dalrymple series is another leisurely foray into the world of the gentry and nobility. Edgar Dalrymple, the current viscount, has been made aware of the need to designate an heir to the title and estate. Since Edgar and his wife have no children, a search is launched for the putative heirs of the body (no adoptees allowed). Since the only line not thoroughly mined for heirs is that of a black sheep in the family several generations back, the legal search brings toge ...more
Daisy Fletcher is back and this time the mystery is very close to her former home, Fairacres. Cousin Edgar, the current Viscount Dalrymple has realized that it is time to find an heir since he and his wife are not getting one via the traditional method. Heirs of the body seem to be one of the Hot Themes of 2013-2014 as Rhys Bowen has a similar problem in her latest book. Daisy is asked to help go through the list of claimants to help determine which person has the most valid claim. Edward’s lawy ...more
When Daisy’s father, Viscount Dalrymple, died in the flu epidemic, the title (and the money) passed to his distant cousin Edgar. Since Edgar and his wife don’t have any children, they hired a lawyer to find the next heir to the viscountcy. After searching long and wide, in England, Jamaica, and South Africa among other places, several candidates were found and invited to Fairacres, the family seat. Daisy and Alec attend as well – they’ve been asked to use their detective skills to find out which ...more
When it comes to mysteries I like to mix in some lighter fare with the dark stuff, and for that I usually turn to either cozies or historical mysteries. One of my favourite historical mysteries released in 2013 is Heirs of the Body. Heirs of the Body is the 21st book in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series and it’s a good one. I love that it's set in the 1920s (one of my favourite decades) and in England because we get to see a bit of what it was like for an English woman back then. Though I think ...more
It is 1927. Daisy has been recruited to help her cousin Edgar identify the next heir to Fairacres, since he and his wife do not have children and Daisy, the last child of the previous earl, cannot inherit the entailed estate. With the help of the family solicitor, several candidates are identified immediately: one is a hotelier from Scarborough, one is a South African diamond merchant and two are from the Caribbean, descendants of Daisy's great grandfather's black sheep younger brother. They all ...more
Anne Borrowdale
This is the third Daisy Dalrymple mystery I've read. Set in the 1920s, they feature the aristocratic-but-married-to-common-detective Daisy and her sleuthing spouse. They're a light read, reasonably well written and plotted. I've found the opening chapters of all of them confusing, with lots of different and not easily distinguishable characters. Things became clearer as this one went on, and it's my favourite of the ones I've read so far. The Bloody Tower - set in the Tower of London - confused ...more
Nancy Reynolds
Oh, no. I only have one more book to go before I've completed the Daisy books (at least those written thus far). AND I have to wait until June 9th - when it actually is released to the public. Oh, well. This was another really great read - but could be confusing to keep all the possible heirs straight. It was lovely to get to know more of Daisy's family - and learn more about the complications of inheritance. And fun to keep us guessing what was going on throughout the book. Really fun. And now ...more

I picked this up because it was a detective novel set in the 1920s, and on that score it didn't disappoint. The book was entertaining but also occasionally pedantic—do we need to discuss the fee for a telegram in England circa 1920? That being said, ordinarily I would relish this sort of a discussion. The fact that I'm even cognizant (and even disparaging) of these historical quirks is because they broke the narrative rhythm.

Also, part of 'the mystery' in this book was frustratingly obvious. (vi

Victoria Brinius
I loved this book. It was a little hard to understand the relationship between Daisy and her husband. I enjoyed the era the book was set in. The mystery killer had to be found through sleuthing, because there was no DNA. It was interesting that Daisy was allowed in the interviews, etc. because a woman was not usually allowed to do that back then. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Night Owl Reviews, however all opinions are my own.
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It's been a while since I've last visited with Daisy. In this latest adventure she heads back to her old home Fairarces to help the current Lord of the Manor Edgar and his wife Geraldine look for a new heir. As Edgar and Geraldine have no children to inherit and the estate in entailed, it has to go to an heir who descends strictly from male bloodlines. After a notice is sent out, four probable heirs step forward. From England is Vincent who has made his money in the hotel business in South Afric ...more
Maria Thermann
It seemed to me that Carola Dunn's heart wasn't in this one, a novel dedicated to the many readers, who have fallen under the spell of amateur sleuth Daisy Dalrymple. This is less of a "who-dunnit" than a "why-do-it"? At the end of the novel I got the impression the author was washing her hands off the entire Dalrymple-clan with a heartfelt "good riddance".


Daisy, who invites confidences wherever she goes, because of her "guileless blue eyes", or so her husband Detective Inspector Alec Fletc
Daisy Fletcher is asked to get involved in assessing whether or not prospective heirs to what is now her cousin’s estate and title are legitimate. Edgar – the current Viscount Dalrymple – has no children and the estate has to go to the next male heir. Edgar invites the people who believe they are his heir to a house-party to celebrate his own birthday and his solicitor, Tommy Pearson – also a friend of Daisy’s – has to trawl through the paperwork and find out who is the heir.

Daisy and her husban
Nicole Gozdek
Rückkehr in die 1920er Jahre: "Heirs of the Body", bereits der 21. Band der historischen Krimireihe "Daisy Dalrymple" von Carola Dunn, versetzt uns wieder in die spannende Zeit, wo Polizeiarbeit noch aus der Befragung von Zeugen, Suche nach Motiven und belastendem Beweismaterial ohne DNA bestand. Das Motiv ist dieses Mal klar: Es geht um das Erbe des Titels Lord Dalrymple und des Anwesens Fairacres. Daisy Cousin Edgar, der nach dem Tod ihres Vaters den Titel erbte, und seine Frau sind nämlich ki ...more
Another highly enjoyable Daisy Dalrymple mystery! What's up this time? Daisy's cousin wants his lawyer, and Daisy, to find out who will inherit the Dalrymple viscountcy and estate. Daisy's father didn't prepare for his early death, and Daisy and her Mother lost their home and Daisy her title. As the possible heirs arrive at the family home, accidents begin to happen to the various distant family members. But are they accidents? Will daisy and her husband sort it all out? Thisis an excellent read ...more
This was definitely one of the best Daisy adventures. I really enjoyed it, though I will warn you there is a good deal of exposition. If you're the type of reader who wants an early "body drop," it might be best to skip this book. It was after Chapter 17 before the murder.

I would say I was guessing who the killer was until the end, but I was not. Even so it was fun and well-crafted. I thought the series was getting a bit formulaic, but this one was much more reminiscent of the earlier books.
I enjoy the DAISY is a return to the comfort of Nancy Drew...disguised for grown ups. I was slightly disappointed at the "mystery" component of this book. Transparent and even for a British Cozy just too easy to solve long before the last page. But how delightful to meet the potential heirs to the family estate. Daisy's long lost relatives are an interesting assortment. Hopefully they will continue to appear on future installments.
Norma Huss
This 1920s mystery involves the then British system of inheritance, with only male children allowed to inherit estates along with the title and how far back in the line they might look to find a suitable heir. This series star, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is helping to authenticate the varied claimants. Of course, murder is involved---but it doesn't show up right away.

This is, I think, the 21st of the series. Daisy is now married, has twins, and still the nicely involved, original, enjoyable stori
Diane Heath
This is latest Daisy Dalrymple story to my knowledge. It is great fun because her cousin Edgar, the current Lord Dalrymple, is searching for his heir. Dalrymples from France, South Africa and Jamaica arrive at Fairacres for a meet and greet reunion on Edgar's birthday. Strange accidents begin to occur leading to at least one dead heir. Which new "cousin" is killing off the competition and whobwill be Edgar's heir?
The latest in the Daisy Dalyrymple series finds Daisy trying to identify the rightful heir to her family’s title and estate. Filled with characters from the past and gentle criticism of England’s holding on to Victorian mores, this is a gentle read. Cousin Edgar’s passion about his study of butterflies and moths, with wonderful research imbedded in the plot, has unexpectedly caught my interest in the last few books. The many details about the small village in England and its inhabitants, the slo ...more
Laura Edwards
Carola Dunn is at her best right from the start. I just love Daisy! She had me laughing and smiling from beginning to end. And even though the mystery doesn't really kick in until about halfway through the book and I guessed the culprits early on, I didn't mind.
Daisy Dalrymple is called to help her cousin Edgar, the Lord Dalrymple, find an heir to the family estate and title. This book was good but got a little bogged down in titles and peerage lines. Good story but not the best use of Daisy.
Jennifer Warner
This book was not as good as some of the others. It dragged in places, got bogged down by complicated relationships, and the characters were not fleshed out well. Edgar in particular was extremely tiresome and unrealistic.
Love the British mysteries. Daisy is like a young hip Mrs. Marple. She is very helpful to her Scotland Yard husband when it comes to solving mysteries. The question of the rightful heir to a childless couple becomes a dangerous proposition. There is enough antics with the young people for lightness, color from the countryside, and a murder thrown in. Quite a nice read.
Daisy's cousin needs an heir as his fiftieth is approaching. This time the search is even farther back in the family tree and ads are placed all over for possible heirs. Four turn up in varying degrees of verisimilitude. Once they are altogether accidents start plaguing the household when one turns out deadly Alec takes over the investigation. I realized what must be going on but half hoped for a different resolution. Belinda gets a full role here along with Derek so that was quite fun.
Judy Tate
The whole Dalrymple clan get together to find the Earl's heir. Edgar has no children and so an heir must be found. Hi-jinks and low-jinks abound and a surprise in who catches the murderer. Lovely story.
I always enjoy the Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher mysteries. However, this one was especially fun. Lots of Dalrymple "family" stuff. Belinda and her cousins played a much larger role than usual.
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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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