Heirs of the Body (Daisy Dalrymple #21)
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 ...more
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 ...more
As Edward’s 50th birthday approaches, his lawyer starts loo ...more
Daisy and her husban ...more
However apart from g ...more
I studied law and love Wills (yes I know that's weird) and find all this inheritance by heirs of the first blood / the half blood etc etc fascinating, especially the historical stuff. And I do love a traditional country house mystery, so this is probably one of my favourite in the series.
I can't believe this is no 21! It seems l ...more
Daisy, who invites confidences wherever she goes, because of her "guileless blue eyes", or so her husband Detective Inspector Alec Fletc ...more
Yeah, you're right. The pre-murder foreplay is steadily getting longer in this series, and the reason is simple enough; once the police investigation starts the quality time with Daisy is over and what's left is endless interviews with the suspects and very little else.
I've read many a review here on Goodreads pointing out what a drag that is, husband/detective Alec taking up far to much time and space, his spouse outperking him by miles and the police procedures being ...more
I did figure out whodunit, but I didn't have all the puzzle pieces together. I did figure out what happened to Martha and why - but Daisy seemed to be a little slow on that one.
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...more
This is, I think, the 21st of the series. Daisy is now married, has twins, and still the nicely involved, original, enjoyable stori ...more
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.
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