106th out of 116 books — 92 voters
Black Ship (Daisy Dalrymple #17)
by Carola Dunn
In 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, her husband, Alec Fletcher (a Scotland Yard Detective) and their new twin infant children inherit and move to a new, larger house on the outskirts of London proper, in a stage of slight disrepair (thanks to an aged, now deceased, uncle). Set in a small circle of houses and a communal garden, it seems a near idyllic setting....more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Aug 14, 2012 Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars
BOTTOM LINE: #17 Daisy Dalrymple/Alec Fletcher, September 1925, London; amateur sleuth/cosy police procedural, historical. Having inherited a rather nice suburban house with garden square (but it’s round...) - albeit in somewhat peculiar circumstances - Alec and Daisy finally get enough room to spread out their growing family. Some of the neighbors are downright disagreeable, and several appear to be hiding lots of secrets, catnip to the curious Daisy, and when a body appears on the Green in fro...more
I picked this book up on a whim--because the cover is cute--and because I wanted to expand my knowlege of detective fiction, and was pleased with what I read. The characters are likable and believable; the setting is interesting and British (for the Anglophile in me); the plot is historically accurate (as far as I am aware) and had enough twists and turns to keep me interested. This is my first Daisy Dalrymple mystery and I think I will likely read more.
Feb 14, 2013 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
It is 1925 and Daisy's husband inherits a house from his great uncle. They discover that their new neighbors are wine merchants. One rainy morning the maid finds a body hidden in the bushes. Who is the stranger? How are the neighbors involved? Why did the son take the train to the north? How are they involved with the illegal exportation of wine to America when prohibition is in effect? I love this period piece. It is interesting to see how the "upper crust" lived back in.
Charming Daisy Fletcher and her police inspector husband move into a house he's inherited near Hampstead Heath. Daisy is especially taken with her new neighbors, but senses that they have a problem with a mysterious, rude American who keeps calling on them. Meanwhile, the reader follows the adventures of the youngest son of their family, who's helping smuggling liquor into Prohibition-era America.
This is the first in the series that I actually read on paper - the rest were audiobooks. Carola Dunn is a clever writer, and I found this story adventuresome and fun, but it's still total historical chick lit! I wouldn't recommend actually paying for any of these books, but if your library has them, they're definitely worth checking out for an easy and fun woman's detective story.
Who knew that this book was the 17th in a series. It's the first of the series that I've read and I'm not sure that I'm going to check out any of the others. The book takes place in 1925 in London and provides some interesting insight into the changing social mores of post World War I England. The plot was thin, but on the plus side, it only took 2 hours to read.
I've read all of the Daisy Dalrymple books. Carola Dunn is an interesting author. Apparently, she has written a ton of regency romances, which I used to read. But I don't think I read any of her's. I stopped reading regencys because they started having more and more sex in them. Makes me grumpy. Anyway, this series is pretty good.
Jul 28, 2011 Sophie rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I quite liked the mood of the book but it wasn't actually all that brilliant. Quite slow, not a very interesting mystery, and relying on one liking the characters and, well, there's nothing to dislike but it's just not worth spending the time reading.
Really enjoyed this Daisy mystery. The ending was excellent. I did not figure it out and was seriously wondering how things could turn out in a satisfactory way. Great fun! I love the chance to peek into this particular British, post WWI lifestyle, too. I'm on to the next installment now!
I enjoyed this book. Daisy Dalrymple, actually Daisy Fletcher, strikes again. She is very observant and intuitive. This leads her to helping the police, whether they want help or not. I like her because she isn't obnoxious or pushy but is just willing to listen when people talk to her. It's a fun quick read that is perfect for an escape.
I always enjoy a Daisy Dalrymple mystery. The writing style and characters are charming. These books really fit the bill when I want a light, stress-free, but well-crafted read. I would say that Black Ship is true to form in all but one respect--the end felt rather weak to me.
Pleasant enough read, though the relationship between Daisy and her detective husband seemed rather flat. Well, all the characterization was a bit flat. The story and the era were interesting, and I'd be willing to try another in the series.
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...moreMore about Carola Dunn...