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Fall of a Philanderer (Daisy Dalrymple #14)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,168 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a summer holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda and Belinda's chum Deva, and her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, non-dramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck. It seems that a local low-rent Don Juan has b ...more
Hardcover, First, 258 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Minotaur (first published September 1st 2005)
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Olga Godim
Mar 10, 2013 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I’m a fan of this cozy mystery series and its protagonist, Daisy, a plucky young journalist and a daughter of a viscount in England of 1924. I’ve read almost all the novels of the series and I can say: this is one of the best. In this story, Daisy is on vacation in Devon. For the first (and only, I think) time in the series, she doesn’t discover a dead body; her husband Alec Fletcher, the Detective Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, does by accident when he joins her for a short holiday.
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 18, 2015 Kaitlyn Dunnett rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed this one, and particularly liked the way the author worked out a satisfying ending. An added delight came from the snippets (just the right length to set the scene without turning into a travelogue)of Daisy (and to a lesser degree, Alec) walking on the cliffs and through the countryside and setting out to sea as a passenger in a lifeboat. Talk about pulling the reader into the scene!
Mar 26, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is great, very interesting reading about England 1920's. These are light books, but are neither silly nor shallow.

This is book 14 in the series, Daisy is married to Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher and enjoying married life and being a step-mother.

Lori McD
A bit better than the last Daisy D book, if only because there aren't quite so many characters, so there's more depth to each character and more story. This book takes place just a month after the previous book (which was to be Lucy's June wedding), and Daisy has her step-daughter Belinda and Belinda's friend, Deva, with her at a small ocean community. Alec is expected in a day or so, and they're to have some much needed vacation time to themselves.

But almost immediately, Daisy encounters two in
Jun 19, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher novel. For this genre, it was well done. It is 1924. Three months pregnant, Daisy, her husband Alec Fletcher is DCI with Scotland Yard, his daughter Belinda and Belinda's friend Deva are vacationing in Cornwall. They are residing with landlady, Cecily Omstruther whose husband Peter is in the military. There is another resident, Donald Baskin, a school teacher who plans to walk the cliffs. The girls make friends with a mute man, Sid, who is a beachcomber.
Maggie Hesseling
I found this novel really dissapointing. It was less mystery and more travellogue. Which, in itself isn't bad, but I was expecting more of what I've come to consider a 'classic Dalrymple mystery.'

What made the novel readable, was the fact that Alec really took charge of the case. And though Daisy's information was really invaluble, here we really get to see how good an investigator he is. But I wanted Daisy back. I miss her stumbling over bodies and insinuating herself in investigations. I know
Jun 19, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this one better than some of the others. There were a lot of suspects, interesting characters, and it took place at the beach!
Andy Smith
Mar 11, 2017 Andy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While on holiday, Daisy comes upon the body of a local landlord. Daisy is caught up in tehe lives of most of the suspects...
You know, I rather enjoyed this one! She shook up the formula just a little bit, and the added secondary characters were enjoyable. I guessed the ending a bit early but it was still a fun, light read.
Feb 22, 2017 FangirlNation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Fletcher has taken her stepdaughter and Belinda's school friend Deva in a vacation to the seaside in Fall of a Philanderer, book fourteen in the Daisy Dalrymple series by Carola Dunn. Almost immediately upon their first chance to go out to the beach after a few rainy days, Daisy meets George Endetby, the proprietor of the local Schooner Inn. He immedietly tries to seduce the 3-month-pregnant Daisy, not minding that she is married at all. As Daisy is struggling to disentangle herself from t ...more
Pam Jones
Mar 01, 2017 Pam Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a particularly good Daisy Dalrymple. Love the story and the characters. It's also very well read.
Anna Bergmark
Sep 20, 2016 Anna Bergmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seaside holiday is a nice backdrop. Dunn's environment descriptions are very good - you can feel the salty breeze in your nostrils - and together with some quaint and not so quaint locals and a somewhat dodgy fellow summer guest, you've got a good crowd of suspects. (You don't need a two page spread of a family tree to keep track of them anyway!)

The atmosphere might not be as strong as in the large country house-murders of the series, but it's definitely a smashing recreation slash over the cl
Oct 05, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1920s, Daisy Dalrymple is three months pregnant, and is in Cornwall with her stepdaughter Belinda and her best friend Deva. They're enjoying the beach and the countryside while awaiting the arrival of her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. In the meantime, Daisy befriends the distracted landlady Cecily, whose naval husband is due home soon, Mr. Baskin, a schoolmaster staying in the same house, and the simple beachcomber Sid. She stays far away from local ph ...more
Mark Macatee
I love Daisy and everyone in these books but this was just a bit too cliche for me.
Fall of a Philanderer – Carola Dunn
3 stars

It’s probably not a good idea to begin reading a series at its 14th book. I needed a book to listen to in the car and none of my requests had come into the library so I grabbed this from the shelf and gave it a try. It was a very pleasant, cozy mystery and I had no problem at all following the story. Bernadette Dunne gave a solid performance as the reader.
As the title indicates, the story involves the murder of a cheating husband that no one will miss. S
Feb 10, 2017 M-n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story had me guessing to the end
Cathy Cramer
I am still enjoying this Daisy Dalrymple series, and thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of this family vacation to the beach - both the caring for the children there, and the scenic views. It reminded me of places that I've seen, both the beaches and the cliffs, and I could see this being a good beach read, or light summer read.

I guessed who did it.

This book did not feature Tom Trung, my husband's favorite police character from the series.

As other reviewers pointed out, why would Alec allow pos
Sep 12, 2015 Marcella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
Daisy and Alec finally have a chance to take a vacation at the seaside with their daughter Belinda and her friend Deva. Traveling ahead of Alec, Daisy and and the girls get to know the lay of the land and meet the locals. It soon becomes apparent to Daisy that the local innkeeper is a shameless philanderer. No sooner has Alec arrived than the body of the innkeeper is discovered battered at the bottom of a cliff. Because he is on the spot, the investigation is turned over to Alec and a support te ...more
Once again a holiday goes wrong for the Fletchers. This time Daisy and Belinda along with her friend Deva are on a beach holiday with Alec to join at the weekend. No sooner does he arrive than he stumbles on a dead body. The local inn owner has quite the string of affairs in the small town and one's husband has just found out the night before. Another guest has some unknown interest in the deceased as well. Daisy of course has heard lots of stories before Alec arrives and they happen to be stayi ...more
A nice, easy read, taking the reader back to a gentle way of life. It was great reading about how young ladies were entertained in the 20's and 30's as well as learning what language and behaviour in front of them was and was not acceptable. The murder mystery was an added bonus and nicely put together through the book. I struggled a bit in the beginning working out who was attached to whom but probably easy if I'd have paid more attention. I would certainly read more of these stories because of ...more
May 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is something like book 14 in a series but I didn't know that when I picked it up at a library sale. The setting is in an English seacoast tourist town in the 1920's. The family of a Scotland Yard detective is on vacation there when the wife learns of a situation that leads to murder within days of their arrival. The detective is thrust into the investigation even though he is on vacation. Like most books by English authors the language is precise and written such that you feel like you are ...more
May 13, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From time to time I pick up the latest in this series about Daisy Dalrymple, a post WW I journalist-turned sleuth, now married to Chief Inspector Alex Fletcher of Scotland Yard. The plots are clever, also reflecting England’s conflict with its class system following the war, and the characters are sometimes pompous, often courageous in carving out new roles, and those that are familiar from other novels, good fun to read about again. The changing rules about career and behavioral expectations ar ...more
Another cozy murder mystery that I'd bump up to 3.5 stars, but doesn't quite hit 4 stars for me. Quaint in the setting/lingo of the 1920s in Britain, the setting is classic small town where the primary characters are vacationing, where someone is killed and some mildly dirty laundry comes to light. Typical of this series, but an amusing listen nonetheless. I'm actually disappointed Overdrive doesn't have more of this series available - they are easy listens that are perfect when doing other thin ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few Daisy Dalrymple stories and enjoyed them. Nothing earth shattering but a cosy mystery with a satisfactory ending. I particularly like the way the author catches the atmosphere of the 1920s. A Britain still recovering from the tragedy of the Great War but where life in the country goes on much as it always had. Where aged country women look askance at little girls in shorts, where the automatic assumption is made that a little Indian girl must be a servant , where a trainee doctor ...more
You cannot write a murder mystery set in interwar Cornwall and not feel the spectre of Dame Agatha Christie looming over your shoulder. IF you're going to do it, you'd best come correct: you need crisp writing, you need ingenious plotting, you need flashes of humour.

Carola Dunn bats 0 for 3. Dame Agatha's shade is Not Pleased.

The best I can say about Fall of a Philanderer is that it's readable in the bath.
Nancy Reynolds
Mar 31, 2015 Nancy Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. It really got you involved from the first page. And what Daisy did at the end ... ... won't spoil the surprise for those of you yet to read it. But ... Wow. Definitely another winner of a Daisy book. I love that I still have some more to go right on reading. Playing catch up is really fun. But I'll be sad when I've got to the last one of those already in print and will have to WAIT for Ms. Dunn to get out her next book. But ... I'll worry about that when I get there. In the meant ...more
Hilary Tesh
When Daisy likes a suspect, you can bet they are innocent! So whilst reading this book you know for sure that two of the characters in this holiday based story are not going to have murdered the local lecher, even if they did have credible motives. A better Daisy D story, it's a good depiction of a traditional seaside holiday, with appropriate British weather thrown in and a bit of detecting on the side.
The Daisy Dalrymple books are a fun read. In this book, Daisy is on holiday by the sea and as usual, stumbles onto a murder. She is appealing because the women in the story trust her and confide in her, so she has information that in the male-domatinated world of the 30's, gives her an inside track. Most of the men in official positions dismiss her outright but her husband, a Scotland Yard detective has learned to pay attention to her, though he constantly worries for her safety.
Thomas Farquhar
I had read it before, but a good read is usually one that you would want to read again, and again. This is not a heavy book, it is a fun read well worth re-reading because of the final twist (I won`t say what that is I don`t want to spoil it for others.) At the end you might find yourself thinking "OMG I never saw that coming!" ...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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