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The Case of the Murdered Muckraker (Daisy Dalrymple #10)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  872 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Daisy Dalrymple and DCI Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard honeymoon in 1923 America, and work in a bit of business. After Daisy meets her magazine editor Mr Thorwald, she hears a gunshot and sees a man plummet down an elevator shaft. Journalist Otis Carmody had many enemies. Daisy crosses the country and levels of society in her search for the killer.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Kensington (first published February 14th 2002)
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Olga Godim
Aug 17, 2013 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I didn’t like this book as well as most of the others in the Daisy Dalrymple series. The story deviates from the usual plotline of the series, both in structure and in characters, and the differences are glaring.
First, the action takes place in America, not in Britain, and I commiserated with Daisy, as she struggles to understand the land and its people, as well as translate the frequently unfamiliar vernacular.
She wondered why Americans insisted that they spoke English, when they might just
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Kenzie
May 29, 2008 Kenzie rated it liked it
this wasn't amazing - in fact, i feel as though it just ended. however, Dunn definitely gets points for her descriptions of the countryside, flying in a small plane years ago when flight was still new.....what I think is interesting about these books is that Dunn does a great job of describing the era (in this case, J. Edgar Hoover is just appearing on the national scene) in a way that makes you think of some history in ways you haven't before. all that while at the same time providing a mystery ...more
Idril Celebrindal
Mar 01, 2015 Idril Celebrindal rated it did not like it
This was awful. Even with the expectation that this series is fluff that can be read in a few hours, this was bad. There's no more than an anecdote's worth of plot, and far less action than a (view spoiler) would imply. I was convinced that this book was a hundred pages longer than the others in the series, and shocked to discover it's about the same as the rest. I don't know what the point of setting the book in New York was, if all your c ...more
Gerry
Apr 05, 2013 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of her normal comfort zone of country houses, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, or more correctly at this time, Mrs Alec Fletcher, finds herself in New York where husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of the Metropolitan Police, or as he prefers to put it for good effect New Scotland Yard, has gone to advise J Edgar Hoover.

Left alone in New York it is no surprise that Daisy soon finds herself involved in a suspected murder. Minding her own business in the hotel, she suddenly sees a m
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Nancy Reynolds
Mar 12, 2015 Nancy Reynolds rated it liked it
Not my favorite Daisy book. First of all, while Alec and Daisy are very much newlyweds, they are living in two separate big cities in the U.S. Daisy in New York, while Alec is in DC as a consultant to the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover. (All arranged by Mr. Arbuckle in the previous book.) Of course, Daisy is witness to a murder while in New York - with her magazine boss/publisher. The storyline is really, really weak - although I really enjoy some of the characters that Daisy meets at her hotel - espec ...more
Rebecca Smucker
Daisy does it again! Ensconced in the Chelsea Hotel of New York City--famously catering to writers--Mrs. Fletcher is finishing up her articles for the travel magazine she writes for while Alec is in D.C. advising J. Edgar Hoover on the best way to create an "incorruptible" national police force. While turning in her final draft to her editor, Daisy once again witnesses a murder, and narrowly misses catching a man fleeing the scene of the crime.

Dealing with Tammany Hall and NYC police prove to be
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Argum
Daisy and Alec are in America having already visited the Arbuckle home. Daisy is in New York doing the tourist bit and meeting her editor and Alec is in DC with J Edgar Hoover. At a meeting with her editor a journalist is killed falling into an elevator shaft after being shot. Daisy is the only one to see the man who fled. Police are at best corrupt and possibly complete idiots. Along the way she befriends a cheeky Irish elevator boy with a network of friends to help protect her from possible ha ...more
Julie
Nov 12, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, british
Daisy Fletcher is in is New York doing some writing for her publisher while her husband Alec is in Washington DC advising the FBI. At her publisher's office, Daisy is a witness to a murder. She's hopeful that she can prove to Alec that she can be helpful in solving a murder and that she doesn't, as he always says, get in the way of the police solving crimes. With the help of a young Irish elevator operator, her FBI watchman, and an elderly woman who used to be a crime reporter she sets out to ga ...more
Amy
Setting/World Building: 3/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Triggering/Issues: 5/5

AVERAGED TOTAL : 3.3 out of 5.

Definitely not my favorite of this series. I didn't HATE it at all, I just... didn't really like it. I thought the switch to America would be exciting but it was honestly really dull. 75% of the book was Daisy and her new friends discussing who they thought the killer was and it only really got exciting when Alec finally showed up. But in the end, the "my
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Ann
Mar 18, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
Daisy and her new husband have traveled to New York City. Alec is called to Washington, D.C. to a meeting with J. Edgar Hoover and Daisy is left in the city to write an article and visit with her editor. As she leaves her editor's office, she encounters gun shots and a man standing in the elevator waiting area falls down an open shaft to his death. Daisy sees the man fleeing from the scene and tries to give chase to no avail. She meets with Agent Lambert, a Federal agent sent to protect her, and ...more
Rebecca
Jul 13, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Alone in NYC working on an article, Daisy visits her publisher and witnesses a man being shot and then falling down an elevator shaft to his death. Of course she must investigate, despite the hampering effect of having an FBI man set to protect her against her will. When her husband Alec, a Scotland Yard detective, finally arrives from Washington, there begins a wild chase across the country for a killer.

I liked this entry in the series, with all the description of interwar NYC, and then the wil
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Hilary Tesh
Oct 03, 2014 Hilary Tesh rated it it was ok
Accepting these are pretty silly, if enjoyable, stories, this one (joint with Rattle his Bones) has to be one of my least favourite of the series. It finds Daisy in prohibition New York where she witnesses the death of a journalist. The follows a avalanche of too many characters - police, federal agents, journalists, hotel staff and guests and suspects - and ends with the most unlikely chase ever! Clearly the author had done some thorough research - real people and places are featured - and her ...more
Lori McD
I really liked this book, in spite of the almost caricature tone to New Yorkers in the 1920s. And despite a strange set of events that hurled Daisy and Alec across America - seemingly only for the author to appease her small town of Eugene, Oregon.

Regardless, it's a fun story with lots of interesting characters. The story was so easy to picture as a movie, I found myself engaged on that level, alone.

It's a shame that Alec isn't in the book until 2/3 of the way through. But as always, when he mak
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Aoife
Oct 12, 2014 Aoife rated it really liked it
This books had ups and downs.
The ups:
- I really didn't belive that a typical british country-house cozy mystery-story would work in the US, but it did
- It included lots of interesting information about the American press (and also law-enforcement) in the 1920
- It really felt like 1920 New York

The downs:
- The mystery was a bit meh...not bad, but Dunn has done better
- Some of the characters appeared a bit to forcedly funny and quirky for my taste
- Daisy kept compairing the police in the US with th
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Amy
Aug 19, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Roaring Twenties, or those with long train journeys ahead
Shelves: general-fiction
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Alexandra Hamilton
Oct 21, 2015 Alexandra Hamilton rated it it was ok
British authors doing American speech gives me a headache. To wit:

“Blackmail!” cried Gilligan. “Say, listen, this is how I figure it. This dame is Carmody’s frail, and she’s gotten the goods on him. She knows sumpin he done that if she told the right people, they could put pressure on him to stop writing about them, and then kablooey goes his career. And they break up, see, and she finds this other guy and tells him, and they put on the screws.”
Kathleen
Jul 25, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
The tenth mystery in the Daisy Dalrymple series finds the newly married Daisy in New York meeting with her publisher while Alec, her husband, is consulting in Washington, DC. Within hours of her arrival she is completely embroiled with a murder complicated by the less than ethical behavior of the New York police in late 1923. The reader gets more than a glimpse at the shoddy work of the police (as compared to Scotland Yard) and corruption of Tammany Hall. Add to this, an elderly, retired journal ...more
Nancy Wilson
Mar 15, 2014 Nancy Wilson rated it liked it
This book was a bit tedious and sadly I think for me it was because it was set in the USA. Given that the NYPD was notoriously corrupt for decades they are sadly portrayed as buffoons. The murder is really secondary to a colorful elevator operator, the sisters Cabot and stunt flyer Bessie Coleman. -And then we have the slightly unbelievable plane flight across the country--of course I admit I prefer trains and ships but....
kit
Jul 01, 2011 kit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Daisy Dalrymple book I read, after Styx and Stones, which I read earlier this month. I like Daisy as a character, and the 1920s setting is interesting, but the mystery just wasn't there for me in this one. A whole host of characters are introduced, only for half of them to fall by the wayside. I was expecting red herrings, but in fact Daisy's guesses seem to be spot on for the most part, and by the end I didn't really care who had committed the crime any more.

The relationship
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Sarah
Mar 13, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story, the first book I have read featuring Daisy Dalrymple. This a lighthearted read and Daisy is an interesting character. She is visiting New York while her new husband is consulting with J Edgar Hoover in Washington. While visiting her editor she witnesses a journalist staying at her hotel falling down a lift shaft. She then decides she must help the police to solve the case and is helped by some other people from the hotel - Bridget, the chambermaid, and her brother Kevin, th ...more
Laura Edwards
The book started out promising enough. Daisy is in America, a bit befuddled by the way Americans speak English. Her confusion added to the charm of the book. The mystery, however, dragged on for far too long. And Alec only made a token appearance near the end. I hope the next book in the series is better.
Lynn
Apr 17, 2016 Lynn rated it it was ok
This was a dip in the always charming Daisy Dalrymple series. It was OK but unusually I lost interest in the plot line. I'm sure I will keep going with the series but I wouldn't have wanted to start with this one
Wiebke Kuhn
Sep 26, 2015 Wiebke Kuhn rated it liked it
I found this one overdone -- the first on I read in this series was not so overdramatic and thus worked better for me, this one was trying to do too much: comparing British vs American, flight, and all sorts of other technology inventions while the case itself was rather pointless.
Cindy
Sep 10, 2007 Cindy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the series only
I enjoy Daisy Dalrymple books. This one has Daisy staying in New York, working on a series of articles about America for an American magazine. While there (here's a shocker!) she's a witness to a murder.

OK, no problem. This now gives Dunn a reason to talk about America in the 1920's. She throws in Tammany Hall, J. Edgar Hoover, Prohibition, racial discrimination, the plight of the immigrant, etc, etc. I could put up with that, mostly, if there was a great plot. But there's not. The plot is rathe
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Rae
Jul 21, 2015 Rae rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like watching a 1930's screwball comedy. The plot was pretty thin but the characters were fun. I could picture what actors would have played most of them.
Mary
Jul 09, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
A very light read with a few memorable characters and descriptive landscape. A gift if you've never imagined early aviation. I enjoyed it as a summer fun read.
Judy Tate
Jun 05, 2014 Judy Tate rated it it was amazing
Daisy in New York. Alec in Washington. Mayhem across the country. A wild aeroplane chase from New York to Oregon. Meeting Bessie Coleman. All in 1923.
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
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Jul 25, 2015 Kaitlyn Dunnett rated it it was amazing
I got a real kick out of this entry in the series, especially Daisy's efforts to understand American English.
Kirstin
Jun 08, 2016 Kirstin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the others
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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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