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Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple #1)

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This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment—and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new grou
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 27th 2009 by Robinson (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jan 14, 2015 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This lighthearted Downton Abbey era 1920’s mystery totally charmed me. Daisy Dalrymple comes from a titled family, but after her brother was killed in the Great War and her father died in the flu epidemic their estate passed to a distant relative (shades of Jane Austen!) leaving the remaining female family members somewhat impoverished. Daisy is quite cheerful about working for a living though, and being a society girl doors open for her, so she’s off to Wentwater Court to to write a story for T ...more
Mostly enjoyable first book in a cozy mystery series set in England during the 1920s. I did find myself questioning some of the slang used (such as a maid in a country house saying "wizard" to mean 'cool', 'neat', 'exciting' -- I know that this term originated in the early 1920s but it seems out of place for this character).

I also had some problems with the ending. (view spoiler)
Jun 16, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, new-to-me, 2014
An entertaining cosy...

It’s 1923, and the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has broken with tradition by getting a job. Hired by an up-market magazine to write articles on stately homes, her aristocratic background is useful in allowing her to mingle on an equal footing with the owners and their families. So as the book begins, Daisy is on her way to stay at Wentwater Court, home of the Earl of Wentwater.

Daisy is not the only guest and she soon finds that the house is filled w
3.5 stars
I have indulged in quite a few detective novels recently and this one is my favorite so far. I get why people refer to it as a "cozy." Its a comfortable read, light and fun but still puzzling. Who killed Lord Astwick? Everyone has a motive but our flapper-turned-journalist heroine. I liked Daisy's character, she's charming. I like Chief Inspector Alec, who lets be honest, reminded me of Chief Inspector Jack Robinson from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (the show, not those awful books.)
May 25, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable first installment in the Daisy Dalrymple series, one that would definitely please fans of historical mysteries. This, I think, is one of those series that are far better read in order. I had actually picked up Dead in the Water (Book 6) by mistake a long time ago and remember not liking it half as much as I liked this one. In hindsight, I realize it's because the latter books jump straight into the mystery without much backstory, and you barely know either Daisy or Alec (as most ...more
Olga Godim
Jun 11, 2012 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Reading this book was pure, unmitigated pleasure. Although it is the first novel of the series, it’s not the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery I’ve read. I have already read several others in no particular order and I have to admit: I enjoyed them all. I love the lead characters, I love the setting – England in the 1920s – and I absolutely adore Carola Dunn’s easy and expressive writing style. Especially her sweet British vocabulary, which makes the experience of reading her novels so delightful.
Jun 23, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Daisy Dalrymple series set in England in 1923 fills in many of the details of Daisy’s background. First, her losses – her dear brother Gervaise’s death in WWI, her fiancé Michael’s death, her father’s death from the deadly influenza epidemic, and her family home passing on to the next male heir, a cousin.
Faced with living with her cousin and her “ghastly” mother, Daisy, daughter of a Viscount, chooses to move in with her photographer friend, Lucy Fotheringay and bear the di
This is a nice gentle read. A great choice is you do not want anything too challenging.

It is set in the 1920's and I grew to really like Daisy. I did really hate the resolution to the case but maybe it is true to the time period it is set in I am not sure. The few pages did reassure me about other books in the series.

This is not a series that I will go and buy myself but I will actively look for them in the library and charity shops so I can continue Daisy's story.
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Y
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

Death At Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

For a long time I have wanted to start the Carola Dunn series. Finally, I have finished the first book in the series, "Death At Wentwater Court." The first book is very good. I have already put the second book of the series on hold at the library.

My one misgiving was that at the beginning there were so many characters being thrown at me. I worried whether it would be necessary to write the characters names down on pape
Mar 03, 2009 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was my first book by Carola Dunn, and I was entertained by it. This book reminded me of the current "Royal" series by Rhys Bowen. I enjoyed the character of Daisy Dalrymple, as well as that of Detective Alec Fletcher. I like historical mysteries, so am glad to have found this entertaining series.

Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has elected to work in the early 1920's rather than be dependant upon family members. She heads to Wentwater Court to write a magazine article, but shortly a
Renee M
2.5 stars.
The Good: Light, breezy, predictable little cozy. Daisy Dalrymple is adorable, and her attraction to Inspector Alec is one of the pluses. They're just cute together. If the rest of the series sparkles, then this will have been a charming beginning.
The Bad: Seriously fluffy. Not the fluff of effervescence, but the fluff of little substance. The characters are stock and flat. The plot is predictable and the writing is simplistic. Plus, it felt like it was both filled with anachronisms
This was a little different type of read for me. I had seen this series recommended on various blogs and reader sites but I almost didn't try it because it was described as a "cozy" and other than a very few, I don't tend to like "cozies." The main characters are usually too silly for me, going off after murderers and kidnappers and such without telling anyone where they are going and without any type of protection. Eventually I read this book because I loved the cover art. The cover here is not ...more
An Odd1
Feb 12, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fan
2 Jan 1923 p 10. Honorable Daisy Dalrymple 25 p 10 "sparkle in her blue eyes" p 177 prefers to work for prestigious Town and Country magazine after her father dies. "A sad loss to the House of Lords. That wretched influenza decimated our ranks" p 23. Her aristocratic position allows her to be assertive, write about exclusive estates. For photos, she bows to an imaginary Mr Carswell "down with the flu" p 23. Her mother will never forgive cousin Edgar for inheriting Fairacres.

Lady Marjorie Beddow
Mar 12, 2015 C-shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah ha ha! I love these British mysteries. When Lord Stephen is found expired face-down in an estate skating pond, an apparent drowning victim after falling through the ice, one of the foppish bystanders remarks, "'Jolly rotten luck, having a guest drown in one's ornamental water.'" Hee hee hee.
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I loved this little book! Lots of cool stuff to look up: Dundee cake (what is it?), a magazine called _The Armchair Detective_ (was it real?), kedgeree (eaten for breakfast - what the hay?), Gentl
Jennifer Oberth
I love the characters in this book.

I had trouble getting into the story - I liked it, loved the 1920s language, the British setting and thoroughly enjoyed Daisy. I think my problem was the narration. I didn't get sucked inside the world at Wentwater Court, I was more a voyeur, a shadow squirreled away behind the curtain, rather than right there in the thick of things. Maybe that was Daisy herself. She had no loyalties as she was a stranger in the house, there was nothing to latch onto. She inclu
Dec 23, 2014 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Ugh. Well that was a flat story.Flat like an opened Coke bottle that has resided in the fridge for over a week, and in a moment of desperation for something sweet and refreshing you lunge for said beverage and gulp it down, only to fall weeping to the floor as you try to scrape away the sensation of fizz-less syrup congealing to your tongue, and no feeling of satisfaction to be found anywhere.

I thought I could happily get away with reading a fun, light, mystery. One that happened to be magically
Jan 13, 2012 Esme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Januar 1923: Honourable Daisy Dalrymple darf ihren ersten Artikel für das Town and Country Magazine über Wentwater Court und seine Bewohner schreiben. Die ländliche Idylle währt nicht lange, ein Gast des Hauses, Stephen Astwick, wird in einem Loch im Eis des Sees ertrunken aufgefunden.

Die Golden Twenties sind auch das Golden Age des Kriminalromans und ganz in diesem Stile verhält sich dieses Buch: die Upper Class, ein überschaubarer Kreis von Verdächtigen, Befragungen der Zeugen und ein ausführl
BOTTOM LINE: #1 Daisy Dalrymple, January 1923, rural England; cosy police procedural, historical, gently satirical. A nasty young man falls through thin ice in the early dawn, and pretty much everyone is rather glad to see him gone.

Classic setting: a grand house, lots of servants with nice manners, family members mostly with good manners, several interesting guests ditto, and Daisy. Although much of the story is taken up with police procedures of the time, it’s mainly focused through Daisy, who
I had the distinct pleasure of listening to author Carola Dunn during a Dark & Stormy Night series of Meet the Author, October 2013 in Lincoln City, Oregon. In preparing for the session I did pick up two of the author's novels, Death at Wentwater Court being one of them and the first in the series. The second one which I read was The Bloody Tower. In reflection I don't want to give either book a rating because it wouldn't be a fair rating in that the book or perhaps this style of writing isn ...more
Cozy mystery, set in the 20s. It's mildly charming and cute, but it lacks strong characterization or personality. It's really just all right. It would likely make a cute tv series, much like Phryne Fisher, but more because of the visuals rather than the story.
Nov 30, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of 1920s murder mysteries, Cold Comfort Farm
Shelves: historical
As sweet and comfortably domestic as a murder mystery can be. When the Honorable Daisy Dalyrmple visits a school chum's ancestral home to write a magazine article, she does not expect to find a roiling mess of emotions and secrets. The earl's new wife is young, beautiful, and clearly caught up in something with the underhanded Lord Stephen. And when Lord Stephen is found dead, everyone is a suspect.

Daisy and her new friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, try to sort out the tangled loyalties and
Jan 09, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
This was so much fun to read. It's set in the 1920s and full of (undoubtedly over-the-top) 20s slang and a 'jolly ho' kind of talking. The characters are very engaging, I found myself wondering who'd committed the murder by going over all their personalities and motives etc, which I don't often do when reading crime novels for some reason. What did disappoint me was the way in which the murderer was revealed, I can imagine you'd miss it if you weren't careful. Quite anticlimactic. I'm also not t ...more
Lisa C
Aug 11, 2012 Lisa C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Downton Abbey looking for another way to immerse themselves in the Edwardian era will be a little disappointed by the lack of historical detail in this work. Although the stunning estate with strong-minded post-war females is in place, these details serve only as a light dressing to the storyline and aren't well explored. As a light mystery, however, it's reasonably engaging. Then convention used to place the female protagonist in the action is cute at first, but becomes tiresome and dif ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Gerry rated it really liked it
Nineteen-twenties country house mysteries are excellent, especially when Daisy Dalrymple is the heroine.

Here we are celebrating at Wentwater Court with snow and ice on the ground when one of the revellers is found drowned in the pond, ice cracked all around.

Is it an accident or did someone do away with Stephen Astwick? All the guests are, not surprisingly, suspected of knowing more than they care to admit but it takes Daisy, along with Alec Fletcher from Scotland Yard, fortunately on a nearby ca
A very charming book!

I found this book to be an entertaining, well written, fast-paced read that kept me guessing right up until the 'big reveal' was made.

I loved the main characters of Daisy Dalrymple and Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher.

I also felt that the author captured the both setting and the lingo of 1920's Britain quite nicely.

I own the second book in this series, and was planning on reading another book next, but I do believe I'll be moving on to The Winter Garden Mystery next instead.
Picture 1920s England. This is where the Daisy Dalrymple series starts, when Daisy is an up and coming journalist/author in a male-dominated field. She's young and lively. And when she's at the parts for the Wentwater family on its estate, she witnesses a murder. When Detective Alec Fletcher from Scotland Yard come on scene, there's some chemistry between them, a possible romance. And even if you're royalty, things take center stage and go on the hot seat. It's up to Daisy to figure out about th ...more
A charity shop find, my local oxfam had a whole batch of Daisy books with their brightly coloured spines shining out of the crime section. Obviously I couldn't leave them there!

Death at Wentwater Court is a real Sunday afternoon book. Perfect for kicking back in the garden and relaxing, easy to follow but not horribly predicatable (it is a mystery book after all).

It is light and a bit silly, but the characters are fun and you can't help but be charmed by Daisy and her dashing hero Chief Inspec
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic British cozy. Daisy is a "modern" woman trying to make it on her own in 1920's England. Since she is part of the British peerage, she snags a job for a magazine to write articles on the great estates of England. Her first assignment is at Wentwater Court, a grand old Tudor estate. No sooner than she arrives, one of the guests in the home falls through the ice and drowns, or did he???[return][return]This is the first of the series. I enjoy Daisy and her interactions with others. ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Phyllis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Overall, meh. A few of the characters have a spark of life (only a skosh), but others are light pencil sketches. The plot is a bit dull, what with a country estate, interactions with the gentry, and a ho-hum twist. There were several points at which the detective and The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple would dismiss another character as a suspect because they were likable. Really? I skimmed the next book or two in the series and found the same flaws flitting through the first installment in the series ...more
In this first in a cosy mystery series, the Hon. Daisy Dalrymple goes to Wentwater Court to interview the earl in her position as a journalist, but while she’s there, a much-hated guest apparently drowns in the lake accidentally while skating. Daisy is immediately co-opted by the handsome Scotland Yard detective to act as his sidekick and take notes.

This was my first experience of reading anything by Carola Dunn. It was okay, but for such a simple story it took me a while to read it, because I k
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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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Daisy Dalrymple (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • Requiem for a Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple, #3)
  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple, #4)
  • Damsel in Distress (Daisy Dalrymple, #5)
  • Dead in the Water (Daisy Dalrymple, #6)
  • Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple, #7)
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  • To Davy Jones Below (Daisy Dalrymple, #9)
  • The Case of the Murdered Muckraker (Daisy Dalrymple, #10)
  • Mistletoe and Murder (Daisy Dalrymple, #11)

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