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Gone West

(Daisy Dalrymple #20)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,290 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In September 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher visits Sybil Sutherby, a school friend now secretary to a novelist supporting a house of hangers-on by thrice-yearly Westerns. Sybil took over while Humphrey Birtwhistle was ill, sales increased, and she suspects someone is poisoning him - until he suddenly dies. Daisy investigates.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published January 17th 2012)
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't invite Daisy Dalrymple to stay at your place for the weekend, for wherever she goes an unexpected death seems to occur! And in 'Gone West' it is no different.

She visits Eyrie Farm in Derbyshire at the request of a friend who is in a quandary over something she and the owner of the farm are involved in. Daisy soon finds out what the problem is and it concerns the owner, Humphrey Birtwhistle, and his occupation as an author of Western fiction. Daisy's friend, Sybil, is his secretary but she
Couldn't get interested in this one. Unsympathetic characters, uninteresting plot. Skipped, skimmed, am marking this one DNF/Don't Try Again.

Gave up on this 8/23/17.
Sadly this book was just very meh. It took over one hundred pages (about a third of the book) till the murder happened which is just too long. I appreciate some setup but not at that lengths.

Additionally I just didn't care for the characters that much. Usually Dunn is really good at introducing a set of characters from really likeable to absolute jerks (though thankfully the jerks aren't always the murderers) but here almost everybody acted horribly and annoying (with the exception of Daisy's ol
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Another engaging entry in this long-running series. This is the second time I've read it and I enjoyed it every bit as much this time around.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Fletcher, nee Dalrymple, has the knack of getting involved in murder cases, and even more so since she married Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher. That's why an old schoolmate, not heard from in many years, consults Daisy about a brooding atmosphere at the remote house where she lives and works. Widowed Sibyl is secretary to a writer of popular Western novels, who lately has been ill so often Sibyl wonders if there's something foul in the state of Darbyshire. Sibyl lives with the writer ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#20 in the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple (and her husband Scotland Yard Detective chief Inspector Alec Fletcher), magazine writer and heiress (no inheritance due to British entailed system) mystery series. It is late September, 1926 and Daisy is visiting a school friend in Devonshire who is a confidential secretary to a novelist. She feels something is not as it shoud be and asks Daisy to discreetly invesitgate. Daisy finds a novelist in declining health with a family living on him along with a disg ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy is adorable!!! (I was surprised that I had missed this book.) Everywhere she goes, of course, someone is murdered. Since her husband works for Scotland Yard, he ends up having to investigate. No matter how much he insists that Daisy stay out of the investigation, it never works that way!! England in the 1920's was a mix of cocktails, fast cars, and women becoming more and more independent. Daisy having been born into an elite family, shocked family and friends by marrying a policeman! With ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic country house murder set in 1926. Of the suspects, four are either gentry or aristocracy and rather useless. Two of the family actually run the farm; so are doing something useful but are dull as dirt. Sybil is a secretary to a successful author. Since they went to the same school, Daisy feels obligated to leave husband and children behind to go to her employer’s country house Derbyshire when Sybil asks for help. She and the local doctor are more interesting and actually make the reade ...more
Karen Potts
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Another entertaining Daisy & Alec adventure. This one was less enthralling than previous ones simply because it seemed too long for the story it was telling. Perhaps a bit more editing would have been appropriate. Perhaps too it was the heavy atmosphere of the country estate which was the setting that dragged it down some. Still on my enjoyable books list though, & as usual I'm looking forward to the next one.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, mystery
An old school friend of Daisy's approaches her for help. She believes something is wrong in the house where she works. Daisy arrives with very little information to find a unique family situation and soon her friend's boss dies. Daisy and soon Alec investigate.

I love this series, but this was exceptionally slow. I didn't enjoy the setting or the characters. The mystery didn't feel very mysterious and I found it exceptionally hard to finish reading this book.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being the 20th in a series I still generally like the Daisy Dalrymple series and this is another good addition. The only thing for me was that I noticed Daisy being a bit snobby in this book, something I can't say I picked up on in others, where she seems to have been more embracing of peoples differences of experiences.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-audiobooks
Daisy becomes involved in a murder case whilst she is staying with friends. Her husband, Chief Inspector Fletcher of New Scotland Yard, is called in to investigate, and Daisy assists. As with the rest of the series, Gone West is charming and light, with very little meat to the story, but still entertaining.
Jen Reardon
I liked the characters and setting but this book could have been better edited. The story dragged on once they were figuring out who was the murderer. I will try another book in this series because Daisy seems to be a great character.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A charming but disorderly mystery that may or may not include a murder. As Daisy’s cousin, Viscount Dalrymple, searches for the heir to his title, she meets and (mostly) befriends distant relatives vying to inherit the peerage. Heavy on aristocratic coziness but light on the body count.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and this one was particularly fun with a puzzle that kept me guessing. I completely enjoyed the plot element of the western author whose secretary begins doing the writing and doing it better. ;-)
Margaret Hollon
It took 13 chapters before I got "into" it!
Pat Beard
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. Again the setting was moved from the haunts of the rich and/or aristocratic. The characters were engaging and the plot satisfying.
Lu Cory
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun to read!

I love trying to figure out “who done it.” The author has a lot of twist and turn to keep you guessing about the culprit’s identity.

Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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I think I will be saying goodbye to this series.
2012, #20 Daisy Dalrymple, rural England, 1926
Daisy helps out when a friend’s boss, a reclusive author, appears to have been poisoned
[genteel cosy, almost four stars]

Daisy wasn’t close to Sybil Sutherby when they were at school together, but when Sybil tells her an intriguing story and asks for her help Daisy (of course!) can’t resist. She travels to Eeyrie Farm to visit Sybil for a couple of days, and meets a motley group of people, the Birtwhistle family, where Sybil works as the author’s pers
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Daisy's back! More, in Gone West(1), she's gone to visit rambling English houses again and having to deal with an eccentric family, untangling their motivations and helping them sort out their personal lives while she's at it.

After Anthem For a Doomed Youth I was worried. Not that Anthem for a Doomed Youth, was a bad book, but it was much more Alec's book than Daisy's, and more police procedural than cozy, and Daisy and her visits to old English houses are what hooked me on this series.

In Gone
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Once again, Daisy is on the scene when a murder occurs… and once again, Superintendent Crane of Scotland Yard sends Daisy’s husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, to catch the killer – and not incidentally, to keep Daisy out of trouble. If you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the appalling frequency with which Daisy finds herself involved in murder (an inevitable problem for any cozy mystery series, and one which Dunn addresses at l
If you like Agatha Christie you'll like Carola Dunn, who writes with the dame's ease. This mystery has a classic feel to it that invites a reader to light a fire in the study and retreat to that easy chair next to it, cup of tea in hand and the little Jack Russell terrier at your feet. The story is a "who done it" puzzle as easy to enjoy as a drift down one of England's canals.

Writer Dunn is an expat Brit living in Eugene, Oregon. If you're English and land in the United States, it's hard to im
Judith Rich
Fun as usual. They may be a bit formulaic, but on the other hand you know that you are going to get a nice cosy mystery, so if that is what you want, that's just fine.
Jann Barber
Several years ago, I read nine or ten of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries and enjoyed them all. Then, I wandered away from Daisy and rather forgot about her.

I was excited to win a copy of "Gone West" through the Goodreads first-reads program, and enjoyed running into many familiar characters once again.

As always, I like the fact that Daisy is an independent thinker during a period of time when it was mortifying to find a woman of a certain class holding a job. Since Daisy's father died of illness a
In this book, #20 of the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series, one of the characters complains about an author using too predictable a formula for their books. It made me think that this book, itself, has become a little formulaic. Daisy becomes a house guest of yet another friend and has to solve yet another murder. Sometimes, the plots, characters, and the settings make up for the repetitive framework, but this estate isn't described much, two of the suspects are so taciturn that there's hardly any ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1920s, mystery
This mystery has always struck me as rather gloomy. Possibly it is the setting - a rather remote hilltop farm, above a spa town, many of the main characters don't like each other, it's all lit by oil lamps.... gloomy.
Daisy is visiting at the request of a school friend, Sylvia, who now works as a secretary to man who writes Westerns. He got sick with pneumonia a year or so ago & isn't recovering. He's always tired. Sylvia wonders if maybe someone is causing it & wants Daisy to come &
Anna Bergmark
Okay. That's that. After twenty installments I've officially had it with Alec Fletcher, Tom Tring and Ernie "the pencil man" Piper.

A hundred pages passes before someone gets killed - and is that a bad thing? No, it isn't. In the company of Daisy, in a remote and atmospheric place, together with a cozy group of suspects to be, you're perfectly pleased and entertained. But when a dead body finally turns up and the murder investigation starts (and the story ought to be firing up) the smile on your
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me there's something very appealing about this light - some might even go so far as to call it frothy - series featuring Daisy Dalrymple, wife of DI Alec Fletcher, writer of travel articles and mother of twins as well as stepmother to Alec's daughter, Belinda, the daughter of his deceased first wife. The series takes place in 20's Britain, still in some pain as a result the loss of so many young men in WWI. Happily, Carola Dunn knows how to write otherwise this might have joined the list of ...more
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