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Heirs of the Body (Daisy Dalrymple #21)

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The Daisy Dalrymple series continues in Heirs of the Body—when one of four potential claimants to the title of Lord Dalrymple dies a sudden, nasty death, the question on everyone’s mind is, “was it murder”?

In the late 1920s in England, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar — i.e. the Lord Dalrymple. About to turn fifty, Lord Dalrympl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published December 5th 2013)
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The Daisy Dalrymple books are my all-time favourite escapism-and-fluffiness reading: I only discovered them about three years ago, but since then I've worked my way gleefully through all 20 extant novels before having to wait for this one to be written and published.

Of course they're all majorly formulaic: in addition to the description of recurring characters which varies little from book to book*, they nearly always involve a murder** in some upper-class setting***, and while they don't (inten
Olga Godim
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The latest installment in the Daisy Dalrymple series, this cozy murder mystery was a delight to read. As always, Daisy and her husband Alec Fletcher, the DCI from Scotland Yard, are in the thick of it, but this time, the action takes place too close to Daisy’s heart – in her ancestral home Fairacres. After her father and brother’s death, the estate now belongs to a distant cousin Edward, but unfortunately, he and his wife are childless.
As Edward’s 50th birthday approaches, his lawyer starts loo
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Fletcher is asked to get involved in assessing whether or not prospective heirs to what is now her cousin’s estate and title are legitimate. Edgar – the current Viscount Dalrymple – has no children and the estate has to go to the next male heir. Edgar invites the people who believe they are his heir to a house-party to celebrate his own birthday and his solicitor, Tommy Pearson – also a friend of Daisy’s – has to trawl through the paperwork and find out who is the heir.

Daisy and her husban
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The latest in the Daisy Dalrymple series is a fun romp in post WWI Great Britain. Daisy is an "Honorable" but with no money of her own. Her father died without making any provision for her in his will, her elder brother and fiance were both killed in the Great War. Her mother, the dowager Viscountess, lives on the estate that she formerly ruled. Now, Cousin Edgar, a former schoolmaster and his wife, Geraldine, live there. They are pleasant, middle class people who have adapted to their higher es ...more
Usually I dislike it when crime-novels take ages till the first body appears (even more so in cozies somehow) and there were also one or two Lady Daisy novels that, in my opinion, suffered somewhat from taking a long time to 'set the scene' before the murder finally happens. Not so this one. I was very much glued to the pages even though I had a good idea who the victim would be a while before it happened. Nevertheless the whole story was intriguing enough to keep me reading.
However apart from g
Judith Rich
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I really enjoy these cosy mysteries, even though I know they are fluff. But they are great fun and it's like a nice cup of cocoa in an armchair to read one.

I studied law and love Wills (yes I know that's weird) and find all this inheritance by heirs of the first blood / the half blood etc etc fascinating, especially the historical stuff. And I do love a traditional country house mystery, so this is probably one of my favourite in the series.

I can't believe this is no 21! It seems l
Mar 19, 2017 added it
Another good daisy read!
Maria Thermann
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
It seemed to me that Carola Dunn's heart wasn't in this one, a novel dedicated to the many readers, who have fallen under the spell of amateur sleuth Daisy Dalrymple. This is less of a "who-dunnit" than a "why-do-it"? At the end of the novel I got the impression the author was washing her hands off the entire Dalrymple-clan with a heartfelt "good riddance".


Daisy, who invites confidences wherever she goes, because of her "guileless blue eyes", or so her husband Detective Inspector Alec Fletc
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Daisy’s father, Viscount Dalrymple, died in the flu epidemic, the title (and the money) passed to his distant cousin Edgar. Since Edgar and his wife don’t have any children, they hired a lawyer to find the next heir to the viscountcy. After searching long and wide, in England, Jamaica, and South Africa among other places, several candidates were found and invited to Fairacres, the family seat. Daisy and Alec attend as well – they’ve been asked to use their detective skills to find out which ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
When it comes to mysteries I like to mix in some lighter fare with the dark stuff, and for that I usually turn to either cozies or historical mysteries. One of my favourite historical mysteries released in 2013 is Heirs of the Body. Heirs of the Body is the 21st book in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series and it’s a good one. I love that it's set in the 1920s (one of my favourite decades) and in England because we get to see a bit of what it was like for an English woman back then. Though I think ...more
It's been a while since I've last visited with Daisy. In this latest adventure she heads back to her old home Fairarces to help the current Lord of the Manor Edgar and his wife Geraldine look for a new heir. As Edgar and Geraldine have no children to inherit and the estate in entailed, it has to go to an heir who descends strictly from male bloodlines. After a notice is sent out, four probable heirs step forward. From England is Vincent who has made his money in the hotel business in South Afric ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Daisy's brother Gervaise died in the Great War, the title of Lord Dalrymple went to a distant cousin, and Daisy was free to marry Scotland Yard inspector Alec. Now, though, with cousin Edgar having no descendants, there's a push to find the next heir to the title. The lawyer must go back to Daisy's great-grandfather, who had a ne'er-do-well son who married beneath him and took off for Jamaica. He apparently had a family, but there are no local records. Advertising for a possible heir, the l ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
Daisy Fletcher is back and this time the mystery is very close to her former home, Fairacres. Cousin Edgar, the current Viscount Dalrymple has realized that it is time to find an heir since he and his wife are not getting one via the traditional method. Heirs of the body seem to be one of the Hot Themes of 2013-2014 as Rhys Bowen has a similar problem in her latest book. Daisy is asked to help go through the list of claimants to help determine which person has the most valid claim. Edward’s lawy ...more
Zoe Glanville
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great cozy murder mystery and full of intrigue and speculation absolute top notch love it
Nicole Gozdek
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rückkehr in die 1920er Jahre: "Heirs of the Body", bereits der 21. Band der historischen Krimireihe "Daisy Dalrymple" von Carola Dunn, versetzt uns wieder in die spannende Zeit, wo Polizeiarbeit noch aus der Befragung von Zeugen, Suche nach Motiven und belastendem Beweismaterial ohne DNA bestand. Das Motiv ist dieses Mal klar: Es geht um das Erbe des Titels Lord Dalrymple und des Anwesens Fairacres. Daisy Cousin Edgar, der nach dem Tod ihres Vaters den Titel erbte, und seine Frau sind nämlich ki ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This installment of the Daisy Dalrymple series is another leisurely foray into the world of the gentry and nobility. Edgar Dalrymple, the current viscount, has been made aware of the need to designate an heir to the title and estate. Since Edgar and his wife have no children, a search is launched for the putative heirs of the body (no adoptees allowed). Since the only line not thoroughly mined for heirs is that of a black sheep in the family several generations back, the legal search brings toge ...more
Anna Bergmark
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
177 pages to the dead body?

Yeah, you're right. The pre-murder foreplay is steadily getting longer in this series, and the reason is simple enough; once the police investigation starts the quality time with Daisy is over and what's left is endless interviews with the suspects and very little else.

I've read many a review here on Goodreads pointing out what a drag that is, husband/detective Alec taking up far to much time and space, his spouse outperking him by miles and the police procedures being
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
It is 1927. Daisy has been recruited to help her cousin Edgar identify the next heir to Fairacres, since he and his wife do not have children and Daisy, the last child of the previous earl, cannot inherit the entailed estate. With the help of the family solicitor, several candidates are identified immediately: one is a hotelier from Scarborough, one is a South African diamond merchant and two are from the Caribbean, descendants of Daisy's great grandfather's black sheep younger brother. They all ...more
Anne Borrowdale
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the third Daisy Dalrymple mystery I've read. Set in the 1920s, they feature the aristocratic-but-married-to-common-detective Daisy and her sleuthing spouse. They're a light read, reasonably well written and plotted. I've found the opening chapters of all of them confusing, with lots of different and not easily distinguishable characters. Things became clearer as this one went on, and it's my favourite of the ones I've read so far. The Bloody Tower - set in the Tower of London - confused ...more
Cathy Cramer
After a slow start about legal terminology, I enjoyed this Daisy Dalrymple mystery, as I have most of the others in the series. I can relate too well to the mothers wondering about their adventuring kids, and I enjoyed hearing about the celebrations.

I did figure out whodunit, but I didn't have all the puzzle pieces together. I did figure out what happened to Martha and why - but Daisy seemed to be a little slow on that one.
Nancy Reynolds
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, no. I only have one more book to go before I've completed the Daisy books (at least those written thus far). AND I have to wait until June 9th - when it actually is released to the public. Oh, well. This was another really great read - but could be confusing to keep all the possible heirs straight. It was lovely to get to know more of Daisy's family - and learn more about the complications of inheritance. And fun to keep us guessing what was going on throughout the book. Really fun. And now ...more
Marie Willingham
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am not sure why I love the Daisy Dalrymple books but I do. They are 'fluffy escapism' (borrowed from another reviewer), she uses the same stock phrases each book and all the Lords and Ladies could easily be annoying- but it's not. Dunn does what she does well, I care about her characters and want to hang out with them even if they are a bit lazily sketched. I don't think I'd even mind if there wasn't a murder! But of course there is, and the mystery element is usually enticing and clever enoug ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it

I picked this up because it was a detective novel set in the 1920s, and on that score it didn't disappoint. The book was entertaining but also occasionally pedantic—do we need to discuss the fee for a telegram in England circa 1920? That being said, ordinarily I would relish this sort of a discussion. The fact that I'm even cognizant (and even disparaging) of these historical quirks is because they broke the narrative rhythm.

Also, part of 'the mystery' in this book was frustratingly obvious. (vi

Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The latest in the Daisy Dalyrymple series finds Daisy trying to identify the rightful heir to her family’s title and estate. Filled with characters from the past and gentle criticism of England’s holding on to Victorian mores, this is a gentle read. Cousin Edgar’s passion about his study of butterflies and moths, with wonderful research imbedded in the plot, has unexpectedly caught my interest in the last few books. The many details about the small village in England and its inhabitants, the slo ...more
Norma Huss
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historic
This 1920s mystery involves the then British system of inheritance, with only male children allowed to inherit estates along with the title and how far back in the line they might look to find a suitable heir. This series star, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is helping to authenticate the varied claimants. Of course, murder is involved---but it doesn't show up right away.

This is, I think, the 21st of the series. Daisy is now married, has twins, and still the nicely involved, original, enjoyable stori
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Moral: if you are titled, for Heaven's sake never lose sight of your heir! What a crazy family mix-up when Daisy's cousin, Lord Dalrymple, starts a worldwide search for his heir, that is the next to have the title. They must go back several generations to find an eligible family member who had sons - and he had FOUR! So of course four men turn up with papers and stories to prove their title . . . to the title. And then, suspicious accidents begin to happen!! Great fun! Another entertaining (and ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another highly enjoyable Daisy Dalrymple mystery! What's up this time? Daisy's cousin wants his lawyer, and Daisy, to find out who will inherit the Dalrymple viscountcy and estate. Daisy's father didn't prepare for his early death, and Daisy and her Mother lost their home and Daisy her title. As the possible heirs arrive at the family home, accidents begin to happen to the various distant family members. But are they accidents? Will daisy and her husband sort it all out? Thisis an excellent read ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was definitely one of the best Daisy adventures. I really enjoyed it, though I will warn you there is a good deal of exposition. If you're the type of reader who wants an early "body drop," it might be best to skip this book. It was after Chapter 17 before the murder.

I would say I was guessing who the killer was until the end, but I was not. Even so it was fun and well-crafted. I thought the series was getting a bit formulaic, but this one was much more reminiscent of the earlier books.
Victoria Brinius
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a little hard to understand the relationship between Daisy and her husband. I enjoyed the era the book was set in. The mystery killer had to be found through sleuthing, because there was no DNA. It was interesting that Daisy was allowed in the interviews, etc. because a woman was not usually allowed to do that back then. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Night Owl Reviews, however all opinions are my own.
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Linda Smatzny
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the twenty-first book featuring Daisy Dalrymple. This time Daisy is invited to help select the next person to be Edgar's heir since he has no children. The process takes time and comes to a head at Edgar's birthday party in August. All of the possible heirs plus Daisy & Alec are at Fairacres. After everyone arrives, there begins a series of accidents but Daisy & Alec are not sure if they are really accidents. Eventually a death occurs which allows Alec officially to investigate. ...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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