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Lost Cause

(Daisy Dunlop Mystery #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Daisy Dunlop thinks “heir hunting” is a perfect career. Too bad she has to work with her husband’s best mate, Irish PI Solomon Liffey. They’ve barely spoken since he took her husband Paul’s request to keep her safe far too literally and handcuffed her to the kitchen sink.

Solomon has no interest in babysitting a new partner, especially this one. The woman’s a bleedin’ liab
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published September 14th 2014 (first published July 1st 2014)
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Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rundown: The protagonist, Daisy, is a British "housewife", thirty-something with a teenage son at home, and a husband, and all the usual stuff. Apparently she has trouble holding down jobs and wants excitement, so her dear husband, Paul, sends her off to his buddy Solomon, a private investigator, where she tries her hand at "heir finding". Paul's vain hope is that she'll learn detection is boring, quit, and go back to a quiet office job, or something like that. Of course, she gets pretty quickly ...more
Barb Taub
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Daisy Dunlop of JL Simpson’s Lost Cause: She’s Bridget Jones Meets Miss Marple

Daisy Dunlop loves a challenge but heir hunting is supposed to be easy. She can deal with anything her new job throws at her, except the bullets, bombs and working with P.I. Solomon Liffey. Her husband’s best friend is supposed to be looking out for her, but when she uncovers Solomon’s biggest secret he’s the one who needs protection.

You basically have two choices with this review:

1. Go straight to Amazon or even
Cathy Ryan
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
4.5 stars
I was given a copy by the author in return for an honest review

Daisy Dunlop is a heroine like no other, at least none that I’ve been introduced to. She’s very happily married to Paul, smart, sassy and acts on impulse which very often lands her in hot water. After Daisy’s several doomed career attempts Paul enlists the very reluctant help of his best friend, Solomon.

Now Daisy has a new job opportunity which Paul hopes will keep her out of trouble. With her eclectic taste in clothes and r
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
**I was provided a copy of this ebook from the author for honest review**

I wish I had better news to report on this book. I wanted to love it - the description in the synopsis was fascinating. Unfortunately, the book just didn't live up to my expectations. First of all, I spent a vast amount of time googling what various British slang meant. I do understand that this book was based in Britain, but the slang was so heavy at times that it was practically in another language, from my non-British pe
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After years of reading in the mystery genre almost exclusively, this one still started out NOT like all the others, which I always look for. Daisy, while not afraid to use her female assets in order to extract information and a bit flighty (my own opinion as I read about her past work experiences) is a very likeable character with a strong personality, good values overall & intelligence.

Solomon is mysterious and while on the surface appears a bit cold; he really is quite admirable himself. H
Meredith Amelotti
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I received an electronic copy from the author to review, but in no way does that have an influence on my opinions and views.

I felt like the first chapters were rocky with me. My interpretation of Daisy was rather weak, but as the plot line progresses you can definitely see how Daisy becomes a stronger character.

Once I got passed chapter two I was drawn into the action. No one could get me to stop reading until I had finished this novel. I would be literally walking around with my face in my Ki
Veronica ⭐️
Lost Cause is the first in the Daisy Dunlop Mystery series. Daisy is a bored housewife she wants to work and get some excitement back in her life. Her husband, Paul, convinces his best friend, Solomon, to take her under his wing in his private investigator company hoping she will get bored quickly and quit. Solomon owes Paul a favour so he begrudgingly takes Daisy on. He figures she can’t get into too much trouble hunting down the heir to a recent inheritance. And so starts Daisy’s heir hunting ...more
Amber Foxx
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you could read nonstop. Witty, naughty, fast-paced, well-plotted.
Think of an R-rated British I Love Lucy with a whole tangle of mysteries—a missing heir, insurance fraud, a man with a secret, and murder—and you’ll get a sense of what you’re in for. Daisy is a colorful character. She’s smart, attractive, accident prone, inquisitive, and happily married to a man who wants to keep her out of trouble, though the job he finds for her does nothing of the sort. It was refreshin
Kate McVaugh
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book! Daisy, heir hunter/PI in training, is the kind of gal I’d like to know. Having failed in other career choices, she’s determined to succeed in her new profession and prove both her husband, Paul, and his best mate, Solomon, wrong. The men think a few days working with PI Solomon will cure Daisy of her desire to hunt down missing heirs. Oh, but are they ever wrong!
What is truly unique about this story is the relationship between Daisy and the two men. She’s happily married
J Wrin
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Cause is a fast-moving read centred around a most likeable heroine: Daisy Dunlop. Daisy is spontaneous, irreverent and, above all, fun. Her love-hate relationship with her partner/minder Solomon is never dull and their exchanges always made me smile. Lost Cause is one of those rare books that I was sorry to see end, probably because it was so approachable. I can't wait for the next instalment, but I guess I'll have to.
Ted Tayler
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Comical capers"

Great fun to read. A real page-turner with ditzy Daisy Dunlop leading the way. Never short of humour, and with Solomon providing a different breed of partner to the norm, this never sinks to the run-of-the-mill plot line. I've not read any of the other books in this series - yet, but this first outing encourages me to dive in and follow Daisy wherever she goes.
Kathryn Lynn
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
The book was entertaining--the story and characters were vivid and compelling--but the poor word choice and grammar kept tripping me up.
Diane Coto
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Heir hunting — How hard could it be? Daisy Dunlop thought it would be ‘easy peasy’.

“… she couldn’t imagine any need to shoot people when she was about to tell them they had inherited their dearly departed’s worldly goods.”

Her husband, Paul, called in a favor from his best friend, Irish P.I. Solomon Liffey, to help her with her first case. She needed to locate the missing Lord Tobias Wareham, heir to the estate of the late Duke of Mardon. Both Paul and Solomon think this is just another amateur p
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this paperback through the First Reads giveaway.

This novel is fast paced, has lots of action and an interesting story line. The portrayal of Daisy’s character is sometimes confusing. Although she is the mother of a 14 year old and enjoys a stable, loving relationship with her son’s father, she does not demonstrate the insight, maturity, ability to consider consequences or deal with frustration that would be necessary to sustain these relationships. In fact, her thought processes and s
Shelly Wygant
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Meet Daisy who thinks heir hunting will be easy and is learning the ropes from her husbands best buddy Solomon. Daisy can't seem to stay out of trouble and Solomon is the sexy PI who is constantly rescuing her.

The characters in this story are great. They make you laugh. Daisy is determined to get more information on Solomon because no really knows him. I love how he has a mysterious air around him and it keeps you guessing what secret he is holding. There are moments in this book that will make
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kindle Copy for Review

Daisy Dunlop believes that her new career as a heir hunter is perfect for her.

So her husband Paul asks his best friend Irish PI Solomon Liffey to help her out things go quickly out of hand. Keeping her safe due to her husband wishes as he handcuffs her to the kitchen sink, they barely speak to each other.

Solomon does not want to babysitter and thinks she is a liability. He thinks she has no sense of danger as she flirts easily and she tends to stick her nose into people’s b
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A murder /mystery with a marvellous funny side.
Solomon is a private investigator. His best friend and brother in arms, from their time in the English army, has called in a favour. His wife wants to be a heir hunter, Solomon is supposed to show her how boring that will be, and keep her safe. That will prove to be easier said than done.
Daisy is determined to prove she is up to the challenge of her new job. Dealing with the obnoxious, and secretive Solomon will be the worst part of it. Her ta
Norma Huss
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Daisy Dunlop wants to find missing heirs and her new boss wants to convince her she doesn't want to work for him. Actually, her new boss is her husband's best friend, and said new boss is taking Daisy on as a favor he doesn't really want to repay in this particular way. (That comes out as you read, but it doesn't spoil the story to read it here.) This is an entertaining how/who dunit, and add in a few whys and how many and just how fatal might that be, and you begin to get it. It's a romp with g ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Dunlop is a bored English housewife. Paul her husband convinces Solomon his best friend to hire her to work at his P.I company. Thinking she'll get bored and quit. Since Solomon owes Paul a favor he agrees and gives her the job of finding the Heir to a recent inheritance. And so starts Daisies career.It was a fun read. Crime, suspense, thriller story with comedy through out. The different crimes being investigated crossed over and at times intermingled which kept you wondering what would h ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2016, arc
The audiobook narrator was a perfect fit for this story. I enjoyed the cosy mystery/amateur detective/light and fun feel. It was refreshing to read a story that focussed on the mystery and didn't get complicated by a romance thread. I kept expecting it to turn romantic, which would have disappointed me as the heroine claimed to be happily married. Thankfully, she remained happily married to the end, though got herself caught up in all manner of problems on the way.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
Accurate rating 3.5*

Pretty good.
No, David! No!
This is hard for me. On the one hand, there were some funny scenes, and I liked that it was at least a little different from many of the other mysteries I have read.

The issue I had over and over was feeling like things were just a little off. For example: Several times I was reading and i felt like there was a sentence missing, or a logical step that i didn't see. I usually am able to put together mysteries really well, but I had a number of, "what just happened" moments. Have you ever looked a
Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars

Daisy is an in your face character you can't help fall in love with. She is set to work with her husband's best friend, Solomon - a P.I. The Irish git as she calls him. Theirs is an antagonistic relationship but their mutual love for Paul has them get along. Solomon is mysterious and Daisy tries to figure him out. Between the humour and fast pace, you can't help but enjoy this story. The second half of the book flew past and I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read

I thought this might just be a light read, but I was very pleased to find an intriguing and humorous story! And romance! Though not between the leading lady and handsome Irish (swoon) PI, but between Daisy and her husband Paul, as Solomon (hot Irish PI) is Pauls best friend- plus the reason that Daisy (to Solomons dismay) is working as his secretary. I really enjoyed watching Daisy get her feet wet in the heir finding part of PI work, though she didn't know that's not all it would b
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I found this an enjoyable read. Unlike a previous reviewer, I did not find the British slang difficult to follow. I liked Daisy and Solomon's bantering, but I did find the flirting/sexual tension to go a bit overboard for someone that is so in love with her husband. Even though Daisy tends to be a trouble magnet, she is very intelligent. It is nice to see she isn't just another damsel in distress. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.
Julie Howard
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice for a change to have a leading lady that is married and not torn between which man to end up with or getting over a break up, leading to more romance than mystery. The love/hate relationship between Daisy and Solomon had me laughing out loud. I am now off to buy it as an audio book.
Queen Talk Talk
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of banter and sleuthing.

English private investigators aren't supposed to carry guns but they do shoot off their mouths. The book has an interesting crime spree. The verbal barbs were my favorite part.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is a funny romp of a story about a missing dog that slowly turns into so much more. I loved the characters in the book and can’t wait for the next one as they are so likeable and relatable.
Amanda Williams
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad mystery with some hilarious laugh out loud moments. The characters are fun to get to know and I enjoyed this book very much. The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat.
Heather Clowes
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Weill done on this book. I loved every minute of this book and it kept me wanting to stay up and finish it.
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