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Gunpowder Plot

(Daisy Dalrymple #15)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,884 ratings  ·  134 reviews
In the winter of 1924, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and husband Alec, Scotland Yard DCI, celebrate Guy Fawkes with a country friend. On the evening before, the overly-demanding Viscount apparently shot himself in his study, after a married woman guest visiting England from Australia.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best of the series. Again at a manor house, but the plot is twisty & the suspects are impossible to chose between. It all makes perfect sense in the end, a great one. Alec actually relies on Daisy quite a bit during this one, too. About time. As usual, the characters were excellent as was the narration.

Again I really appreciated the historical bits. Not just the old stuff about they Guy Fawkes festival, but the glimpses into every day life such as babies suddenly appearing as
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I am a little bit confused as to why the book's description (written on the cover of the book) describes one of the victims as a viscount when it says multiple times in the book that he is a baronet, but as that does not particularly change the story I guess not much harm is done. I feel very clever on this one as I picked out the motive and the culprit very early on although Dunn did almost make me doubt myself on the later, so the mystery is well done. The ending is slightly disappointing as i ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wheelathon5
These books seem to be somehow improving, or perhaps it is just my mood and the need for a 1920s cozy mystery!
Daisy is back taking more of the stage in this than she did in the last book, and the mystery was an intriguig one. It took me until almost the very end to guess the murderer, and the motive.
Great fun
Olga Godim
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is one of the best novels in the series: lighthearted and fast moving. Daisy and her husband, Detective Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard Alec Fletcher, investigate the double deaths of a tyrannical father and his female guest. Nobody is sorry about the father, who terrorized his family for years, but the guest was a nice, friendly woman. Why was she killed?
Quirky family relationships and a host of colorful secondary characters complicate the investigation, as usual. And as usual, I found a
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, largely pregnant, is visiting Edge Manor, at her friend Gwen's invitation, to write an article about the Guy Fawkes' Day celebration there, which has been celebrated for four hundred years. She finds Gwen's father, Sir Harold Tyndall, upset because his only son Jack wants to become an aeronautical engineer and Jack's mentor, a man of clearly the wrong class, is interested in Gwen. But when the celebration ends with two dead bodies in Sir Harold's study, Daisy's husband, ...more
Eva Müller
I am very conflicted. The mystery-plot was simply great and had quite a few unexpected twists but towards the end it once again felt like Dunn was running out of pages and just wanted to finish quickly. It seemed that Daisy just got quite lucky with catching the killer and not that it was the result of a proper investigation.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a horrific ending, but it felt fitting all the same.
Daisy is staying with her friend Gwen at the family Manor House in the Cotswolds, and attends their annual fireworks party. She notices tension between the family members, and the presence of two unexpected guests, Mr and Mrs Gooch, appears to make things worse. Then tragedy strikes and two people are found dead in the study.

The Daisy Dalrymple books are good fun, with some witty dialogue and interesting characters. There isn't much substance to the plot, and most suspects are ruled out too qui
Karen Potts
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This was an absorbing mystery & had, as is proper, a surprising ending. One mother & her 2 boys, however, were so obnoxious & odious that I had trouble enjoying the parts that included their presence. There was the requisite happily resolved romance, & Daisy was entertaining in the cumbersome stage of her pregnancy.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Another great book in this series. I’m loving the character development between Daisy and her husband, and the way he appreciates (ok, some times grudgingly) her through processes in helping him solve the murders.
Nancy Haddock
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy the books in this series, but really, really liked this one! I don't have a compelling reason to give, overall, but the ending got to me. Daisy, her hubby, Gwen and the rest were excellent characters, and the plot moved along at a good pace. The county house setting isn't new, but it's always fun to me. The ancient butler was a bit of a source of humor as well as suspense. If you like historical mysteries set in post WWI England, you might give these a try. ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daisy is visiting Edge Manor, at her friend Gwen's invitation, to write an article about the Guy Fawkes' Day celebration there, which has been celebrated for four hundred years. Two people are killed and as per usual Daisy helps to uncover what happened; not by being a super smart sleuth but with listening and offering some kindness here and there. I really like that about Daisy. The characters, settings and atmosphere carry the series for me, the mysteries however are usually very easy to guess ...more
Claire Tomonaga
3.5 stars
B.R. Stateham
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you like Agatha Christie novels you are going to like this one from Carola Dunn. More than anything I liked peeling back Time and peering into History and observing English society of the 1920's. Fascinating!

And of course, after all the characters were laid out on who might be the killer, I missed out completely! (which I liked immensely!)

A very good 'cozy' styled mystery in the classic sense of the word.
Lynette Davison
A good quick likeable read for when home sick in bed! Nothing to heavy, likeable main characters, easy enough to work out who did it!
Laura Edwards
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read in the series. This one kept me guessing until the big secret was revealed. Then, I guessed the culprit straight off.
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fast, fun read. I was sure I knew who dunnit . . . and I was wrong.
Prachi Deore
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guessed the ending!

I guessed the ending about midway through the book. Nice easy read. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one.
Brought home from the library by my husband.
Daisy is still writing her "homes of the rich and famous" articles although she's married Alec, giving her either more or less access to his Scotland Yard cases.
In this story Daisy is writing a Guy Fox Celebration article for an American magazine and is visiting Edge Manor where Sir Harold Tyndall is reputed to have a spectacular 5th of Nov. bonfire and fireworks display. She has an in there since she went to school with Gwen, one of Sir Harold's three
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the 1920s, pregnant journalist Daisy Fletcher, wife of Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher, is at Edgecomb Manor (I think that's the name) writing an article about their Guy Fawkes day celebrations. Gwen Tyndall, youngest daughter of the house, is an old school friend. Her father, Sir Harold, is an irascible bully whom everyone in the house placates, from her oldest sister Babs, who runs the manor grounds and farms, to her often-ill mother, to her young brother Jack, apple of Sir Harold's e ...more
Victoria Ellis
Gunpowder Plot is the fifteenth in the Daisy Dalrymple series, a cosy murder mystery series set in 1920s England. This one follows Daisy as she is writing an article on a traditional Bonfire Evening festivities when a murder spoils the fun. When you read lengthy series like this one, particularly in a genre that is traditionally prescriptive you can get to feel a bit fatigued by the series. Some stories draw you in more than others and I am pleased to say that Gunpowder Plot did it for me. There ...more
Kimberly Ann
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Daisy is staying w/ a long-time friend, intending to write about Guy Fawkes for Town & Country.

While in the 3 Ravens, a local pub, she & her hosts meet up w/ a couple visiting from Australia. The young man of the manor house invites the older couple to take part in the Guy Fawkes activities & as well as dinner at the estate house.

During the dinner, the young man & his spoiled sister have a row over her rotter sons & the young man runs to talk to his father about stolen rockets.... The young man
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daisy, now six months pregnant, goes to the home of a former school friend to write about the family's gorgeous estate, especially their traditional all-out celebration of Guy Fawkes' Day with a bonfire and fireworks--and an apparent murder-suicide.

What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend for Alex when he was to arrive a few days after Daisy turns into quite the case, complete with family secrets, mischievous boys underfoot, and much mayhem.

Daisy, as always, finds herself in the middle of Al
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#15 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 the start of November, 1924 and Daisy is at Edge Manor in Cotswold to write a magazine article about the manor’s well known Gay Fawkes Day celebration. Soon Daisy finds herself in the middle of a murder, family issues of the manor family and the usual prejudices of the aristocracy for those ...more
Maggie Hesseling
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
How does she do it? Once again Daisy finds herself embroiled in murder. Away, writing an article for the American magazine on Guy Faulks, an apparent murder-suicide gives cause for Alec and his band of merry men to be brought in.

Always a pleasure to come back to a daisy mystery. Can't wait to get to the next one.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only was my prediction wrong, but every time I thought oh I know whats going to happen, or I thought I knew the motive, I was very very wrong. I don't know whether that means the book was amazing plot-wise or whether I'm simply unobservant and bad at guessing but either way I enjoyed reading this one. ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-audiobooks
While Daisy is visiting her friend, Gwen, Gwen's father and a visitor are found dead. Daisy's husband is called to investigate, with Daisy assisting. I knew from the time of the murder who and why, and there was very little detecting that went on -- it was mainly waiting for the culprit to confess. The breezy, fun style made it possible for me to finish, though, despite the lack of surprise. ...more
Unlike the previous novels in this series, I did not figure out who committed the murder in this one. I was not even close. Thus, this gets one more star than I have given others in this series that I have read.

Of course, the level of coincidence in this series is high, but that does nothing to detract from the fun.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-library, crime
I have never read anything by this author before, and the only reason I picked this up is because it was Bonfire Night, and I wanted something topical to read! It didn't seem to matter either that it's part of a series, as it's a standalone mystery, and it was easy enough to get the gist of the main characters back stories. Will definitely be reading more of these. ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another excellent book in this series, which is pretty predictable. I picked out the murderer early on, though, so it was frustrating listening to the Inspector and Daisy plod through the clues to arrive at (what I though was) the obvious conclusion. This series isn't exactly high literature, but I enjoy them. ...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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