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Styx and Stones

(Daisy Dalrymple #7)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,116 ratings  ·  141 reviews
In the 1920's, in post-WWI England, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, newly married to Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher, is asked by her brother-in-law to discreetly investigate a series of poisoned pen letters that many of the local villagers have been receiving. When the pompous and unbearable brother of the local vicar is killed by a very large rock dropped on his head f ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Kensington (first published 1999)
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Bridget Martin No foul language but there are foul deeds; murder and all the reasons for the poison pen letters.

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Karen ⊰✿
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno_2018
The honourable Daisy Dalrymple once again trips over a body in this 7th instalment. This time she is asked by her sister's husband to find the person sending him (and we then find out others) poison pen letters. Naturally, just like in Agatha Christie's 'The Moving Finger' the suspect must be an unmarried middle-aged woman who likes to gossip... so that helps narrow down the field!! :o

These books are a bit of fun and easy to listen to on audio :)
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Daisy Dalrymple, a well-bred, earnest, and deeply inquisitive journalist in the 1930s, has discovered yet another mystery. People in her sister's village have been getting cruel anonymous notes about their secret foibles*. People get increasingly tense, until at last, someone is killed. Daisy and her fiancee Alec, a Scotland Yard Inspector, investigate.

I liked this book a bit better than the last few in the Dalrymple series. All the suspects are interesting, and Dunn is good at creating the cos
I didn't enjoy this as much as most. Gossip & another murder, same old thing, & the end was anticlimactic. She has a too fast fight with Alec, but the theme of atheism was interesting. I've often wondered how people can have faith in a religion after witnessing atrocities such as those of WWI.

Well narrated & enjoyable, though. These books are candy reads, a nice change from more serious books.
Not as interesting a plot as some of this series. I agree that the quarrel between Daisy and Alec is settled far too quickly. But equally, it blew up really fast, and there wasn't much quarrel, though the issue was a serious one.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

Styx and Stones is basically the same as the other Daisy Dalrymple books in its basic outline: somehow, Daisy ends up finding a dead body, and getting embroiled in the case to discover exactly what happened, despite Alec’s best efforts. In this case, she gets involved because her brother-in-law asks for her help in a little matter of someone writing poison pen letters to him — and perhaps to various other people in the village. Taking Alec’s daughter Belinda with her fo
Stevie Carroll
I love Daisy, but this wasn't my favourite of her adventures. Too much of the solutions to the two main mysteries seemed to rely on luck rather than deduction, and the romantic subplot also got resolved too easily. Hopefully the series will pick up again with the next book.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Even though this looked like a book I try to avoid, I actually liked this more than I thought I would. It was a fun and enjoyable read. This is the 7th book in the Daisy Dalrymple series. I look forward to reading more.

What I liked the most, was the dialog. It was well done. It sounded prim and proper, but it wasn't stiff. I also appreciated Daisy. Her strength was charming and she was capable of carrying the whole story.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The weakest of the series this far but still pleasantly enjoyable.

The causal sexism gets a bit tedious but I guess that's a symptom of the times!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#7 in the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, magazine writer and heiress (no inheritance due to British entailed system) mystery series. It is August, 1923 and Daisy agrees to stay with her older sister and husband to investigate who is behind the poison pen letters going to her brother-in-law and other town members. At her sister’s request she brings Alec’s daughter, Belinda (nearky 11), with her because she gets along with Daisy’s nephew. Soon there is a murder and Alec (the Scotland Yard Detective Ch ...more
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This installment of the Daisy Dalrymple series was much better than the last. Although the setup was a bit wierd (Daisy's brother-in-law asks her to help him find who has been sending him letters accusing him of adultery), the whole story flowed much better than in the previous book, Dead in the Water. This book concentrates a lot of Daisy's relationship with Alec's daughter, Belinda, and those scenes add depth to both characters.

Overall, I think these books are just a little too short. If they
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a fun romp in the earlier Daisy Dalrymple books. I still have one more to catch up on the series, but I think I'm Daisied-out for a while. Still, this one was a lot of fun featuring a poison pen letter writer and a man found murdered in the village churchyard. When Daisy's brother-in-law asks her to investigate the poison pen letters he has been receiving, how can she resist. She had already promised to visit him and her sister and bring along Belinda, her stepdaughter-to-be. Once again ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like Daisy Dalrymple. In this installment, she is asked by her brother in law to come and visit Kent and to help investigate the series of poison pen letters that he has been receiving. Daisy takes along Belinda, Alec Fletcher's daughter, and begins to look into the letters but soon finds that there are many more people receiving letters than she originally knew. When the local vicar's brother is killed (and discovered by Daisy) she and Alec begin to uncover all the dirty little secrets in the ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I missed part of the argument and making up but overall very enjoyable story of Daisy getting asked to look into poison pen letters and being drawn into murder, as usual. Interesting interactions between her, her sister and Alec and there was a hilarious conversation about his family where she was asked if he was from a particular family and for her to say that he was closer to Scotland, referencing Scotland Yard.
Daisy Dalrymple's brother-in-law Lord John is getting poison pen letters, and asks Daisy for help. Soon she's in the midst of a classic village mystery. When she finds a murdered body in the churchyard, her Scotland Yard fiancé Alec comes running to bail her out. But Daisy doesn't know if the victim is the poison pen writer, or has found out who the writer is.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
As with the other books in this series, it's a simple mystery, with no great depths of character or intrigue. But it was a fun listen when occupied with housework or travelling - I find that I don't want them too complex when doing other things, or I miss key points as I get distracted.

Not my favourite cozy mystery series, but it generates some interest because of its setting in he 1920s.
K. East
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was a bit different. In fact, I think the reason I continue with these, all in a row, is because each mystery is a bit different from the last one. Some cozy mysteries get stuck in a rut, replaying the same characters and setting -- and you always know who the "suspects" are because they are the only new people in the book. These seem to change setting so often, there's a new cast of characters each time, although as time passes, there are repeat characters, as one might expect. I think ...more
Bridget Martin
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
poison pen letters
Not a challenging or dark read. To me it seemed to end abruptly but perhaps I was not attentive. I did not care too much for any of the characters.
In earlier books Carola Dunn provided a deeper understanding of the horror of WW 1. It was a major factor in one major character's current dilemma but that was said more than shown.
I also did not feel I understood the relationship between the brothers.
Daisy's sister was ignored through most of the book. For the small attenti
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The town of Rotherden is enduring a spate of poison pen letters in Styx and Stones, the seventh book in Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, and Lord Johnny Frobisher has called in his sister-in-law, Daisy, to investigate. Taking Belinda, the nine-year-old daughter of her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, Daisy goes to Kent and begins getting to know everyone, only to discover that almost everyone seems to be getting these poorly-written letters full of invective against their sins, but ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
While it is a typical Daisy Dalrymple mystery, it held my interest throughout. Each one builds on the last, so I like reading them in order. Daisy finds mystery and trouble wherever she goes, much to her fiance's dismay. This one is no different. The current mystery involves "Poison Pen" letters being sent to many residents in a small, rural community. I thought there could have been a better ending, but I didn't write the book and the ending she chose was OK. I hope I haven't given anything awa ...more
Another enjoyable installation in this series, though the main plot seemed a little thinner than previously. Daisy comes to the assistance of her brother-in-law and small town gossip turns into murder. This one seemed like the journey was more important than the solution and it was an enjoyable enough journey. My biggest frustration was too much hinged on timely confessions rather than detecting. In fact, the majority of the “detecting” here was Daisy talking to people. A very important activity ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This 7th in the Daisy Dalrymple series is a slightly better than average cozy mystery. Set in a traditional village in England around 1930, Daisy promises to help her brother-in-law, Lord John Frobisher, find out who is behind the poison-pen letters remind him of his one lapse in fidelity to his wife, Daisy’s sister. As she investigates, she finds that Lord John isn’t the only one in the village receiving the poison pen letters. Although the letters are upsetting, they don’t seem to be dangerou ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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Marjorie French
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book the Vicar in this English village lost his faith after being in the trenches of WWI. He said he could not worship a God who allowed so much bloodshed and death. I imagine that could easily happen in war. Of course this revelation shocked Daisy, but did not turn her away from him. Daisy, having lost her brother and fiance in the war, knows how terrible war is. The book description says that Daisy and Alec are newly married in this book, but that is incorrect. They were still engaged, ...more
Kimberly Ann
At the behest of Daisy's brother-in-law she begins investigating a series of poison pen letters he is receiving. Much to her dismay, Daisy finds that gossip is the main occupation of the local church's Women's Institute and not only is there no small number of suspects, there is also no small number of victims.

Then there's the body of the Vicar's brother (wearing the Vicar's hat) found pinned under the fallen angel statue. The question being who was the intended victim? The Vicar or
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable addition to the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. I thought this one was better then the last although I do have to say the description of this book is wrong Daisy and Alec are not married yet, they are still just engaged. Speaking of which I think the only real irritant of this story is the unnecessary relationship drama. There was one twist I did not see coming at all and the mystery was well written. I will definitely be reading the next one.
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Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, own-books
Undemanding fun. Witty, and good on the social background (in this case, some of the aftermath of the First World War continuing to affect people's lives - a vicar who has lost his faith, for instance). Not really convinced by the murderer but a neat way of getting another character out of a problem!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I really love the youngsters Belinda and Derrick (and of course Tinker the dog) but overall this mystery suffers from too many side characters who blended together or are dropped from the narrative along the way. Seriously, if you’re going to have a group of village ladies who gather for tea and scandal, they had better be so arch a Roman aqueduct is running over them.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was interesting mainly because of the recurring series characters, but the mystery itself was not terribly compelling. I’m unclear why the author presents the confrontation and arrest of the murderer off scene, almost as an afterthought, but it wasn’t very satisfying. Still I enjoy the series, and I definitely plan to continue with it.
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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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