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Death at a Country Mansion

(Daisy Thorne Mystery #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  122 reviews
“First in a new series…this lively cozy has glamour, intrigue, and romance.” – Booklist

Fans of Agatha Christie won’t want to miss this delightful new mystery set in the charming village of Edgemead in Surrey, England, where you’ll find the latest styles, the juiciest gossip — and the most tantalizing murder clues…

No one would ever accuse famous opera star Dame Serena Leva
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2020
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Natalia  R
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I thought this was a wonderful start to a new series. Set in a small English village, our protagonist, Daisy Thorne, owns a hair salon and is studying forensic psychology in her free time. When her best friend's mother, a famous opera singer, is murdered, Daisy teams up with the detective on the case to find the culprit.

A fun mystery, with some surprising twists along the way. I loved the English countryside setting and the atmosphere at the hair salon. Daisy is a smart, outgoing, and g
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
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Daisy Thorne owns the hair salon, Oh La La in Edgemead England. She is also studying forensic psychology in her spare time. Both come in handy when her best friend, Floria’s mother is found dead at the foot of the staircase of her country mansion. Dame Serena Levanté is a famous opera singer/diva with three ex-husbands and one husband who has just left her for another woman. Last seen, Serena was drowning her sorrows with enough alcohol that her tumbling to her death is easily
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Daisy Thorne is a hair stylist. Not typically someone who jumps into murder investigations. But Daisy also has an interest in forensic psychology. Her after work studies actually come in handy when her best friend's mother is found dead in her country home. The deceased was a very flamboyant diva -- a former opera star who definitely made an impression on those around her. But...who wanted her dead??

This first book in the Daisy Thorne mystery series actually caught me by surprise. I expected the
Mark Baker
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Dame Serena Levante was a world-renowned opera singer. She’s also the mother of Daisy Thorne’s best friend, Floria, so when news comes that Serena is dead, Daisy rushes to Serena’s mansion outside of the English village of Edgemead. The police quickly see that it was murder, and they believe that robbery was involved since an expensive painting is also missing from the mansion. Daisy owns the local hair salon, and it is a hub of gossip. As a result, she begins to hear things that might help the ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Ms. Innes has written a well-crafted cozy mystery that swept me up into Edgemead,England and didn't let go until the end.

Daisy Thorne owns the local hair salon, Ooh La La, and is studying forensic psychology in her off hours. I liked Daisy from the beginning with her devotion to her friends and staff. The secondary characters provided insight into both Daisy and Floria as the story progressed. A quickly paced plot, murder, theft and several suspects with a twist at the end that I only saw a glim
Kate Baxter
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun start to the exciting new "Daisy Thorne" cozy mystery series. Someone has done in the diva and a precious Modigliani painting has gone AWOL! There's way too many people with motive for silencing opera sensation, Dame Serena Levanté, not the least of which is her cadre of ex-husbands. Her diva-ness is more than skin deep as she uses and discards people left and right. In walks hair salon owner, Daisy Thorne, as comforting best friend to the Diva's daughter, Floria Levanté. Daisy is ...more
Sue Em
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series debut, and it's a winner! Harking back to Agatha Christie's country estate mysteries with a modern twist. Early on, Daisy Thorne palled around with the daughter of a legendary opera star which gave her firsthand experience with the moneyed class. Now she owns a hair salon, the center for information in their small town, while studying to become a forensic psychologist. When her friend's mother is murdered, Daisy steps up and starts investigating. Intelligent and empathetic, Daisy is a fas ...more
Our story starts with Daisy, the owner of Ooh-La-La Hair Salon and her best friend, Floria, a wealthy socialite and the only child of an Opera great Dame Serena Levanté. Upon her mother's suspicious death, Floria needs her best friend Daisy's assistance in solving what really happened to her mother. Did she die in a drunken fall over the banister? And why is a priceless Modigliani missing? Why did Floria's mother have a frozen look of horror? Throw in a handsome detective, DI Paul McGuinness, an ...more
I enjoy reading a contemporary novel based in England because I enjoy the dialogue, different lingo, and characters. Death at a Country Mansion fits the bill and has a great mystery to solve to boot.
Daisy Thorne owns a hair salon, Oh La La in a small village called Edgemead, that she worked hard to make a success, no thanks to her absent parents. Her best friend Floria is from a similar background in that her mother never has paid her much attention. Floria's mother is a famous opera star who is
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Death at a County Mansion. This story is set in England and the main character runs a hair salon. I really enjoy books set in England- it's a great escape! I found this to be a fast read with plenty to keep me turning pages! I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 3.25 star read.

An entertaining and intriguing murder mystery with a host of funny, interesting characters and a protagonist I can see becoming more fully fleshed as the series progresses.
I was more than a little thrown by the cover though as it looks to be a "serious" murder mystery or police procedural as opposed to the "cozy mystery with bite" that it is.

I received a free PDF copy of this book directly from the author via a Bookfunnel giveaway. I have voluntarily chosen to review the
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the Daisy Thorne mystery series. This is set in the English countryside and Daisy owns the Ooh La La Hair Salon (while studying forensic psychology) and her best friend is Floria daughter of Opera Dame Serena Lavante. When Floria’s mother is found dead under suspicious circumstances she asks her best friend Daisy to help her figure out what happened. Her mother fell over a bannister in her mansion and at first they think it is an accident but Floria is convinced otherwise an ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you like murder mysteries that are overflowing with humor and colorful characters this books for you. The story is based in England and involves the murder of a famous opera star at her mansion. You'll fall in love with Daisy, the owner of Ooh-La-La Hair Salon and her best friend, Floria, a wealthy socialite and the only child of the murdered opera singer. Things get interesting when they team up with handsome Inspector Paul. This was a cute story that was well written and fun to read. I rece
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good cozy. It had mystery, suspense, and humor. I excepted the story to go one way and it went completely a different direction. The ending really surprised me. It drags a little, but not enough to stop reading.( but that could have been me.) I like this book. Will read it again.
I received this book free for an honest review.
Celia Buell
Free in exchange for an honest review, via Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Kensington Books for listing. All opinions are my own.

This is the first time in a while that I've read a cozy that completely pulls me in. From the beginning, the characters were interesting and enjoyable, and the added bonus of Serena having known who the killer was was an interesting twist.

The thing was, though, this was so much more than a poorly disguised detective rom-com, or a murder mystery. There were strong the
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Right off the top, let it be known that I'm biased with respect to this story. It is an absolute cosy and I adore cosies!

Agatha Raisin or Miss Marple would have been perfectly at home solving this, but instead, we have Daisy Thorne. Daisy, who owns the village hair salon, is also studying forensic psychology which places her in an ideal position of being well acquainted with all the players and actually having some knowledge of criminal behaviour. Once the lead investigator realises this, he ma
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The charming village of Edgemead in Surrey, England is home to hairdresser & forensic psychology student Daisy Thorne. No one would ever accuse famous opera star Dame Serena Levanté of lacking a flare for the dramatic. Unfortunately, it’s curtains down on the dysfunctional diva when she’s found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her elegant home. Solving an opera singer’s murder may not be the typical hairdresser’s aria of expertise. But Dame Serena was the mother of Daisy’s best friend Floria ...more
Tracy Wood
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgemead is a quiet English village where nothing very much changes. If you do want to discover any local gossip however, you make an appointment at the Ooh La La salon, sit back, relax, be pampered, and listen. Owner Daisy Thorne is a fan of all things psychologically forensic to the point of studying it in her spare time and loves nothing better than trying out her new found skills on whatever is happening around her.

Local celebrity Dame Serena Levanté was a world famous opera singer but as h
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This well written novel reads quickly as you decide to read one more chapter before bed. Well rounded characters make it easy to get drawn into the plot, trying your best to solve the murder of a wealthy opera singer. The protagonist, Daisy, is a witty salon owner who just happens to be best friends with the victim's daughter. Set in the English countryside, scenes between Daisy and the good-looking, gruff detective play out in your mind. Suspects rotate as new information is determined making t ...more
Alice Hazelbaker
I received an ARC of this delightfully exciting EngliSh cozy murder mystery. Dame Serena LeVante is a wealthy woman with a past as an opera singer, one daughter, and numerous ex-husbands. When she falls to her death, it’s ruled an accident, but Fiona, her daughter doesn’t think it was. So she enlists her best friend, Daisy, who owns the Ooh-La-La Hair Salon to help find out the truth. There were many twists and turns, and a rather surprising ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking ...more
Ileana Muñoz
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Death at a Country Mansion was provided as an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
It was quite enjoyable. The story is about Dame Serena Levante who lives in Edgemead England. So, if you enjoy reading novels set in England, then this is the story for you. But, wait it gets better.

The main character has lived a very colorful life. She is an opera singer going on husband 4 when she is discovered dead. At first they think it's an accident, but soon it's obvious her death was no accident. Her dau
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable cozy mystery with the expected mystery, bit of romance, quirky characters, and no gore. I enjoyed this book as a light read set in England. There is a variety of characters that for the most part are well portrayed. The story has some twists and turns. I will look forward to reading additional books in this series when I’m looking for a light and entertaining read. I received an advance pdf copy of this book from the author. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Heather W
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death at a Country Mansion is the first book in the Daisy Thorne Mystery series and is a great start to this new series.

The characters are well depicted and interesting and the storyline kept my interest from start to finish. With murder, art theft, forgery, twists and turns, some romance, and lots of mystery, this is an excellent way to start this series. I am looking forward to reading more.
I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Daisy, a hairdresser turned detective in her small village where everyone knew your business. Her best friend asked her to come as her mom was dead. The evidence had piled up, but she teamed up with a certain detective to gather clues. Daisy is is force to be reckoned with as she tries to help her friend. As the clues pile up and another murder occurs, she has her work cut out for her. Death in a Country Mansion is my first introduction to Daisy, but surely not my last as the auth ...more
Anne Newman
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this easy to read book. Daisy the hairdresser with an interest in crime psychology is a good character. Her friend Floria’s mother is murdered. Now Lady Serena was not a good person & no one really liked her, but, would they kill her? The detective trying to sort everything out is strong & silent! But, he realises that Daisy is a great help. She can get people to open up & chat & of course, the gossip in the shop!! What a great help. Lots of interesting snippets finally come together.
Michele Bishop
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serena Laventa, a former Opera Diva, is murdered in her own manor. Her daughter floria and her best friend Daisy Thorne, owner of Ooh La La hair salon, try to find the killer. The police detective Paul McGuinness, finally realizes that he needs Daisy's help to solve the crime. The investigation continues and leads to another murder before the killer is unmasked. The clues lead to many possible suspects and finding the killer is not easy nor suspected. A clean mystery and an enjoyable read.

I rece
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the perfect mystery to read curled up under a blanket on rainy weekend. With Louise's talent for describe things beautifully and the comfortable pace of events, the book transports you quickly into the country setting. Caution! Will keep you up at night wanting to read just one more chapter! ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Daisy's best friend's mother is found murdered, she steps in to help solve the mystery. Owner of the Ooh-La-La hair salon, the only one in the small English Village, she hears all the latest gossip.Along with a keen sense of people skills, she helps DI Paul McGuinness solve the crime. Wonderful first book in a series. I will be reading more from this author. ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this wonderful new mystery series set in England. Death At A Country Mansion is set in Surry. England. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own for a early ARC for review.

Daisy owns a hair salon in her small English village and she is studying Forensic Psychology that she hopes will land her a job with the police department. Her best friend, Floria's mother is the famous opera singer, Dame Serena Lavante. When Dame Serena is fou
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series.
Daisy Thorne owns the local hair salon named Ooh La La When she is not working, she is studying to forensic psychology. She hopes to get a job with the local police department someday.
Daisy loves her work and all her friends and everyone that works for her which make me really like her and want to learn more about her.
Her best friend’s Mother was murdered so this gives her a chance to use the skills she has learned so far. The story is full of
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Louise R. Innes is an English cozy mystery author and creator of the Daisy Thorne cozy mysteries series.

She lives in beautiful Surrey, in a village not unlike the one in her books. When she's not writing, she can be found traipsing through the parks or kayaking on the River Thames.

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