“Death at Wentwater Court” is a re-release of Carola Dunn’s first Daisy Dalrymple mystery. I’d never picked up one of Dunn’s books before but this was very enjoyable read. The cover is beautiful, with a textured cover, promising a book that is a treat from picking it up to finishing the last page.
The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, in 1923 England, has decided that instead of living with her mother or marrying, she will instead make her own way in the world as a writer. She lands an assignment writing about lesser known manor houses and for her first subject heads to Wentwater Court. Filled with bickering family members and an unwelcome guest, the atmosphere is less than pleasant, but the tension is soon ratcheted up when one of the guests if found dead in a drowning accident. Unfortunately, the accident soon appears to be more than it seems. Daisy must not only write her article but help solve this mystery if she wants to continue her independent life.
I’m a fan of English murder mysteries, especially those set before World War II, and I’ve read a huge number of them over the years. But somehow the Daisy Dalrymple books had escaped my notice. After reading the first one, I’m determined to fix that and plan on reading more by Carola Dunn. The plot was entertaining, the characters interesting, and I was left intrigued about the possibility of a future relationship for Daisy and another character. All in all, this book should be a must read for fans of what is known as the “tea cozy” mystery.
More than twenty years ago, Carola Dunn introduced to the world the charming, vivacious and perspicacious Daisy Dalrymple and the tumultuous decade of the 1920s, in an England barely starting to recover from World War I and now undergoing rapid social changes.
In early 1923, the young Honourable Daisy Dalrymple has made a decision that shocks her social class--instead of living in the Dower House with her mother and being supported by her relatives, she's decided to make her own living as a writer. Landing an assignment for Town & Country to write a series of articles on country manor houses, Daisy travels to Wentwater Court to research her first piece. There she finds a household in turmoil, filled with holiday guests and recriminations. But that's nothing compared to the uproar when one of those guests drowns in a tragic early-morning skating "accident." When it is learned that this was anything but accidental, Scotland Yard is called in and a young Chief Inspector, one Alec Fletcher, is called in to investigate. And therein hangs a tale…
A series with all the charm of the classic golden age mysteries with the kind of full-blooded, three dimensional characters that define the best of modern mystery, the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries have been a favorite for more than two decades. Now, with this reissue, readers can enjoy it from the very beginning.