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Fatal Fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night…Daisy Darlymple is delighted to accept an invitation from her old school friend. Gwen Tyndall lives at Edge Manor in the Cotswolds and Daisy’s visit will coincide with their annual fireworks display on 5th November. But this year, amid the festivities, Gwen’s father and another man are found dead. It would appear that Sir Harold turned tFatal Fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night…Daisy Darlymple is delighted to accept an invitation from her old school friend. Gwen Tyndall lives at Edge Manor in the Cotswolds and Daisy’s visit will coincide with their annual fireworks display on 5th November. But this year, amid the festivities, Gwen’s father and another man are found dead. It would appear that Sir Harold turned the gun on himself after shooting his guest.But could this apparent suicide be murder? After all, Sir Harold was notoriously bad tempered and there was no love lost between him and his children. And when Daisy and her husband uncover an explosive family secret , it soon becomes clear that a trigger-happy killer will go to any length to keep it hidden…...

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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Gunpowder Plot Reviews

  • Victoria
    2018-11-24 22:01

    What a horrific ending, but it felt fitting all the same.

  • Olga Godim
    2018-12-16 00:37

    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 word in the author’s expansive vocabulary I’ve never read before. Antediluvian – do you know what it means? I didn’t, but a dictionary came to my rescue. I won’t tell though.This book was pure joy to read. Using Daisy’s favorite word: spiffing.The only problem I have is with the cover blurb. In the blurb, the murder victim is called a viscount, while in the book he is a baronet. I wonder if whoever wrote the blurb even read the book. If not, it’s their loss.

  • Susan
    2018-12-13 00:06

    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, Scotland Yard ace Alec and his men are called on to clear up the deaths.

  • B.R. Stateham
    2018-12-13 18:55

    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.

  • Aoife
    2018-11-24 18:46

    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.

  • Kaitlyn Dunnett
    2018-12-18 20:38

    Another fast, fun read. I was sure I knew who dunnit . . . and I was wrong.

  • Lynette Davison
    2018-11-27 00:37

    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!

  • Helen
    2018-12-18 03:01

    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 daughters. Also in the household are Barbara, Gwen's sister, and Jack, her brother and Sir Harold's heir. Nearby are their sister Adelaide, widowed by the War, and her mother-in-law. Also Addie's two preteen sons, whom Alec describes as criminals in training, are home for midterm break.There is a great deal of tension in the house because Jack wants to be an aeronautical engineer and has brought Miller, an engineer from a local aviation firm , to help convince his father. Since his father calls Miller a bounder there doesn't seem to be much hope there.Things remain below boiling point until the festivities begin. The criminals in training have removed some of the rockets from the display and Jack chases after them. All the county families are there for the event so it is unfortunate that Jack catches Addie in the middle of the dining room where all the guests are filling their plates and lights into her about her sons' behaviour. Their mother points out their lack of manners but it is only a few minutes before manners are the least of the family's worries. Sir Harold is discovered dead at his study desk near a visiting Australian woman who is staying at the local inn with her husband and whom Jack invited up to the house for the bonfire.Alec is called in and it all becomes very messy, since the estate covers parts of two counties and the Lord Lieutenant of one and the Chief Constable of the other were among the guests. I have a question: how are lord lieutenants and chief constables appointed? I'm assuming the positions are in the monarch's gift but do they tend to be inherited? Alec says the chief constable is only a courtesy policeman, so is the position there to make sure that there is some supervision of police work by someone of "good" family? The lord lieutenant is described as having only a ceremonial function so what does he do?The characters are all believable, even Mr. Gooch, the Australian's husband. The antedeluvian butler is rather a nice touch, since if they had pensioned him off where would they have found another? There is perhaps a little too much slipping outside for a walk so characters can have a quiet chat but I sympathise with Alec who really does need a little privacy to question witnesses. It does have a satisfying ending, even regarding those boys who are definitely in for a sharp shock when they arrive at boarding school.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-09 21:03

    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 eye--or at least, he was. Now finished with Cambridge, he declares he's going to be an engineer, bringing an older, middle-class mentor of his to the manor to help convince his father. His father is not convinced, especially since the mentor, Mr. Miller, is interested in Gwen--and she returns his interest. Things come to a head when Jack spontaneously invites an Australian couple to the celebration dinner--and the evening ends in murder, and, of course, calling in Alec to solve the crime--with Daisy's help, of course.Even though I figured out the motive and murderer fairly early in this, I enjoyed it nonetheless for the setting and characters. I do love a good interwar manor house murder mystery, and Daisy is such an appealing character.

  • Susan
    2018-12-16 21:55

    While Alex is away working on a case, a pregnant Daisy visits the country home of an old friend, Gwen Tyndall. Gwen is one of those women left “superfluous” by the loss of a generation of young men in WWI. Her father, the tyrannical Sir Harold is determined that his son Jack will inherit the title and take over management of the estate. However, Jack is far more interested in the prospects offered by his friend, the decidedly middle class aeronautical engineer Martin Miller. Daisy cannot help but notice that Martin shows signs of being taken with Gwen. One of the better entries in the series.

  • Hilary Tesh
    2018-12-15 19:47

    A light read, typically predictable but entertaining nonetheless. I defy anyone not to work out who the murderer is from the moment the bodies are discovered, simply because it’s obvious who isn’t the culprit! The hidden family secret isn’t much of a surprise either, although it gives the story a bit of a twist but the ending is a bit abrupt and the las chapter is used as a device to tie up the loose ends. My recommendation, don’t ever invite Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, Hercules Poirot or Daisy Dalrymple to stay at your house!

  • George
    2018-11-25 02:45

    #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 ordinary people below them.

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2018-11-20 20:05

    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.

  • Meaghan
    2018-11-21 03:05

    Once again, an okay book. It's a very quick read, or listen in my case, as I listened to the audiobook while doing housework. The problem I have with this and most of the Daisy Dalrymple books is the mystery is too easily solved.

  • Liz
    2018-12-15 00:52

    PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017 | Task 38: Book set around a holiday other than Christmas (Guy Fawkes Day)

  • Josephine
    2018-11-18 23:42

    It was okay

  • Virginia
    2018-11-29 20:46

    Love all Carola Dunn books I've read.

  • Josefina Myrman
    2018-12-10 03:03


  • Marina Sinelnikova
    2018-12-03 20:47

    Intriguing, and I liked the family portrayed.

  • Mark Macatee
    2018-12-03 20:52

    Even though I knew who committed the crime early on, I still enjoyed it. I so enjoy the recurring characters in these books.

  • Ruth Feathers
    2018-11-23 21:06

    Not who I expected.

  • Audrey
    2018-12-02 00:50

    I wanted to read a Guy Fawkes book for the holiday, but this one started off charming but ended up being tedious. A disappointment indeed.

  • Pat Beard
    2018-12-09 23:37

    It is a lucky thing that I really like the setting and characters in this series because I'm finding it all to easy to figure out whodunnit.

  • Lilania Kershaw
    2018-12-17 19:52

    Blind Freddy could see "who done it" and why, but it's still a fun read.

  • FicusFan
    2018-11-28 01:54

    I had to read a book in this series for my RL Mystery group. We pick an author/series and then each member can pick any book in it. Of course we all don't read the same book, so the discussions can be odd. I usually try to start a series at the first book. And I tried with this one, but the bookstore wasn't able to get it (my order was canceled). So I had to start with this book which I believe is the 15th in the series.Although this is my first book, yet the 15th in the series, I was pretty much able to pick everything up. Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing.The story is set in 1920s England, after WWI. The times are changing, servants are hard to find, women have short skirts, hair, and even smoke. They are not really respected, but many are unwilling to fade into the background. One of the themes running through the book was the social upheaval both within the upper class, and between classes.The main character Daisy Dalrymple, an upper crust 'Lady' is also a journalist. I gather she started the series single, but has now married a Scotland Yard Detective, Alec Fletcher (not in her class). She no longer needs to support herself, but keeps working anyway. In this book she is hugely pregnant, and has gone to the country house of an old school friend to write about their Guy Fawkes celebration, for an American magazine.Apparently her mother, an old fashioned woman is unhappy about Daisy's marrying beneath her. Daisy and several of the younger members of the upper class, find the old traditions, and mores ridiculous and too confining. The old members are of course all for holding the line against change. So in the book you end up with very stereotypical characters, complete with cheesy dialog from the 'lower orders'. While at the house there is family upheaval going on because the son and heir, Jack, doesn't want to settle on the estate and run it; he wants to move to the city and become an aeronautical engineer. He brings his mentor, Miller, with him to convince his father; Miller and one of his sisters, Gwen are sweet on each other. Of course Miller is not top drawer so his parents are appalled on both counts: abandoning his duty, and introducing this man to his sister (suitable males of the right age are scarce, since so many were killed in the war).There is a chance meeting in the local pub with an Australian couple (wife was once from the area), who have some mysterious connection, and are also not ‘posh’. Add in the fact that one of Jack's older sisters is actually running the farm and good at it, despite being a 'mere female', and you have lots of tensions and competing interests.Everyone comes to the fireworks celebration, where of course there is a double killing.The writing was mostly good, though there was a tendency to jump from one thing to another with no pacing to let the reader know that something new was starting. The setting, time period and some of the characters were well done. The major problem for me was that it wasn’t really a mystery. The book is only a little over 300 pages. The murders don't happen until almost page 100. So you have about 100 pages of set up. While that isn’t bad for a period novel it really was too long for a short mystery. Secondly we never see the crime scene. We only get the information when others talk about it or remember it. There are 2 people dead in a study, and we only have the characters’ word for what it looked like, or what they think happened. You only get any details when something is casually mentioned or even hinted at in conversation. One of the jobs of the reader in a mystery is to try to determine which characters (if any) are lying. That job is impossible when there is no way to tell what the murder scene was really like, and who might be lying or making something up.Finally although there was detecting going on, it was mostly perfunctory: insert Tab A into Slot B, type of thing. All very cut and dried and neatly laid out. It was obvious who the killer was, and of course stereotypically it was the last person one would suspect. I am not sure if the writer supplied the story with red herrings, if so, they were so weak that you didn’t really notice them, or in anyway end up taken in by them.This is not a series I will pursue on my own. I have the feeling that only the settings and details will change, but reading one will be like reading them all.

  • Seema Rao
    2018-11-23 20:02

    The Daisy Dalrymple stories are like cotton candy or maybe a pims cup, fleeting but enjoyable to consume. This is one of the better of the series.

  • Amy
    2018-11-29 22:49

    Another enjoyable light read, even if I did guess the killer really early on. It was interesting to see how it unfolded, though I did feel like it started to drag a bit towards the end and then got wrapped up a bit too quickly.

  • Carol Fillmore
    2018-12-14 02:39

    Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, journalist and mother-to-be visits school friend Gwen Tyndall at her family estate, Edge Manor, in a small Cotswolds village. The Tyndall home has been the site of Guy Fawkes Celebrations since 1606 and Daisy is on assignment for an article on Guy Fawkes for an American magazine.Amid the celebrations,her hostess's father Sir Harold and an Australian are discovered dead in the manor's study. A murder-suicide or something else? The Tyndalls are in shock and suspicions are cast on family members. The father had been a harsh man, bullied his children, 3 daughters and a son. If the murders weren't enough to shake the family up, a car crash involving another visiting Australian: survived but with many injuries, the most serious was the head. Recovery was unsure. The Tyndalls had the patient nursed at their manor. Was the Australian involved in the other deaths? Or was his accident a plot to kill him? A letter and other papers found in some clothing only deepen the mystery surrounding the deaths of Sir Harold and the Australian. Daisy's husband, Sir Alec Fletcher, a district superintendant at Scotland Yard was called in to take charge of the investigation in the small village in the Cotswolds village. His investigation, assisted by Daisy, reveals a rather juicy family secret and the murderer is revealed in a very unexpected way.The author wraps up the story by providing some followup on her friend's family which has undergone considerable tragedy. I often have wanted followup on characters ...then what happened to them? Am pleased author Carola Dunn has done this:) loved unusual ending, the historical period details and atmosphere. One Daisy Dalrymple mystery down, at least eight more to go.

  • FangirlNation
    2018-12-16 23:01

    Daisy Dalrymple goes to Edge Manor in the Cotswolds to write an article for her American publisher about its famous Guy Fawkes celebration in Gunpowder Plot by Carola Dunn. There, she finds discord among all the residents, with her friend Gwen's father, Viscount Harold Tyndall, a huge bully ready to throw fits at anything, in a rage about his son Jack's desire to become an aeronautics engineer instead of lord over the estate, as well as Gwen's obvious romantic interest in Miller, the engineer trying to recruit Jack. The cast rounds out with Barbara, the oldest sister, who loves working the land and wants to take over the job Jack doesn't want, and Adelaide, the widowed middle sister who lets her sons run wild and expects all sorts of special treatment.Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  • Abbey
    2018-11-26 18:42

    BOTTOM LINE: #15 Daisy Dalrymple, DCI Alec Fletcher, rural England, 1924; cosy police procedural, historical, gently satirical. A thoroughly unlikable Squire is shot in his library during his traditional Guy Fawkes celebration while the entire village and most of County Society are in attendance, so there’s no dearth of possible culprits. But as Alec and Daisy look into the matter, it appears that the ones closest to him were the ones who wanted him dead the most, and they’re Daisy’s friends. Another lovely time-travel visit with the very likable Daisy, beautifully researched, strongly plotted, and carefully twisted. This is one of my favorite series and, while very satisfying and enjoyable, #15 seems to be a mite anemic in tone: The Big Twist was too easily guessed, we don’t get pulled into the lives of the characters as strongly as usual, and the device of Daisy’s pregnancy has gone on for FAR too long. But Dunn’s prose is always wonderful, her wit nicely edged and sure, her plotting consistently good, and her “feel” for the period is superb. I’m anxiously awaiting her next.