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6 parts 6 hours 38 minutesThis first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment—and promptly stumbles across a corpse.No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new grou6 parts 6 hours 38 minutesThis first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment—and promptly stumbles across a corpse.No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground in having scandalously traded silver spoon for pen and camera to cover a story for Town and Country magazine. But her planned interviews with the inhabitants of Wentwater Court give way to interrogation after suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a dire fate on the tranquil skating pond. Armed with evidence that his fate was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard to examine an esteemed collection of suspects and to see that the unlikely culprit doesn’t slip through their fingers just as the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice....

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Death at Wentwater Court Reviews

  • Jaylia3
    2019-06-22 15:44

    This lighthearted Downton Abbey era 1920’s mystery totally charmed me. Daisy Dalrymple comes from a titled family, but after her brother was killed in the Great War and her father died in the flu epidemic their estate passed to a distant relative (shades of Jane Austen!) leaving the remaining female family members somewhat impoverished. Daisy is quite cheerful about working for a living though, and being a society girl doors open for her, so she’s off to Wentwater Court to to write a story for Town & Country magazine. Then nasty Lord Stephen Astwick dies in what looks like an early morning ice skating accident bringing police on the scene. Naturally Daisy is ready to help officials and the family in any way she can, placing her in the heart of the investigation. The handsome detective in charge isn’t, of course, in her class, but Daisy is an open minded young woman so who knows what may develop in the course of this series? This is the first of so far 21 books and another is coming out in June 2015 so I envision many happy hours of reading.

  • Judy
    2019-06-17 09:59

    A cozy mystery is a good choice for a light read. I enjoyed this first installment about Daisy Dalrymple, who is trying to establish herself as magazine writer. The mystery was a good one, and there is a hint of a later romance. I think I will look at others in this series.

  • Leah
    2019-06-12 11:49

    An entertaining cosy...It’s 1923, and the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has broken with tradition by getting a job. Hired by an up-market magazine to write articles on stately homes, her aristocratic background is useful in allowing her to mingle on an equal footing with the owners and their families. So as the book begins, Daisy is on her way to stay at Wentwater Court, home of the Earl of Wentwater. Daisy is not the only guest and she soon finds that the house is filled with tensions and misunderstandings. The Earl’s new young wife Annabel seems isolated and unhappy and is being pursued by another guest, the obviously wicked Lord Stephen Astwick. The Earls’ three grown-up children from his previous marriage are also visiting – James, showing every sign of resenting his new stepmother and hinting that she is returning Lord Stephen’s affections; Marjorie, who fancies herself in love with Lord Stephen and is wildly jealous of Annabel; and Geoffrey, his outwardly quiet manner hiding the fact that he has fallen in love with the wrong woman. Add in an old admirer of Daisy’s, and the house party is hardly set to be a great success. But when Lord Stephen falls to his death through the ice on the frozen lake at first everyone assumes it’s an accident…until Daisy’s photographs reveal that a human hand may have been at work…This is a highly entertaining mystery with all the hallmarks of a ‘cosy’ – the deeply unlikeable victim who ‘deserves’ all he gets, a rural location with a limited cast of suspects, an amateur detective. All it needs is a nice romance – enter the delicious Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of the CID! Will he be the man who can help Daisy to get over the loss of her fiancé in the war? Within hours, Alec and Daisy hve developed a mutual trust and understanding that sees them begin to work together as a team to solve the mystery of Lord Stephen’s death.OK, the plot is a bit silly really, with the various misunderstandings being not unlike a Wodehouse plot on a particularly busy day. One quick conversation between Annabel and the Earl could have resolved everything long before murder was ever required, and the ending requires the reader not just to suspend disbelief but to strangle it. But then the book is very convincingly emulating the style of the Golden age, and the same could be said of many of them. Both Daisy and Alec are attractive characters and their budding romance looks like it will be an enjoyable one. The book is well written, with plenty of humour but with enough weight to the plot to make it interesting as well as enjoyable. Altogether this is a fun read and I look forward to reading some of the others in the series.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  • Amy
    2019-05-31 07:36

    3.5 starsI have indulged in quite a few detective novels recently and this one is my favorite so far. I get why people refer to it as a "cozy." Its a comfortable read, light and fun but still puzzling. Who killed Lord Astwick? Everyone has a motive but our flapper-turned-journalist heroine. I liked Daisy's character, she's charming. I like Chief Inspector Alec, who lets be honest, reminded me of Chief Inspector Jack Robinson from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (the show, not those awful books.) Daisy and Alec's relationship has great potential. The switching viewpoints wasn't particularly confusing and conveyed an array of emotions although the characters aren't entirely distinct. The writing was good but not remarkable. Its the characters that push the plot along. Overall, an enjoyable light read with a good mystery and some satisfying romantic spark. I look forward to getting the sequel.

  • Veronica
    2019-06-10 14:40

    A comfortable enough historical cozy with likable characters, most notably the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple who hasn't let drastic changes in her family's fortunes get her down. The mystery behind the murder was interesting enough but failed to find traction as the mystery is eventually solved through confession as opposed to any specific sleuthing. The ending also was a bit of a disappointment due to my feeling that the author let everyone off far too easily. Or maybe I just like a bit more darkness in my murder mysteries. All that said though, I did like Daisy and the Chief Inspector from Scotland Yard so I plan to read a few more books in the series to see if more substance develops.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-26 10:34

    Mostly enjoyable first book in a cozy mystery series set in England during the 1920s. I did find myself questioning some of the slang used (such as a maid in a country house saying "wizard" to mean 'cool', 'neat', 'exciting' -- I know that this term originated in the early 1920s but it seems out of place for this character).I also had some problems with the ending. (view spoiler)[While I sympathized with the desire of the family to avoid a scandal, I am opposed to the idea of letting the guilty go free. This was in fact manslaughter rather than murder and the possibility of working out a deal seems high. (hide spoiler)] Because of this, I am unsure whether I will continue with this series...

  • Cassandra
    2019-06-16 11:41

    Anfangs ziemlich viele Charaktere, aber dann hatte mich die Story.

  • Annegret
    2019-05-29 14:40

    Ein unterhaltsamer britischer Krimi!

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-27 15:52

    The first book in the Daisy Dalrymple series set in England in 1923 fills in many of the details of Daisy’s background. First, her losses – her dear brother Gervaise’s death in WWI, her fiancé Michael’s death, her father’s death from the deadly influenza epidemic, and her family home passing on to the next male heir, a cousin.Faced with living with her cousin and her “ghastly” mother, Daisy, daughter of a Viscount, chooses to move in with her photographer friend, Lucy Fotheringay and bear the disapproval and criticism that she has chosen to work for a living by writing for a well respected magazine.The influence of the heavy Victorian era is reflected everywhere in homes as well as attitudes of strict class lines and rules. At the heart of this mystery is Lord Wentwater who is appalled that a guest, a very despicable man, was murdered in his home, not just “anyone” but a guest! Other guests in the house are more concerned about scandal, journalists such as Daisy digging up “secrets” to embarrass the upper class than they are about a man’s murder.We meet several other characters who appear in later books. Phillip Petrie, Daisy’s brother’s best friend, hovers protectively, proposes frequently, and shares his wonder and disapproval with Daisy’s decision to work.Of course, Alec Fletcher, Tom Tring, and Ernie Piper are introduced, the New Scotland Yard team who work with Daisy for the first time with some reluctance and chagrined by her talent and persistency. Social standings dominate their interactions, which will disappear over the course of later novels. Wealth and rank prevail at novel’s end, reinforcing the entrenched social mores, a practical resolution to Daisy and one which causes much dismay to Alec.

  • Karen ⊰✿
    2019-06-25 14:43

    This is a good start to a cozy mystery series. Daisy is an unintentional amateur sleuth from a noble background who needs to earn money. Which means that in 1923 Britain she is able to relate to the "working" andf "noble" classes.If you enjoy this time period and cozy mystery books I certainly recommend it. The audio narration is quite good too

  • Aerykah
    2019-05-29 09:38

    This book was pretty good... I wish I had time to say more about it, but I don't. :/Warning: there is some bad language in this one.

  • Blücher Bücher Blog
    2019-06-14 09:42

    Wenn auch nicht spannend, ist dieser Krimi charmant und unterhaltsam. Ihr erster Fall führt die 25-jährige Miss Daisy im tiefsten Winter nach Wentwater Court. Dort wird der unsympathische Lord Stephen tot im zugefrorenen See aufgefunden. Alle glauben bzw. hoffen, es sei ein Unfall. Doch Miss Daisy weiß es besser. Zusammen mit den feschen Chief Inspector von Scotland Yard nimmt sie die Ermittlungen auf und beweist einigen Einfallsreichtum.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-02 14:51

    A very enjoyable first installment in the Daisy Dalrymple series, one that would definitely please fans of historical mysteries. This, I think, is one of those series that are far better read in order. I had actually picked up Dead in the Water (Book 6) by mistake a long time ago and remember not liking it half as much as I liked this one. In hindsight, I realize it's because the latter books jump straight into the mystery without much backstory, and you barely know either Daisy or Alec (as most of the introduction to their characters is in this book). Knowing and liking Daisy is key to enjoying the series.Death at Wentwater Court is well-written and has historical details scattered throughout, giving readers the sense that they're watching events unfolding in 1920s England. The setting and language is beautifully, intricately woven into the story - it's probably one of the aspects I enjoyed most. Daisy's journalist career brings her to Wentwater Court, the focus of her magazine article, and finds the dead body of their unwanted guest, Lord Stephen, shortly after her arrival. This sets up the subsequent murder investigation, which Daisy takes an active part in. The murder mystery is reasonably interesting, but much like traditional mysteries in the style of Agatha Christie, it's the characters and their complicated relationships with each other that spices up the plot.Daisy is quite a likeable protagonist; she's sensible, compassionate and quite intelligent, despite not having much common sense in relation to legal/criminal matters. She also has a natural ability to put others at ease, which makes her a perfect amateur detective; suspects naturally approach her to tell them their life stories! She has a budding friendship and potential romance with Chief Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher, who is sent to deal with the case "discretely." Their relationship promises to be very interesting, because Alec is a commoner while Daisy is the daughter of a peer. The rest of the characters are sufficient as a supporting cast - none of them are as vivid as Daisy and Alec, but enough to either evoke our sympathies or dislike. Daisy also has a second suitor in Phillip, who happens to be her childhood friend. He's adorable and not the brightest crayon in the box, and I hope he appears in later books.My only complaint is that the resolution to the murder case is a bit too neat; it's almost tied in a bow and served on a silver platter. I love happy solutions for all parties as much as the next person, but it seems a bit strained here. That said, it's still a satisfactory conclusion, and the friendship between Daisy and Alec shows a lot of promise.Fans of Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series in particular should like this series; both have similar historical settings (1920s and 1930s England) as well as main characters. In fact, if Georgie was born a little earlier, I could easily imagine her and Daisy becoming friends. All in all a very good read, and I'll definitely be looking for the second book.

  • Olga Godim
    2019-06-08 11:43

    Reading this book was pure, unmitigated pleasure. Although it is the first novel of the series, it’s not the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery I’ve read. I have already read several others in no particular order and I have to admit: I enjoyed them all. I love the lead characters, I love the setting – England in the 1920s – and I absolutely adore Carola Dunn’s easy and expressive writing style. Especially her sweet British vocabulary, which makes the experience of reading her novels so delightful. In almost every novel of the series, I discovered at least one word I didn’t know, a British slang or an oldie, which sent me to a dictionary. In this particular novel, I found two such little pearls: tippet and tommyrot. I’ll definitely use tommyrot somewhere in my own writing; the word sounds and feels funny. This novel is a fair representative of one of my favorite genres: a cozy English mystery. The writer does a good job of introducing the protagonists of the series: the budding journalist Daisy Dalrymple and the Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard Alec Fletcher. At the outset, Daisy arrives at a country estate of an earl to write an article about his beautiful centuries-old mansion. The lives of the inhabitants of the mansion might look untroubled on the surface, but the currents of tension run underneath their illusionary complacency. A couple days later, one of the guests at the mansion gets murdered. Reluctantly, the earl calls the police to investigate, and Alec Fletcher arrives on the scene. Together, Alec and Daisy find the murderer, and the beginning of their tentative romance made me feel happy for them both. Although she is an Honorable, a daughter of a peer, and he is a middle-class copper, the social chasm between them doesn’t seem as deep as it would’ve been before the WWI. The author’s depiction of the years between the wars, the years of profound change in England, might not be very deep, but it is lighthearted, tasteful, and true. Dunn pays much more attention to details and the psychology of the murder than to physical action, so the plot moves slowly, but every minute counts. We also get to meet a score of wacky secondary characters (some reviewers say too many too soon), and each of them adds flavor to the story and complications to the investigation. As in every enclosed mystery, the number of suspects is limited, the motivations tangled, and the timeline deceiving. And although I could guess the identity of the murderer a bit before Daisy and Alec, it didn’t detract from the attraction of the story.My favorite quote: “The Hampshire countryside surrounding the station was hidden by a blanket of snow, sparkling in the sun. Frost glittered on skeletal trees and hedges. The only signs of life were the train, now gathering speed, the uniformed man carrying her stuff across the line behind it, and a crow huddled on the station picket fence.” Simple and elegant. Definitely recommended.

  • Lee
    2019-06-09 10:52

    First books in mystery/detective series can be tough. The author has to introduce the main characters and establish their personalities, one of whom we need to find very likeable, as well as give us a bit of background on those characters, without using information dumps or corny flashbacks. Then, they need to bait us enough in the ending to ensure we pick up book number two in the series. Dunn’s effort ticked all the boxes all while presenting a half decent murder plot. Considering there are currently 23 titles in the series, I assume Dunn kept up the high standard and I’m not the only one who instantly became a bit of a fan of Daisy and Dunn’s writing. (On a side note, Dunn is a publisher’s dream when it comes to being prolific. Not only has she 23 Daisy books, she has another four series of books.) The story is set in 1923, so WW1 is still fresh in everyone’s conscious. Not only did Daisy lose her fiance in the war, her brother also died, meaning when her father, a viscount, died of Spanish flu her family was left without an heir, bringing about her need to work. She loves to write and hopes to one day write her own novel (great reason to poke your nose into murder investigations) but for now she’s employed by Town and Country magazine to write features. Daisy’s aristocratic background gets her in the front door, literally, when the magazine asks her to do an article on a stately home (the Wentwater Court of the title). Other guests include Lord Wentwater’s various family members, friends, and business acquaintances. When one of the guests turns up dead, a Scotland Yard team is called in and starts up what everyone thinks will be a perfunctory investigation of an accidental death. Daisy, however, had been quick minded enough to take some photographs of the scene and once she develops them finds evidence of murder.I liked all three policeman called in. The Chief Inspector, Alec, is what you’d probably call the leading man. I perhaps liked him more than Daisy at times and I’m looking forward to their potential romance. Dunn has too learnt from the best, I’d say, by including Sgt Tring and making him very much like Sayers's Bunter. I did take a star off for a couple of things. As is usual with these types of stories, the victim has a lot of enemies who are all potential suspects but this time the characters went on and on about the victim’s evil ways for so long that it really started to get a bit tedious, especially towards the end. The ending is overall too drawn out and I found I was a little dissatisfied by it and the reveal of whodunnit.Overall though I’m looking forward to the next in the series, however. 4 out of 5

  • Andree
    2019-06-21 09:49

    3.5 stars. A fairly standard cozy mystery, but I enjoyed it. I like Daisy. She's perky without crossing a line over into obnoxious. I enjoy her as aspiring magazine writer, perhaps one day novelist. I also really like her dynamic with Detective Alec.Also, liked the lack of peril.Don't have a lot to say about this - it wiled away a few hours.

  • Erin
    2019-05-30 12:01

    Light and fun!

  • Alisha
    2019-06-12 09:03

    Aristocratic magazine writer Daisy Dalrymple shows up at a country house to do research for an article. But she gets sidetracked when the most unliked guest at the house turns up mysteriously dead one morning.Daisy and Alec Fletcher, the Chief Inspector sent down from Scotland Yard, work together to take statements of all the suspects and figure out whodunnit. Clear setup for those two to continue to work together in future books. Enjoyed about two-thirds of this book; the resolution was spread out a lot longer than necessary and didn't quite follow logical lines...

  • Sonja
    2019-06-24 08:59

    England 1923: Die 25-jährige Daisy Dalrymple ist zwar adelig, dennoch möchte sie als Journalistin arbeiten. Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters möchte sie nicht auf die Mildtätigkeiten ihrer Mutter oder anderer Verwandter angewiesen sein. So ist sie glücklich, dass sie für eine Zeitschrift eine Serie über alte Herrenhäuser schreiben darf. Ihr erster Auftrag führt sie nach Wentwater Court, wo neben der Familie auch gerade ihr alter Freund Philipp sowie ein Freund der Familie zu Gast sind. Eines Morgens wird am zugefrorenen Teich auf dem Grundstück eine Leiche entdeckt und Daisy gerät mitten in die Ermittlungen von Scotland Yard. Mein Leseeindruck:Ich habe schon vor einigen Jahren ein Buch über Miss Daisy gelesen und war nun sehr froh zu erfahren, dass es Neuauflagen der Romane geben soll! So habe ich diesen ersten Band der Reihe mit großen Erwartungen gelesen und wurde nicht enttäuscht. Es war einfach schön, wieder in diese ganz besondere Atmosphäre, wie sie Carola Dunn schaffen kann, einzutauchen. Die Geschichte ist „very british“ und Miss Daisy erinnert mich ein bisschen an eine jüngere Ausgabe von Miss Marple, die ich auch sehr liebe. Die Geschichte spielt in den 1920er Jahren in England, was für mich ein großer Pluspunkt ist. Ich mag dieses Setting und diese ganz besondere Atmosphäre sehr gerne. Von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite konnte ich eintauchen in diese Geschichte und Miss Daisy eine Weile begleiten. Der Krimi ist zwar eher ruhig, aber keineswegs langweilig! Ich fand es sehr interessant, die einzelnen Charaktere nach und nach immer besser kennenzulernen und sie als Verdächtige entweder auszuschließen oder aber ins Auge zu fassen. Immer wieder gab es auch überraschende Wendungen oder neue Erkenntnisse, die durchaus glaubhaft waren und die Spannung erhöhten. Miss Daisy ist eine Figur, die ich sofort ins Herz schließen konnte. Ich mag ihre sympathische und aufgeschlossene Art sehr gerne und hoffe, noch viele weitere Romane mit ihr als Protagonistin lesen zu können.

  • Blue
    2019-06-12 08:54

    Death at Wentwater Court by Carola DunnDeath At Wentwater Court by Carola DunnFor a long time I have wanted to start the Carola Dunn series. Finally, I have finished the first book in the series, "Death At Wentwater Court." The first book is very good. I have already put the second book of the series on hold at the library.My one misgiving was that at the beginning there were so many characters being thrown at me. I worried whether it would be necessary to write the characters names down on paper with their relationship to Lord Wentwater and Annabel, his wife. Fortunately, it wasn't long before I knew who was whom walking in and around Wentwater Court.All I had to do was stay close to the main character, Daisy Dalrymple. Daisy Dalrymple has chosen to be a reporter. At this time she is writing the History of different English estates. Wentwater Court being one of these beautiful mansions. Daisy is also doing the photography for the article since no photographer is available to go along with her to Wentwater Court.From the very beginning I liked Daisy Dalrymple. The name alone made me want to like this woman with spiffy clothes. It's not long before she is totally involved in a murder which happens at Wentwater Court. She is smart, observant, compassionate and curious. I loved how most of the suspects asked for Daisy to come in and at least be a support while they were questioned. Daisy also finds an attractive man in the crowd.Anyway, troubles begin at Wentwater Court during the 1920's. Boy, does Carola Dunn know how to make a setting real. I felt as though I had time walked back to the twenties: There is Mussolini in Italy, the Foxtrot and the Tango are becoming the old dances while the Camel-walk, the Chicago and the Toboggan are the new dances. Carola Dunn mentions people listening to the wireless and the gramaphone. Oh, I mustn't forget the language of the twenties is just too cute. All of the characters, the murder, the burglary of diamonds and emeralds at another estate make this novel "topping." Love the 1920's language.

  • Jessie
    2019-06-20 08:47

    Ugh. Well that was a flat story.Flat like an opened Coke bottle that has resided in the fridge for over a week, and in a moment of desperation for something sweet and refreshing you lunge for said beverage and gulp it down, only to fall weeping to the floor as you try to scrape away the sensation of fizz-less syrup congealing to your tongue, and no feeling of satisfaction to be found anywhere.I thought I could happily get away with reading a fun, light, mystery. One that happened to be magically already on my Kindle and show itself when I was having an insatiable urge to read a "vintage" crime novel. It didn't have to be great, it just had to be enjoyable. But it gave nothing! The characters had nothing, in fact they were the most one dimensional characters I have ever come across. The story had nothing. Oh the cliches! A cliche definitely has its place when used correctly, but there was complete and utter failure here. But what really gets my goat, what irks me to no end, was the random placement of 1920's Slang. It was like the author forgot that her book was based in any kind of era and suddenly remembered, only to whack in some delightful phrases and words like "corking", "spiffing", "old bean", "ripping" and I could go on. "What ho! Good show old bean, ripping performance, what a corker of BKSDHVN,ADNVKAHFKJSANDFNSADFNSDFNMBV." Shameful. And then to top it all off, my curiosity had me reading till the end, because hey, who was the murderer? But I couldn't flip pages like a maniac to find the end because it was on a Kindle. There is no such thing as fast kindle flipping!Phew, well that was fun to rant about. On to find another book that might fill this vacuous hole in my brain.

  • Christa
    2019-06-02 12:43

    This was my first book by Carola Dunn, and I was entertained by it. This book reminded me of the current "Royal" series by Rhys Bowen. I enjoyed the character of Daisy Dalrymple, as well as that of Detective Alec Fletcher. I like historical mysteries, so am glad to have found this entertaining series.Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has elected to work in the early 1920's rather than be dependant upon family members. She heads to Wentwater Court to write a magazine article, but shortly after her arrival, a guest of the household is found dead. The death appears to be accidental, but after Daisy photographs the scene, she notices some inconsistencies in the evidence. After bringing this to the attention of the detective called to work the case, he includes Daisy in the confidential aspects of his investigation. Daisy quickly becomes fond of several of the household members, so she hopes that further investigation will reveal the murderer to be one of those who is not so easily likeable. As the investigation concludes, Daisy begins to wish that she would not have ever noticed the evidence of murder. This book was very quick and easy to read. It kept me interested, although my enjoyment was based more on the characters than the plot. I thought that the plot fell rather flat at the end, but I enjoyed the characters enough that I will continue reading the series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-14 12:41

    A very charming book!I found this book to be an entertaining, well written, fast-paced read that kept me guessing right up until the 'big reveal' was made.I loved the main characters of Daisy Dalrymple and Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher.I also felt that the author captured the both setting and the lingo of 1920's Britain quite nicely.I own the second book in this series, and was planning on reading another book next, but I do believe I'll be moving on to The Winter Garden Mystery next instead.

  • Hettie
    2019-06-16 14:56

    This is a nice gentle read. A great choice is you do not want anything too challenging. It is set in the 1920's and I grew to really like Daisy. I did really hate the resolution to the case but maybe it is true to the time period it is set in I am not sure. The few pages did reassure me about other books in the series.This is not a series that I will go and buy myself but I will actively look for them in the library and charity shops so I can continue Daisy's story.

  • Peter
    2019-05-27 15:57

    Yes these are not the greatest pieces of writing and who cares. I read these because after reading rather heavy on the mind books, these are a way of letting off steam. They are a simple fun read, bizarre and off kilter, easy on the brain murder mysteries.A feet up cuppa tea book to chill and unwind...

  • Book Concierge
    2019-05-30 07:57

    Digital audiobook performed by Bernadette DunnDaisy Dalrymple is the daughter of a Viscount, but she has made the rather shocking decision to make her own way as a writer. She lands an assignment for a series of magazine articles on country manor houses, and finds herself at Wentwater Court in January 1923 to begin research on her first piece. Lord Wentwater’s young wife has recently been the focus of some unwanted amorous attention, and several guests express obvious jealousy and animosity. So the atmosphere is tense and somewhat uncomfortable … and then one of the house guests drowns in an ice skating accident. Or was it murder?I really enjoyed this cozy mystery debut. Daisy is a delightful central character and amateur sleuth. She smart, resourceful, observant, and compassionate. The plot is sufficiently complicated to keep the reader guessing; I identified the culprit only a few pages ahead of Daisy. I also like the developing new relationships between Daisy and Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. I’m a little unhappy with how the book ends –but it’s true to the time, place and social class. Bernadette Dunn does a fine job voicing the audio book. She reads at a good pace, and I was never confused about which character was speaking.

  • Megan
    2019-06-15 09:02

    Likable main characters, but a fairly predictable mystery*. The pacing fell apart in the last 3 or 4 chapters with an unnecessarily long explanation of what transpired before that point and what was going to happen to the culprit. Since the main character was not irritating, I probably would try another in the series in hopes of an improved mystery. *Listened to the audiobook on a road trip with my husband and another friend. We dissected the story as we went, which may have made it easier to figure out the mystery than if I had just read it on my own.

  • Linda
    2019-06-17 15:57

    I just love this series...it is really good. I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads. I would highly recommend this Series to anybody that loves a good ole Mystery set in England. There are 22 Books in this Series and this is Book #1 in the series. I have put in a request for Book #2 at my local Library. Happy Reading :)

  • Jen Canary
    2019-06-02 12:43

    3.5 stars really but rounding up because I liked the tone of this way more than the usual overly-manic tone so many "young woman falls into murder-solving" cozies take. Daisy is sensible, calm, and shrewd, reminding one of a young Miss Marple just learning her craft. I plan to read more of this series.

  • Nathan
    2019-06-06 15:34

    Solved it immediately. Drowning in self defense! Who knew that was a predictable resolution to any story? I found this book very shallow. It was essentially marshmallow fluff in book form. It left me feeling a need to brush my brain to prevent cavities.