Anthem for Doomed Youth, Paperback

Anthem for Doomed Youth Paperback

Part of the Daisy Dalrymple series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Alec Fletcher's plans to attend his daughter Belinda's school sports day are thwarted by the discovery of three bodies buried in Epping forest. Sent to investigate, he and his team are hindered from the start by uncooperative Essex policeman, DI Gant, who resents Scotland Yard encroaching on his patch. But a bigger problem, however, is identifying the victims and finding a common link between them to explain their being buried so close together, though at intervals of several months.

When Alec tells Daisy about the case, she's hooked, and with her own bit of digging around, uncovers the fact that one of the victims was a colonel. Is there a military connection? And when the police eventually discover that the other victims did serve with the colonel, this becomes a tragic case with its roots firmly buried in events during the Great War.

Praise for the Daisy Dalrymple series: Cunning ...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.

Publisher's Weekly. As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.

Booklist. For fans of Dorothy L.Sayers novels. Library Journal.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9781849015646



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As you would guess from the title of the book even though its set in the 1920s WWI plays an important part in the book. Alec, Tring and Piper are called to investigate the discovery of three bodies in Epping Forest, much to the chagrin of the local detective in charge, Gant. Although Daisy isn't involved, she is intrigued by the case and suggests some possible connections between the three bodies. As Alec is tied up in the investigation Daisy, travelling with her friends Sakari and Mel, goes to visit Belinda at boarding school, where another body turns up and the investigating officer is Gant. I really liked the slight change in formula in this book, it was really nice to see Alec, Tom and Ernie investigating the three murders, while Daisy is caught up in a separate (but to the reader possibly linked) murder investigation.

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Enjoyable read as like the characters and suitable for cold evening read. Too many I coincidences to be other than a pleasant yarn"

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