Gone West Paperback
by Carola Dunn
Part of the Daisy Dalrymple series
Daisy's hot on the trail of a murdered writer! September 1926, and Daisy's in Derbyshire, visiting an old school friend who's currently employed by a novelist as his personal secretary. Sylvia Richmond has asked Daisy to investigate discreetly as she suspects something is seriously amiss with him. Upon arrival, Daisy finds a household of relatives and friends all living off the hospitality of Humphrey Birtwhistle who has been supporting them through his pseudonymous Western sales. When he took ill a while back Sylvia carried on penning the books, only to find that her versions led to an increase in sales and advances. And now she fears someone in the house is poisoning Birtwhistle to keep him ill and keep Sylvia writing the better paid versions. Before Daisy can even begin a bit of decent investigating however, Birtwhistle dies under suspicious circumstances - and Daisy now faces a death to untangle with a household of suspects...and a husband who is less pleased to find his wife in the centre of a murder investigation! 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: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 16/02/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781780331393
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Review by riverwillow
An old school friend of Daisy's, who works as a private secretary/assistant to a novelist, invites her to stay as she's concerned that something isn't quite right and wants a second opinion. Sylvia lives in with the family on a remote farm in Derbyshire. Everyone is very welcoming and Daisy is convinced that Sylvia's suspicions are unfounded, but then Sylvia's employer dies and the local GP, also Sylvia's beau, won't sign the death certificate and gets the local police to call in Scotland Yard to investigate. A good instalment in the series, although Dunn could have use Tom and Ernie a little more.
Review by Mooose
The 2nd I've read in this long series and as the 1st one was read 14 years ago I didn't remember any of the characters. Liked this book, a cozy is what I needed to read at this time so the timing was right. Like another reviewer said, grew tired of Daisy repeating things but oh well.