Rattle His Bones, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


As a grey drizzle descends upon the damp errand boys and busy omnibuses of London, Daisy Dalrymple is feeling rather cheerful and excited to be showing her nephew and future stepdaughter the glories of Kensington's Natural History Museum. But as closing time draws near, Daisy and Co. hear a tremendous crash and are horrified to discover one of the curators dead - horribly murdered - atop of a pile of dinosaur bones. Together with her fiance, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, Daisy is soon investigating a baffling case of missing gems, dispossessed European gentry, fakery and fossils...and where professional grudges boil over into murder!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781849015189

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I like the opening to this book as it details the theft of several precious gem stones from the Natural History Museum from the perspective of the thief, who is a member of staff. As the gem stones are replaced with fakes the crime goes undiscovered. Naturally Daisy is on the scene, interviewing the staff for a series of articles on the Museum she's writing. Inevitably there's a murder and the theft is discovered. Alec is called into investigate and find out if the two crimes are connected, and try to keep Daisy under control. This is a good instalment in the series as the museum is peppered with hilariously eccentric characters, from the Grand Duke determined to recover his ruby, now housed in the Museum collection, through the various curators who seem to spend most of their time indulging in academic in-fighting, and it seems that by the next instalment Alec and Daisy's relationship may have changed forever.

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Number 8 in the series. Aristocratic journalist Daisy Dalrymple is writing an series of features on the Natural History Museum when during one of her research trips a curator has the misfortune to be murdered almost in front of her. Daisy places both her knowledge of the Museum and its staff as well as her deductive powers at the disposal of her fiancé DCI Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard in order to catch the killer.I <i>loved</i> the period setting, the museum setting and the whodunnit. A beautifully written mystery. 4½ out of 5.

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