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Dead In The Water
A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, No 6

By Carola Dunn

     An American magazine wants aristocratic sleuth Daisy Dalrymple to cover the boat races at Henley-on-Thames, and this sounds innocent enough. She is staying with a childhood friend, and everything certainly looks idyllic, until she steps into the middle of a class war between shopkeeper's son, Horace Bott, and Earl's son, Basil DeLancey. Soon she is investigating another murder…

     After the Famous Five-type kidnapping adventures in the last book, we are back to murders again. This is a typical cozy 1920s house party mystery in many ways, with the added interest of, and information about, the Henley races. To its detriment, the ending is rather rushed, and don't expect any remarkable denouements; I felt that this wasn't the best title in this entertaining series, but well worth a read all the same. Daisy continues to be an engaging heroine, and the period ambience is spot-on.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death at Wentwater Court, 1
The Winter Garden Mystery, 2
Requiem For A Mezzo, 3
Murder on the Flying Scotsman, 4
Damsel in Distress, 5
Dead In The Water, 6
Styx and Stones, 7
Rattle His Bones, 8 [review 1] [review 2]
To Davy Jones Below, 9
The Case of the Murdered Muckraker, 10
Mistletoe and Murder, 11
Die Laughing, 12
A Mourning Wedding, 13
Fall of a Philanderer, 14
Gunpowder Plot, 15
The Black Ship, 17
Sheer Folly, 18
Anthem For Doomed Youth, 19
Gone West, 20

The Book

Kensington Mystery
July 2002; reprint
Historical Crime [1923 Henley-on-Thames, England]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2005
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