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A Mourning Wedding
Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, No 13

by Carola Dunn

      Daisy is off to her best friend Lucy Fotheringay and Lord Gerald’s wedding in this thirteenth entry in the popular series.  This entails staying at the family pile Haverhill, where the whole clan resides, led by the ancient 3rd Earl of Haverhill.  Of course, you cannot have a house party without a murder and Lucy’s great-aunt Lady Eva Devenish is soon found dead in her room.  Lady Eva did not enjoy popularity, being a person who loved to discover things about people and who had discovered one juicy tidbit too many.  But nearly everybody seems to have a secret of some kind, and Lucy has begun to get cold feet...

If you have read all the works of Agatha Christie and P G Wodehouse why not try a mixture of the two in this delightful series?  Each book manages to be rather different than the others and after taking a break from the house party murder format here it is again and welcome when it is done this well.  There are a large number of people involved and you will doubtless need to refer to the useful (no, try indispensable) family tree at the front to keep track of who is (or was) who.  This can get a little muddling at times, but serves to keep the reader on their toes and prevents the story from being too linear.  It also serves to fill the pages with countless sub-plots presenting a dizzying number of possible suspects, making this an exciting and involved story, just the way I like them.  Long may this highly entertaining series continue.

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
November 2005
0758209444 / 9780758209443
Historical Crime / 1924 Cambridgeshire, England
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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