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Anthem For Doomed Youth
Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, No 19
Carola Dunn

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
19 May 2011/ ISBN 1849015643
Historical Mystery / 1926 / Essex, England
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Daisy Fletcher (nee Dalrymple) hopes that her Chief Inspector husband Alec is going to be able to attend his daughter Belinda’s sports day, but such is not to be. A trio of bodies has been dug up in Epping Forest and requires urgent investigations. The bodies were not all buried at once, rather there is a space of several months in between each one and they have all been shot. Who is doing it, and are they going to strike again? Meanwhile Daisy has a spot of her own sleuthing to do.

You get two books in one with this nineteenth entry in the popular series. First and foremost this is unusually more Alec’s book than his wife’s, with him and his team investigating an absorbing case in true police procedural mode. Daisy’s own detecting mostly starts a lot later and is more in the usual style as Daisy and her two friends Sakari and Melanie investigate murder most foul in Saffron Walden. The story is told in alternate chapters, with Alec’s being in my opinion the most gripping, although weaving the two together makes for an interesting effect. The result is a book that has plenty packed into it although classic puzzle whodunit fans might be disappointed by a departure from the type of murders normally found in this series, but saying more would produce plot spoilers. To sum up this is a series that continues to come up with fresh new ways to present the crimes investigated by the Fletchers and this is another one that works pretty well.

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
Heirs of the Body, 21
Superfluous Women, 22

Reviewed 2011
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