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Gone West
A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery - Book XX
Carola Dunn

Robinson (Constable and Robinson)
16 February 2012 / ISBN 9781780331393
Historical Mystery / 1926, Derbyshire, England
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Daisy is surprised when she is contacted by somebody she was at school with and did not know very well. Sybil Sutherby is a young widow with a daughter living with a popular author and his family in rural Derbyshire. She works as his secretary but recently she has started to think that something is amiss. Humphrey Birtwhistle is a virtual invalid with a houseful of family and long term guests, who all seem to be living off the proceeds of his book sales. Enter Daisy to investigate!

Twenty books into the series and it shows no signs of flagging yet, keeping the idea of Daisy travelling to different locations and solving murders fresh and interesting. This time she is in rural Derbyshire and there are some delightful descriptions to enjoy as well as a teasing plot. Ms Dunn has written another classic house party murder but manages to bring it to life and keep the pages turning. She does this with a mixture of red herrings and a number of lively characters both new and old; just enough of them to keep it a mystery to puzzle over but not tie the reader in knots. Like all long running series, one of the things that keep a reader coming back for more is to hear about the latest exploits of well loved characters. This series is better than most at creating and populating its own special world; may it long continue to do so.

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 2012