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A Mourning Wedding (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 13)

A MOURNING WEDDING (DAISY DALRYMPLE MYSTERIES, NO. 13)

by: Dunn, Carola
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description The inimitable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher seem to get a reprieve from their sleuthing duties when they are invited to the wedding of their friend, Lucy Fotheringay. Lucy's grandfather is hosting the ceremony at his beautiful estate and so it promises to be a typical affair with hordes of gossipy aunts and other colorful but not necessarily pleasant relatives. Daisy meets all these characters and observes the ensuing familial fraternization with a certain kind of amusing nonchalance. That is, until Lucy's great aunt is found strangled to death in her bed. Lucy, in the meantime, has arranged to meet her betrothed in the conservatory, but when she arrives she finds him trying to revive her uncle, who has died-or has he been murdered? And just like that a normally celebratory occasion turns suspicious. Now Daisy must sift through a throng of relatives-aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents- once wedding guests and now murder suspects. And she must find the killer quickly before another family member becomes a corpse. From Booklist Dunn's latest Daisy Dalrymple mystery is number 13 in the series, which may help to explain why it is also the weakest to date. Set in rural Cambridgeshire at the family estate of Daisy's childhood friend, Lucy, the story is so full of lords and ladies and aunts and cousins that keeping track of the cast of characters is almost impossible--despite Dunn's inclusion of a family tree. Not knowing who's who makes it difficult to get caught up in the plot, which involves Daisy's solving the murder of Lady Eva Devnenish while worrying about her own pregnancy and Lucy's ambivalence about her upcoming wedding. Still, the character-driven elements that normally make this series so enjoyable are also present here: the inimitable Daisy herself and her relationship with her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is such a winning character that fans are apt to forgive the weak plot and just enjoy spending time with one of the more charming female sleuths in the genre. Jenny McLarin Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review "[The] character-driven elements that normally make this series so enjoyable are also present here...Daisy is such a winning character…one of the more charming female sleuths in the genre."-- Booklist "[The] character-driven elements that normally make this series so enjoyable are also present here...Daisy is such a winning character…one of the more charming female sleuths in the genre."--Booklist ( Booklist) About the Author Carola Dunn is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.   A Mourning Wedding 1 "Darling, I wish you hadn't planned a morning wedding. I'm getting the most frightful morning sickness these days. I'm more likely to need support than to be able to support you." Daisy reached for another buttery toasted teacake. "Bosh!" Blood red nail varnish gleamed as Lucy deftly slid the willow-pattern plate on its lace doily across the dark oak table, away from Daisy. "You're as healthy as a horse." "I'm eating for two," Daisy protested. "And making up for lost time, too. You haven't seen me between seven and eleven in the morning. I can barely manage to down a cup of tea for breakfast." "Too sickening, darling!" Lucy said sardonically, her clear soprano turning heads as it rang through the small tea-shop. It was all very well for her. She never had the least difficulty keeping the straight-up-and-down figure--still fashionable in 1924, alas--which Daisy would never attain. But Lucy moved the plate back within Daisy's reach before pouring herself a second cup of Earl Grey. Daisy didn't care for Earl Grey at the best of times. Now the musk

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Product Code: 9780312326272
ISBN: 0312326270
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1st
Dimension: 5.51 x 1.1 x 8.11 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds