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Mistletoe and Murder (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 11) Hardcover – December 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312287755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312287757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Carola Dunn offers a Christmas-themed crime story in Mistletoeand Murder: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, the 11th in her winning seriesof light whodunits set in the 1920s (after 2001's To Davy JonesBelow). Here Daisy and family find their holiday stay at Brockdene, aCornish estate modeled on the real-life Cotehele, rudely interruptedby murder.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Lord Westmoor invites magazine writer/series sleuth Daisy Dalrymple (Rattle His Bones), Scotland Yard husband Alec, and Daisy's titled mum to his stately home for Christmas. The earl himself may not be there, but several poor relations will, including offshoots from a younger son who died before proving that he had married his Indian mistress. Now one of the dead man's sons has brought an ancient clergyman from India who has such proof, but before he can give it, someone kills him. Daisy and husband spring into action, surrounded by historic armaments, secret rooms, hidden treasure, and family secrets. For fans of British cozies and Dorothy Sayers's novels, this is a very inviting situation.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Carola Dunn is the author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, the Cornish Mysteries, and over 30 Regencies. Born and raised in England, the author now lives with her dog in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on November 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A semi-deserted family estate in the middle of a region rich in smuggler lore, that also boasts of having it's own fair share of ghosts and secret passages, stories of missing treasure, and that is currently home to a family of poor relations -- these are just some of the ingredients that Carola Dunn has used to whip up the latest Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery. Does she deliver? I thought so. "Mistletoe and Murder" turned out to be a rather charming and entertaining read. And while the mystery plot did take a while to get under way, I did not feel shortchanged at all since the authour wisely spent half the book setting the stage -- filling us in on the past and present histories of the Norvilles (both the richer and the poor relations), and fleshing out the various characters that were about to become suspects of the for murder mystery that was about to take place.
It's December of 1923, and Daisy and Alec are about to spend their very first Christmas as a married couple together (barring Alec getting called up to investigate another criminal case, of course). But first, Daisy has to go away for a few days in order to write an article on a distant cousin's estate, Brockdene, for her magazine, 'Town and Country.' Unfortunately for Daisy, when her mother, the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple, gets wind of Daisy's plans, she comes up with a counter-plan of her own. The Dowager has decided that her entire family will spend Christmas together at Brockdene as guests of Lord Westmoor (the owner of Brockdene).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is set in London in 1923. Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and family are to gather for Christmas at Brockdene, Lord Westmoor's estate in Cornwell, with her mother Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple. Daisy arrives ahead to get some information for an article she is writing on Brockdene.

Once Daisy arrives, she finds that not only will Lord Westmoor not be joining them, they will be joined by The Norvilles, some poor relations who live there. She is sure her mother was not made aware of this information and wonders how she will handle it when she arrives.

Daisy soon realizes that the Norvilles are mostly unhappy people. It is discovered that Susannah Norville, the family matriarch, arrived at the state many years ago to find out her husband Albert had drowned and his family would not accept her word that they had been married. So her sons were not given their birthrights as earls. Her son Captain Norville has arrived with Reverend Calloway. Daisy doesn't know immediately what the purpose of his visit is. Then he is found murdered in the chapel.

Daisy's husband, Alec, didn't want anyone to know he was a Scotland Yard Inspector. But once the local police are contacted and it is soon apparent Scotland Yard will be called in, he has to step up and run the investigation. He calls for his team to come assist him.

Alec's young daughter, Belinda, and her cousin Derek, have been enjoying investigating the house. Many desks are supposed to have hidden compartments. They discover some of them and then find some valuable clues for the investigation.

I found Daisy, Alec, Belinda and Derek to be very entertaining characters. I think they really made this story. Normally I don't read many books set in London or back in time. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be a very enjoyable read. I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In 1923, a finally married Daisy Fletcher (nee Dalrymple) accedes to her pushy mother's demands that the family spend Christmas at Brockdene, a Cornish estate owned by Lord Westmoor because she is writing an article on the holdings. Accompanying the Dalrymple females for the holidays is Daisy's husband, Scotland Yard Inspector Alec. At Brockdene, they find the Earl does not live there, but the poor side of the extended family, three generations of Norvilles do.
Daisy realizes that the manor contains several angry residents. The matriarch is Susannah Norville, whose husband Albert drowned fifty years ago before she arrived from India with their two sons. Albert's wealthy family rejected her verbal claim as his widow as spurious. Her oldest son Victor returns from to India accompanied by Reverend Calloway, who claims he wed Albert and Susannah. He also has documented proof to his assertion that alters the line of succession to the earldom. However, someone murders the Reverend. Alec contains the crime scene and sends for his team to help investigate. Daisy makes inquiries too, but the killer willingly will murder again.
Daisy and her mother are fun characters who turn this combo amateur sleuth-police procedural into a lighthearted historical romp. The amusing story line becomes a bit jumbled (keep a family tree or two handy) that leads to some confusion as to who's who and whom belongs to who (this homicide occurs before Abbott and Costello). Fans of a buoyant easygoing who-Dunn-it that never takes itself serious will want to read MISTLETOE AND MURDER.
Harriet Klausner
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