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Sheer Folly (Daisy Dalrymple, Book 18) Hardcover – September 15, 2009


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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Dunn's sprightly 18th Daisy Dalrymple mystery (after 2008's Black Ship), Daisy travels to Wiltshire because she's writing a book about an architectural folly, an elaborate grotto, at Appsworth Hall, owned by Mr. Pritchard of Pritchard's Plumbing Products. Best friend and freelance photographer Lucy Binscomb (aka Lady Gerald) accompanies Daisy, who leaves behind her husband, Scotland Yard's Det. Chief Insp. Alex Fletcher, to look after their twin children. On arrival at Appsworth, Daisy and Lucy discover that Mr. Pritchard is hosting a lavish house party, which includes eligible bachelorette Julia Beaufort; Lord Rydal (aka Rhino); Lady Ottaline Wandersley (with whom Rhino is having an affair); and Charles Armitage, a Canadian charmed by Julia. A shocking grotto explosion that takes Rhino's life spares Lady Ottaline and Rhino's chauffeur. While Dunn's cozy confection doesn't offer a lot of surprises, it does a neat job of evoking upper-class life in 1920s England. (Sept.)
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"Does a neat job of evoking upper-class life in 1920s England."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Full of country-house charm."
--Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031238775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312387754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

This was an enjoyable and fast-paced read.
druidgirl
I enjoyed the plot and the dialogue in this story and there seemed more humour in this than in some episodes in this entertaining and well written series.
Damaskcat
The whole series is worth reading, however.
Marguerit Hardt

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Writing a book about the SHEER FOLLY of architectural design disasters, Daisy Dalrymple and her best friend photographer Lady Lucy Binscomb travel to see Appsworth Hall; owned by friendly Mr. Pritchard of Pritchard's Plumbing Products. Daisy's husband Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Alex Fletcher reluctantly will baby-sit their twins while she is away for the weekend.

Daisy and Lucy arrive at the estate only find their host Mr. Pritchard is throwing a garish party attended by Daisy's friend Julia Beaufort; Lord Rydal known as Rhino; his lover Lady Ottaline Wandersley and her husband Sir Desmond; and Canadian historian Charles Armitage who seems attracted to Julia and she in him. An explosion leaves Rhino dead, but his paramour and his chauffeur survive. The spouses of Daisy and Lucy arrive just in time for the DCI to investigate.

This is an engaging 1920s investigative tale that ironically feels fresh because the local cops are euphoric to have an experienced DCI to work the case. The story line as always in this wonderful long running series (see BLACK SHIP) provides the reader with a glimpse of the English upper class just before the depression. The support cast is solid and the whodunit cleverly devised to enable the reader and Daisy to compete with Alex. It would be SHEER FOLLY for historical mystery fans not to read this superb tale.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marguerit Hardt on October 14, 2009
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This is light reading for those of us who enjoy the escapism of murder at a manor house. The plot is light weight, but this does not distract from the read. In the end, nasty people are routed, decent people get their reward, and the reader gets a few laughs. Daisy and Lucy are a delight. It's true,some of the other Daisy Dalrymple mysteries had a more involved plot line. The whole series is worth reading, however.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean Sheldon on April 21, 2010
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After an explosion at the mansion of the 'King of Plumbing Fixtures' kills one of the guests, Daisy Dalrymple and her pal Lucy Binsomb uncover secrets that cast suspicion on the remaining company. As with all the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, 'Sheer Folly' is an enjoyable adventure, short on violence and bloodshed and long on fun and charm. Just the way I like my mysteries.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abbey on October 11, 2009
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Just enough sweetness, a neat soupçon of tart humor, a bit of sly commentary on the social classes, and a solid mystery plot, all mixed beautifully by Dunn, who exhibits perfect balance and pacing. Everything is just right for those of us who enjoy genteel historical murder with a side dish of satire. See my full review at reviewingtheevidence dot com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pinkster on January 18, 2014
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I've been reading the Daisy Dalrymple series in order, using audible when available, and kindle when audible version is unavailable. Sheer Folly is my favorite book yet. I was very tired and on the verge of falling asleep when I began the book, and I was instantly awakened and captivated. I read into the wee hours and completed 60% of book before succumbing to sleep. Lady Lucy is back with camera and attitude. We meet a whole hodge lodge of new characters, gathered for a house party which chief attraction turns out to be a grotto folly recently restored by the host, a plumbing manufacturer! The book is very humorous, and Daisy and Alec both work, unofficially, to solve a murder and make sure the right suspect is arrested. Enjoy the book, which us sheer folly.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Cobert on October 11, 2009
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I hate to think that Carola Dunn is running out of plot ideas for the Daisy Dalrymple series, but her latest entry. "Sheer Folly," makes me think it possible. I have read all of her books and found her enjoyable, but this time the characters are uninteresting, hard to tell apart at times, and really not worth our time.

It is interesting to compare Daisy, daughter of a viscount, to Maisy Dobbs, daughter of a costermonger (seller of vegetables from his horse-drawn dray), who is also a detective during the post-World-War-1 period in Britain. The contrast in their backgrounds as well as their investigative techniques makes a more rounded picture of the period. Daisy writes magazine articles while Maisy works an investigator and psychologist in a series by Jacqueline
Winspear.

Daisy is much more light-hearted and does her detecting more or less accidentally while Maisy is very serious-minded. I think the reader would enjoy Dunn's earlier Daisy books and might enjoy her enough to press on to read one of her less successful efforts. But I think I have read "Darling" as much as I care to for a year or two. Maybe that's how the British talked in the 1920's, but enough already!
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I've read all of the Daisy Dahlrumple series and I have enjoyed all of them. Carola Dunn has kept Daisy, Alec and even her secondary characters all the same, but has allowed them to grow. For anyone who hasn't read any from this series, you really don't need to read them in order.
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By Snows Acre on September 9, 2012
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I enjoyed this mystery which is one of the good ones of this genre. Carola Dunn creates like able chatacters in wh one can develop an interest.
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