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At her brother's behest, series sleuth Daisy Dalrymple investigates a series of poison-pen letters that result in murder in a 1923 English village. A pleasant historical.
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So-so eighth in a series set in the early 1920s, dealing with the misadventures and triumphs of the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, part-time writer and full-time snoop, the latter an activity bemoaned by her fianc, Scotland Yard's D.C.I. Alec Fletcher. Daisy's worried brother-in-law Lord John Frobisher has come to London from Kent to have lunch with Daisy and to tell her about the unsigned poison-pen, obscenely worded letters he's been getting. They accuse him of having an affair with youngish widow Mrs. LeBeau in the village of Rotherden. Its true, unfortunately, though over now, but Daisy decides to pay a visit to her sister Violeto explore the territory and see whether any other villagers are victims of the poison pen. She finds a score of them, including the postmistress, Mrs. Burden; retired Brigadier Lomax; local Dr. Padgett; and mechanic Sam Basin. The Vicar, Reverend Osborne, has an atheist brother, a professor who's anathema to the Vicar's wife, and, it emerges, the Vicar has his own sin to hide. Daisy, asked to address the Women's Institute at the church hall, is on her way to do so, walking through the churchyard, when she spots a body pinned under a large stone angelwhich has obviously pushed or fallen from its stand. The victim is the Vicar's brother, and Daisy, true to form, is soon in the middle of the investigation. The answers, when they come, are hardly believable, even as the characters and events seem contrived most of the time. Only Dunn's most devoted fans will relish this tepid tale. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Daisy Dalrymple (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157566755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575667553
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,784,536 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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on January 10, 2003
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Daisy's brother in law Johnny has a major problem. Some years ago, when he was recovering from an horrific injury incurred in WW I, he had a one night affair with a local woman. He is now getting poison pen letters and fears that his wife Violet will find out. Apparently he isn't the only victim, and when the local vicar's brother is killed by a falling statue, all of them are suspects.
As usual, this is a really entertaining mystery. Daisy and Alec solve the mystery with a few twists and turns and arguments. A quick read as usual!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
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In 1923 London, a desperate Lord John Frobisher visits his sister-in-law Daisy Dalrymple to ask for her help. Someone has sent John an ugly unsigned letter filled with profanity, that accuses the aristocrat of having an affair with a widow, Mrs. LeBeau. John acknowledges that he in deed did have a dalliance with the woman, but that it ended. John wants Daisy, who has had success with solving mysteries, to come to his hometown of Kent to uncover the identity of the perpetrator. Even knowing that Daisy's fiancé works for Scotland Yard and fears for her safety, John refuses to go to the police because he does not want to hurt his family.
Daisy, accompanied by her fiancé's daughter, travels to Kent where she quickly learns that the anonymous author has written similar letters to many of the local citizens. However, before she can determine who the culprit behind the crippling correspondence is, Daisy finds the murdered corpse of the Vicar's brother.
The seventh Dalrymple amateur sleuth historical mystery is an entertaining entry in a well-written series. The cozy-like story line moves forward though the motive for the letters seems too stretched for such a campaign. Still Daisy retains her freshness and the support cast makes readers feel they are visiting the decade following WW I in England. Though far from Carola Dunn's best entry in an overall wonderful series, STYX AND STONES remains an enjoyable novel.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tme on May 31, 2005
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I've really enjoyed the Daisy Dalrymple series, but this one was truly terrible. It was as if someone else had written the second half. It all starts promising enough, I was enjoying it very much, until about two-thirds of the way into it. Then, everything fell apart. Interesting characters were never more to be seen, the unmasking of the murderer was completely anticlimatic. It felt like the author suddenly stopped midway through the book and quickly decided to pick a murderer at random. Really awful, the real mystery is: what happened in the writing of this book? I'm a bit wary of buying anymore in the series if the next one is going to be the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bee on August 4, 2009
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I love this series. That said this is a good example. It is interesting to experience the different classes and how they react to murder (among other things) in 1920's England. I have learned a few things and always enjoy Carola Dunn's books. My favorite is mistltoe and murder but this is a good one to start with as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wiegert on March 25, 2011
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As an avid reader of Carola Dunn whose Daisy Dalrymple mysteries are hard to find, I was thrilled to be able to get them through Amazon.com. New or used, the books arrived quickly and in great shape. Loved Styx and Stones. Thanks, so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janberg on October 27, 2014
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This is one of the better one in this series. The main character takes a stab at trying to figure out who is sending poison pen letters to several people in a small English village including her brother-in-law. Everyone is on edge because of all the secrets that could be exposed, all this made even harder when dead bodies start showing up. It's a real tease, just when you think you know who it is, something else happens
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shu-shu on November 23, 2010
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I recently met the most delightful heroine: Daisy Dalrymple. Carola Dunn's character is most enchanting. Much like Winspere's works, Dunn explores England after the War to End all Wars through the eyes of a young female detective who keeps thea ction moving from beginning to end. I recommend her works to anyone looking for a new and exciting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kish on June 30, 2014
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Having recently discovered this author, I am devouring all her Daisy Dalrymple stories.
They are light, non violent mysteries which are challenging and amusing. Such a delightful read.
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