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The Famous DAR Murder Mystery Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312955685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312955687
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

First novelist Landrum advances his plot with wit, grace, and warmth as several Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ladies relate their roles in solving a murder. When four members of the Old Orchard Fort chapter (Borderville, Virginia) of the DAR visit an unfrequented graveyard in search of a patriot's grave, they find a battered body behind a tombstone. Ascertaining that the sheriff will give the killing of an apparent vagrant low priority, Helen Delaporte, regent for the chapter and wife of a lawyer, spearheads an investigation that uses genealogical know-how, gossipy information from lively oldsters, and shrewd common sense. Solid, wholesome, and lively.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A delightful first novel relating the experiences of some members of the Old Orchard Fort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Borderville, Virginia, in solving the murder of Luis Garcia, a world-renowned harpist from California. The chapter's savvy Regent, Helen Delaporte, along with other members, discovered Garcia's beaten corpse while placing a grave marker in an out-of-the-way cemetery. Sheriff Butch Gilroy dismisses the unidentified body as that of just another drifter, but Helen- -curiosity sparked--makes some astute deductions that lead to a positive identification. Now she wants to know why the victim, on the eve of a world tour, would detour to this backwoods area. Helen enlists the help of three DAR stalwarts--one of them expert in local genealogy; another the gutsy, guileful 86-year-old Harriet Bushrow (no flies on her!). The ladies take turns telling their part in the saga. The result is a story full of suspense, lively characters, and unforced homespun charm. The DAR should be grateful. Readers of this divertingly different first-class murder mystery will be too. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dar Scott on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For some reason the librarian added a green hardback edition of this book to some material pulled for me. I decided to accept it and give it a try. I was glad I did.

My grandma was an enthusiastic DAR member and this novel gives me a peek into what that part of her life was like.

This is the first of the five Borderville mysteries, so if you've thought about reading those, start with this one.

I have seen green hardback covers in this series as well as some red-border paperback covers (like this: The Famous DAR Murder Mystery), so if you plan to collect several in the series, keep that in mind.

This is not just a mystery that happens to involve some daughters. The solid character, the projects and the skills of DAR members are crucial to the solving of the mystery. Even the style of conveying the story reminds me of hardworking, carefully researching ladies.

I laughed while reading this, too. I hope that is OK.

I recommend this for any DAR member or someone who loves one or anybody who loves a mystery solved by some on-the-ball ladies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Graham Landrum writes a droll novel of murder and mayhem in a small town, with the DAR ladies in hot pursuit of a ruthless killer. Sprinkled with lots of delicious recipies, you get the feeling that life has an order and cadence despite the horrific events in the story. A wonderful who-dun-it, and a fast-paced read. I enjoyed every minute of it, and wish Graham Landrum was still with us to work his magic again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you always thought the DAR was for little old ladies, you really should read about them here! If you belong, you'll appreciate this even more.
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By B. Garrity-Jameson on February 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very cute, informative for geneology research and the solving of a great mystery. These DAR ladies are so fun and mischevious.
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By Renee Copeland on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Have read it twice over the years, and shared with others. DAR setting is amusing & the characters interesting. Combining various people's "reports" into a natural flow of the story is quite fun, especially how each "reporter" has a different style (viewpoint, vocabulary, experience of the story, opinions, etc.). The locale is well described, and the genealogy involved is helped out with a simple chart.
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By John J Lysic on November 17, 2013
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Thought I was buying hard bound, my error. Way overpriced for small paperback. Cute story about DAR members using their skills in research to solve the crime.
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