The Case of the Murdered Muckraker (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery) Kindle Edition
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The story paints a picture of America in the nineteen twenties through the eyes of a young Englishwoman. Daisy is well bred, but also open-minded. It amazes and amuses her that so much drinking is going on surreptitiously despite Prohibition. The race prejudice she observes distresses her. It alarms her that the cops seem almost as dangerous as the criminals, and that crooks seem to run city governments.
Daisy finds many Americans rather crude, although she does warm to the personable Irish hotel workers, and befriends a couple of old ladies who are upper-crust Bostonians. The portrayal of some of the Americans and of American slang felt like a caricature to me. But I was still able to enjoy the story.
The plot offers a wonderful description of the experience of flying in a small plane. Aviation was still relatively new, and flying was not for sissies in those noisy, vibrating, unheated airplanes.
Fans of the Daisy Dalrymple series will want to read this book to keep up with the ongoing saga of Daisy's amateur sleuthing. It may not be the best book in the series, but it's reliably entertaining.
With the shift to the US, most of the usual minor characters are missing, but a rich set of characters in New York are engaging substitutes. And with Alec in Washington, Daisy takes the lead in this book without having to work around his Chief Detective role in Britain. This is a fun read, and one learns some interesting things about early flying, to boot.