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Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002
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From Library Journal
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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
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 the MP3 CD edition.
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The crime is murder, but what brings Daisy to the country is a request from her brother-in-law to investigate the poison pen letters he's been getting. He doesn't want to involve the police, since he wants to keep secret the indiscretion he committed that provoked the letters. Daisy can't resist helping Johnny, although she knows it will make her fiancé furious. Fiancé Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard wants Daisy to leave detective work to the professionals.
More than one person is getting the nasty letters, and in Daisy's unofficial investigation she seeks out village gossip from every possible source: tea parties, committee meetings, casual chats in country lanes, morning tea with a neighbor, chitchat in the general store and at a tennis party.
There are lots of quirky village characters in this book, and a steady flow of tea and torts. The murder is as much of a puzzler as the letters, and Daisy feels confident they are connected, which encourages her to pursue more gossip.
Agatha Christie wrote a mystery revolving around poison pen letters in a village (The Moving Finger), and I wasn't sure anything could measure up. Maybe Styx and Stones doesn't, but I enjoyed it. The relationship between Alec and Daisy is always fun.
That said, it is still an entertaining and engaging read.