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Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2006
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
That said, it is still an entertaining and engaging read.