- Series: Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries (Book 22)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250047048
- ISBN-13: 978-1250047045
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superfluous Women: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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About the Author
CAROLA DUNN is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple, including Heirs of the Body, as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Top Customer Reviews
I started reading the book as soon as I got it yesterday and finished it just a few minutes ago. I even managed to get a bit of sleep in overnight. At least about 2 hours.
This particular edition may be the tightest one yet. Her descriptions of food, clothes, buildings, terrain and the like are incorporated well and thus most welcome, along with personality nuances and variances. There is a pleasant and personable flow with an interesting storyline. It helps when you like the focus characters, which I did here, being the housemates. Some of the old regulars were well woven in. The supporting characters also had their varying shades of interest, like the rector, his wife and the doctor's wife, certainly the maid at the inn and others. Even the bit parts had interest, when they could easily have been just black and white outlines. The boot boy, the inn manager, even the station master all had some shading given them. I would deem that an element of good writing.
For me, there were no annoyances or negatives. I have had an issue in the past with a particular handling or two, but not with this book. I find it balanced and well done. Another competent feature is the author keeping track of who her main characters are, where they've been and bringing them along with consistency. Somehow, many other current authors seem to have trouble in that area as they go along - perhaps too many series going. There was no trouble recognizing Daisy, yet she is maturing and changing in her life. The "meddling" designation given her detecting was there, but not so rampant as before. And husband Alec's reactions to it are less jarring from what they have been in the past. It is set in the 1920's after all, and the world that was then was not exactly ready for a female with Daisy's particular penchant.
This is a very good edition in what is now a remarkably solid series. Thank you, Ms. Dunn.