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Superfluous Women: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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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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Despite the fact that it is not in his jurisdiction, Alex is "unofficially" loaned to the local force to help solve the death; Daisy, of course, provides assistance with her uncanny ability to listen to people who then open up to her.
This is a very satisfying Dalrymple mystery. Daisy, much to the dismay of Alex' boss, Crane, proves to be very useful, as does Alex.Some secondary characters are also drawn into the investigation, and the new band of characters are well drawn and bring a nice depth to the plot. The plot is nicely complex and twisty, and it takes a while to eliminate the obvious villains and come up with a surprise. If you are a Daisy fan, I think you will be very pleased with this book; if you are not, prepare to become one!
Daisy takes Alec, her police inspector husband, to lunch at the home of the three women, and it's Alec who discovers the body in the cellar when he helpfully picks a lock for Daisy's friends. That of launches the investigation, which involves local police of varying competence, Scotland Yard represented by Alec, and Daisy who can never resist a murder.
Daisy as usual, with her sympathetic vibe, is better than the cops at getting people to talk.
Among the suspects are two sleazy married men who make the "superfluous women" look smart to remain unmarried. The plot illustrates in a non-didactic way some of the injustices that women had to contend with in the nineteen twenties. For me this made the novel a particularly interesting. But even aside from the woman issue, the story is absorbing. It's hard to go wrong starting out with a pungent corpse in a cellar.