Monday, May 12, 2014

Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple novels

I've often written about how much libraries mean to me.  Growing up overseas, I relied heavily on my school library.  I've visited and much appreciated the free public libraries in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Brooklyn.

They're wonderful places to browse and find a new author, character or book.  I recently came across Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple novels while browsing the Brooklyn Public Library's audiobooks.  I've been downloading them and listening to Daisy Dalrymple's adventures as I go about my day.

The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple lost her elder brother Gervaise during World War I and her father Lord Dalrymple to the Spanish Flu soon after.  The family wasn't prepared for the losses and between the death duties and the failure to prepare a will, Daisy and her mother found themselves fully dependent on the distant cousin that inherited the title.

Daisy refuses to live with her mother in the Dower House of Fair Acres. She also decides not to take an allowance from the present earl of Fair Acres. Instead, she tries to earn her living as a writer for Town and Country and focuses on articles on country estates.   Her very first article takes her to a family friend's home and the site of a murder.  Daisy's a guest of sorts but also a professional girl and in her unique position, she finds it easy to help Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Alex Fletcher in his investigation.

Daisy draws confidences; she finds that people tell her things that they wouldn't tell the police or each other.  She's a dab hand with the camera and with shorthand.  She's interested in solving mysteries and has insatiable curiosity.  It is inevitable that Daisy plays a part in solving this murder.  We find as the series develops that Daisy seems to find herself on the scene of many different crimes and is often asked by family members, friends and acquaintances to help them out of sticky situations.

Lighthearted, funny, and charming, Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple mysteries are such a treat.

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