Feisty flapper Dalrymple is a breath of fresh air to the occupants of gloomy Occles Hall in Cheshire, among them her former school chum, wallflower Bobbie Parslow, and the thorny mistress of the manor, Lady Valeria. While photographing the barren ground behind the house, Daisy suspects someone has been digging amidst the soil's first green shoots, and promptly unearths the corpse of Grace Moss, the missing parlor maid. So begins a harrowing romp as the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed.
©1995 Carola Dunn; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Set in a British manor house in 1923, this traditional charmer will please most everyone." (Library Journal)
"Manners (P.G. Wodehouse-style) and mystery get equal time in a low-keyed story with considerable charm." (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a surprisingly substantial slice of life in the 20's. I enjoy all the characters, especially Daisy. Yes, it's a dumb name for a well drawn character. Daisy is everything a heroine should be.
The narration is excellent as well!
Daisy Darymple is an annoyingly demure and helpless protagonist - this will not please fans of Phryne Fisher or Amelia Peabody. Further, the narration is by an American who has much trouble with British accents ('noos-paper' and 'Se-BAR-stian' were two recurring travesties!) I was glad when this was over.
I started with this secornd book and are now getting the first (which I really should have started with had I only known!) and the 2 later ones. What a character Daisy is - a shroud seluth in a time where women were mostly just for show - or were supposed to be in the upper circles!
There are SO many wonderful English narrators out there - why choose to ruin an Audible book by using an American narrator who is unable to produce even a reasonable facsimile of an English accent? Bernadette Dunne might be a wonderful narrator in her own native accent but not for this series. She lapses at times into Southern USA inflection. It is distracting in the extreme and basically ruined the story for me.
The Daisy Dalrymple books are great fun and take readers into the world of a uniquely independent 25(?)-year-old aristocratic lady of the roaring-20s.Daisy's family is horrified that she is independent and chooses to work and support herself rather than marry a "suitable" gentleman -- ideally one who is both titled and wealthy.
In her work as a writer for Town and Country magazine, Daisy comes into contact with the rich and powerful of the era, repeatedly finding herself drawn into their lives and those of their families, friends, and servants. She is definitely a busy-body, but one with great compassion, warmth, and humor. As a result, her character is endearing rather than annoying and is great fun to follow.
As horrified as her family is that she works, they would likely be even more horrified if they realized that she also repeatedly manages to become embroiled in murder cases while on the job. (What would the neighbors think?!) As it happens, her insight, memory for detail, and personable nature serve to help the detectives from Scotland Yard as they seek out the culprit(s) responsible for the crimes in each book in the series.
The entire series is great fun -- light, laced with humor, fast-paced. While these are generally murder mysteries, there is nothing gory or offensive.
This is an insult to the historical mystery genre and the narrator's voice could not be more fake and annoying.
The main character is in short weak and dull, I don't know how the writer thought a writer for House and Country Magazine would be interesting.
Daisy goes on assignment for her magazine and runs into a murder at Occles Hall. She calls in her friend, a chief inspector from Scotland Yard, to investigate when the local police are intimidated by the Hall's titled inhabitants. The characters are stock. The dialogue is filled with cliches and 20's slang. With all that, I had to continue listening because the narrator did such a superb job bringing the characters to life -- at least as much as the writing would allow.
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