It is 1925 and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, her husband Alec Fletcher and their recent twins move to a new, large house on the outskirts of London. Set in a small circle of houses with a communal garden, it seems like the idyllic setting - that is, until a murder victim turns up under the bushes of the communal garden. Now rumours of bootleggers, American gangsters and an international liquor smuggling operation via black ships turn everything upside down. Alec, in his role as Scotland Yard detective, has been assigned to ferret out the truth behind the murder - but it is up to Daisy to find out who the dead man is, what his relationship with her new neighbours was, why he was murdered - and who it was who did him in! PRAISE FOR CAROLA DUNN'S DAISY DALRYMPLE SERIES: 'Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.' Publishers Weekly 'As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.' Booklist For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels' Library Journal
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A sleuthing couple who move to a new home suspect their new neighbors of murder.The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple and her Scotland Yard detective husband Alec Fletcher are about to take up residence in No. 6, Constable Circle even though the lawyer for Alec's uncle's estate seems unenthusiastic. But a chance to move their growing family into a large, albeit shabby, house is too good to pass up. As it turns out, the lawyer's daughter is part of the Jessups, purveyors of fine wines and spirits and the charming family who live next door. When the Fletchers' honeymoon acquaintance, hapless ex-FBI agent Lambert, now tracking down bootleggers for the Treasury Department, arrives on their doorstep with no money or papers, they take him in, little knowing the trouble he will cause. Nicely settled in their refurbished house, they bid farewell to domestic bliss when a man is found murdered in the gardens outside their home and Alec gets the case. The dead man proves to be an Italian-American enforcer whom Daisy had seen leaving the Jessups' house. Daisy feels sure her new neighbors, who admit to shipping spirits to the United States, can't be cold-blooded murderers and sets out to prove it despite Alec's usual resistance to her meddling.Ever-curious Daisy (The Bloody Tower, 2007, etc.) adds an interesting take on Prohibition to her modest mystery. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Carola Dunn
Carola Dunn is the author of sixteen previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple. Born and raised in England, the author now lives in Eugene, Oregon, USA.