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The home is the site of some severe family tension. The Viscount and head of the family is a strict and unyielding sort, insisting that everyone - especially his children - meet his own unreasonable expectations. On the evening of the Guy Fawkes celebration, the Viscount is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. What's more, he apparently first killed a guest - a married woman visiting England from Australia - before turning the gun on himself.
Now it's up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband and a DCI of Scotland Yard, to unravel the mystery and the long-held family secrets that led to this state of affairs. But a solution will require, perhaps, more than a little help from Daisy herself.
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By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-08-17
A great Daisy Dalrymple book
Daisy goes to visit the estate of a school friend to cover their special Guy Fawkes celebration, complete with a bonfire and guy and a big fireworks show. But when she gets there, not all is well with the family.
Then Jack, her friend's brother, makes the mistake of inviting an Australian couple they meet at a pub to their home for their large Guy Fawkes party, upsetting his parents, social snobs. But is that the only reason they are unhappy? As the fireworks show concludes, Jack finds his father and Mrs. Gooch dead, apparently with Lord Tyndall's having murdered the lady before committing suicide, causing Alec, her Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector husband, to come to the case, when he learns an explosive secret within the family.
The solution to this book was well-written and a surprise ending.
I was a bit disappointed by the narration, as Lucy Rayner can't do a credible Australian accent and mispronounced several words. But I'm so thrilled to be able to listen to this book that I don't mind!
This was an excellent book that I listened to straight through from start to finish because I couldn't put it down!
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