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In the late 1920s in England, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar - i.e. the Lord Dalrymple. About to turn 50, Lord Dalrymple decides it is time to find out who would be the heir to the viscountcy. With the help of the family lawyer, who advertises Empire-wide, they have come up with four potential claimants. For his fiftieth birthday, Edgar invites those would-be heirs - with Daisy and the rest of the family - to Fairacres, the family estate.
In the meantime, Daisy is asked to be the family's representative at the lawyer's interviews with the claimants. Those four are a hotelier from Scarborough, a diamond merchant from South Africa, a young mixed-raced boy from Trinidad, and a sailor from Jamaica. However, according to his very pregnant wife, the sailor has gone missing.
Daisy and Alec must uncover a conspiracy if they are going to stop the killing in the latest from the accomplished master of the genre, Carola Dunn.
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By Grete on 03-27-18
Certainly one of the best in the Daisy series. Characters from previous books reappear and grow more and more vivid and sympathetic, and those we are familiar wth from every book are reliably true to form - just picture the stocky Sgt Trinh in his vast Robin's egg blue plaid. The courage and resilience in Daisy's character comes clearer as this plot shows the effect on families of the laws of inheritance, as well as the gender and race bias in British society at the time, co-existing with a more liberal and reforming drive, that Daisy is very much a part of, gradually making itself felt.