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Publisher's Summary

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed. 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.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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By Wadie on 02-05-10

Can't wait for more

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!

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By Annalisa on 06-02-15

Cozy 1920s English Mystery

This is one of my favorite mystery series. As someone who thoroughly enjoys Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Connan Doyle, and Rex Stout, I was pleased to find another writer who appreciates period-based stories. Although I do agree with other reviewers that the writer embellished the characters' speech with lots of "spiffing" and "biffing," the book has a nice flow and rhythm. The characters are fun and interesting and I look forward to following their adventures for many books to come.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Sharon Spiteri on 06-14-11

Hear the sample before you buy...

I didn't and I could kick myself. I can't move beyond the silly accent, it keeps grating on my nerves and what should have been a very enjoyable few hours (at least based on the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery which I read in paperback) has turned into a painful chore. I'd rather it was read in an American accent or whatever the reader's native accent is, than this farcical attempt at English RP. Sounds to me like it could only be passed off as an English accent to any other than an English audience. Maybe this was aimed at the American market? I rate it two starts for the narration, not the book which I shall have to read in paperback.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful


By Jax on 12-01-12

Dreadful narration

I bought this because I read and enjoyed the first book in the series. I am a sucker for "'tween the wars" detective novels, whether authentic or pastiche. I'd heard of other people not enjoying spoken word books because of the accent of the reader, but always wondered how bad it could really be. Now I know. I presume Bernadette Dunne is American or possibly Canadian and is trying her best at an English accent. It is dire. Her vowels are strangulated; gas becomes 'garrrss' and the name Sebastian is an assault on the eardrums - Sebaaarstiaaan'. It seems to go on forever and is dreadfully off putting; it has really spoilt my enjoyment of the book. And I think I bought another by the same reader ... Oh dear! Save your money



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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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