Lord Westmoor invites magazine writer/series sleuth Daisy Dalrymple (Rattle His Bones), Scotland Yard husband Alec, and Daisy's titled mum to his stately home for Christmas. The earl himself may not be there, but several poor relations will, including offshoots from a younger son who died before proving that he had married his Indian mistress. Now one of the dead man's sons has brought an ancient clergyman from India who has such proof, but before he can give it, someone kills him. Daisy and husband spring into action, surrounded by historic armaments, secret rooms, hidden treasure, and family secrets. For fans of British cozies and Dorothy Sayers's novels, this is a very inviting situation.
Another good Daisy Dalrymple story
I'm a real fan of the Daisy Dalrymple series, but I have to admit that this one was one of the weaker ones of the books, in my opinion. There seemed to be a lot happening, but none of the characters seemed more than one-dimensional. Even Daisy wasn't as fleshed out as usual. This read more like a tweenie.
Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher may have no trouble helpng her husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, apprehend hardened criminals for Scotland Yard, but she's no match for her mother. The formidible Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has issued her edict: the entire family is to gather for Christmas at Brockdene, the ancestral estate of Lord Westmoor in Cornwall. When the crew arrives at Brockdene, however, they discover that they will instead be spending the holidays with Lord Westmoor's poor relations, the Norvilles, who-when they arent't sniping at one another with venomous glee-regale their guests with tales of the estate's scandalous history: deadly family squabbles, smuggling, hidden treasure, and ghosts who still haunt the halls. But when one of the guests is found stabbed to death in the family chapel, Daisy is certain there's more than a ghost at work. Now, with the presents still under the tree, Daisy finds herself enmeshed in an investigation that will take her beneath the veneer of English civility into the dark heart of a family who will do anything to keep the skeletons in their closets under lock and key...
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