While I have greatly enjoyed this series so far, this book is probably my least favorite up till now. I still love Daisy and Alec and all the other regular characters, but I found this particular mystery just a little dull and (it pains me to say this) a little tedious to get through. Perhaps I just didn't care for the museum setting - it just didn't make for a very exciting story. That being said, I still basically liked it and certainly look forward to reading other books in the series.
Reading all the Daisy Dalrymple books in sequence has been a challenge - many are discarded from our local library! However, I find them to be very well written, with colorful, well-developed characters. They don't pander to the modern requirement for gratuitous sex, ugly language, gore and forced vulgar humor... Every one, including this one, is a "good read."
I'm not much on historical fiction (early 1920s) , but I do enjoy Daisy.
A fun read, espcialliy for those who enjoy reading about the 1920s.
Another fun Daisy Dalrymple mystery
In the summer of 1923, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple makes what should an uneventful research trip to the Museum of Natural History with her nephew Derek and her soon-to-be step-daughter Belinda in tow. But as she interviews the various curators for her article on the museums of London, she soon discovers that the Museum of Natural History is a hothouse of professional rivalry and jealousy, particularly between Dr. Smith Woodward, the Keeper of Geology -- responsible for the fossil collection, and Dr. Pettigrew, the Keeper of Minerology -- responsible for the Museum's fabulous gem collection. On a later trip, as closing time nears, Daisy hears two voices followed by a tremendous crash and rushes into the next hall to discover Dr. Pettigrew dead -- murdered amidst a pile of dinosaur bones.
Daisy's fiance, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, is assigned to investigate and together they must unravel a most baffling case of missing gems, dispossessed European royalty, professional rivalry and murder most foul.
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