Superfluous Women

Superfluous Women

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

eBook - 2015
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In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women"—brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband Alec—Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard —go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body. And with that, what was a pleasant Sunday lunch has taken an unexpected turn. Now Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. So before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources (Alec) and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime.
Publisher: [S.l.] : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781466847415
Branch Call Number: Cloud Library eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
320 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Nov 07, 2016

Book 22 in the Daisy Dalrymple series

Oct 04, 2016

Above-average British historical mystery (1920s). Character-driven, rather than plot-driven - although I thought the plot was good. Daisy is portrayed as effortlessly charming person -- someone who naturally inspires trust. The chaos her "interference" in murder investigations causes among police units is the main source of humor. Could appeal to fans of Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series although the style is warmer and more relaxed. Interesting comments by other readers. Sounds like some in series are faster paced.

Sep 11, 2015

Nice little British cozy. I enjoy the kindness of the main characters toward others, wish that were still true today. This one does not seem to be as fast paced as her others and there seems to be many more mistakes as if Ms. Dunn is using a ghost writer and sentences are cut off or inserted out of place. Still a very nice cozy.

Aug 16, 2015

I have read every book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, and I have enjoyed them all. Some are better than others, but I think the books keep getting better the longer the series goes. Did you know there were 2,000,000 more women than men in Britain after WWI? Hence the term "superfluous women" or "surplus women" who could never hope to marry and have children. This book has many plot twists, and Daisy continues to be a most engaging heroine. I really enjoyed this book!


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