- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: St Martin's Press; Auflage: First Edition First Printing (Dezember 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312287755
- ISBN-13: 978-0312287757
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,6 x 2,4 x 21,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.404.237 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Mistletoe and Murder: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 2002
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"Winning series of light whodunits."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Daisy and her family are amusing characters.... something light for the fireside on a winter's day."--"Romantic Times"
In December 1923, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher yields to the demands of her mother and the needs of her writing career and brings her family to an old Cornish estate for Christmas. The estate, occupied by the poor relations of the ancestral lord, has a rich history of lore, ghost stories, and festering resentments - some or all of which leaves them all trapped in a house with a corpse and a murderer.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Die Charaktere sind alle glaubhaft angelegt und die Geschichte, wenn (lobenswerterweise) nicht blutrünstig aber geschickt konstruiert.
Die Örtlichkeiten und die gesellschaftlichen Gegebenheiten der hier geschilderten Epoche machen diese Krimi-Reihe zu einem Highlight und die Autorin kann man somit ohne schlechtes Gewissen in einem Satz mit Agatha Christie und ähnlichen Mystery-Autoren der Spitzenklasse nennen.
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It's December of 1923, and Daisy and Alec are about to spend their very first Christmas as a married couple together (barring Alec getting called up to investigate another criminal case, of course). But first, Daisy has to go away for a few days in order to write an article on a distant cousin's estate, Brockdene, for her magazine, 'Town and Country.' Unfortunately for Daisy, when her mother, the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple, gets wind of Daisy's plans, she comes up with a counter-plan of her own. The Dowager has decided that her entire family will spend Christmas together at Brockdene as guests of Lord Westmoor (the owner of Brockdene). Unbeknownst to the Dowager (who envisions some sort of elegant Christmas do peopled by the "right" sort of people) however, her plans are destined not to be realised: to begin with Westmoor and his family no longer spend Christmas at Brockdene and Brockdene is currently home to Westmoor's uncle's children -- scandal-ridden, poorer relations that have never really been acknowledged; also Daisy's sister has fallen ill, and so neither she nor her husband will be able to attend the Christmas festivities. All in all, not the kind of family gathering the Dowager had in mind.
In attendance however is an ex-missionary priest who has some connection to these scandalous Norville relations, and who seems to have been invited to Brockdene for a particular reason. What this reason is, Daisy isn't exactly sure (though she is dying to know), but she is sure that the reverend's presence is putting a strain on the Norville family, and that the tension and resentment is taking a toll on everyone. Esp since the reverend proves to be a rather stiff-rumped disapproving sort who soon puts a damper on the entire gathering. And then the reverend is found murdered in chapel. The obvious suspects are (of course) the poor Norville relations, but new information soon puts other Norville relations (Westmoor as well) in the running for prime suspect. Why was the reverend murdered and by whom? And as much as Daisy may like most of the poor relations, she cannot deny that one of them may have had the best reason for killing the reverend...
I really enjoyed reading this latest Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery. True, the mystery plot did take a while to unwind. But Carola Dunn told her story in such a charming, elegant and clever manner that I didn't feel impatient at all that the mystery proper took a while to get started. And then there was the poignant subplot involving the 'scandal'-ridden poorer Norville relations. I was truly involved with their plight and was really rooting for them to come out on top. There were, on the whole, very few plot twists, but there were suspects in the plenty. And the novel was rich in atmosphere and period charm, with a good storyline and a telling indictment on prejudice. For me, "Mistletoe and Murder" was a truly excellent read.
It is the way Alec treats Daisy as a naughty child and nuisance over her interest in his cases. That aspect rings very untrue and is really getting old at this point. His expressing that she sometimes stumbles into a helpful note flies in the face of her obvious facility with the cases. It makes him look a crank for continually crabbing about her "pesty" involvement. It diminishes her, as she is seen to be sneaking around to accomplish good while trying to duck censure.
In this episode, she is more often on the same, if not lower, standing with the kids. The writer needs to make up her mind which way to have it - either she is an asset or she is a liability. It would appear long past time for Alec (and his supervisor) to be reconciled with Daisy's interest and ability in his cases, and to have the stories proceed on that basis. Most writers settle the issue early on, just having you accept the improbable that the gifted amateur is allowed in on the basis of their merits. Yes, it is improbable, but it works a whole lot better than the handling here. The way this author retains Alec's ongoing grumbling attitude and sniping remarks about it really weakens credibility for an otherwise affectionate, developing adult relationship.
Daisy realizes that the manor contains several angry residents. The matriarch is Susannah Norville, whose husband Albert drowned fifty years ago before she arrived from India with their two sons. Albert's wealthy family rejected her verbal claim as his widow as spurious. Her oldest son Victor returns from to India accompanied by Reverend Calloway, who claims he wed Albert and Susannah. He also has documented proof to his assertion that alters the line of succession to the earldom. However, someone murders the Reverend. Alec contains the crime scene and sends for his team to help investigate. Daisy makes inquiries too, but the killer willingly will murder again.
Daisy and her mother are fun characters who turn this combo amateur sleuth-police procedural into a lighthearted historical romp. The amusing story line becomes a bit jumbled (keep a family tree or two handy) that leads to some confusion as to who's who and whom belongs to who (this homicide occurs before Abbott and Costello). Fans of a buoyant easygoing who-Dunn-it that never takes itself serious will want to read MISTLETOE AND MURDER.
Once Daisy arrives, she finds that not only will Lord Westmoor not be joining them, they will be joined by The Norvilles, some poor relations who live there. She is sure her mother was not made aware of this information and wonders how she will handle it when she arrives.
Daisy soon realizes that the Norvilles are mostly unhappy people. It is discovered that Susannah Norville, the family matriarch, arrived at the state many years ago to find out her husband Albert had drowned and his family would not accept her word that they had been married. So her sons were not given their birthrights as earls. Her son Captain Norville has arrived with Reverend Calloway. Daisy doesn't know immediately what the purpose of his visit is. Then he is found murdered in the chapel.
Daisy's husband, Alec, didn't want anyone to know he was a Scotland Yard Inspector. But once the local police are contacted and it is soon apparent Scotland Yard will be called in, he has to step up and run the investigation. He calls for his team to come assist him.
Alec's young daughter, Belinda, and her cousin Derek, have been enjoying investigating the house. Many desks are supposed to have hidden compartments. They discover some of them and then find some valuable clues for the investigation.
I found Daisy, Alec, Belinda and Derek to be very entertaining characters. I think they really made this story. Normally I don't read many books set in London or back in time. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be a very enjoyable read. I recommend this book.