In 1923 just outside London, Phillip Petrie, the son of an English Lord, stops his car on the side of the road to see what is causing a terrible knocking sound. Gloria Arbuckle, the daughter of an American industrial giant, stops to offer her assistance. The pair begins to see each other and Phillip quickly falls in love with Gloria. Phillip courts Gloria and her poppa as he plans to win them both over and marry her. One day, while Phillip and Gloria were driving together, the car breaks down. Phillip tries to fix it, but they are set upon by some thugs. He is tied up and she is abducted. The kidnappers instruct poppa to raise a ransom without involving the police if he wants his beloved daughter back alive. Phillip turns to his childhood chum, Daisy Dalyrmple, to save the life of his beloved. DAMSEL IN DISTRESS is a fun to read, who-done-it that ironically laughs at itself as well as high society. Daisy and the support cast (both the recurring and new characters) are all wonderful in a zany way, making this a series worth reading. Harriet Klausner
Für einmal kein Mord, sondern eine Entführung, aber auch die ist mit Genuss beschrieben, mit sehr viel know-how. Die nebenbei laufende Liebesgeschichte gibt dem Ganzen eine zusätzliche Dynamik. Also sehr unterhaltsam, sehr spannend, macht Lust auf mehr.
Actually, this was the first Daisy Dalrymple I ever read (no idea why I didn't comment on it earlier) and I immediately fell in love with the characters and the setting.
In this story a kidnapping has to be solved, and I can well imagine that the top priority of the people concerned would be to get the victim back, catching the kidnappers is somewhat secondary. So it doesn't really matter if you figure out early who is the mastermind, there is still enough suspense left.
I thoroughly enjoyed the encounters between the would-be rescuers and Daisy's slightly potty cousin who now owns the big estate that once belonged to Daisy's father. We get to know Daisy's friends and her mother, and the setting is described so vividly that you seem to feel the atmosphere.
It's a delightful book, funny despite the serious theme. Since another of my favourite series has ended I'm perfectly happy to have discovered a new one which I like. I'm going to collect all books featuring Daisy.