Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

I first came across Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple books on Geranium Cat‘s blog and on Read Warbler‘s blog a couple of years ago and have been meaning to read them ever since.

Death at Wentwater Court is the first in the series. It’s a quick and easy read, a mix of Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse, set in 1923 at the Earl of Wentwater’s country mansion, Wentwater Court. The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple, keen to be independent and earn her own living, is on her first writing assignment for Town and Country magazine, writing about country houses. It’s Christmas and the family and guests at Wentwater Court are enjoying the snow and in particular skating on the frozen lake.

But all is not well. One of the guests, Lord Stephen Astwick is found dead in the lake and it appears he has had a skating accident. However, Daisy’s photos suggest that the hole in the ice had not occurred naturally – there were signs that someone had cut a hole and not that the ice had simply weakened. Enter Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, who is also investigating a jewel robbery at Lord Flatford’s house nearby.

This is a typical country house murder mystery, with plenty of suspects. Daisy is a likeable, lively character and it looks as though her relationship with Alec could become more personal by the end of the book. An enjoyable book, but not one to overtax the brain. I hope it’s not too long before I read the next one in the series – The Winter Garden Mystery.

Note: Carola Dunn is a prolific author, with 21 books in the Daisy Dalrymple series alone – see Fantastic Fiction for her bibliography.

6 thoughts on “Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn”

  1. The perfect holiday read. I read one or two in the series – significantly, I can’t remember which, but I do remember liking Daisy as a character and the whole evocation of the period.

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  2. The lovely thing about this series is how much it improves. That’s not to say the first 4 or 5 were bad, not at all. But I’m on book 12 or 13 now and when I look back it’s easy to see that Carola Dunn hit her stride at around book 6 and the series is now a favourite with me, whereas I might not have said that early on.

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    1. It’s good to know the series improves! I thought this book was OK but I don’t think it will stick in my mind for long. I read this on Kindle – it’s free on the Kindle Lending Library, as is the next one, so I will read that soon.

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  3. Margaret – What a pleasure to see that you’ve reviewed this one and liked it. I do like the Daisy Dalrymple series, and this one is a good introduction to it. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. I love the Daisy Dalrymple series and I’ve read every one. I hope you will continue reading them. They are on the lighter side, but still very enjoyable. May I recommend Mourning Wedding? It’s one of my favorites.

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