Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn

I always intend to write about the books I read soon after I’ve finished them, whilst the details and my reaction are fresh in my mind.  But recently I haven’t managed to do so and now have four books to review. I can deal with one of them quickly because I don’t have much to say about it – Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn. This is the seventh book in the Daisy Dalrymple Mystery series (there are 22 in total so far). I’ve read the first three and have been waiting to find the fourth to read them in order, but gave in when I saw this secondhand copy.

Set in the 1920s this is a cosy mystery that doesn’t tax the brain too much. Daisy’s brother-in-law, Lord John Frobisher, asks her to investigate a series of poison pen letters that many of the local villagers including himself have been receiving. So Daisy and her step-daughter, Belinda, go to stay with her sister and brother-in-law. Lord John is anxious to avoid a scandal, but when a murder is committed the local police have to be informed about the letters. Daisy’s fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard is concerned about Daisy and Belinda, so he gets involved informally, all the time trying to keep Daisy out of danger. The village is a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and resentment, with plenty of people with possible cause to commit murder. I liked the interaction of the members of the WI, bossed by the vicar’s wife and the way Daisy managed to get each of them to talk to her.

Styx and Stones is a quick and easy read, (although I didn’t guess the identity of the murderer until quite near the end) with the focus on Daisy and Alec’s relationship as well as on the poison pen and murder mysteries.

5 thoughts on “Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn

  1. I think Carola Dunn started to get into her stride with this fourth book in the series. It was the first one I liked rather than thinking it was just *ok*. I’m having trouble keeping up with reviews too at the moment, mainly because I’m reading quite a lot while the kitchen’s being done. When it’s finished I’m looking forward to doing some jigsaws so the reading will slow down a bit.


    1. Cath, having the kitchen done is one of the most disruptive things – if you’re like me that means mess everywhere! We’ve been having a carpet fitted in our bedroom (not as bad as having the kitchen done), which meant emptying it first(and sleeping in a spare bedroom) and that has disrupted both my reading and writing reviews, but I’ve managed to do 2 jigsaws – it’s good to have a change.


      1. Margaret, the plan was to have the kitchen done separately, the other two rooms we needed decorating – my study and a spare bedroom that my husband uses as a study – were to be at another time. Both, naturally, full of bookish clutter. Instead our lovely decorator decided to do it all at once. Not entirely his fault due to a family tragedy (the 11 year old boy that died at a football match in th e autumn after being hit by a goalpost or something was his nephew… terrible thing). But anyway we’ve had a house full of painters, carpenters, plumbers and electricians for four weeks now when the original estimate was *two*. Such fun… but we’ve coped and it’s almost finished and looking fabulous. I hope thr carpet fitting goes well, we’re awaiting carpets for the two studies now. Chap was supposed to come to check our measurements yesterday, had to cancel at the last minute so will now come on Wed. Which means extra delay in getting the studies back in working order. It’s a good job I’m a calm sort of a person. LOL!

        Happy jigsawing. There’s rather a nice FB page called, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle Connections’ which is very friendly.


  2. I do not particularly like cosy mysteries and light fiction but I agree with you that Carola Dunn Daisy’s books make a delightful read. You have summed up this one in a nutshell! I enjoyed your review.


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