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Damsel in Distress

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The fifth whodunnit in the Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery series

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Carola Dunn is the author of the hugely popular mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple. Born and raised in England, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon, USA.


In 1923, a rich American and his daughter, Gloria, travel to England looking for investment opportunities. Gloria meets and falls for titled Philip, but kidnappers seize her. Philip then asks friend (and series sleuth) Daisy Dalrymple for assistance. Another charmer.

In her latest adventure, Daisy Dalrymple, Dunn's engaging 1920s British journalist last seen in Murder on the Flying Scotsman (1997), takes on a gang of kidnappers. Her young friend Philip is motoring in the country with his new ladylove, American Gloria Arbuckle, when they're captured by thugs. Philip is set free near the Dalrymple country manor and immediately contacts Daisy in London to ask for her help in rescuing Gloria. The young woman's millionaire father, adamant about following the kidnappers' instructions not to involve the police, begins to raise the demanded ransom while Daisy devises a scheme to ferret out Gloria's whereabouts and snatch her back. She summons a group of her London friends to the manor but doesn't include her Scotland Yard detective heartthrob Alec Fletcher, whose presence would jeopardize her plan. Under the guise of a house party, Daisy sends her guests off on a treasure hunt to find clues pertaining to recent strangers‘particularly Americans‘in the countryside. Although Alec, suspicious at being left out, crashes the party and endangers her plan, Daisy prevails once more. Mysteries don't get much campier than this, but Dunn's style gives an entertaining spark to the light plot. (Oct.)

For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. * Library Journal * As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries. * Booklist * Appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece. * Publishers Weekly * A dauntless Daisy and good-natured fun. * Kirkus Reviews *

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