Carola Dunn offers a Christmas-themed crime story in Mistletoe and Murder: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, the 11th in her winning series of light whodunits set in the 1920s (after 2001's To Davy Jones Below). Here Daisy and family find their holiday stay at Brockdene, a Cornish estate modeled on the real-life Cotehele, rudely interrupted by murder.
Lord Westmoor invites magazine writer/series sleuth Daisy Dalrymple (Rattle His Bones), Scotland Yard husband Alec, and Daisy's titled mum to his stately home for Christmas. The earl himself may not be there, but several poor relations will, including offshoots from a younger son who died before proving that he had married his Indian mistress. Now one of the dead man's sons has brought an ancient clergyman from India who has such proof, but before he can give it, someone kills him. Daisy and husband spring into action, surrounded by historic armaments, secret rooms, hidden treasure, and family secrets. For fans of British cozies and Dorothy Sayers's novels, this is a very inviting situation. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.