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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
Set in 1925, this story features Daisy Dalrymple, a wife, mother and working journalist whose modern-thinking ways turn some heads in the quiet London suburb where her husband has just inherited a house. Dunn creates a vivid portrait of the rapidly changing way of life in 1920s England. The pace is slow, and at times the narrative drifts too far into Daisy's personal reflections on family relationships and other topics, but overall, it's entertaining and well researched.
When a body is discovered at the communal garden in her new neighborhood, Daisy and husband Alec, a Scotland Yard detective, must figure out who the man is and what led to his murder. Surrounded by rumors of gangsters and bootleggers, Daisy uses her journalistic skills to help her husband figure out if the deceased is connected to an international liquor-smuggling ring. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Sep., 288 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Published: September 2008