A seaside holiday is just what Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher needs: lazy days spent with her daughter Belinda and Bel's friend Deva, awaiting the arrival of her husband, DCI Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard.

But a chance encounter with a local scoundrel—and their subsequent discovery of his shattered body at the bottom of a cliff—puts an end to Daisy's pleasure. Even Alec's presence doesn't help. The local police are out of their depth and request his help to solve the apparent murder. A bevy of suspects challenges Daisy's optimism and Alec's skill. Truly, nothing is as it seems.

The latest book in Dunn's successful series offers readers an excellent excuse to curl up with a warm drink on a cool autumn evening. A slice of life in a bygone, elegant era—the 1920s—with a cast of colorful characters, it's sure to entertain. (Sep., 256 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer