A MOURNING WEDDING
In 1920s England, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to the estate of the Earl of Haverhill for the wedding of her friend, Lucy Fotheringay.
After Daisy's first night at Haverhill, Lady Eva, Lucy's great-aunt, is found strangled to death. Local law enforcement investigates, but it's amateur sleuth Daisy, whose husband is a detective chief inspector, who discovers that Lady Eva was an inveterate gossip and had compiled damning information about her various family members.
As the local constable decides to call in Scotland Yardchiefly Daisy's husbandanother murder is committed, leaving detectives grasping for clues and motives in an attempt to connect the two murders. Meanwhile, a subplot involving Lucy's indecisiveness about her upcoming nuptials adds another dimension to the murder and intrigue.
A charming cozy, Dunn's latest is
ripe with suspects and keeps the reader guessing. Although the complex family relationships create some confusion, a family tree thankfully is provided to help untangle it all. Fans of British cozies should be pleased with Daisy's latest adventure. (Nov., 272 pp., $23.95)