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Carola Dunn
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March 1 2002 Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries
Simply mad about the girl...In spring a young man's fancy will turn to love and the Honourable Phillip Petrie is no exception. Daisy's chum is totally smitten with Miss Gloria Arbuckle, daughter of a millionaire Yank. But before the enthusiastic suitor can pop the question, his beloved is abducted by kidnappers. As a distraught Mr Arbuckle begins assembling the ransom, Phillip enlists Daisy to help him recover his missing sweetheart. Strictly forbidden to contact Scotland Yard, Daisy must resist the temptation to bring dashing Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher onto the case. But as she closes in on the abductors' rural hideway, she begins to suspect that Gloria isn't the only fair damsel whose life hangs in the balance...Praise for the "Daisy Dalrymple" series: 'Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece' - "Publishers Weekly". '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". 'For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels' - "Library Journal".
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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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's 1923 in postWW I England, and the Honorable Philip Petrie--aimless, car-loving younger son of an aristocratic family- -meets Gloria Arbuckle, daughter of an American millionaire, in the countryside near Malvern. It's love at first sight, but a second meeting ends with the kidnapping of Gloria, a failed attempt by Philip to rescue her, and a note from the kidnappers to Arbuckle demanding a huge ransom and utter secrecy. Philip enlists the help of the intrepid Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, a childhood friend and neighbor in the woodlands where Gloria and her captors are holed up. Daisy resists the temptation to bring her beloved Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard into the picture. She eventually finds the captors' well-hidden shack but then is captured herself. Her escape, leaving Gloria behind, forces the kidnappers to move their hideaway, and now Fletcher, along with some of Daisy's trusted friends and servants, band together to ensure Gloria's safe return while her father arranges the money pick-up and Fletcher successfully figures out who's behind it all. Pretty much the same Dunn mixture (Requiem for a Mezzo, 1996, etc.)--a combo of P.G. Wodehouse and Boys' Own Adventures, laced with reminders of the all-pervasive class distinctions of the era. A dauntless Daisy, and good-natured fun, if a little fey. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Phil finally finds someone, who disappears.... May 14 2002
By Moe811
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Daisy agrees to help introduce Philip Petrie's new love to his family. She is rich and American and he doesn't know how they will react. Daisy decides to kill two birds with one stone and invites Alec Fletcher to meet her mother. The week before the eventful weekend, Gloria is kidnapped. The villians will kill her if her father calls the police, so Petrie asks Daisy to help him find her.
This was an incredibly quick read (under three hours). I just couldn't put it down. It was nice to see all of the usual characters in a different setting. The author lets us get to know them a little better. Lucy is in every book, but very little time is given to her for example. I am looking forward to the next one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A weak link in an otherwise stellar series. March 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in 1923 England, this series follows the adventures of the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, a young woman who has defied convention by choosing to make her own living (as a journalist) rather than let her aristocratic family support her.
When Phillip Petrie´¿s American fianc├ę is kidnapped and held for ransom, Phillip turns to his good friend Daisy for help. Daisy´¿s penchant for crime-solving insures her willingness to help her old friend, but she finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place when Phillip asks her not to involve the police. Daisy´¿s romance with Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, a widower with a young daughter, certainly makes this dictate difficult to follow.
This is the fifth of the series (preceded by ´¿Murder on the Flying Scotsman´¿ and followed by ´¿Dead in the Water´¿), and although the characters and setting remain as charming as ever, there is not much mystery solving to be had. The perpetrator of the kidnapping is obvious very early on, but the plot revolves more around rescuing the fianc├ę than solving a crime. The story is best described as a ´¿caper,´¿ with lots of following of suspects, traveling around the countryside, and a climactic shoot-out. Readers who like to decipher clues and try to solve the mystery themselves will be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A weak link in an otherwise stellar series. March 7 2002
By Sharon Wylie - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in 1923 England, this series follows the adventures of the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, a young woman who has defied convention by choosing to make her own living (as a journalist) rather than let her aristocratic family support her.
When Phillip Petrie�s American fiancé is kidnapped and held for ransom, Phillip turns to his good friend Daisy for help. Daisy�s penchant for crime-solving insures her willingness to help her old friend, but she finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place when Phillip asks her not to involve the police. Daisy�s romance with Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, a widower with a young daughter, certainly makes this dictate difficult to follow.
This is the fifth of the series (preceded by �Murder on the Flying Scotsman� and followed by �Dead in the Water�), and although the characters and setting remain as charming as ever, there is not much mystery solving to be had. The perpetrator of the kidnapping is obvious very early on, but the plot revolves more around rescuing the fiancé than solving a crime. The story is best described as a �caper,� with lots of following of suspects, traveling around the countryside, and a climactic shoot-out. Readers who like to decipher clues and try to solve the mystery themselves will be disappointed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil finally finds someone, who disappears.... May 14 2002
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
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Daisy agrees to help introduce Philip Petrie's new love to his family. She is rich and American and he doesn't know how they will react. Daisy decides to kill two birds with one stone and invites Alec Fletcher to meet her mother. The week before the eventful weekend, Gloria is kidnapped. The villians will kill her if her father calls the police, so Petrie asks Daisy to help him find her.
This was an incredibly quick read (under three hours). I just couldn't put it down. It was nice to see all of the usual characters in a different setting. The author lets us get to know them a little better. Lucy is in every book, but very little time is given to her for example. I am looking forward to the next one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little period lark March 19 2009
By Sharilyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When the daughter of an American millionaire is kidnapped, the girl's suitor appeals to Daisy Dalrymple for help. Determined to solve the case without any assistance from Detective Inspector Fletcher, Daisy drafts her chums into scouring the countryside for the kidnappers' hideout.

I enjoy Carola Dunn's light mysteries sent in 1920s England and this book is definitely one of the best in the series. The story sort of reminds me of Agatha Christies "The Secret Adversary"--more old-fashioned thriller with a touch of romance that a traditional who-dun-it. Daisy comes across as very much a Christie kind of heroine--a pretty plucky young thing with a bit of style and a habit of getting mixed up in murder and mayhem.

The book breezes along at a brisk pace and even though you can spot the villain early on, it doesn't detract in the slightest from the story's overall entertainment value. While Ms. Dunn probably won't win any major awards for her work, this book gets my vote for "Fast and Fun Read of the Week".
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well plotted who-done-it Oct. 13 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1923 just outside London, Phillip Petrie, the son of an English Lord, stops his car on the side of the road to see what is causing a terrible knocking sound. Gloria Arbuckle, the daughter of an American industrial giant, stops to offer her assistance. The pair begins to see each other and Phillip quickly falls in love with Gloria. Phillip courts Gloria and her poppa as he plans to win them both over and marry her.
One day, while Phillip and Gloria were driving together, the car breaks down. Phillip tries to fix it, but they are set upon by some thugs. He is tied up and she is abducted. The kidnappers instruct poppa to raise a ransom without involving the police if he wants his beloved daughter back alive. Phillip turns to his childhood chum, Daisy Dalyrmple, to save the life of his beloved.
DAMSEL IN DISTRESS is a fun to read, who-done-it that ironically laughs at itself as well as high society. Daisy and the support cast (both the recurring and new characters) are all wonderful in a zany way, making this a series worth reading.
Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortably in the style of Phryne Fisher... April 5 2014
By J. A. Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was suggested by the Kindle software after I finished the last of the outstanding series by Australian Kerry Greenwood. The books are very similar. The principle characters are both young ladies in their twenties in the twenties. They are both Honorables - from the gentry but out of the line of succession. They were both tempered by the trenches during World War 1 and find it hard to fall into the roles Society casts for them. They both are drawn to crime (or crime to them) and can't stand by without trying to set things right. Oh, they both have a close relationship with a sympathetic but exasperated police detective. You might wonder if one author "borrowed" from the other but then consider the differences...the similarities end there...I urge you to read both series...They are both good reads and the contrasts between their lifestyles is fascinating.
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