For Daisy and her husband Alec, a long-awaited break by the sea becomes a busman's holiday when a local ladies' man turns up murdered on the beach...
Yet in the coastal town of Westcombe it's hard to find someone who wouldn't have wanted George Enderby dead. The married Casanova's scandalous seductions had earned him the enmity of every jilted lover and cuckolded husband in the area - not to mention the resentment of his long-suffering wife. And now, as Daisy and Alec investigate among the seaside cliffs, beautiful beach and quaint village, this holiday idyll seems nothing more than a sinister backdrop for cold blooded murder... while the murderer may be closer than Daisy thinks!
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
When the delightful Daisy Fletcher, n e Dalrymple, and her husband, DCI Alec Fletcher, discover the corpse of a local innkeeper at the shore while on summer holiday, they realize their vacation will have to be given over to sleuthing. Who killed George Enderby? Was it the husband or father of one of the many women with whom he had an affair? Was it an enigmatic schoolteacher, also on vacation in Westcombe? The setting English seaside, a town that begins with the letter "W" and ends in "-combe," in the years after the Great War will draw inevitable comparisons to Dorothy Sayers's Have His Carcase (even the cover illustration recalls the iconic image of Harriet Vane in her flapper dress waltzing along the beach), but Dunn's 14th Daisy Dalrymple mystery is neither as witty nor as multilayered as Carcase. And a somewhat anticlimactic ending may leave readers a little dissatisfied.