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
In her latest adventure, Daisy Dalrymple, Dunn's engaging 1920s British journalist last seen in Murder on the Flying Scotsman (1997), takes on a gang of kidnappers. Her young friend Philip is motoring in the country with his new ladylove, American Gloria Arbuckle, when they're captured by thugs. Philip is set free near the Dalrymple country manor and immediately contacts Daisy in London to ask for her help in rescuing Gloria. The young woman's millionaire father, adamant about following the kidnappers' instructions not to involve the police, begins to raise the demanded ransom while Daisy devises a scheme to ferret out Gloria's whereabouts and snatch her back. She summons a group of her London friends to the manor but doesn't include her Scotland Yard detective heartthrob Alec Fletcher, whose presence would jeopardize her plan. Under the guise of a house party, Daisy sends her guests off on a treasure hunt to find clues pertaining to recent strangers--particularly Americans--in the countryside. Although Alec, suspicious at being left out, crashes the party and endangers her plan, Daisy prevails once more. Mysteries don't get much campier than this, but Dunn's style gives an entertaining spark to the light plot.