Fatal Fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night...
Daisy Darlymple is delighted to accept an invitation from her old school friend. Gwen Tyndall lives at Edge Manor in the Cotswolds and Daisy's visit will coincide with their annual fireworks display on 5th November. But this year, amid the festivities, Gwen's father and another man are found dead. It would appear that Sir Harold turned the gun on himself after shooting his guest.
But could this apparent suicide be murder? After all, Sir Harold was notoriously bad tempered and there was no love lost between him and his children. And when Daisy and her husband uncover an explosive family secret , it soon becomes clear that a trigger-happy killer will go to any length to keep it hidden...
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
At the start of Dunn's diverting 15th Daisy Dalrymple mystery (after 2005's Fall of a Philanderer), a pregnant Daisy joins her former school chum Gwen Tyndall at Edge Manor in Didmarsh-under-Edge for the Tyndalls' 1924 Guy Fawkes fete, an annual celebration the illustrious family has observed since 1606. As fireworks explode above the manor, Daisy realizes all is not well among the fractious family members, who include Gwen's sisters, Adelaide and Barbara; her prodigal brother, Jack; her fragile mother; and irascible father, Sir Harold. When Jack discovers the bodies of his father and an Australian visitor, Mrs. Gooch, it appears Sir Harold shot Mrs. Gooch and then himself. Daisy's husband, DCI Alec Fletcher, arrives to investigate the case, while Daisy exhibits her usual common sense and charm in solving it.