Thursday, June 25, 2009

Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

Death At Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

For a long time I have wanted to start the Carola Dunn series. Finally, I have finished the first book in the series, "Death At Wentwater Court." The first book is very good. I have already put the second book of the series on hold at the library.

My one misgiving was that at the beginning there were so many characters being thrown at me. I worried whether it would be necessary to write the characters names down on paper with their relationship to Lord Wentwater and Annabel, his wife. Fortunately, it wasn't long before I knew who was whom walking in and around Wentwater Court.

All I had to do was stay close to the main character, Daisy Dalrymple. Daisy Dalrymple has chosen to be a reporter. At this time she is writing the History of different English estates. Wentwater Court being one of these beautiful mansions. Daisy is also doing the photography for the article since no photographer is available to go along with her to Wentwater Court.

From the very beginning I liked Daisy Dalrymple. The name alone made me want to like this woman with spiffy clothes. It's not long before she is totally involved in a murder which happens at Wentwater Court. She is smart, observant, compassionate and curious. I loved how most of the suspects asked for Daisy to come in and at least be a support while they were questioned. Daisy also finds an attractive man in the crowd.

Anyway, troubles begin at Wentwater Court during the 1920's. Boy, does Carola Dunn know how to make a setting real. I felt as though I had time walked back to the twenties: There is Mussolini in Italy, the Foxtrot and the Tango are becoming the old dances while the Camel-walk, the Chicago and the Toboggan are the new dances. Carola Dunn mentions people listening to the wireless and the gramaphone. Oh, I mustn't forget the language of the twenties is just too cute. All of the characters, the murder, the burglary of diamonds and emeralds at another estate make this novel "topping." Love the 1920's language.

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