Sheer Folly

Sheer Folly

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

Book - 2009
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In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator Lucy (a.k.a. Lady Gerald) head off for several days at stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country. Working on a book of follies (architectural), they plan to research and photograph it. Leaving her husband and young twins behind, Daisy is expecting a productive weekend at Appsworth Hall, with the only potential difficulty being keeping Lucy from offending the current owner, a manufacturer of plumbingproducts. Alas, it's not to be quite so simple. At the home, they find themselves faced with a curious assortment of people including the abominable, tactless Lord Rydal, who is rumored to be having an affair with one of the guests while at the same time in ardent and artless pursuit of the hand in marriage of another. When the grotto explodes with Lord Rydal in it, it's not a question of who would do it-as most who've met him would be sorely tempted-but who actually did do it.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312387754
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Dec 16, 2016

(Book 18 in the Daisy Dalrymple series)

Jan 12, 2011

I wanted to like this book, because the premise is interesting--two young women, a writer and a photographer, get together to solve murder mysteries in England in the 1920s. Since the book is part of a series, I thought the odds were good that it would be an interesting read. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down in way too many characters (I eventually had to write them all down) and they are referred to by their titles as well as first names. You will be able to guess who gets murdered immediately, and the ending is rushed--the evidence isn't even completely processed before the book just stops. Frustratingly, her husband (and not the heroine) makes the final big discovery of evidence.

Dec 12, 2009

Her books are set in England in the 1920's, and always enjoyable to read. There are no gruesome details about the murders.


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