Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pg. 69: Carola Dunn's "Black Ship"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: Carola Dunn's Black Ship.

About the book, from the publisher:
In 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, her husband, Alec Fletcher (a Scotland Yard Detective) and their new twin infant children inherit and move to a new, larger house on the outskirts of London proper, in a stage of slight disrepair (thanks to an aged, now deceased, uncle). Set in a small circle of houses and a communal garden, it seems a near idyllic setting. That is until a dead body turns up half-hidden under the bushes of the communal garden, rumors of bootleggers, American gangsters, and an international liquor smuggling operation via black ships turn everything upside down. And it's up to Daisy - well, Alec with some help from Daisy - to find out who the dead man is, why he was murdered and who did him in!
Among the praise for the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries:
"Delicious...pleasantly reminiscent of the old-fashioned English mysteries of a bygone era."
-- Denver Post on Gunpower Plot

"Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece."
-- Publishers Weekly on The Bloody Tower

"The period sense remains vivid, the characterizations are excellent, and the mysteries are, if anything, more perplexing than ever."
--The Oregonian on Rattle His Bones
Learn more about Black Ship at the St. Martin's Minotaur website.

Visit Carola Dunn's website and the group blog of which she is part, The Lady Killers.

The Page 69 Test: Black Ship.

--Marshal Zeringue