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When one of four potential claimants to the title of Lord Dalrymple dies a sudden, nasty death, the question on everyone's mind is, "was it murder?"

In the late 1920s in England, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar - i.e. the Lord Dalrymple. About to turn 50, Lord Dalrymple decides it is time to find out who would be the heir to the viscountcy. With the help of the family lawyer, who advertises Empire-wide, they have come up with four potential claimants. For his fiftieth birthday, Edgar invites those would-be heirs - with Daisy and the rest of the family - to Fairacres, the family estate.

In the meantime, Daisy is asked to be the family's representative at the lawyer's interviews with the claimants. Those four are a hotelier from Scarborough, a diamond merchant from South Africa, a young mixed-raced boy from Trinidad, and a sailor from Jamaica. However, according to his very pregnant wife, the sailor has gone missing.

Daisy and Alec must uncover a conspiracy if they are going to stop the killing in the latest from the accomplished master of the genre, Carola Dunn.

©2018 Carola Dunn (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Grete
  • 27-03-2018

Great entertainment

Certainly one of the best in the Daisy series. Characters from previous books reappear and grow more and more vivid and sympathetic, and those we are familiar wth from every book are reliably true to form - just picture the stocky Sgt Trinh in his vast Robin's egg blue plaid. The courage and resilience in Daisy's character comes clearer as this plot shows the effect on families of the laws of inheritance, as well as the gender and race bias in British society at the time, co-existing with a more liberal and reforming drive, that Daisy is very much a part of, gradually making itself felt.

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  • Richard Freeman
  • 19-03-2018

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m!s5terpiece of plotting thzt kdeps ghe reasder guessing ro the last chapter and anxious fotr more

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 06-03-2018

Daisy Seeks a Murderer among Her Family

In Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn, Daisy Fletcher, younger daughter of the late Viscount Dalrymple, learns that the cousin who has inherited the title from her father has come to realize that, not having any children, he must locate the male-descended next of kin. Edgar has entrusted his solicitor, Tommy Pearson, whom he met through Daisy, with locating the descendants of the distant black sheep of the family. Four people come forward, and Cousin Edgar invites Raymond, a diamond merchant from South Africa; Vincent, a hotelier originally from France and now living in England; Ben, a 12- year mixed- race boy from Trinidad with his step- father and guardian, Frank; and Martha, the pregnant wife of Samuel, a merchant shipper from Jamaica, to his estate, Fairacres, for Edgar's 50th birthday celebration. But a series of strange accidents keep happening to the different potential heirs, making both Daisy and Alec suspicious. Then, one of the four gets murdered.

Of course, Alec gets recruited to solve the mystery, though his superintendent refuses to give him credit for his lost vacation time. Eventually he succeeds in bringing in Tom Tring and Ernie Piper, his team, and they work together to solve the mystery.

One thing that is unique about this book and some, but by no means all, of the other Daisy Dalrymple books, is the fact that the murder doesn't take place until the second half of the book. It is fun to see the thoughts of England and Fairacres from the perspectives of the various prospective claimants to the title of Viscount Dalrymple. The conclusion to the mystery provides satisfaction in addition.

One of my favorite things about the Daisy Dalrymple books is the lively characters. Daisy seems fun and delightful. Her extended family seen in Heirs of the Body come across as eccentric in some cases, villainous in others, and friendly in yet others. I really enjoyed getting to know Edgar and Geraldine, the current viscount and his wife, who seem more like real people than the last book that featured them, Damsel in Distress. Though we still have some trouble seeing Edgar as a school master, we see Geraldine as the ideal wife of someone of such a position. But we can always count on Edgar to provide comic relief with the butterflies or moths that he excitedly announces having seen, such as a ghost that he startles his guests with saying he just saw.

Lucy Rayner does a good job of portraying this book's audio version. I was impressed with her pronunciation of South Africa, as we in America tend to emphasize the word South, but I have known several from that country, and they emphasize the Africa. Beyond this, Rayner uses effective voices and inflections, clearly sounding the laughter in Daisy's voice when she finds something humorous. I did find her version of a Caribbean accent to fall short, as she sounded more like Rayner's American accent.

I really had fun listening to Heirs of the Body. This book keeps the story moving and draws us into the plot. The characters add to the delight of the book, making me enjoy it all the more. I give this book five stars!

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  • Jackie Davies
  • 11-03-2018

Great story!

Loved it the stories get better and better! Can’t wait for the next book they are so easy to listen to.

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