Heirs of the Body

2013
Heirs of the Body

The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher’s cousin Edgar, Lord Dalrymple,  is in his 50s and childless.  He decides search for the family member who legally will inherit the entailed estate of Fairacres and the title of Lord Dalrymple.   Potential claimants are a diamond merchant hailing from South Africa, hotel owner from Scarborough, a teenage boy from Trinidad and a rum-running sailor from Jamaica.  None of the descendants are known to the family and there are no family papers at Fairacres showing which line of the family should inherit, so Daisy is recruited to help sort things out. 

She brings her two year old twins and stepdaughter Belinda as well as husband Alec Fletcher, a representative of law and order who gets dragged into the quest for a future Lord Dalrymple when a series of accidents happen to the potential heirs.

The delightful characters and a late 1920s setting in this cozy mystery will appeal to readers of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series, as well as those who enjoy the manners and period setting of Downton Abbey.  While this book can be read as a standalone, you may wish to meet Daisy before she had a husband and children, beginning with Death at Wentwater Court.

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