Carola Dunn is the author of 19 Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, set in England in the 1920s, published by St Martin's Minotaur, as well as two Cornish mysteries and over 30 Regencies. She was born and grew up in England, but has lived in the US for many years, presently in Oregon. Her blog/website is http://CarolaDunn.weebly.com. She and Daisy are both on Facebook.
Ah, sweet mysteries of life...
by Carola Dunn
Two reviews of my latest Daisy Dalrymple mystery, ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH, pose a mystery in themselves. "Amusing and sprightly," says Kirkus, while according to Mysterious Women it's "Gripping and fascinating." Can they be referring to the same book?
The two differing aspects are reflected in the covers of the US and UK editions.
The artwork for the US edition reflects Daisy's side of the story. In another review, Publishers Weekly describes her: "The aristocratic but very modern Daisy makes a formidable amateur sleuth." Daisy brings a light-hearted tone to her investigations, no matter how grim a subject murder must always be. In Anthem for Doomed Youth, she and her Indian friend Sakari baffle and bamboozle an incompetent and obnoxious detective.
The UK cover shows a darker aspect of the book, concerned with the lingering effects of the First World War. Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, is investigating a triple murder. To prevent further deaths, he has to discover what connects the three victims--and the connection seems to be their Army service during the war.
To compound the mystery, Daisy's investigation seems to be converging with Alec's... Or is it?
Anthem for Doomed Youth came out at the beginning of April. My dog, Trillian, and I have just returned from a signing trip, stopping at mystery bookstores all the way down the length of California (and we'll be heading north next):
Happily, my grandchildren live near San Diego, so I was able to combine business with pleasure. And that led to another mystery of sorts: What is Garden Art? Here's picture of Trillian investigating my son's "garden art."
And here's a picture that appears to be a form of garden art.
But it's actually a real plant with real flowers, growing at the San Diego Botanic Gardens.
In the same gardens is a delightful piece of genuine, unmysterious garden art, a lady holding a teapot and cup, embraced by my grandkids.
And if you'll excuse me, that reminds me—it's about time for a cup of tea...