The Case of the Murdered Muckraker

Written by Carola Dunn
Review by Vicki Kondelik

This, tenth in the series featuring British writer Daisy Dalrymple, finds her in 1923, newly married to Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. While Alec is in Washington consulting with J. Edgar Hoover, Daisy is in New York to meet her editor. When they leave the office, a reporter–one who has made many enemies in New York and Washington–is killed. Soon Daisy finds herself in danger because she witnessed the murder.

This is a lighthearted, fun book. Aside from the comic characters Daisy meets in New York, Daisy is a great character as well–strong and independent, she has gone against her aristocratic mother’s wishes by becoming a writer. Carola Dunn gives us a fine sense of 1920s New York. Even though I guessed who the murderer was relatively early on, the focus is on the characters and the setting, rather than the resolution to the mystery. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, but I enjoyed this one so much that I intend to go back and read the others.