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Lost Cause (A Daisy Dunlop Mystery Book 1)

by JL Simpson

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This novel is fast paced, has lots of action and an interesting story line. The portrayal of Daisy’s character is sometimes confusing. Although she is the mother of a 14 year old and enjoys a stable, loving relationship with her son’s father, she does not demonstrate the insight, maturity, ability to consider consequences or deal with frustration that would be necessary to sustain these relationships. In fact, her thought processes and self-absorbed behaviour is more in keeping with an adolescent than with a woman with the life experience attributed to her character.

Daisy’s husband is portrayed as being besotted with her, supportive, protective and tolerant. However, Daisy’s frequent references to activities her husband will and will not let her do give the impression that he is controlling and treats her like a child.

As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that Paul is also besotted with Daisy and devoted to her, why he would be so is not well developed in the story.

Although it is generally hard to like Daisy, her hearty appetite, disdain for healthy food options and passion for high heels are endearing.

The use of profanities and descriptive accounts of Daisy’s sexual encounters with her husband seem somewhat at odds with the otherwise ‘cosy’ feel of this novel, less would certainly have more impact in these aspects of the novel.

Despite the minor issues described above, this was a fun novel and certainly worth reading. ( )
  Davros-10 | Jan 7, 2015 |
Daisy Dunlop is a bored English housewife. Paul her husband convinces Solomon his best friend to hire her to work at his P.I company. Thinking she'll get bored and quit. Since Solomon owes Paul a favor he agrees and gives her the job of finding the Heir to a recent inheritance. And so starts Daisies career.It was a fun read. Crime, suspense, thriller story with comedy through out. The different crimes being investigated crossed over and at times intermingled which kept you wondering what would happen next. A truly enjoyable read i look forward to reading more books by J.L Simpson ( )
  Georgiann | Dec 7, 2014 |
Heir hunting — How hard could it be? Daisy Dunlop thought it would be ‘easy peasy’.

“… she couldn’t imagine any need to shoot people when she was about to tell them they had inherited their dearly departed’s worldly goods.”

Her husband, Paul, called in a favor from his best friend, Irish P.I. Solomon Liffey, to help her with her first case. She needed to locate the missing Lord Tobias Wareham, heir to the estate of the late Duke of Mardon. Both Paul and Solomon think this is just another amateur pursuit that she will soon get out of her system. So Solomon puts up with watching out for her. Daisy tries to shake Solomon every chance she gets and Solomon seems to magically find her every time – which works out well considering she manages to attract trouble repeatedly. She begins to discover that Solomon has some secrets of his own. And danger? Oh, yes, there’s plenty of that too.

This is Ms. Simpson’s debut cozy mystery and the first in the Daisy Dunlop Mystery series set in Southampton on the south coast of England. There was a lot of humor in the novel with the bickering between Daisy and Solomon. However, I didn’t feel the characters were fully fleshed out. Therefore, I didn’t feel a big concern for any of the characters. Daisy’s flirting was abundant and I found it a bit off-putting. She was a happily married woman with a teen son. If Solomon was bothered by how men were attracted to her flirtatious attitude, why was her husband so nonchalant? I do like that she ‘grows into’ the job and finds that she’s rather good at it. I rated Lost Cause at 3 out of 5.

http://www.fictionzeal.com/lost-cause-daisy-dunlop-mystery-book-1-j-l-simpson/ ( )
  FictionZeal | Sep 30, 2014 |
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