|Die Laughing (2003) [Novel]|
by Carola Dunn
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Series: Daisy Dalrymple
(From the publisher):
One morning in April 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher finds herself in a most unenviable position. Despite her best attempts to elude the inevitable, she must face her darkest fears and, with all the strength and courage she can muster, confront the one person she has tried hardest to avoid - the dentist. But upon arriving for her appointment, she finds the waiting room deserted and the adjoining examination room locked with no sign of either Mr. Talmadge or his nurse. Thinking to leave quietly, Daisy is halted by the return of Nurse Hensted and, with the help of Mrs. Talmadge, the two begin searching for the inexplicably absent dentist. Upon exhausting all other possibilities, they look once again in the surgery, where they find Mr. Talmadge in his dentist's chair with the nitrous mask strapped to his face. Tha tank of nitrous is turned on full, there's a smile on the dentist's face, and he's stone-cold dead.
While the circumstances of his death are out of the ordinary, there's no reason to suspect that is was anything other than a tragic, if inevitable, accident of a careless dope fiend. At least that's how it seems to everyone but Daisy. Sure that there is something more than happenstance and an accident involved in the dentist's untimely death, Daisy is determined to uncover the truth behind a case of what she is certain is murder most foul.
Original title: Die Laughing
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical