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In the Spring of 1926, the corpses of three men are found in shallow graves off the beaten path in Epping Forest outside of London - each shot through the heart and bearing no identification. DCI Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, the lead detective, is immediately given two urgent orders by his supervisor at the Yard: solve the murders quickly and keep his wife, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, away from the case! Thankfully, Daisy's off visiting their daughter at school. But when a teacher is found dead, Daisy is once again in the thick of it.

As Daisy tries to solve one murder, Alec discovers that the three victims in his case were in the same Army company during World War I, that their murders are likely related to specific events that unfolded during that tragic conflict, and that, unless the killer is revealed and stopped, those three might only be the beginning.

©2011 Carola Dunn (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Powerful Daisy Mystery

Carola Dunn returns with a particularly strong entry in her Daisy Dalrymple series in Anthem for Doomed Youth. Eight years after the Armistice that brought to a close the First World War, implications from that arise again in one of Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher's more grisly cases. He gets a report that three bodies have been found in Epping Forest, the stereotypical burying ground of murdered bodies from London. They seem to have been buried at separate rules, the most recent a week ago, the middle one a couple months ago, and the oldest one a year ago. And all have pins on their jackets over they heart, with the most recent body's pin holding a piece of paper spelling out "justice." The only good side to this job is that it is far enough removed from the Fletchers' home that Daisy can't find herself involved. Thus Alec is more willing than usual to discuss details of the case with Daisy. And Daisy's friend Sakari, the Indian wife of a highly important official at the India office, wants to know all the details.

Because of the furious rate at which he and all his officers work to find the "Epping Executioner," Alec can't join Daisy and her friends at the sports day at the school of his daughter, Belinda. So Daisy goes to support Belinda, Sakari goes to support Deva, and their neighbor Melanie goes to support Elizabeth without the girls' fathers. The trio go to the girls' Quaker School in Saffron Waldon, a centuries-old community, and the girls do well at the school games day. The next day, after attending the Quaker service in the morning, the mothers take the girls to a park that contains a famous 17th century maze made of yew bushes. While the girls explore the maze, the mothers relax until Daisy hears frantic screaming coming from inside the maze. Lizzy has come across the body of the games master, and Daisy has to locate the gardener to help her find the girls lost in the maze and the dead body, who has clearly been murdered.

Anthem for Doomed Youth shifts back and forth between Alec and his case of three buried bodies and Daisy, along with her friends and their daughters. The cases intersect at the end of the book, but for the most part, they operate separately without feeling a strong disconnect between the two sets of stories. The book's title is based upon a poem of the same title by Wilfred Owen, a famous poet from World War I who wrote about the evils of the war after having experienced them personally as a soldier in the war. With Belinda's going to a Quaker school, she has a teacher who spent the war in prison for being a pacifist, which leads to discussions of conscientious objectors, especially in the light of the animosity shown to him by the games master, who was an officer in the war and a bully. One might be concerned that such a pattern of alternating between the two stories could be confusing, but Dunn does a strong job of making the shifts seamless.

I had a really good time with the characters, especially being reunited with some old friends. I enjoyed getting to see Daisy's twins begin to grow up and play with her, as they begin to speak a few words. I also had fun being reunited with the timid and proper Melanie and the curious and mischievous Zakari. I laughed at the way Zakari used her status as the wife of a high- level government official to tease the incompetent local detective.

Bernadette Dunne continues as the narrator of the latter half of the series. I really enjoy her performance as she brings this book to life. She does good voices for the characters, giving Melanie a nervous- sounding voice and Zakari a voice that positively twinkles!

I have read all of the Daisy Dalrymple books up until this one, and while some are weaker than others, Anthem for Doomed Youth is one of her stronger ones. Though named after a poem famous for lamenting all the young men who lost their lives, both through death and through being maimed, the book does not push the message of the evil of war to the degree of feeling like a political message. It does show a number of people harmed by the war, but I didn't feel like the message was politicized. I really appreciated this book and found it very well- written. I give it five stars.

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Narrator is terrible.

Made it through 3 chapters and couldn’t take it anymore. She’s difficult to understand when she does a male characters voice.

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Bad reader

The reader must have been different because she made Daisy sound like an airhead.the book was as always great.

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I wish Alec would stop being such a boor!!

Daisy's husband is a whiny little boor & a bore. "Great scot, Daisy, stop meddling!" is a phrase Ms. Dunn really needs to lose in these stories! Meddling?! Please!

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Thought provoking

A little more in depth story touching on men from WW1 and how it affected their minds

Alec is caught up in a 3 murder investigation, while Daisy visits Belinda’s school to see her in a competition. They come upon a murder and the journey begins!

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Best one yet!

This one is my favorite of the series thus far! The way it wove together was fantastic, and I felt the performance was solid, as well.

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She is not to blame, She just finds dead bodies!

I enjoy these stories. When I want a light fun mystery, Corola Dunn is one I go to. Even though her husband is a Detective in Scotland Yard his wife has a mind for solving "who done it mysteries"

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Information and entertaining

stories are progressively becoming more involved even while the rely on the repetition of

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Delightful Daisy

I am totally in love with this series! For murder stories they are incredibly innocent. Very well written a just a pleasure to listen to.

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interesting

liked to see how Daisy was involved with this case bit still staying in the shadows. The child's involvement was protected. Love these stories.

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Love these stories harking for a different, quainter time but I do wish your lovely reader would check English pronunciation of place names e.g. Harwich. Generally, the pronunciation had been improving.

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  • 09-21-21

Gentle escapism

Very much enjoy the gentle twists of Carola Dunn but really do wish someone would pick Lucy Rayner up on her pronunciation. Her epic gaffs are like fingers down a blackboard and seem to get worse the further through the series I go

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  • Mrs. J. Bretherton
  • 01-27-18

dreadful

A terrible performance . The reader used a variety of almost comic voices to express characterisations. completely dreadul.

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  • Heather Cawte
  • 08-19-21

Ruined by poor narration

This is quite a slow-paced story, which was struggling to grip my attention, but I would probably have persevered. What made it impossible to do so is the appalling narration. The over-acting and shrill tone make it impossible to enjoy the book. The accents the narrator attempts are atrocious, bordering on racist. I just couldn’t put up with the silly, giggly tone of the narration one minute longer.

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  • Rebecca Webb
  • 05-13-22

Pronunciation- ditto

I do agree, but Lucy have no has sorted out pence nez! I keep wondering why - if she is British these mistakes are unusual; if she’s American, she’s doing well - Worcester was correct. I do wince each time; does no one check?

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  • 04-24-22

Mispronunciation of Harwich, unforgivable

A decent editor/narrator should always check pronunciation... especially of places and names.
It is really naff to pronounce it Hah-which.
It should be Ha-rich, with a short A, and you don't pronounce the W.
I also thought the narration was clichéd and overdone.

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  • RoxyR
  • 04-11-22

Very Clever

I have enjoyed almost all of the Daisy Dalrymple books, but this one stands out. Very interesting and clever story (while still being fun) and I like how it ties in with some aspects of history. Highly recommended.

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  • tennis forever
  • 04-02-22

Excellent As

Well written, well narrated, a pleasure to listen to. Would recommend to all and sundry.

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  • Claire
  • 02-20-22

Mispronunciation

Book 22 , so would have expected after so many of us have pointed out the continuing mispronunciation of English English that someone at the recording studios would be on hand to help Lucy Rayner. Sometimes it make me laugh but most of the time grind my teeth but I do like the series.

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  • rutoap
  • 02-11-22

Good story ruined by narrator.

I enjoy the Daisy Dalrimple storys but wish an alternative narrator had been chosen. I did wonder if English is her first language as some of the words make me cringe.