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Experiences at signings
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Zelvin Jul 2, 2008.

large print readers?
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The Bloody Tower and Gunpowder Plot

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About Me:
I'm a mystery author with 17 Daisy Dalrymple mysteries (set in England in the 1920s) published and another one the way. I've also written over 30 Regencies. I was born and grew up in England but now live in Oregon.

The next Daisy mystery, Black Ship, will be out in September from St Martin's Minotaur in the US and Constable & Robinson in the UK. The 16th Daisy mystery in hardback is THE BLOODY TOWER set at the Tower of London. It will be out in paperback next February.

My Regencies are out of print now but mostly available as ebooks at

I recently finished writing my 50th book, the first in a new mystery series set in Cornwall in the 1960-70s. MANNA FROM HADES will be published in March 2009. And I have contracts lined up for a second in the Cornish series and two more Daisy mysteries. I'm going to be glued to my computer for the next couple of years!
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
I read loads of mysteries, especially British cosies, as well as general fiction and popular science. For research I read history and all sorts of other nonfiction. The two authors I reread over and over again as the years pass are Jane Austen and Tolkien.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I don't own a TV and rarely go to movies. When I read about a movie I like the look of, it's usually left the cinema before I get around to going. The last movie I watched was The Golden Compass--It made me want to read the book. The previous one was Being Jane, which I enjoyed though doubting it had much to do with the real Jane Austen. My son is recording for me the JA shows currently on PBS--I can watch them on my computer, some evening when I haven't already spent all day staring at the screen.

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long time no see

I've got too involved with FaceBook and neglected crime! I had a new book out in September, the 18th Daisy Dalrymple mystery:

The 17th, Black Ship, came out in trade paperback the same day:

And Daisy reached England at last, with BLACK SHIP this month, preceded by the first three titles, with brand new covers:…


Posted on October 17, 2009 at 7:54am

Rumrunners on Trial

I've posted some fascinating accounts of the trials of rumrunners on Catherine Mambretti's blog:

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 11:00am

St Martin's blog

Black Ship will be out next week. I'm blogging this week on the St Martin's Press blog, Do drop in to say hi!

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:01am

Publishers Weekly Review

It's too hot to think today (90 degrees, and I wilt at 80), so I'm going to take the easy way and post Publishers Weekly's review of Black Ship (due in Sept):

Black Ship: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Carola Dunn. St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-36307-9

At the start of Dunn's diverting 17th Daisy Dalrymple 1920s mystery (after 2007's The Bloody Tower), Daisy and her Scotland Yard detective husband, Alec Fletcher, have inherited a large house from Alec's… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 9:30am

"Modern Dress"

This is an article from the Manchester Guardian (as it was then) archives for 1926. I hope you find it as interesting and amusing as I do. The pic is from a different source.


Murial Harris

Friday July 16, 1926

It is often alleged that the new freedom of women - games, sport, enterprise of all kinds - is responsible for modern dress. No doubt this is true in… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 11:18am

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At 2:02am on October 19, 2009, Tatjana Kruse said…
Thanks, Carola. Aufbau seems no longer interested, but we have lots of publishing houses in Germany. I'm hopeful.
At 4:43pm on June 28, 2008, carole gill said…
No used to be up there!
Lake District--but I've lived in West Yorkshire for the past six years. Remarried here.
You must be so proud of your niece! That was some hit. Zoe Wannamaker (Sam W's) daughter directed.
I did see a review and they said it was mesmerizing (sp).
When I lived in Lancaster, there was the Duke's Playhouse I used to go to alot and it was convenient for writing venues--much more so than where I live now. Semi Rural Yorkshire, know what I mean?!
But fate reigned me in I suppose (although happily married) and focused me on writing seriously so I am!
Thanks Carola. I hope you get to see your niece in that show. Perhaps it will go on tour.
At 10:54am on April 14, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
5 months of spring is one of the best things about Eugene. I'm looking out at plum and cherry blossom, tulips, daffodils, forsythia, rhodies ,bleeding hearts, grape hyacinths, primroses, wallflowers and of course the ubiquitous dandelions and daisies.
At 1:28pm on April 13, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
I painted the living room for most of the day and had the computer on listening to music. Then we went for a long motorcycle ride in the glorious sun. Yard work tomorrow. I hope your ribs get better soon. I'm sure I'll be sore by end of the day tomorrow. I love spring!
At 8:31am on March 11, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
I certainly am. I'll post to your site with further suggestions.
At 7:08am on March 11, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
Glad you like it. My first dozen or so books for St Martin's had very iffy covers, some ok, some terrible. At last, with Die Laughing, the art dept found an artist both I and my editor love. I still have to remind him/her occasionally about period waistlines, hats etc. but they turn out great. The Bloody Tower was nearly a disaster, however. The original artwork had E II R (Queen Elizabeth II) on the Yeoman Warder's tunic instead of G V R (it's set in 1925). That's what went on the ARCs. An observant reviewer drew it to my attention barely in time to get it changed for the book.
At 6:52am on March 11, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
It's great, isn't it? My first dozen or so from St Martin's had very iffy covers, some ok, some terrible, then the art dept came up with an artist both I and my editor love. I still have to remind him/her about things like waistlines and hats, and--horror of horrors--the original of The Bloody Tower cover had the Yeoman Warder with E II R on his chest instead of G V R (you can't really see what it says on the web, but it's set in 1925). They put the wrong one on the ARCs, and I just caught it, thanks to an observant reviewer, the day before it would have been too late to correct for the book.
At 9:21am on March 8, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
I have the same time/money issue. A month ago when I thought about registering I couldn't get the time off. Then I got off and had the time, but was afraid to spend the money. Thanks for the links.
At 9:16am on March 8, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
Here's a great slug page pic with links to more:

and here's a Register Guard article:
At 9:07am on March 8, 2008, Carola Dunn said…

Here's a great slug page pic with links to more:

and here's a Register Guard article:

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