Winter Garden Mystery Paperback
by Carola Dunn
Part of the Daisy Dalrymple series
So who put the body in with the spring bulbs? The merest hint of spring has arrived in Cheshire, and so has young reporter Daisy Dalrymple.
The feisty flapper's visit is a breath of fresh air for gloomy Occles Hall.
But while photographing the rather barren grounds, Daisy spots that someone's been digging among the first green shoots - and much to her horror unearths the corpse of missing parlour maid Grace Moss. So begins an extraordinary adventure, as first the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed and then Daisy swiftly realizes she needs to catch the killer before she herself is left pushing up the daisies ...Praise for the Daisy Dalrymple series: 'Manners (P G Wodehouse-style) and mystery get equal time in a low-key story with considerable charm.' Kirkus Reviews 'Engaging ...Dunn's style gives an entertaining spark.' Publishers Weekly
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 27/08/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781845297466
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Review by riverwillow
A fun and diverting murder mystery which is a great addition to the canon. Woodhousian in tone, the prose skips along until the murderer, no great surprise there but the plot hangs together well, is revealed. I look forward to reading the next instalment and how Daisy and Alec's relationship develops.
Review by 26kathryn
Daisy is working on a magazine article, and while touring the gardens of Occles Hall she is involved in the discovery of a body buried in the flower bed. The body is that of parlourmaid, Grace Moss, believed to have run away to London. When the young gardener Owen is arrested for Grace's murder, Daisy can't believe that he is guilty so encourages her friend Alec, a Scotland Yard detective, to get involved in the case. The Parslow family members are all under suspicion to begin with, but with Daisy's help, Alec gets to the bottom of the mystery in the end. A very good story, I really enjoy this series of mysteries as I enjoy trying to guess who the murderer is.
Review by wyvernfriend
On this second outing with the Hon. Daisy Dalrymple I have to wonder if she'll start to be a Jessica Fletcher-esque harbinger of doom for people she visits which could be problematic for her job of photographing and documenting some of the stately homes in England. The beginning implies that there have been connections between herself and Inspector Fletcher but no meeting with his relatives yet, but she is suspicious when she finds a body while exploring the gardens of the latest stately home she's visiting. There she finds an acerbic mistress of the house who has caused bad blood with people around her.One of the maids who was supposed to have run away to London turns up dead under some flowers and the investigation is slipshod, the welsh undergardener is blamed but Daisy is certain he's innocent, she gets Fletcher involved.I like this series, light but with enough detail not to annoy. Though the cover is not to my liking, That's not Daisy on the cover, and many of them have her with too-short hair, she spends some time during this story debating getting a bob and losing the long hair she has throughout the story.