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The Winter Garden Mystery

by Carola Dunn

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Series: Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Daisy Dalrymple (2)

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In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed. Feisty flapper Dalrymple is a breath of fresh air to the occupants of gloomy Occles Hall in Cheshire, among them her former school chum, wallflower Bobbie Parslow, and the thorny mistress of the manor, Lady Valeria. While photographing the barren ground behind the house, Daisy suspects someone has been digging amidst the soil's first green shoots and promptly unearths the corpse of Grace Moss, the missing parlor maid. So begins a harrowing romp as the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed.… (more)



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Winter Garden Mystery, Carola Dunn

Light & easy to read, this held my interest.

Daisy Dalrymple writes for Town & Country magazine, she is on assignment at a former school friend's country estate... Gossip is that one of the housemaids has done a bunk and no one has heard from her since mid-December.

While taking a tour of the Winter garden, getting ideas for the photos she wants for her article, Daisy & the gardener come upon a dead bush & missing irises.... The head gardener immediately decides to pull out the bush, only to find the body of the missing maid buried under the bush.

The police & coroner are so afraid of the lady of the manor house that they do not allow for any investigation and close the inquiry immediately and arrest the Welsh gardener who was in love w/ her.

Daisy, not being convinced calls Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher and he joins in the investigation.... as it turns out most of the entire family have secrets, they are afraid of the matriarch who is a loud, obnoxious, & controlling, harridan.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Mar 21, 2019 |
The second in the Daisy D series. I thought I had read this but I totally didn't remember it so maybe I didn't. I am really enjoying this series. Dunn is an excellent writer. Her characters don't spout anachronisms. The writing is smooth and no one at the end of the book has to explain the mystery while someone holds a gun on them. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jan 21, 2019 |
Very good English country house murder mystery. P ( )
  dieseltaylor | Jul 28, 2018 |
Digital audiobook read by Bernadette Dunne

Book number two in the Daisy Dalrymple series has our heroine traveling to Occles Hall to research her latest article for Town and Country on England’s country manor houses. Lady Valeria is none too pleased at this intrusion, but Daisy IS “to the manor born” so she is tolerated. Still, when Daisy asks to photograph the winter garden the last thing she expects to find is a body.

Daisy cannot help but get involved when she sees an injustice being carried out, so she convinces Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard to investigate. There are a number of secrets being kept by the residents of the household and some are bound to come out in the process of getting at the truth of the murder.

This is a charming cozy mystery series set in the 1920s. Daisy is charming, inquisitive, intelligent and resourceful. She does sometimes plunge headlong into trouble, but on the whole, she is appropriately cautious and responsible. I also like her slow-burning relationship with Fletcher.

Bernadette Dunne does a fine job voicing the audio book. She has great pacing and enough skill as a voice artist to give the many characters sufficiently unique voices. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 20, 2017 |
The Honorable Daisy Dalyrymple is visiting an old school chum while writing about her ancestral home when a body is discovered in the garden. Although the local police are happy to pin the housemaid's murder on her young foreign swain, Daisy has doubts. She calls in her childhood friend Philip Petrie and her new friend, Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, to help her investigate. Who killed Grace? Was it the beautiful but spineless heir who had gotten her pregnant? His best friend, the jealous Ben? His devoted sister, manipulative mother, or cowardly father? Grace's father or fiance? Or was it the travelling salesman who was seen talking to her only hours before she was killed? There are no physical clues. Only Daisy's stubborn will and insight into human nature can help her solve this case.

This is not as good as the first Daisy mystery, [b:Death at Wentwater Court|638247|Death At Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, #1)|Carola Dunn|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266604731s/638247.jpg|624489]. The main characters have already been introduced, so Dunn spends less time drawing them out. The murder itself is not one of those incredibly convoluted schemes that takes the latest forensic tech to solve. It is just a basic small village murder, and is simply solved by buying rounds of drinks at the village pub and interviewing suspects. The real delight to these books is the 1920s themselves, which Dunn draws with a deft and light hand. Reminders of a depressed economy, rumbles of discontent against the upper classes, growing independence for women, and the damages of the first World War are woven throughout. And the characters themselves are fresh and breezy. Daisy has a great deal of spirit and sympathy, but as smart and kind as she is, she is still very much a product of her upbringing--she can't bring herself to shingle her hair, or stop grouping people according to class. This is, overall, a murder as cozy as a murder can be, and well worth the few hours it will take to read. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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