The second in this hearty 1920's murder mystery series sees heroine Daisy Dalrymple once again at a country house, this time at the behest of her old school chum Bobbie/Roberta. There to write another article for the magazine she works for (what a modern miss!) after the riproaring success of her last about Wentwater Court, Daisy can hardly believe it when she stumbles across another body - this time, whilst in the company of the gardeners in the pretty Winter Garden plot. It is revealed to be that of ex-maid Grace Moss, believed to have run off with a travelling salesman for the bright lights of London. Owen, under-gardener and one of her admirers, is immediately blamed for her murder, but Daisy is convinced, along with head gardener Bligh, that he is innocent.
After a run-in with the local inspector, a man she thinks highly incompetent and afraid, moreover, of the tyrant Lady Valeria, who rules not only her husband, her offspring, staff and community but the local authorities as well, with an iron fist and a tongue like a lash, Daisy decides to call in a favour from a man whom she knows will not be afraid of my lady's whip. Enter Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, Scotland Yard, who is able to take over investigations on the pretext of searching for the missing London salesman.
Together again, Alec and Daisy must find the true murderer before Daisy is kicked out of Lady Valeria's home, Alec is called back to London and Owen is released from jail, prey to anybody who may have a taste for revenge...
Another good, easy to read story from the pen of Carola Dunn. Ignore the highly cliched 'what-ho, spiffing' language smatterings (or else just smile at them) and you'll enjoy this mystery as much as I did!