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The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is working on her second article for Town and Country Magazine. This time, she's been invited to profile Occles Hall by a friend from school. Lady Valeria isn't completely happy about Daisy's presence, but agrees to let her continue. While touring the winter garden, the discovery of a dead bush leads to the discovery of a body. Grace Moss, the parlor maid, was presumed to have run away two months ago. When Lady Valeria pressures the local police into arresting one of the estate gardeners, Daisy's observations convince her that an innocent man has been arrested. She calls her friend Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher to come help, but can they solve a murder that's two months old?
This is the second book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, set in 1923 England. It's a cozy with an emphasis on character and interviewing the suspects over tons of action. But don't misunderstand; it's a great read. Lady Valeria is a strong character, and watching the other characters try to work around her is lots of fun. The pace of the story doesn't lag, with lots of new information and complications coming on a regular basis. Daisy and Alec's relationship is also very fun to watch, as they are not willing to admit to any feelings between them.
If you're looking for a book with lots of shoot-outs and close calls, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a good mystery with great characters and an intriguing plot, this is the series for you.
on 7 March 2014
I've read all the Daisy Dalrymple books and enjoyed them. I was very much looking forward to listening to them again as I drifted off to sleep. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the semi-American voice of the reader Bernadette Dunne. Her accent swung between upper class British, Australian cockney and Asian Welsh -all very bizarre! All it needed was BBC pronunciation!
I had to replay the section when she pronounced 'passage' as 'parsage', very distracting and unfortunately means I will not buy anymore with her as the reader!
Love the books, the stories are great and Carola Dunn is a good writer, just a shame about the choice of reader which I assume was chosen to include the American market.