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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 1920s mystery, 18 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Winter Garden Mystery (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Daisy Dalrymple, magazine writer and daughter of a Viscount, is staying at Occles Hall to research an article about the house for `Town and Country' magazine. She is not a welcome guest to some members of the household, most notably her hostess Lady Valeria - a formidable battle axe who rules the house with a rod of iron for most of the time.

When a casual remark about a dead shrub in the winter garden of the title leads to the discovery of the body of a missing parlour maid Daisy is even less welcome. The local police arrest one of the gardeners but Daisy does not believe in his guilt and contact her friend Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard to see if he can intervene in the case.

This is a well written mystery story with Daisy doing some sleuthing of her own in a very plausible manner. There are some well drawn characters and some believable dialogue and the difference in atmosphere in the house when Lady Valeria is present or absent is well done. I liked her mild mannered spouse as he contrives to get what he wants without making a song and dance about it. This is the second book in the series which can be read in any order though if you read them in the order in which they were published it's interesting to see the development of Daisy's relationship with Alec Fletcher. The series commenced with Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple)
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