Series: Daisy Dalrymple #23
Published by Minotaur Books on July 3, 2018
Genres: British mystery, Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
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Also in this series: Anthem for Doomed Youth, Gone West, Heirs of the Body
Also by this author: Anthem for Doomed Youth, Gone West, Valley of the Shadow, Heirs of the Body
A casual outing to the Crystal Palace in London takes a mysterious and murderous turn in The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, the latest mystery in Carola Dunn’s beloved Daisy Dalrymple series.
April 1928: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is visited in London by her young cousins. On the list of must-see sites is the Crystal Palace. Discovering that her children's nanny, Nanny Gilpin, has never seen the Palace, Daisy decides to make a day of it—bringing her cousins, her 3-year-old twins, her step-daughter Belinda, the nurserymaid, and Nanny Gilpin. Yet this ordinary outing goes wrong when Mrs. Gilpin goes off to the ladies’ room and fails to return. When Daisy goes to look for her, she doesn't find her nanny but instead the body of another woman dressed in a nanny's uniform.
Meanwhile, Belinda and the cousins spot Mrs. Gilpin chasing after yet another nanny. Intrigued, they trail the two through the vast Crystal Palace and into the park. After briefly losing sight of their quarry, they stumble across Mrs. Gilpin lying unconscious in a small lake inhabited by huge concrete dinosaurs.
When she comes to, Mrs. Gilpin can't remember what happened after leaving the twins in the nurserymaid's care. Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the murdered nanny. Worried about her children's own injured nanny, Daisy is determined to help. First she has to discover the identity of the third nanny, the presumed murderer, and to do so, Daisy must uncover why the amnesic Mrs. Gilpin deserted her charges to follow the missing third nanny.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
If I ever met Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher in real life, I’d stay a good, long distance away from her. An ocean might be just about enough space.
Don’t get me wrong; I like Daisy very much. She’s kind, compassionate, forthright, and curious. She’s also a magnet for murder. Dead bodies seem to crop up with alarming frequency any time she’s in the vicinity. Yet so far, neither motherhood nor the loving injunctions of Alec, her Scotland-Yard-inspector husband, have yet put a damper on Daisy’s predilection for a spot of detecting.
And this murder is no exception. Daisy’s twins’ nanny has been injured, and Daisy herself discovered the body of a second nanny in a Crystal Palace loo. Not only is Daisy right in the thick of things again, this time she feels an obligation to find out how Nanny Gilpin became involved.
Most of the series regulars put in an appearance, from Alec’s former sergeant, Tom Tring (now retired) to daughter Belinda and Daisy’s friends Lucy and Sakari. Add in a cast of suspects ranging from high society to a trio of Russian émigrés and a victim with more enemies than friends, stir in a puzzling plot, and the result is a satisfying and entertaining mystery that goes a long way toward explaining why the Daisy Dalrymple series remains so popular. After a three-year hiatus, I’m glad to see Daisy is still in fine fettle.
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