The Winter Garden Mystery is the second in the The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries by Carola Dunn.
Winter has just started to turn to spring and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is on her way to Occles Hall in Cheshire for her next article. The owners of the estate are Lord Reginald and Lady Valeria Parslow, the former being obsessed with the dairy industry and the latter a formidable battle-axe of whom nearly everyone in the county is terrified. They live there with their two children, Sebastian and Roberta, known as Bobbie. Daisy went to school with Bobbie and it is through her old school friend that she manages to obtain an invitation to visit and write about the Tudor manor.
But nothing is as it seems – or as Lady Valeria would have people believe – at Occles Hall. Daisy isn’t long into her stay when the body of the supposed runaway parlour maid, Grace Moss, is accidentally uncovered beneath a flower bed in the Winter Garden.
As secrets are revealed, it quickly becomes clear the net of suspicion must be cast far and wide to ensure that the person responsible for killing Grace doesn’t get away with murder. And when Scotland Yard are called in, no one, not even Lady Valeria, is above suspicion.
The Winter Garden Mystery is an entertaining cosy mystery, packed full of charm and engaging characters. The dialogue is witty, the storyline captivating and the language mesmerising.
This second book in the series is an enjoyable easy read, one that will have you wondering just who did kill Grace Moss?
Recommended for fans of cosy mysteries or for those who want a light and entertaining choice for a holiday read.