The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple #2)
My rating: Mystery
by Carola Dunn
The second Daisy Dalrymple mystery sees Daisy off to write about another country house - this time the ancestral home of a childhood friend - but it isn't long before a tour of the Winter Garden turns up a dead body buried in one of the flower beds. While of course she's appropriately disturbed by the murder, Daisy is also just a little bit pleased, because it soon gives her a convenient excuse for calling her favourite Chief Inspector.
One of my favourite things about this series is that, in contrast to many mystery novels, our heroine doesn't rush about solving everything by herself: Daisy and Alec are a team, albeit an unofficial one, and Daisy's sympathetic and fortuitous questioning complements the detective's systematic approach. Their awkward, developing relationship is also incredibly sweet.
This was another charming mystery set in a beautiful country village, and definitely whetted my appetite to read more of this series (in fact, I picked the next one up straight away).