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.
Set in 1928 London, Dunn's bright and breezy 23rd Daisy Dalrymple mystery (after 2015's Superfluous Women) provides an appealing glimpse of life among the well-to-do. When two teenage cousins arrive for a visit, Daisy takes the cousins, her three-year-old twins, and the twins' nurse, Nanny Gilpin, on an outing to the Crystal Palace. At one point, Nanny excuses herself. Daisy later goes looking for Nanny in the ladies' room, where she finds a dead woman she initially mistakes for Nanny in one of the stalls. Meanwhile, the twins run into the park, where they discover Nanny lying in a pond, half-drowned. The police are unable to identify the body, and Nanny suffers from memory loss. Are the murder and the attack on Nanny related? And who is responsible for these outrages, committed in such a public place? Daisy uses her connections among the "bright young things" and the more bohemian Chelsea set in an attempt to get the answers. Fans of Dorothy L. Sayers's gentleman sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, will find much to like.
As usual, a great read.
This is, I believe the 23rd in the series and I have relished them all. I am particularly fond of series with ongoing stories. Love watching the character develope.
Can’t wait till the next pre order is available.