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The Winter Garden Mystery

(Daisy Dalrymple #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,159 ratings  ·  408 reviews
England 1923. Plucky Daisy Dalrymple takes another Town and Country magazine assignment, to write up and photograph gloomy Occles Hall. She unearths Grace Moss, missing parlor maid, seeks killer amid occupants - school chum and wallflower Bobbie Parslow, thorny Lady Valeria.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 6th 2001 (first published March 15th 1995)
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K.E. Fraser I think the first one I listened to was the thirteenth... There were no spoilers from the previous investigations, but her personal relationships are …moreI think the first one I listened to was the thirteenth... There were no spoilers from the previous investigations, but her personal relationships are obviously revealed.(less)

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Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

No surprises that I picked up the next Daisy Dalrymple book pretty quickly — they’re just the perfect length for a long soak in the bath followed by a lazy evening, which is exactly how I’ve been reading them. I continue to enjoy the fact that Daisy’s a worker (although helped significantly by her class), and her relationship with Alec and his team; Phillip Petrie is rather a dear, despite being rather daft. His class-conscious snobbery fades away quickly as soon a
Terry Southard
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable series, or as Daisy might say, "Just spiffing." Not nearly as good as the Maisie Dobbs series, it is still an enjoyable summer read. This one has the body of a serving girl found buried in an estate's garden. The town is ready to pin the murder on the Welsh gardener, but was it really him? I thought this one was fairly obvious from the get-go, but I still enjoyed it. ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Let me start by saying these are not 4 star books. This ting is a solid silly three. None of the characters have immense depth. The 1920s slang is distracting and adorable. The mystery is hardly nuanced. And I think the big twist in this one was blindingly obvious.

That said - we’re still in reno-purgatory here. And that wretched hurricane made his way right past us today. My kid has been off school for 5 days. And one of my dogs got sick.

When I absolutely couldn’t bear another thing stalwart D
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A murder series set in 1920's Britain. This book has a paper-thin plot and pantomime characters. Not much attention to detail- lower class characters all seem to speak the same regardless of regional accents and I found the relaxed and very modern attitudes towards sexual relationships shown by the characters very unbelievable. ...more
It was a good mystery with enough twists to explore the rapidly changing world. Imagine Maggie Smith a bit younger & constantly in a bad mood. Now add in a body found in her garden along with Daisy there doing a story. Another fun glimpse at a kind of Downton Abbey murder mystery.

I love-hate the glimpses into the everyday life & expectations of the times. Manor servants get very little time off & live highly regimented lives. They're up early & don't retire until quite late. Even when they go ou
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this Daisy Dalrymple book, it was #2 in the series. I read #1 then jumped around a bit so it was nice to come back to the beginning. Daisy's mom still doesn't approve of her daughter getting involved in all this murder stuff, she's a young woman in the 1920s in England and shouldn't be behaving that way. I love it. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Continuing to find this series super enjoyable.

Okay, the first third was a bit slow, but then DI Fletcher showed up, and I was mollified.

Also, guessed the "twist" on about page 15. But whatevs.

I am also totally a sucker for mysteries set in English manor houses.

2017 Reading Challenge: A book with one of the four seasons in the title
Dec 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Cold Comfort Farm or cozy British murder stories
The Honorable Daisy Dalyrymple is visiting an old school chum while writing about her ancestral home when a body is discovered in the garden. Although the local police are happy to pin the housemaid's murder on her young foreign swain, Daisy has doubts. She calls in her childhood friend Philip Petrie and her new friend, Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, to help her investigate. Who killed Grace? Was it the beautiful but spineless heir who had gotten her pregnant? His best friend, the jealous Ben? ...more
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Digital audiobook read by Bernadette Dunne

Book number two in the Daisy Dalrymple series has our heroine traveling to Occles Hall to research her latest article for Town and Country on England’s country manor houses. Lady Valeria is none too pleased at this intrusion, but Daisy IS “to the manor born” so she is tolerated. Still, when Daisy asks to photograph the winter garden the last thing she expects to find is a body.

Daisy cannot help but get involved when she sees an injustice being carried
Renee M
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Cozy mysteries are just so pleasant... even with a decomposing body in the garden.
Olga Godim
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mysteries
3.5 stars
A nice cozy with one of my favorite literary sleuths, Daisy Dalrymple, a young journalist from an aristocratic family in the 1920s England. The book is a bit slow, but Daisy is her charming self, and as always, I enjoyed reading her story.
Daisy is comforting and very pleasant, and what is more important, she is never in danger. She is just too nice, so no one threatens her, which is often the case in other cozies, but instead, everyone confides in her, while she tries and fails to stay
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I just discovered that I had neglected to review this book when I read it. It has been a couple months but I remember several uncomfortable episodes, that the villains are really horrible (yes there is only one murderer but there are more than one villain here), and the end was a bit of a cop out. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Daisy's deepening acquaintance with Alec and I thought there were some really funny bits. ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, adult-fiction
3.5 stars

So far, this has been an enjoyable series. Daisy, Alec and Philip are fun characters.
I didn't think this book was as good as the first one... Daisy is funny and, for the most part, an enjoyable character. And I have enjoyed Alec and Philip too. But the stories just aren't quite what I like. Add to that the bad language (mild, though it is) and the important roll that homosexuality played in the story and I'm thinking that I most likely won't be reading any more of these books.

Warning: there is some bad language in this one and homosexuality plays a pretty important part in the s
I've read this series very much out of order, but I wanted to get a feeling for the first encounters that Daisy and Alec had. This is good.

Lady Valeria is a serious Termagant, a Domestic Despot, with the side chuckle of being apt to use alliteration, even in the midst of her rants. Too bad that neither Daisy nor Alec were able to be witnesses to her eventual major smack-down, from both her unregarded daughter and her so-closely-coddled son.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, mystery
I picked this up the other night because I was wanting a mystery and it's set during the 1920s, probably my favorite historical era. It was just okay - a quick read for a lazy weekend. Although some of the historical details were interesting, the story wasn't too compelling and there were modern sensibilities that seemed out of place. ...more
I think I'm going to give up on this series. It looks to be one of those series where some sexual perversion is always woven in to the mystery and I'd rather not fill my head with those types of imaginings. ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! I'm revising my opinion on narrator Bernadette Dunne. She sounds like a young Penelope Wilton (who I love in Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, etc.) and I enjoy her voice. ...more
Sarah Hearn
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Daisy Dalrymple stories and this one was no exception. The only negative was that I was listening to the book on CD and the person they had reading it had no idea about English accents. She tried but there were so many errors that could easily have been caught and weren’t. It was a wee bit distracting from the story but not enough to make me hate the book.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book! Daisy is such a fun character to read! Cute cozy mystery and it wasn’t til the end that I figured out who the murder was. Can’t wait to check out the next installment.
Stacie  Haden
A new favorite cozy mystery series.

England 1923
Eileen Lynx
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute good narrator
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another predictable but totally enjoyable mystery.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Cozy fluff. Perfect for election results gone wild week
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020, audiobooks
A very good read in this historical mystery series.
Cozy mystery set in England in the 1920’s. A missing parlor maid is discovered murdered and buried in an estate garden when the protagonist, Daisy Dalrymple, is visiting there on a magazine assignment. The mystery becomes an upstairs-downstairs class conflict involving the upperclass gentry residing there vs everyone else. I enjoyed the story, but could’ve done with a lot less of the flapper-era vernacular, much of which I had no idea what the words meant.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very fun mystery that takes you away, exposes you to a little history and a different way of living.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Wherever Daisy goes death is sure to follow. This time she's off to Cheshire and Occles Hall, which thanks to her old school chum, Bobbie Parslow, she has been able to wrangle an invite. Bobbie's mother, Lady Valeria, is notoriously bad tempered and also very protective of her unnaturally good looking son, Sebastian. In fact, the first thing that Daisy hears upon arriving in the picture postcard perfect village of Occleswich is the raging feud between Lady Valeria and Stan Moss, the local car me ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This review pertains to the audio version of The Winter Garden Mystery. I bought the book not knowing it was the 2nd of the series so I put off listening to it until after I listen to the 1st (Death at Wentwater Court). Had I bought that book before this one, the Winter Garden Mystery would not have been in my library. So I admit I started this book with low expectations.
Now for my thoughts on The Winter Garden Mystery. The non-recurring characters were not (for the most part) very well develop
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