Mistletoe and Murder
In the eleventh book of Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple series, Daisy and her family are invited to spend Christmas of 1923 at Brockdene, Lord Westmoor’s estate in Cornwall. When they arrive, they find that their host is absent and the house is inhabited by the Norvilles, poor relations of Lord Westmoor. Soon the Norvilles’ oldest son arrives from India with a disagreeable clergyman who knows a secret about the family. When the clergyman is found murdered, all the Norvilles come under suspicion and it is up to Daisy’s husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, to solve the case.
While not as humorous as the previous volume, The Case of the Murdered Muckraker, this is a delightful mystery. I especially love the conflicts between the independent Daisy, determined to break with the traditions of her aristocratic family, and her demanding mother, the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple. The latter is a wonderful comic character. I also enjoyed reading about Brockdene, which is based on a real house in Cornwall that Dunn visited. If you love British country house mysteries, you will want to read this book.