Anthem for Doomed Youth

Written by Carola Dunn
Review by Diane Scott Lewis

In 1926, Scotland Yard’s DCI Alec Fletcher investigates three murders near London. The corpses are shot through the heart and were apparently killed several months apart. As he struggles to discover if these murders are related, his superior warns him not to involve his wife in the case.

Alec’s wife, Daisy Dalrymple, is a clever, aristocratic woman who can’t help involving herself and meddling in the mysteries of his past cases. Alec tells Daisy as little as possible, but since the one victim was a colonel, she suggests he check a military connection. Daisy leaves him to his inquiry and travels with friends to the quaint town of Saffron Walden to attend her stepdaughter’s school function. The next day, one of the girls discovers a body in a park’s maze. Daisy is determined to solve this murder, which may be related to her husband’s case.

This was my first Daisy Dalrymple mystery, and it took me awhile to get to know the characters. I enjoyed the progression of clues as Alec investigated a crime connected to a tragic incident in the Great War. Coincidences and contrivances abound, but the novel is a light, entertaining read.