In 1927, Daisy Dalrymple goes to the countryside to recover from an illness. A school friend of hers is living in a house near the village of Beaconsfield, with two other friends. They belong to a generation of “superfluous women” whose marriage prospects are poor because so many men were killed in World War I. Daisy’s husband, Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, joins them for a Sunday lunch. When the women tell him the wine cellar is locked and the key is nowhere to be found, he picks the lock and finds a decaying corpse. Daisy’s friends are the most obvious suspects and, because Alec found the body, he can only help the local police unofficially with the investigation. Will Daisy and Alec be able to clear her friends’ names?
This is a delightful addition to this popular mystery series, which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie. Daisy’s curiosity leads to many situations where the police resent her interference, while needing her help at the same time. It also gives insight into a generation of women who decided to make their own way in life at a time when there were many more women than men in England.