Thursday, October 8, 2020

Books from the Backlog - The Corpse at Crystal Palace

 Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long! 

Goodreads:  The Corpse at the Crystal Palace by Carola Dunn

Blurb:  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.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I've had it on my review shelf for far longer then I want to admit and it just looks like a great mystery!



  1. I love a good Daisy Dalrymple book! Haven't read this one. I need to check and see where I left off in this series - a few books back I think.

  2. It looks delightful. I love cozies set in other locales or in other times. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Wow, what a tangled web! I am now very intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Hope the home trip and pick ups will include lots of backlog books!

  5. It does sound like a great mystery! I hope you enjoy it, Katherine!