Saturday, April 2, 2011
Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer, Do . . .
How do you do? I'm Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, an accidental sleuth, whose adventures in 1920s England are chronicled by Carola Dunn, in the Daisy Dalrymple Mystery series. In ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH, at last I have a chance to solve a crime on my own, without Alec interfering! That's the trouble with being married to a Scotland Yard detective chief inspector. He claims that I meddle in his cases, but from my point of view, one might just as well say he meddles in mine. He's busy at the moment trying to find out who shot three men and buried them in Epping Forest, just outside London. Based on what little information he gave me, I provided a hint about where he should start the hunt— Look to the Great War, I suggested. Then I had to leave for Saffron Walden, to attend my stepdaughter Belinda's school sports day. Alec was sorry to miss the event, but it promised to be an enjoyable weekend for me as my friends Sakari and Melanie came too, their girls being pupils at the same school. I'm not sure enjoyable is quite the right word, though, now that Melanie's daughter has found the body of one of the teachers in the maze at Bridge End Gardens. Thank goodness he wasn't exactly a popular man—a sergeant-major in the War and a brutal bully. Nonetheless, the girls are frightfully upset, of course. The trouble is, I'm awfully afraid one or more of their favourite teachers may be involved in his death. Not that I have any intention of giving any hints to DI Gant, the local inspector. He had a bit of a set-to with Alec recently, and when he found out his nemesis is my husband, the beastly man turned quite nasty. I'm very glad I have Sakari's support (Melanie, I'm sorry to say, invented an excuse to flee back to London—a jolly poor show). Gant has gone off on quite the wrong track. So, you see, I can't possibly leave the investigation to him, or the wrong person will be arrested. I must find out what really happened, even if, as I suspect, it will lead to trouble for people I like and admire. It's odd that both this case and Alec's seem to have ties to the War. I wonder whether there might be some connection between them... By the way, I may reside in the 1920s, but I have my very own Facebook page. Do pop in and say, "How do you do?" My favourite author, Carola Dunn, is also on Facebook, and she has a blog/website. She also blogs at Murderous Musings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (except when she forgets!).