The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (audiobook)

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, book 23

Read by Lucy Rayner
10.5 hrs • 9 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 07/03/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 07/03/18 9781538486245
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 07/03/18 9781538486269
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Daisy Dalrymple is back—when a casual outing to the Crystal Palace in London takes a mysterious and murderous turn.

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 three-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.

Review Quotes

“Narrator Lucy Rayner takes listeners to London and a tour of the Crystal Palace…Rayner immerses listeners in the 1928 atmosphere, which includes discussions of women’s suffrage and changing educational standards. Rayner deftly moves among the accents of the story’s many characters, including Scottish Detective Inspector McKinnon; Daisy’s Indian friend, Sakari Prasad; various Russian émigré suspects; and British people of various classes…Rayner’s performance gives the listener a fun sense of being in London.”


“Dunn’s bright and breezy twenty-third Daisy Dalrymple mystery provides an appealing glimpse of life among the well-to-do…Daisy uses her connections among the ‘bright young things’ and the more bohemian Chelsea set in an attempt to get the answer Fans of Dorothy L. Sayers’ gentleman sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, will find much to like.”

Publishers Weekly

An inveterate sleuth investigates a case of too many nannies…Daisy, who’s perfectly placed to mine information from her aristocratic friends, dives into the investigation and comes up with the clues that solve the case…with period detail to charm fans of classic British mysteries.”

Kirkus Reviews

“After an invigorating start, the plots gets a bit convoluted, but the Russian émigrés and Cockney acrobats who inhabit the story keep things moving apace. There’s also diversity here in the form of relatives from the West Indies and Daisy’s Indian friend, Sakari, an interesting touch for a book set in 1928.”


“Another deftly crafted gem of a mystery in author Carola Dunn’s extraordinary Daisy Dalrymple Mystery series, The Corpse at the Crystal Palace is an especially recommended addition to community library mystery/suspense collections.”

Midwest Book Review