The Bloody Tower

The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn.  Dunn’s historical mystery series is set in 1920s England and features Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, who scandalizes her noble family by marrying Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher and then starting a career of her own as a magazine article writer.  In this episode, the 16th in the series, Daisy demonstrates once again her unbelievable ability to stumble across dead bodies, this time after spending the night at King’s House, the on-site residence of the Governor of the Tower of London, where she was researching the ceremony by which the Tower is locked up tight each night.  This volume is typical of the set as it’s more a cozy than a police procedural.  What makes it unique is the supposedly locked room setting, even if the room in question is an entire royal fortress with its compound of buildings, stairwells, tunnels and walkways that make up the Tower.  There’s murder (of course), blackmail (always helpful for generating suspects), a bit of romance (not unusual in a cozy) and the ongoing sub-plot of Daisy and Alec’s domestic life.


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