The Daffodil Affair (Sir John Appleby #8) by Michael Innes

‘How very strange.’

London, 1942.  A missing house, a missing horse and two missing women.  What on earth is going on? Detective Appleby (from Scotland Yard) is a little peeved when he is asked to investigate (as a personal favour to a superior officer’s aunt) the disappearance of a cab horse named Daffodil. But is seems that Daffodil’s abductors have also taken a young woman named Hannah Metcalfe who just happens to be the descendant of a famous witch. Meanwhile, Appleby’s colleague Hudspith  is searching for Lucy Rideout, who may have been sold into white slavery. It also appears that a house in Bloomsbury (37 Hawke Square) has, well, disappeared. And while the Blitz is changing the shape of London, it isn’t responsible in this case.

 ‘He doesn’t know that we know that he knows.’

Appleby deduces that there is something strange about each of these disappearances. But what links a haunted house, a counting horse, multiple personalities, and connections with the occult? 

You are about to embark on a totally ridiculous but enormously amusing journey which will take you, together with Appleby and Hudspith, on a voyage to South America. Read on and enjoy, as our intrepid detectives work out how to stop an intriguing attempt at world domination.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Ipso Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith