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Carola Dunn
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25 Mar 2010 A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
Daisy's in danger of heading off the rails! Daisy's embarking on a journey to Edinburgh and her biggest worry is that she has forgotten her book, so how will she pass the time? Her concern proves to be pointless, however, as once the journey begins Daisy finds a pint-sized stowaway on board - Belinda, the daughter of dreamy Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, Daisy's beau. No sooner has this problem revealed itself than Daisy and Belinda run into a bickering Scottish clan en route to the deathbed of the head of the family. But before the express reaches its first stop, one of the greedy McGowans has turned up dead. Is it murder? Daisy's willing to bet her first-class ticket it is - after all, the victim was the heir-in-waiting and she's sharing the carriage with an entire family of suspects who have everything to gain by his death...Praise for the Daisy Dalrymple series: 'Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece' - Publishers Weekly. 'As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries' - Booklist. 'For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels' - Library Journal.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013307
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Daisy Dalrymple
The Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, set in England in 1923, have been compared to Sayers, Allingham, Christie, and PG Wodehouse. Daisy, the daughter of a viscount, decides to earn her own living rather than live with relatives when her brother is killed in WWI. When she first gets involved in a murder, she meets Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Sparks fly as Daisy helps/meddles in the case, with her own notions of what constitutes justice. In Murder on the Flying Scotsman, Alec's young daughter gets caught up in the case. Daisy to the rescue! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carola Dunn is the author of the hugely popular mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple. Born and raised in England, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Goldenage Who Done It? 12 May 2010
A very enjoyable 1920s detective romp as Daisy takes a train north and inevitably encounters, murder and mystery. This is one well connected young lady - wherever she goes she bumps into friends and acquaintances!

The setting is good and gradually the irritating slang of the time is decreasing as the series progresses. Nice artwork on the front cover evocative of the railways posters of the time. The on-going relationship with Inspector Fletcher and his daughter develop satisfyingly.

These are not books for those looking for deep meaning or too much subtlety but they are satisfying in their own way and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys a nice 1920s setting for their murder and mayhem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy and a quarrelsome family 25 Oct 2011
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Daisy is on her way to write a magazine article about a country house in Scotland. She has treated herself to a first class ticket on the Flying Scotsman. She is surprised and worried when Belinda Fletcher, daughter of her friend, Detective Chief Inspector Alex Fletcher appears in her compartment. Belinda has run away from her grandmother and stowed away on the train without a ticket in the hope that she can reach her father who is working on a case in Northumberland.

One of Daisy's former school friends appears in her compartment having recognised her on the platform and tells her that she and her whole family are on their way to Edinburgh to hear what a relative is intending to do with his large fortune. But before the train has got much further than York, an elderly gentleman who Belinda has befriended is found dead and it looks like murder.

There are some marvellous characters in this story - the ill assorted members of the family - all of whom are suspects in the murder; the local police especially Superintendent Halliday; and Belinda herself. This is the first book in the series in which Belinda has played a large part and she is an interesting character. I particularly liked the Indian doctor who sees more than many people think he does and he features in one of the most amusing scenes in the book towards the end.

The plot is beautifully complex and will keep most readers guessing until very close to the end. This is an enjoyable read and it is the fourth instalment in the Daisy Dalrymple series which started with Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Daisy Dalrymple romp! 7 Sep 2010
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I enjoyed this book a great deal - there are some fun characters in this one, and Daisy seems to have them all summed up as soon as she meets them! Carola Dunn manages to totally immerse the reader in the period and it's really quite lovely to read about times when ladies were treated like ladies.

Daisy is always caught up in the middle of murder and mayhem - even when she is on a train she doesn't manage to escape trouble!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Flying Scotsman 4 April 2009
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Yet another brilliant Daisy Dalrymple Mystery. Honestly I don't know how she does it!!! Great read, and fun but not too taxing.
Will continue to be an avid fan.
Thanks Carola - carry on!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up after 100 pages 1 July 2013
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I have hardly ever given up on a book but on this occasion I just lost interest. Clearly most reviewers enjoy this author, but I found the writing style ponderous and contrived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sayers? 25 Jun 2013
[ASIN:1849013306 Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery)
The blurb says that Sayers fans will like this book. But it's one thing to try to recreate an earlier era and quite another to write in a contemporary milieu as D.L.S. did - thus avoiding what becomes in this novel anything but seamless research. The writing is fluent but the number of characters makes it difficult to want to go beyond the first chapters. Neither are they differentiated enough to make the reader care much about any of them. The exchanges between Belinda et al are natural, and Daisy emerges as a kind and patient woman (although she doesn't appear to like babies)but I'm not tempted to read anything else by this author. The skull and crossbones on the front of the train, by the way, is a definite turn-off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age frolic 4 Oct 2011
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Short of something to read in the genre I love (cosy whodunnits by female authors, preferably set in the Golden Age of murder mysteries), I tried the first of the Daisy Dalrymple books. Unengaging, I thought, trivial, a bit silly,what do I care who dunnit and who didn't? Still, I ploughed on, since I could get the books for a penny each plus postage on Amazon and at least I could read them at bedtime and be very effectively sent to sleep! Then I came to this one and suddenly, I was involved and started to care about what happened to Daisy and her beau, Alec the gorgeous detective. The stories work well on a fun level. All serial whodunnits are pretty unbelievable, if only because any real heroine who repeatedly encountered dead bodies would have had a nervous breakdown coupled with a major persecution complex. The ability to suspend disbelief is particularly vital for fans of this genre. Still, good books of this kind can still tell interesting and perhaps important truths about human nature and experience, feeding the hunger for understanding of the world we inhabit - well, my hunger for it, anyway. The only thing this series helps me understand is how to construct an entertaining and well-structured romp when you haven't got much depth of content. That's a worthwhile lesson, I suppose, if you like writing.
Daisy is travelling to Scotland and finds that Alec's daughter has run away because she is not allowed to play with her Indian school friend. This introduces the theme of discrimination in 1920s Britain, linked with both class and race. An elderly gent is murdered while travelling to Scotland accompanied by his family, most of whom hope to inherit from him. The chief suspect is the main beneficiary, a young Indian doctor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The main character Daisy is one you can't help but get involved with. The books are easy to read and very entertaining. Ideal for holiday or light reading.
Published 22 days ago by Claire Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of audio cd
There are many reviews of the book itself on here and I certainly enjoyed the mystery and the characters portrayed in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Craftlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Flying Scotsman - Carola Dunn
I have been looking for more of her books and this one although second hand was in good condition just a few creases in the front cover. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Stanbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Berwick upon Tweed
this is a sweet book. so good to be without too much blood and gore and with no bad language.
Published 6 months ago by Ann V Faragher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Absolutely love it! All the Daisy Dalrymple novels I've read so far have been excellent. They are the sort of book that is very hard to stop reading - and I don't know of many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars good detective story
Another Carola Dunn that fits pretty much into her usual style. Good harmless fun. As usual some nice characters and a few plot twists. Enjoyed the setting as well.
Published 12 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one
I really enjoy the who-dun-it stories about Daisy Dalrymple. They are light hearted, with a touch of romance and I don't want to put them down. Good bedtime read.
Published 12 months ago by Izzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy and her stepdaughter
The mystery was quite intriguing, there was a genuine frisson in the scene in Stirling and the beginning of Daisy's relationship with her step-daughter to be
Published 13 months ago by B.E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Darling
I do enjoy Daisy Dalrymple books. Set in the 20s with such old fashioned ways. Really lovely, There were a lot of people in this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Summermoonstone
3.0 out of 5 stars just like an agatha christie novel
a very nice read in the agatha christie mould not too heavy reminded me of tuppence rather tham Miss Marple
Published 15 months ago by rolli rowlands
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