- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482947404
- ISBN-13: 978-1482947403
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 14.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,648,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries (Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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In the fourth installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series, diligent Daisy Dalrymple sets out for Scotland on an assignment for Town and Country magazine - and finds herself on a journey with squabbling would-be heirs, a stowaway...and a corpse! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the fact that Belinda has such a prominent part in the story, it makes it so much more informing about the Daisy/Alec relationship.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie .
So far I have enjoyed all of the books in the series and look forward to reading many more!!!Published 15 months ago by M J
The first book in this series was light enjoyable reading but these books are much the same silly people only the situation changes. Nothing like Woodhouse books!Published 17 months ago by Yorkie
just arrived today my wife has treid to get this book for a while she rates it as the authours best bookPublished 17 months ago by Ian Brown