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Death at Wentwater Court | [Carola Dunn]

Death at Wentwater Court

This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.
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Publisher's Summary

This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground in having scandalously traded silver spoon for pen and camera to cover a story for Town and Country magazine. But her planned interviews with the inhabitants of Wentwater Court give way to interrogation after suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a dire fate on the tranquil skating pond.

Armed with evidence that his fate was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard to examine an esteemed collection of suspects and to see that the unlikely culprit doesn't slip through their fingers just as the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice.

©1994 Carola Dunn; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Mary A. Washington State 07-05-05
    Mary A. Washington State 07-05-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Fun, 20's era mystery-I love Daisy Dalrymple"

    I just discovered this fun series this past winter. I actually started with one of the later ones in the series and fell in love with Daisy Dalrymple! This series, set in the 20's reminds me a bit of the Jeeves and Wooster books, which I also love. The "By Jingo's," "Old Bean" and other such expressions make this a very enjoyable listen! This book is just introducing all the characters and each successive book adds more details, so you keep wanting more of Daisy's exploits. So far Blackstone Audio has agreed to do the first 4 in this series, and I hope they decide to do all of them. For a great change of pace in your listening routine, you won't go wrong with this book! Sit back, relax, and meet the irrepresible Daisy and all her chums.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliopa United States 12-06-09
    Bibliopa United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Amateurish British accent"

    I enjoyed the book. It's a light and breezy mystery. However, the narrator sounded like a Theater Arts major attempting a British accent. It is not convincing, especially after hearing Barbara Rosenblat's spot on character portrayals in the Amelia Peabody mystery series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gareth Morgan Wales 09-10-05
    Gareth Morgan Wales 09-10-05 Member Since 2001

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    "Wentwater Death"

    Sorry about this but I'm a Brit. Because of that I have a more informed opinion about some of this production than the expected audience, I suspect.

    The reader does not do a good job with accents or pronunciation. Too many US versions (inqury, Fenella, Derby etc.) and some, frankly risible, accents that bear no resemblance to 'English as she is spoke'.

    She's not helped by the author who seems to have a less than informed knowledge of usage and abusage of UK English in the early part of the 20th century; ("Spiffin' to hang out with you").

    I won't stress the flaws in the plot or the social commentary and observation.

    Nonetheless it's a very light time filler and I'd probably listen to another; but I would hope that they are read by a different reader and have a better editing process.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Bodiccea British Columbia 02-18-13
    Bodiccea British Columbia 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreadful narration ruins book"
    What would have made Death at Wentwater Court better?

    A BRITISH narrator. Good heavens, what in the world were they thinking? I suppose there are some non-Brits that could do a creditable job but Bernadette Dunne is not one of them. I'm only a few chapters into the book and am finding the poor pronunciation distracting to the point of making me wonder if I am going to be able to endure this. It's extremely off-putting and so unnecessary.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    I would keep an open mind - she could be a wonderful narrator as long the book doesn't require foreign accents.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-24-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-24-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "pleasant leisure listening"

    This probably does not deserve four entire stars -though with a little more social history woven into the story, it might. As it is, it's a relaxing, nontaxing listen. I'd rate the second book in the series (The Winter Garden Mystery) similarly.

    This series would appeal to fans of Anne Perry's and Laurie R King's historical mysteries, but both of those writers can entwine more social history unobtrusively into the listen - and King at her best can be a five star listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 12-20-13
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Pretty good"

    I enjoyed this. The plot and characters were well developed. I didn't like the ending, but I'll try the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Lithia Springs, GA, USA 11-29-07
    Natasha Lithia Springs, GA, USA 11-29-07
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    "Quite nice"

    I thought the narrator did a pretty good job. She has a lovely voice. The story itself is a tad unbelievable in places, and the "solution" is quite a stretch, but I still enjoyed listening to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 12-22-06
    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 12-22-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Harlequin romance meets Scotland Yard"

    This is a fluffy listen, enjoyable if you are in the mood for a light serving and don't mind an improbable resolution at the end. Although well enough done for the genre, I don't recommend this for fans of Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, Agatha Christie, Stephen Cannell, Tami Hoag, and other such mystery/detective authors. The 3 stars were awarded primarily for the narration - I do enjoy Bernadette Dunn's work!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 06-22-14
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 06-22-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Stuffy with a very disappointing ending"

    I bought two Daisy Dalrymple books hoping for something as good as Kerry Greenwood;s Phryne Fisher mysteries. I was quite disappointed.

    The book cover would have you believe Daisy is similar to Phryne with short, bobbed, black hair. But that is hardly how she is described. And there is none of the decco air shown on the cover. Instead the characters are horribly 19th Century stuffy.

    The mystery is convoluted and I found myself not really caring who the murderer was.

    But without giving away the plot, I was horribly disappointed with the ending. This is NOT the way an amateur detective is supposed to behave. And it is NOT the way a Scotland Yard inspector would behave.

    It was hard for me to start the second book as I couldn't trust Daisy's behavior.

    Meanwhile, the narrator's breathy style is unnerving. And she has given Daisy a very little girl voice. With no feeling of being a grownup.

    I'm giving up on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi Newberg, OR, United States 03-21-14
    Sandi Newberg, OR, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Truly fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Death at Wentwater Court the most enjoyable?

    It was fun! Oh, and I liked the ending!! I was yelling at the characters as to who the culprit was way sooner than they had caught on, but the resolution caught me by surprise. Usually the murderer just kills himself. Sorry if that gives too much away.


    What other book might you compare Death at Wentwater Court to and why?

    She is like a modern day Patricia Wentworth with a much younger sleuth. Miss Silver never had any romance herself.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bernadette Dunne?

    I intend to persue this series, and she reads several, so yes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is the most relaxing audiobook I've heard in a while. I go to sleep to them, and A) I went back and actually listened to all of it the next day. B). It didn't wake me up in the middle of the night with something truly disturbing going on.

    So, it engaged and intrigued me, and I'm so jaded that isn't common.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Trudie
    Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom
    9/6/06
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    "good book, terrible reader"

    I enjoyed this book very much, but found the narrator to be difficult to listen to. She has a repetitive inflection at the end of each sentence, and her character voices were rather dodgy. It spoiled the book for me, I'm afraid.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Altrincham, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    11/30/10
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    "The narrator really can make or break a story."

    This story was ruined by the truly awful accents produced by the narrator. It's such a shame because it is just the sort of story that in other circumstances I would have enjoyed. I read the other reviews and listened to a sample first and thought it would be ok, but after a while I found I was concentrating on the strange accents and wierd pronunciation. I actually think the narrator would be good reading a book set in America, but she mangled this so that it was at times hard to understand. I was disappointed to find that it is the same narrator reading all of the books in the 'Daisy Dalrymple' set and I certainly won't be downloading any more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    8/13/14
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    "Not quite as bad as reviews say"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death at Wentwater Court?

    No single event seems to spring to mind that may not spoil the story for others


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was dire. Quite a good voice, very "listenable" BUT the pronunciation was laughable, in fact my husband spent the entire book in stitches, most annoying!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Once again - get a better narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    8/3/14
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    "Death at Wentwater Court"
    If you could sum up Death at Wentwater Court in three words, what would they be?

    Lighthearted, Sweet, Well-written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is set in the Twenties and has no bad language. Lovely!


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

    Anyone with a "Posh" English accent as Daisy is of aristocratic birth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antonia
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    7/11/14
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    "A nice little mystery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a pleasant listen, with an interesting cast of suspects, most of them more honourable than the victim. The set up is standard; period drama in country house with dastardly deeds afoot and a whisper of romance. What gives it a little extra is the moral grey areas and the question as to whether or not murder has been committed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The character of Daisy, being a natural confidante to police chiefs and suspects alike makes an interesting plot device. Her sympathies with almost all the characters underline the tensions between wanting to know the outcome and fearing it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    Dunne's voice is a good one and her characterization is fair. However, she seems to have some trouble with the accents in this series.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    The 1920's between the wars setting in a country house lends itself to film or TV dramatization.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kerstin
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/16/10
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoy the typical english murder mysteries, this series is very entertaining and I can wholeheartedly recommend it, I was a bit hesitant since many reviewers here mention the appalling accent of the reader, but I have to say it did not bother me too much after a while, although it really is very odd!

    All in all, buy it, you will have a good time listening to it. I will get the other ones as well. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    1/6/14
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    "Death At Wentwater Court"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An American who doesn't care a hoot about pronunciation.


    What other book might you compare Death at Wentwater Court to, and why?

    All the audio books in this series. In future I think I will stick to the written word on my Kindle.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

    Judith Boyd, Kim Hicks, Hugh Fraser, Ric Jerrom, Bill Wallis, Nadia May. There is an endless list who would have made a better job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story made less believable by the narration. I know the writer now lives in America, but as these books are set here in the UK, a little more effort should have gone into pronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Derby, United Kingdom
    3/26/09
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    "Death at Wentwater Court"

    It took a while to grasp the plot but then it became a good storyline. The narration took a bit of getting used to though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    ilford , essex, United Kingdom
    2/17/09
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    "More jolly hockey sticks!"

    Another adventure with Daisy and her aristocratic pals, good fun light and frothy. You get used to the strange accent of the reader. Nice easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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