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
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.
I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would keep an open mind - she could be a wonderful narrator as long the book doesn't require foreign accents.
Narrative makes the world go round.
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.
One of my pet peeves is British books read by American narrators who cannot speak with a convincing British accent. Bernadette Dunne sounded like a cross between Australian and Southern. There are plenty of excellent British narrators.
I would like to try her first book in print or ebook format. I was unable to form an opinion on the book due to the horrible narration.
Perhaps, if she was not attempting a British accent.
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.
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!
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.
Jarring,sloppy pronunciation of far too many things. The odd thing can be forgiven, but this was regularly thought-out the whole book.
The central character
The reading is generally very good, but Bernadette Dunne so often mispronounces words that it completely destroys the book for me. The correct pronunciation of words and names is such an important part of a narrator’s job, practically in period pieces, that I am frankly shocked that such an otherwise fine narrator, has made such a lazy job.
A pleasant book spoiled by lazy narration.
"Spiffing story let down by appalling narration"
No. I love the Daisy Dalrymple series - great escapist fun with a wonderful heroine, a sterling hero and interesting storylines but the books are set in the upper class of the 1920s in England a fact that the Anerican narrator seems totally to have failed to understand and sadly that ruins the story to listen to.
I am tempted because I enjoyed the books so much to read but I don't think I could stand it.
Please, please PLEASE get a decent English actor (female or male as long as they can do the accents) to record this lovely series of books.
"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
"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.
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