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Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery | [Carola Dunn]

Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.
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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.

It seems that a low-rent Don Juan has been busily seducing the local womenfolk, and, in a town this small, no secret is kept for long. When the Fletchers' picnic is interrupted by the discovery of a broken body at the foot of the cliff, that of the philandering local innkeeper, the unflappable Daisy Dalrymple finds herself embroiled in a mystery.

In the continuation of her popular series, Carola Dunn vividly evokes the life and times of 1920s England, wrapped in a classic mystery to delight her many fans.

©2005 Carola Dunn; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A lively historical cozy." (Library Journal)
"Replete with well-drawn characters, snappy dialogue, and interesting plot twists...a charming series." (Booklist)

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    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-29-11
    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-29-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world through my ears

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    "a stronger entry in the series, eventually"

    This starts off sounding like a YA mystery but by hour two becomes a well-plotted cozy with some good setting detail. Narrator Dunne just sounds too American, however, for a Brit cozy, and the jazz age tone she attempts is even less suitable in this installment because there's less humour and flippancy to Daisy, more attempted sleuthing. I've found the titles available to date on Audible of vaying quality but still hope that Audible adds more Dunne titles. Daisy and Alec seem to be developing into a more interesting detective team.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Siri-Mette Amble Norway 06-15-10
    Siri-Mette Amble Norway 06-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I do hope that more books are coming!"

    I do love the Daisy Dalrumple (now Fletcher) books. The "innocent" crime along with the underlying love-story, not to mention the charming lingo is enchanting!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Higgins Canton, MS USA 12-02-11
    Linda Higgins Canton, MS USA 12-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful narrator"
    Where does Fall of a Philanderer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    About fourth or fifth (I liked the other Daisy Dalrymple books better.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daisy, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Alec and Daisy


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

    I adore this series. I laugh all the way through it. I only wish you had more of the series on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is marvelous. I could listen to her all day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-29-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-29-11

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    "a stronger entry in the series, eventually"

    This starts off sounding like a YA mystery but by hour two becomes a well-plotted cozy with some good setting detail. Narrator Dunne just sounds too American, however, for a Brit cozy, and the jazz age tone she attempts is even less suitable in this installment because there's less humour and flippancy to Daisy, more attempted sleuthing. I've found the titles available to date on Audible of vaying quality but still hope that Audible adds more Dunne titles. Daisy and Alec seem to be developing into a more interesting detective team.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shastadaisy Los Angeles, CA 02-02-13
    shastadaisy Los Angeles, CA 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful - More audio books of Daisy needed!"
    Where does Fall of a Philanderer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better 'cozy mysteries' available on audio. The story is good, the plot interesting and the characters compelling. I have enjoyed all of Daisy's stories on Audible and am so disappointed that this is the final one available in the audio version.

    Please feature the rest of the Daisy series on Audible!


    What other book might you compare Fall of a Philanderer to and why?

    Similar to others in the series, in addition to the Rhys Bowen books.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Dunne's narration is rich and interesting. She brings emotion to all of the characters. A few times, she does sound a little too American.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 05-15-12
    Effie Franklin, MI, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Snoozer!"
    What would have made Fall of a Philanderer better?

    a more interesting story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a different British mystery


    What aspect of Bernadette Dunne’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice has a monotone quality that didn't help to liven up the dull story.


    What character would you cut from Fall of a Philanderer?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Libby
    Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, United Kingdom
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    "Narration a bit off"

    This is an engaging, undemanding story that evokes English seaside holidays nicely. It was my first Daisy Dalrymple mystery, and I'll certainly try another. However, my enjoyment of this one was diminished by the off-putting narration. The attempted English accent is poor, and the characters' voices are barely distinguishable from each other. The diction, pace and sound quality are fine. I don't usually notice the narrator's voice once I've got into a story, but this one grated on me throughout.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    7/27/14
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    "decent period atmosphere, weird accent"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, as a good light holiday listen


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    some of the apparent observed behaviour of possible suspects is rather clunkily inserted to set up possible involvement in the murder but is not psychologically plausible, or in some cases, even humanly possible


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    a most bizarre combination of vowel sounds, producing some peculiar pronunciations


    Did Fall of a Philanderer inspire you to do anything?

    more research into accents


    Any additional comments?

    not a bad experience overall--story would make a decent period costume tv drama

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Hughes-Wilson
    Sandwich, Kent
    3/22/14
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    "Story not bad - pity about the reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really - there are better detective writers


    What other book might you compare Fall of a Philanderer to, and why?

    The Victorian murder mysteries by Emily Brightwell. They are lightweight stories.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bernadette Dunne?

    Not unless she was reading an American book.


    Did Fall of a Philanderer inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narration, as previous reviews have said, is really not up to scratch. This is obviously an American trying to 'do' an English accent. For instance she will insist on doing a long 'a' in the belief that that will make for an English, rather than American pronunciation. It was very irritating and really spoiled what might have been a jolly little story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demeter
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "Dreadful reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really love my audio books and how they are read is as important as the story. Choosing the right reader, either one who has the right voice or has the acting skill to get it right, is as important as someone who gets the right mood for the story, gets the emphasis and sentence breaks where the author put them. In this case it is simply that the main character and about half the cast are obviously of a particular class and to be so far off what is naturally expected, produces a jarring effect that is distinctly unpleasant.


    What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    Her accent. Daisy Dalrymple maybe married to a policeman, but she is an Honourable. She is of the between wars aristocracy and this reader makes no attempt to get it right.


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

    frustration and disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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