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Murder on the Flying Scotsman Audiobook

Murder on the Flying Scotsman: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

It is the spring of 1923 and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is on her way to a stately home in Scotland to research her next article for Town and Country. On board the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, Daisy meets an old schoolfellow, Anne Bretton. Anne, along with all of her relatives, is en route to visit the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it currently stands, Alistair's will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, and the rest of the family is rushing to his side, each hoping to convince him to change his will in their favor.

Daisy, meanwhile, has her hands full taking care of Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher's young daughter Belinda, who ran away from home and stowed away aboard the train. She barely has time to take notice of the intricate family feud taking place all around her - that is, until Albert McGowan is found murdered on the train and Daisy is surrounded by an entire family of suspects.

©1996 Carola Dunn (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Leslie 01-07-14
    Leslie 01-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Accents!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of the Daisy Dalrymple series and always look forward to enjoying the books in audio format. The story doesn't disappoint, with Daisy and her beau's daughter, Belinda, pulled unwittingly into a family drama aboard the Flying Scotsman train to Edinburgh.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    The reader's performance actually detracts from the novel's flow, mostly due to her struggles (futile) with the range of British, Scottish, and Indian accents. Careful enunciation serves in large part as a upper-class British accent. She utterly fails with the Scots accent, which carries a strong flavor of Irish.

    The distinction among the various characters' voices is minimal, as well, making it hard to follow some of the dialogue.

    No complaints about Carola Dunn, but I will be very disappointed if Ms. Chiaromonte performs the next of the Daisy Dalrymple novels Audible.com offers.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MelOregon 03-20-16
    MelOregon 03-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fun cozy series"

    Nice series about a flapper-era upper crust heroine who finds too many bodies and the junkyard Scotland yard inspector she falls for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-30-15 Member Since 2010

    regencylady

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    "Loved it"

    These are fun, entertaining, light murder mysteries but don't overlook them for great listening and many entertaining hours. Good reading!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LL Terry 12-26-14
    LL Terry 12-26-14
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    "Lovely story, Change in Narrator negatively noticeable"

    I have really enjoyed this series so far. Light, witty, good escapist fun.The heroine is smart, sassy, but not completely unbelievable. I don't always like how she manages to skirt the law in the end for her friends, but that's literary license and not too disturbing. I also enjoy the growing relationship between her and the detective. Delightful. However, the change in narrator is VERY noticeable, and not in a good way. I have read other reviews here and I realize, as an American, I am not as sensitive or knowledgeable about the various accents/dialects she tries to speak (and apparently fails to do so). However, even as a non-native speaker, it is still apparent she cannot distinguish various characters and voices. I should say I am writing this review after having listened to a few more books in the series with this narrator. It doesn't get better. She has a pleasant enough voice, but the first narrator on this series was just so much better suited. However, the narration is not so bad that I will stop listening to the books as I find them very nice to make a long commute shorter. So, I give this an overall 4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheree 06-25-14
    Sheree 06-25-14
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    "Good story. Accents were painful!"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Flying Scotsman again? Why?

    Probably not. The narrator's accents were really too poor to go through the story again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator for starters. Let's go back to the original reader. Her accents were authentic and helped the previous storylines move forward. This performer couldn't hold a British accent to save her life. I'm guessing she is American & just couldn't get a handle on the proper accents & word pronunciations. (And being American I can say that!) Even her Scot's started veering off into an Australian accent before the story was over. I will probably work my way through the rest of the series because I have grown fond of spunky Daisy & her friends. It looks like this same narrator goes on to perform the books after this one, so I certainly hope she has taken some lessons in, not only how to read a story with the properly placed emotions, cadence & flow but, also, with the proper accents & word pronunciations. Otherwise it will be a slog to get past her performance & to the actual story. Ugh!


    Any additional comments?

    All I can say is, please, someone else re-record the following stories in the series. I am a big Brit fan, & it is the lovely accents I enjoy as well as the stories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimpossible 06-05-16
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    "Difficult to finish"

    While I enjoy these books, this one seemed particularly difficult to finish. I thought the story was dull and the narration was a bit slow and soft. Loved the title, though.

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    Book Box Monroe, LA 05-16-16
    Book Box Monroe, LA 05-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "1923 with a twist"

    Sweet mystery series with Daisy and her friends. She is a displaced aristocrat with a talent for writing and falling over dead bodies. She independent, kindle d hearted, and clever. She charms them all. A new take a cozy mystery.

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    Dence R. Burbach 04-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible recording!"

    What could be a charming book is destroyed by an awful performance. The dialect work for all characters is simply horrendous. I wish the company had chosen to stick with the original performer who worked on the first books in this series.

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    Lydia 03-12-16
    Lydia 03-12-16
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    "Enjoyable romp despite the narration"

    Of those I've read, this is by far the best. Belinda makes an excellent addition and although I found the word puzzle they labour over to be child's play, the rest of the mystery was quite satisfying.

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    Allison 01-30-16
    Allison 01-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Reader is disappointing"

    Reader does not handle the accents well. Story was moderately entertaining. I see that later stories in this series have a different reader, so that would improve the overall experience.

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  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    1/6/14
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    "Murder on the Flying Scotsman"
    Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

    Certainly not by this narrator who has not bothered to do her research into the pronunciation of place names here in the UK. She does sometimes manage to pronounce Berwick correctly, but that is few and far between. As for her accents, when one of the characters ends up with an Australian accent, when quite clearly she is from London, one despairs..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

    The end!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    No, certainly not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

    None of them as the story line was pretty good.


    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 the pronunciation of the place names.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    stockholmSweden
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    "Accents get in the way"
    Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

    I am not entirely sure. I would have to think about it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carola Dunn? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I enjoy them. The books are easy and light-hearted. The characters are very likeable. Not exactly deep literature, but then everything doesn't have to be.


    What didn’t you like about Mia Chiaromonte’s performance?

    The accents. If you are going to find a narrator for a book set in Scotland, wouldn't you get someone who can actually do a Scottish accent? It sounded more fake-Irish than anything else. Very grating and very annoying. I nearly returned it, but I needed something to listen to during a longish journey. I would blame the casting people rather than ms Chiaromonte though.


    Could you see Murder on the Flying Scotsman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I would like to see it made into a TV series actually. But without any stars. Somehow, Daisy is the everyday kind of person who you would really like to have for a friend, not a glamorous movie star.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    8/25/14
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    "please get someone else to read these!!"
    What did you like best about Murder on the Flying Scotsman? What did you like least?

    a good old ripping yarn, that could have been even more engaging had the narrator been capable. She really is terrible. Her accents(or attempted accents) were appalling. May I suggest that for a very english story, you hire a very English narrator??


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carola Dunn? Why or why not?

    I would if the narrator changed


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mia Chiaromonte?

    Celia Emery


    Could you see Murder on the Flying Scotsman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries would make a fun Sunday primetime series, I think.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "good murder mystery. shame about the narration"
    What did you like most about Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

    The story is good and would be a thorally enjoyable read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Narrators in ability to pronounce British towns and villages that are in the book gets extremely annoying and distracting. what makes it even more annoying is when the pronunciation is pointed out by one of the character's. to the point were I started skipping though the narration only listening to bit.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Lixie
    London, United Kingdom
    1/14/14
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    "Who-Dunn-It"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Flying Scotsman again? Why?

    I would although not straight away. The narrator's voices were a little bit cloying so I'd need a break from her first.


    What other book might you compare Murder on the Flying Scotsman to, and why?

    This is a lot like the other Daisy books - no surprise there - and is at the point in the series when she thinks the Inspector fancies her but no declaration has been made.


    What three words best describe Mia Chiaromonte’s voice?

    Feminine, cloying, samey.


    Any additional comments?

    These are classic cosy mysteries so if you like miss marple, miss silver, dandy gilver, phriony fisher etc you'll like these.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • OSCARPOD
    6/11/14
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    "Enjoyable story - irritating narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder on the Flying Scotsman the most enjoyable?

    A ripping yarn


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

    The awful narration but if you can get over that then the story is fine


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful accents for the characters, dreadful pronunciation and the characters voices lost verisimilitude towards the last few chapters.


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

    Neither


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame the narration will detract from the story for many.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/17/16
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    "poor value"

    a book about British aristocracy read by an American! worst Scottish accent I have ever heard. a boring monotone. didn't finish it. book has to many characters couldn't keep track.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J M WALKER
    2/24/16
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    "1920s mystery romance"

    A most enjoyable book. The background of a journey on the Flying Scotsman was interesting without being as violent as the Agatha. Christie Orient Express murder.
    Very well read apart from the occasional slip in pronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Somerset
    4/14/15
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    "Wasted opportunity"

    The Daisy Dalrymple books aren't brilliantly written at the best of times but they're fun; as an audio book using this narrator they're a disaster.. A period English accent is essential for this series and without it the story loses a large part of its appeal. I intended to make a list of every mispronounced word but gave up and the fact that it was frequently difficult to distinguish between characters became a minor thing.. Don't bother!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stina
    Uppsala, Sweden
    1/2/15
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    "Good story, spoiled by the narrator"
    Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

    I like Carola Dunn, and have enjoyed several of her titles earlier, but I certainly wouldn't pick one (by her) read by Mia Chiaromonte.


    What other book might you compare Murder on the Flying Scotsman to, and why?

    Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series are pleasant and light reading, and I like to compare them to others set in that period, for example Nicola Upson.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

    I might try one of ms Chiaromonte's performances again, if the book was an American one, or read in an American accent, because although her voice is pleasant enough, her British is frankly appaling! Placenames pronounced incorrectly (even when stated in the book how to pronounce them!), accents wandering all over the place, and her Scottish below any sort of standard. Her way of reading the book absolutely spoiled the experience for me.


    Do you think Murder on the Flying Scotsman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Murder on the Flying Scotsman is nr 4 in a long series of books, but it works quite fine on its own, and although it is good to know there are more books about Daisy Dalrymple, they can be enjoyed as standalones quite well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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