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Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1924, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend's house to witness the estate's famous Guy Fawkes celebration. But she gets more than the quiet weekend at the quaint family manse that she was originally hoping for.

The home is the site of some severe family tension. The Viscount and head of the family is a strict and unyielding sort, insisting that everyone - especially his children - meet his own unreasonable expectations. On the evening of the Guy Fawkes celebration, the Viscount is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. What's more, he apparently first killed a guest - a married woman visiting England from Australia - before turning the gun on himself.

Now it's up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy's husband and a DCI of Scotland Yard, to unravel the mystery and the long-held family secrets that led to this state of affairs. But a solution will require, perhaps, more than a little help from Daisy herself.

©2007 Carola Dunn; 2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A great Daisy Dalrymple book

Daisy goes to visit the estate of a school friend to cover their special Guy Fawkes celebration, complete with a bonfire and guy and a big fireworks show. But when she gets there, not all is well with the family.

Then Jack, her friend's brother, makes the mistake of inviting an Australian couple they meet at a pub to their home for their large Guy Fawkes party, upsetting his parents, social snobs. But is that the only reason they are unhappy? As the fireworks show concludes, Jack finds his father and Mrs. Gooch dead, apparently with Lord Tyndall's having murdered the lady before committing suicide, causing Alec, her Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector husband, to come to the case, when he learns an explosive secret within the family.

The solution to this book was well-written and a surprise ending.

I was a bit disappointed by the narration, as Lucy Rayner can't do a credible Australian accent and mispronounced several words. But I'm so thrilled to be able to listen to this book that I don't mind!

This was an excellent book that I listened to straight through from start to finish because I couldn't put it down!

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Not as interesting

Preferred the previous books plot. Less nasty characters. More interesting setting. The bad guy got murdered which is always a relief.

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Amazing storyline and fabulous narration!

Lucy Rayner is a slow-clap, standing-ovation, kind of narrator. I wish all my books were narrated by her and the voices and accents she gives each character makes the story flow so well. This book had a relatively straight forward storyline and likable characters with a huge plot twist along the way. Our beloved heroine, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is right in the thick of things as always! Carola Dunn has done it again, and I came along for the ride! Highly recommend, 10/10!

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Gunpowder Plot is another entertaining and enjoyable cozy mystery in the Daisy Dalrymple series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in this series.

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Unbearable narration

Not a lot to review here. I have read some of this series in book form. Recommend others go with that. The narration here is so bad, that I was cringing, unable to focus on the story.

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Predictable But still a fan!

Daisy is a wonderful peron and I enjoy every bit of her! The mysteries are not the most complex but the writing and narration are fun and I love them while working!

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Lucy Raynor is my favorite!!
love the characters and how she brings them to life! keep up the good work.

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Story was good but the narrator was not my cup of tea

I somewhat enjoyed the story with its many twists and turns and interesting characters, but it was sadly diminished by the reader’s high pitched voice, which took away, for me, the reality of some of the characters. One being a woman who was supposedly very aloof but unfortunately the voice used for her was high and squeaky, not a voice that gave any impression of an aloof woman at all. Maybe it was the recording that gave the reader/narrator the high pitched sound?

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Loved it

Enjoyed the story. Lucy Rayner is a fabulous narrator and Carola Dunn is simply brilliant...her writing is wonderful

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I did not see this one coming. lots of suspects but the person who was the murderer was a complete suprise. Enjoyed this book.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 10-27-21

Gunpowder Plot

A lovely story where trying to do your best for others, may back fire! Read brilliantly by Lucy Rayner.

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  • Carôle
  • 12-11-21

Such Potential - Wasted.

Unlike the previous book (A Mourning Wedding), which also had multiple crimes, this story dragged on. The setting of the scene takes far too long and getting to the point of the story is either helped or hindered by the supporting characters.

In this case, there really isn’t a single character that you can really warm to. (Not even the regulars)! Not because they’re not likeable - even though 2 of them aren’t - but because, despite the lengthy introduction, no time is spent on proper character development! So you have nothing but a superficial idea of who the people really are!

There was so much potential to this book, but opportunities were lost to make it deeper and more interesting, involving.

The narration was the best thing about it, in my opinion.

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  • Abigail Adams
  • 01-10-22

Its ok

I love crime novels and this has made me realise i like modern crime novels forensics !
It an ok book with an ok story, nice little twist at the end although i did get bord , ok for free

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  • Steph H
  • 12-04-21

Always fun

Yet another great story in this series. I did guess the culprit from the beginning, but it was good to see how it all played out.

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  • Lydia Tye
  • 10-24-21

Dreadful American narration

Ruined by appalling attempt at Birmingham accent (I’m from Birmingham) and mispronounced English names which, given it was the victim of the murder, was excruciating to hear all the way through the book. Would prevent me recommending the audiobook to anyone.

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  • Firemad
  • 11-07-18

Always a delight but 1 annoying mispronunciation

Lucy Rayner is by far the best performer of this series, but the occasional American mispronunciation creeps in. This can usually be ignored, but unfortunately in this book it was the surname of one if the main couples. Gooch - pronounces Goosh throughout. So annoying and very distracting. However, other than that a delightful listen as always.

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  • Kerry
  • 03-12-17

Nice story but some cringe worthy regional accents

Not a bad story but some cringe worthy regional accents. reasonable Welsh but dreadful Midlands accent.