Murder on the Flying Scotsman

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 4
Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
Series: Daisy Dalrymple, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (544 ratings)

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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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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.

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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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Loved it

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Narrator Problems

The book itself is up to the same standards as the others - competent, pleasant, and engaging, but the new narrator is not. She has difficulty finding ways to distinguish between characters and doesn't do very convincing male voices. Except for that of the protagonist, none of the accents are very consistent or convincing either. Since the narrator doesn't have much range in terms of tone, she distinguishes between characters often by subtleties of accent (even when none is specified by the text), but doesn't do so very expertly so it is more distracting than helpful.

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Slow start

I like how the inspector respects Daisy. Cozy mysteries are always worth a try, as most of them are clean reads. This had a slow start. I was surprised how long the “set-up” train scene was while Daisy and Belinda (the inspector’s child) interacted with the family Daisy had run into. It’s filled with uninteresting chatter and family squabbling. I listened at 1.5 and 1.75 speeds, especially the child’s parts. Two hours in, I was still being told how the family wanted the money. Something finally happened around chapter seven, and the story finally got interesting in chapter twelve. Switching to Belinda's point of view off and on was irritating for me. It wasn't necessary to advance the plot and was tedious to get through. I wanted a fun mystery, so had I known some of it would be told through the child and be focused on the child so much, I wouldn't have spent a credit on it. Others may enjoy that; it's just not my cup of tea.

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Good story, dreadful narration

I always enjoy Daisy Dalrymple books, but it was a bit painful at times listening to this one due to the poor narration. Accents and pronunciations were bad and inconsistent, and the speech overly stiff, which detracted from the listening experience. As the book went on, it was less stilted, but I do hope Ms Chiaromonte won’t be doing any more books that require accents. I’ve listened to some of the books she’s read in an American accent, which seems more natural to her, and they were quite enjoyable. Foreign accents, it seems, are not her forte.

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Daisy loves Alec! Hmmm!

I liked the interaction of Deborah and the main characters. I also enjoyed the growth of the relationship of Alec and Daisy over the life of the stories. I didn’t pick the murderer so that was a plus, too.

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  • Mrs. Rm Walters
  • 01-06-14

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.

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  • Anna
  • 12-10-13

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.

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  • miss
  • 08-25-14

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.

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  • Lydia
  • 01-21-14

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.

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  • OSCARPOD
  • 06-11-14

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.

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  • Ms Lixie
  • 01-14-14

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.

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  • D Suz
  • 05-14-17

Just read it

Seriously??!! Berwick?? It's pronounced berrick 😡 vace??!! In England it's pronounced varse- just too annoying to concentrate on the story. Wish I hadn't bought all the audio books for my holiday - keep forgetting I have earphones on and my fellows sun bathers keep looking over when I correct the pronunciation out loud! 😱

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  • H
  • 09-11-20

Difficult Narration

Some very odd pronunciations and truly awful attempts at accents. But still a comfortable story.

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  • MS PATRICIA LESLEY EDGE
  • 06-07-18

a delightful story marred by reader

the Daisy Dalrympke series of cosy crime is a delightful listen but the performers inability to pronounce place names properly is grating and spoils it.

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  • Zil
  • 06-03-18

Totally Spiffing!

Whilst the female vocalizations were excellent, the male vocalizations could do with some work. DCI Fletcher sounded more like a doating uncle than a dashing Detective! Previous reader had male vocals right, but British female accent was rum! Perhaps they could be smooshed together!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-18

classic train mystery

Fun listen. Good Scottish accents. Relaxing adventure with lots of period detail about shell shock.