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Publisher's Summary

The eighth installment in this cozy mystery series features Daisy Dalrymple at the Museum of Natural History, a place of fascination - and murder.

In the summer of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple makes what should be an uneventful research trip to the Museum of Natural History quite an eventful day - with her nephew, Derek, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Belinda, in tow. But as she interviews the various curators for her article on the museums of London, she soon discovers that the Museum of Natural History is a hothouse of professional rivalry and jealousy. Much resentment exists, particularly between Dr. Smith Woodward, the keeper of geology, responsible for the fossil collection, and Dr. Pettigrew, the keeper of mineralogy, responsible for the museum's fabulous gem collection.

On a later trip, as closing time nears, Daisy hears two voices followed by a tremendous crash and rushes into the next hall to discover Dr. Pettigrew dead - murdered amid a pile of dinosaur bones.

Daisy's fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, is assigned to investigate, and together they must unravel a most baffling case of missing gems, dispossessed European royalty, professional rivalry, and a murder most foul.

©2000 Carola Dunn (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok story but terrible narration

The narrator is a very unfortunate choice, every single one of her accents grates and sounds false.

Story is quite good, although the social commentary is quite insipid at times, well constructed and thought out reasons for who commits the crime.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 08-31-17

Meh, it wasn't that bad or that great

We are well into the series, feeling fairly comfortable with our cast of characters and understand Daisy's world now.
The story held my intetest, but Daisy is becoming so annoying I almost quit this book. I'm sick of Daisy getting into trouble because of the asinine choices she makes, waiting there so cute and vulnerable, for the man folk to come and save her.....blah! Give us the old Daisy back because this configuration of her sucks.

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Loved story, not performance

I really liked Bernadette Dinne and Mia Chiaromonte who narrated earlier books in this series. Much more nuanced and subtle performances of all the reoccurring characters.

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my review

definitely not as good as the others...actually I struggled to get through this book. very predictable

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Poor Narration

Would you try another book from Carola Dunn and/or Lucy Rayner?

Yes for Carola Dunn books, but I am having a hard time listening to Lucy Raynor's narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daisy as usual. Love her ability to wiggle herself in and out of situations.

What didn’t you like about Lucy Rayner’s performance?

The voices she uses for characters are often grating, and don't suit the characters' personalities . . . and are often so similar that I would have to back up the story to listen a second time to determine who was saying what.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The redeeming bit was the story . . . the issue is that while I love the series, this narrator is going to be hard to listen to for me to get through the next books. I just listened to #8 & #9 but I will have to take some time away from listening to the series to forget how irritating the narrator was before I try the next ones.

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terrific

Terrific beginning to end. Daisy does sleuthing better than Scotland Yard. A fun mystery in an interesting setting. Love this series!

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Delightful as always

Just wonderful adventure! Quite a challenge to work this one out! Love Daisy and Alec and the repertoire between them!

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 05-20-17

Blytonesque mystery for grown ups

When things get too much and I need a break but no time to go away I know that Daisy Dalrymple will do me just as much good. Lighthearted, comical yet rich in period detail. If you like Christie you'll love Dunn

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  • Sarah
  • 01-30-17

The marvellous Daisy... At it again

I'm a huge Daisy fan and the addition a good performance by the narrator only adds to the pleasure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-16

Rattle His Bones Review

I enjoyed this cozy murder mystery. It's light hearted fun that anybody who likes cozy mysterys will enjoy.

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  • Jackie Davies
  • 01-16-18

Great reader!

Love all the stories but this reader was the best. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-18

slow start

I find this book really slow for the action to start. maybe to much information in the beginning to settle the scene.