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In early 1925, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher - recent mother of twins - resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London - the Bloody Tower - for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries-old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night (her first time away from her babies), since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat.

Having been given a tour of the Crown Jewels, interviewed and observed the Yeoman Warders, and met the Raven Master, Daisy has more than enough material for her article and decides to leave as early as possible the next morning to return to her family. But when walking down the stairs, she almost trips over the dead body of one of the Yeoman Warders. That there's something seriously amiss cannot be denied due to the pike sticking out of his back. With her husband, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher, assigned to resolve the case, Daisy once again finds herself in the middle of a case of murder most foul.

©2010 Carola Dunn (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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narrator ruins story

the story is good. the narrator was horrible. Screeching and high pitched inflection when representing women. quite off-putting. I won't get the next one if the narrator is the same. annoying in the extreme.

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Better read than listened to!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good thing I was driving so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voice too high and grating. Accent too heavy with some characters to understand. For light reading, it should not be a chore to listen to!

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i go back a long way with Ms. Dunn. Have read previous books with enjoyment, but first and last time for audio. What a drag!!

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A great Daisy book with interesting historical mat

Daisy Fletcher, nee Dalrymple, stumbles over yet another body in Carola Dunn’s 16th Daisy book, The Bloody Tower. Daisy gets commissioned by her American editor to write a series of articles on the Tower of London, her first article job following the birth of her 2-month-old twins. Spending a few days exploring the Tower, she is guided by several of the guards who work there. She gets to see the Crown Jewels and the tower where the young princes were killed by Richard III, according to Shakespeare (for a fascinating debunking of this myth, read Josephine Tey’s mystery book The Daughter of Time). Having friends, the Tibbets, who live in the Tower as relatives of the governor of the Tower, Daisy gets invited to spend the night with them in order to observe the Ceremony of the Keys, a ritual performed since the 14th century in which the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Warder Watchman secure the gates and give over the keys to the governor, meaning General Carradeen in this case. Early the next morning, Daisy, missing her twins badly, gets up and sneaks out to rush home to her babies. But instead of getting home, she stumbles over the body of the Chief Yeoman Warder, Crabtree, with a partizan, a type of medieval weapon carried by the warders, sticking out of his back. Curiously, though, what has killed Crabtree is a broken neck and not the pike.

Thus, Chief Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher gets a call to hurry over to the Tower of London to investigate the death. He faces a challenge because there are two elite groups that guard the Tower. The Yeoman Warders are all Sgt. Majors, sworn special constables of the Metropolitan Police, making them superior in rank to Alec’s team who must interview them. Then, the Hotspur Guards are an elite military unit that do not get along with the Yeoman Warders. This is going to prove to be a difficult investigation, made even more complicated by the fact that the fog was so bad the previous night that it will be difficult to find any witnesses. Causing even more confusion is the question of whether the murderer intended to kill Crabtree or whether he mistook Crabtree for a different man.

The Bloody Tower has some fun characters that I really enjoyed. General Carradeen’s two nieces, in their late teens, have bubbly personalities and chase after the officers who serve in the Tower. Mrs. Tibbet, Daisy’s former neighbor who has moved to the Tower to oversee the girls, is refreshing as a senior woman with a liberated attitude. I also enjoyed being reunited with Daisy’s neighbors Melanie and Sakari, the latter being the wife of an Indian high official, though the latter, a particularly favorite character of mine, appears in only one chapter.

This book deals with a major historical location and artifacts, and I really appreciated the fascinating stories from history incorporated into the plot of the book. We learn some of the history of the Crown Jewels, including fun cases when someone tried to steal them. There are also wild escape attempts from the past, all told within the context of the story in the book. I thought Dunn did a terrific job of working the stories into the book and making them enliven scenes that could have gotten dreary from long discussions.

Lucy Rayner narrates this book very enjoyably. Her voices come across very believably, well suiting the nature of each character, though I did feel that her voices for Daisy and some of the other women were a bit too shrill. She is actually more effective in her voices for the male characters than the female ones. In trying to create a strong enough contrast between the men and women, Rayner sometimes goes too far in raising the pitch of the women. But this issue does little to mar the quality of the performance.

I really enjoyed The Bloody Tower, with its historical elements and creative plot details. I especially love the setting and the atmosphere of this book. I give the book five stars.

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Confusing cast of characters

The plot was good, but keeping the supporting cast and suspects straight was impossible. Guess you needed to be English to understand all of the military titles, especially those of the royal Beefeater ranks and job titles. Otherwise a quite interesting read.

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Too much setting, too many characters

The setting in the tower rather overwhelmed the story, and there are a lot of characters you never really get to know enough about to keep them straight , or care what happens to them. Not the best Daisy D mystery. I seriously thought about returning it but decided to keep going to the end. I'm hoping the exit one is better.

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That sing-song voice, nooooooooooo!

Another great story and once again the author shows great fortitude by tackling sensitive and unpleasant subjects head on. My one complaint is the narrator. She does a good job with different dialects,etc, but her female voices can be so sing-song that I want to tell her to get ahold of herself. However, I was able to put aside my hatred for parts of the narration and I continue to enjoy this series.

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Another great read/listen

I really enjoy these stories and other than the one in which Daisy went to America (horrible) they have never failed to bring me joy. Daisy is once again the cleverest investigator that wasn't an investigator. Reminds me of a perfect mix of Miss Marple (A. Christie) and Lady Georgiana (R. Bowen)
You won't be disappointed

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  • 03-11-18

Why the cover picture of Westminster and Big Ben?

I really enjoy these stories, but as the Tower of London is so important a part of the plot, why not show it on the cover ?

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  • alan hunt
  • 01-17-18

Somewhat tedious.

Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Lucy Rayner?

Reasonably dour as befits the Tower, but uninspiring listening. One wonders why Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament was used as a cover, and not the Tower of London. Unnecessary reference was expectedly made of the murder of the Princes, but there is as yet no proof (except for biased Tudor propaganda written years after the event in a hearsay capacity) that they were indeed murdered, and their so-called bones have never been subjected to modern forensic examination. That said reference was thankfully kept to a minimum in this tale.
I tried without success to not fall asleep several times when listening.

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 10-14-17

Dunn and Rayner make best combo in 20's who dunnit

Welcome back Lucy! For me Lucy Rayner is the heart and soul of the Daisy Dalrymple series. I love these lighter form of murder mysteries, all the mystery without sinister over tones or blood, guts, gore, sex or foul language. But always a little sad when the journey is over and I wait alone until next time!

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  • D Suz
  • 06-03-17

Get the pronunciations correct!

At least Lucy Rayner gets the accents correct but one would think she could pronounce names correctly. Devereux is pronounced Deverow not Deverex! There were also other mispronunciations - oh for Stephen Fry!!!

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  • kitty67
  • 03-10-17

Loved it

Another wonderful book by Carola Dunn.

It would lovely to have ALL the Daisy Stories on here. Both my mum and daughter enjoy listening to these.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-17

the Bloody Tower is a lovely Cosy mystery.

I enjoy the little bit of history thrown in Daisy's stories. the relationship between Daisy and Alex is lovely. Such Fun

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  • Janice B. Turbill
  • 04-06-17

Not my sort of book

The narrator put me off to start with. Tried to stick with it but just couldn't get past 4th chapter. Waste of money!