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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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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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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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  • 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!