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Publisher's Summary

Unflappable flapper and Town & Country scribe Daisy Dalrymple searches for a killer whose vicious pen matches a murderous heart in this delightful installment of Dunn's cozy mystery series.

In the 1920s, in post - World War I England, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, newly engaged to Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher, is asked by her brother-in-law to discreetly investigate a series of poisoned pen letters that many of the local villagers have been receiving. When the pompous and unbearable brother of the local vicar is killed by a very large rock, dropped on his head from a great height, it seems clear to all that this campaign of gossip has escalated to murder. With the help of her husband, who'd rather she not get involved, Daisy tries to uncover who wrote the letters and who that person has driven to murder before the killer strikes again.

©1999 Carola Dunn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story, horrible narrator

Please find a different narrator for this great series of books! I've long been a fan of Carola Dunn, but the narrator of this one and at least one other is just awful. Not only does she have an affected inaccurate fake English accent (it would be better to have someone without an English accent at all than this fakery), but she also doesn't know how to pronounce a lot of words properly, especially proper nouns. For example, the South African town of "Mafeking" is NOT two syllables, but three, something anyone with the slightest knowledge of the Boer (another mispronounced word) War would know.

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Unbearable narration; Daisy has lost her charm

I forgot why I quit the Daisy series - now I remember. The story started fine, but I couldn’t finish it. The narrator has such an affected tone and odd accent - she sounds like my 9-year old pretending to be British. She also narrates too slowly. All the characters come off sounding like they’re in a lame joke. Daisy used to seem like a good lead, now she just sounds stupid. Although with the narration, all the characters sound like idiots. If you like the Daisy books, pick one narrated by ANYONE else. Unfortunately ruins what is probably a fine book.

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Does anyone coach or edit narration?

The Daisy Dalrymple stories are light fare and nice for summer listening, even though the narrator is not one of the best. I can get past the odd accents and so-so character voices, but the many mispronunciations are jarring. Whenever I hear "mis-CHEEV-e-us" instead of "mis-che-vus" I want to scream, even though that pronunciation is now so common that it is practically acceptable. However, saying "indignant" instead of "indigent" is just sloppy narrating and editing. Then there was "bun-GAL-low" for bungalow and the pronunciation of "consommé" was so bad the first time I couldn't figure out what the word was supposed to be (although that might have been in a different DD book with the same narrator). I know that it must be very difficult for a narrator to created different voices or accents for different characters, but if narrating audiobooks is your profession you should be able to pronounce basic words correctly.

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A bit boring

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This starts slow and is quite tedious and filled with way too many characters.

What was most disappointing about Carola Dunn’s story?

Its a tad boring and hard to get into.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She isn't really that good and distracts from the book.

Do you think Styx and Stones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Lord no. Enough is enough.

Any additional comments?

It was fine. I got through it. Not my favorite Dalrymple story.

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Good story, poor reader

I really enjoy this series, but if mispronounced places and words bother you, be prepared to grit your teeth as you listen to the first seven or so books.

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Sorry, no more Daisy Dalrymple for me!

This book was so disappointing. I enjoy reading strong female lead characters but in this book, all the strong female leads were either domineering pigs or uncaring adulteresses. Women from small villages were all uneducated rationalist, while educated male artist from the city were enlighten. And last but not least, people of faith were mentally unstable killers while atheist were educated victims. Did I leave anybody out . . . Oh and I forgot, high ranking military men are drunken abusers. This book was so unbalanced that I stopped it several times and only finished it in hopes that it would at some point turn around and redeem itself. I think this book had an agenda which made it suffer in the writing of it. If the rest of the series is just going to be social agenda lessons, this is my last book by C. Dunn.

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Interesting premise; disappointing execution

Interesting premise of a writer with a Scotland Yard detective fianc/e happening upon murder mysteries in post-WWI England. However, the female characters are again either bitter ignorant virgins, useful fat chicks, loose women or dutiful wives. Disappointing!

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Insipid

Narrator so overdone I couldn’t stand it. And just to WSY TOO many British euphemisms jammed into every sentence.

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Decent stories

The stories are fairly interesting, not top notch detective stories, but interesting story lines and characters - sometimes a little bit too much irrelevant information .What's really annoying is the mispronunciation of place names and certain words that are not pronounced in the English English but in American English. Certain words like 'shone' give the game away entirely. It spoils what would otherwise be a creditable audible performance. There really is no excuse for pronouncing Gloucester 'glowster' or Reading 'reading'.

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Narrator's pronunciations are dreadful.

This story is good and has a decent ending. Where is this narrator from that she irritatingly mispronounced so much? Being from Ireland, even I know how to pronounce simple Britishisms such as Berkshire being said 'bark-sher' not 'burk-shy-er'.

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  • D Suz
  • 04-30-17

Accent is wrong.

It's annoying reading the book that is supposed to be English people talking when American words are used such as braid instead of plait, but to then listen to the audio and find it's an American accent too is so frustrating! Why set a book in England showing the different classes yet have an American reading. Couldn't finish listening, it was driving me mad!!! Next time, Carola Dunne should stick to setting books in America!!!!

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  • Claire
  • 04-12-14

Pronunciation is odd!

Where does Styx and Stones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a reasonably entertaining audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the early twentieth century setting in England.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

I found although her voice is pleasant that her mispronunciation of certain words, particularly the vowel 'o', did jar on me. This may be the difference between British English and American English.

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  • Tibby
  • 11-05-20

wrong narrator

Once again a perfectly good book ruined by the narrator. if I had wanted a lesson in how English words could be spoken differently by a American I would have been delighted rather than upset. But if any preparation had been made by the narrator prior to reading the book the narrator would at least have known how we say féte - a French pronunciation this time possibly.
I have read this book myself and enjoyed it. if these books were true to the authors writing an English person would narrate.

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  • Alison
  • 08-19-21

Good Story and More Narration Fun!

In this episode of the DD mysteries, narrator Mia treats us to a few old mispronunciations and some nice new ones.

The querrelling (quarreling) from Book 6 continues but it is a less fractious plot so there are fewer querrels. What we do get is a nice reprise of Glors-ow-sester, and a new favourite of mine - Door-iss (Doris, a maid).

Perfect.

Looking ahead, I see a change of narrator is coming up. 3 books ago, I would have cheered but for me, now, DD and her cast of friends and murderers, will always sound like Mia's inventive interpretation so I feel a bit sad.

Good plot, this one. An old fashioned poison pen story, featuring the WI, the Post Mistress, the Vicar, the GP et al.

All in this series and another by C Dunn set in Cornwall, now FREE in the Bonus Catalogue!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-16

Unusual Pronunciation

I like the series and on the whole got on ok with the narrator however i was really confused at points by some of the pronunciation choices. Left me wondering if it was a slightly off accent attempt. I prioritises story over voice so it was not too irritating and perhaps people really did in the upper aristocracy of the time say peeq when they were saying the word piqueete. Worth listening to the sample to double check if you will get on with the voice.

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  • lindajones
  • 11-19-21

Good story

Enjoyed this story as usual but narrator’s pronunciation of some words was off putting unfortunately.

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  • Carôle
  • 11-16-21

A ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ story with absolutely NO Brits!

…at least that’s what you’d think if you were listening to this narrator.

When are they going to realise that an ENGLISH narrator is Absolutely Necessary to tell a story based In Its Entirety in England. It is a totally English plot in a totally English village with a totally English cast of characters!

I’m dismayed at the production team for allowing this low grade effort to continue for so long! It’s disrespectful to both the author and the consumers.

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  • Judith Bassett
  • 11-02-21

Poor narrator

I’m sorry to say that although I love these stories, they would be much better read by an English reader. The mispronunciations are a jolt to the ear.

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  • Happy
  • 11-01-21

Delightful gentle murder story

I am enjoying the Daisy Dalrymple stories , nothing too gory all quite gentile . However I do find the narration slightly irritating, the pronunciation of some words is very strange. I am getting used to it and at times find it very amusing, possibly not what the author intended.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 10-21-21

Styx and Stones

This is a slight step back from the normal plots, in that it is totally a Miss Dalrymple mystery with the directive playing second fiddle. With lots of village gossip along the way, Daisy dose it. Cracking good read/listen to Mia Chiaromonte as she takes you along the way.