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Publisher's Summary

In late 1926, the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard take an ocean voyage to America for their honeymoon. Daisy and Alec are accompanied by Daisy's childhood friend, Phillip Petrie; his wife, Gloria; and Gloria's father, American millionaire industrialist Caleb P. Arbuckle, and all are looking forward to a pleasant, uneventful trip.

But at the last minute they are joined by Arbuckle's new friend, Yorkshire millionaire Jethro Gotobed, and his new wife, Wanda - a showgirl whom all but Gotobed are convinced is a gold digger of the worst sort. Then, having barely lifted anchor, the ocean liner is beset by a series of suspicious accidents and deaths. With harsh weather and rough seas putting many out of commission due to seasickness - including Alec - it soon falls to Daisy to figure out what connection there might be between the seemingly unrelated incidents. Convinced that there's a murderer aboard ship, Daisy must unmask the culprit or culprits before she or anyone else falls victim.

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

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Story Satisfying; Narrator Not

I enjoy the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, but I needed to force myself to finish this performance. The narrator uses painfully high pitches for some of the female characters and artificially lowered pitches for male characters. The reason I gave as many as two stars to the performance is that Rayner paces her reading well and articulates clearly. However, I will avoid any book she narrates in the future.

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A bad narrator can really runin things

No one was expecting great literature for this series but in the beginning it was light and fun listening. And then the narrator changed. I could not tell what her intention was for Alec's voice but she made him sound rude and quarrelsome and down right unpleasant. She killed the humor in the relationship of the main characters. She seems to do ok with the female characters but she does a very poor job with the men.
I'll try one more in the series but Lucy Rayner has ruined a fun easy listen.

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Daisy is back!

I was a little leery about this book because the last in the series was average at best. I found myself quite disappointed because I have grown to know and love these characters. It was like all of us were going to meet at a party, full of expectation and everybody brought Jewel taco dip....Well don't worry because Daisy is back. I bought into the cast of characters right away and found I loved them, despised them, chortled at the mass chaos our Daisy creates so well. Get this one book. You'll enjoy every minute of it.

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Excellent story, Indifferent narration

I LOVED this book. Carola Dunn did an excellent job - great plot, well developed characters and complementary story lines. One of the things I hated was the narration, parts of it. Specifically, the narrator's portrayal of some male characters. She had some of the ship's staff sounding like a female rather a male. It's not even a case of them sounding pubescent merely extremely feminine. Her portrayal of Alec Fletcher was ridiculous - a middle class policeman sounding impossibly snooty, and more upper crust than someone like Philip who is from the upper class. His portrayal was at variance with the character created by Dunn. I found him unlikeable and thoroughly deservingly of a longer period of sick leave. Then there is Daisy's voice, which was extremely squeaky and childlike which reduces Alec practically to the level of a pedophile when they are being romantic.

Overall, it's a fantastic book but the narrator just did not do it justice.

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Way too predictable

I had this one figured out before the murder even occurred... the setting was fun though... it cold have been soooo much better

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Dull story compared to the series usual standard

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The solution is strikingly obvious from about 1/3rd of the way into the story... it takes the characters a long time to get to it, which distracts from the story considerably. There's also less detail of the era and setting than some of the earlier books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Carola Dunn? Why or why not?

Yes, the series is generally entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Lucy Rayner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The accents and pronunciation in earlier books hit some pretty low notes, but seem to be considerably improved this time around.

Was To Davy Jones Below worth the listening time?

Yes, but not the best of the series.

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Best Dalrymple plot so far in the series

Perhaps it’s because of the enforced environment of being on a ship (Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” is a prime example; her “And Then There Were None” another), but this is one of the more engaging Daisy Fletcher (née Dalrymple) stories. And the narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing between all the different British and American characters’ voices.

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Great, Fun story

i thought this was a fun listen. I also think the previous criticisms of narration are way off- it was enjoyable and fun and I’m off to the next one!!

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Not C. Dunn’s best but still enjoyable.

The story isn’t really very mysterious, however it’s just a joy to spend time with old friends, the Fletchers, and a cast of old and new characters. There are also a few editing errors which are uncharacteristic in this series.

What really makes me like the listen is Lucy Rayner’s performance. I’m sure the last reader is very talented but she just wasn’t right for this series and the characters therein. Rayner’s voice is very much like the narrator of the first books of the series and much more suitable. I’m so glad that the change was made and am very impressed with the vocal talents of L. Rayner.

Bravo 👏

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geeze

Daisy went from strong lovely independent woman to marrying to a man who seems to do nothing but scold her like a child and she also seems to have become a weak at the knees weak brained tweet

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  • Katharine Urbans
  • 10-16-21

Much better narration

Much better narration, no longer ruins the story. A nice bit of escapism. Nice to read something neither offensive nor sordid. There is enough unpleasantness in the world without reading about it in leisure time.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 10-22-21

To Davy Jones Below

This is another great story, with lots of twists and turns. Brilliantly read by Lucy Rayner.

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  • kitty67
  • 11-15-17

Another brilliant story

Absolutely love the journey that the author is taking me on.

My mum is also a huge fan and loves her stories about Daisy and her family

Looking forward to many more of these

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  • Carôle
  • 11-19-21

‘Reading’ these out of habit now.

The narrator is definitely much better now, although I don’t really like how she portrays Daisy. She makes her seem less gentle and more harsh/hard in her speech, than her character actually is. Alec also comes across as harsh when he doesn’t need to… but, that aside, at least they’re English! I like her abilities to do regional accents too! That’s a pleasant bonus.

The story itself is complicated and a bit wild! It kinda makes sense at the end, but the getting there is, not so much confusing, as, meandering and seemingly without focus.

To be honest, I’m just going through these out of habit now. It helps that these titles are currently free on Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-21

much better narration. Thank god you have food dom

previous stories in the series have been appallingly narrated by an American lady who has no idea how to pronounce English. Lucy was miles better.

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  • D Suz
  • 05-23-17

Excellent

Finally, a Daisy Dalrymple book read in an English accent! Loved it! Totally recommend buying this.

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  • glynis powell
  • 05-14-16

solid story lightly executed

entertaining story with attractive characters. satisfying plot, not particularly sophisticated or complex but enough to keep interest. read well with nice characterisation for audio...some accents a bit ropey, but didn't interfere with pleasure of listening. Daisy Dalrymple a pleasant series , period feel well enough delineated to make.me.curious for more.