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Publisher's Summary

This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse. No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground in having scandalously traded silver spoon for pen and camera to cover a story for Town and Country magazine. But her planned interviews with the inhabitants of Wentwater Court give way to interrogation after suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a dire fate on the tranquil skating pond.
Armed with evidence that his fate was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard to examine an esteemed collection of suspects and to see that the unlikely culprit doesn't slip through their fingers just as the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice.
©1994 Carola Dunn (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By Gareth Morgan on 09-10-05

Wentwater Death

Sorry about this but I'm a Brit. Because of that I have a more informed opinion about some of this production than the expected audience, I suspect.

The reader does not do a good job with accents or pronunciation. Too many US versions (inqury, Fenella, Derby etc.) and some, frankly risible, accents that bear no resemblance to 'English as she is spoke'.

She's not helped by the author who seems to have a less than informed knowledge of usage and abusage of UK English in the early part of the 20th century; ("Spiffin' to hang out with you").

I won't stress the flaws in the plot or the social commentary and observation.

Nonetheless it's a very light time filler and I'd probably listen to another; but I would hope that they are read by a different reader and have a better editing process.

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3 out of 5 stars
By M. S. Cohen on 06-22-14

Stuffy with a very disappointing ending

I bought two Daisy Dalrymple books hoping for something as good as Kerry Greenwood;s Phryne Fisher mysteries. I was quite disappointed.

The book cover would have you believe Daisy is similar to Phryne with short, bobbed, black hair. But that is hardly how she is described. And there is none of the decco air shown on the cover. Instead the characters are horribly 19th Century stuffy.

The mystery is convoluted and I found myself not really caring who the murderer was.

But without giving away the plot, I was horribly disappointed with the ending. This is NOT the way an amateur detective is supposed to behave. And it is NOT the way a Scotland Yard inspector would behave.

It was hard for me to start the second book as I couldn't trust Daisy's behavior.

Meanwhile, the narrator's breathy style is unnerving. And she has given Daisy a very little girl voice. With no feeling of being a grownup.

I'm giving up on the series.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Trudie on 09-06-06

good book, terrible reader

I enjoyed this book very much, but found the narrator to be difficult to listen to. She has a repetitive inflection at the end of each sentence, and her character voices were rather dodgy. It spoiled the book for me, I'm afraid.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 11-30-10

The narrator really can make or break a story.

This story was ruined by the truly awful accents produced by the narrator. It's such a shame because it is just the sort of story that in other circumstances I would have enjoyed. I read the other reviews and listened to a sample first and thought it would be ok, but after a while I found I was concentrating on the strange accents and wierd pronunciation. I actually think the narrator would be good reading a book set in America, but she mangled this so that it was at times hard to understand. I was disappointed to find that it is the same narrator reading all of the books in the 'Daisy Dalrymple' set and I certainly won't be downloading any more.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa Young on 04-16-17

Story was quite good, but....

This was a decent story in the 'cozy' mystery style, but the narration was problematic because the reader's pronunciation was, to say the least, eccentric. I am not sure if this was deliberate. Coffee was pronounced ' cawfee', strong was 'srawng', office was 'awfice' etc. The main characters were interesting and I will probably listen to another.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Lianne Moore on 07-17-16

odd

very strange reader. story was ok but I couldn't get past the odd accents the woman's put on.

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