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It is the spring of 1923 and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is on her way to a stately home in Scotland to research her next article for Town and Country. On board the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, Daisy meets an old schoolfellow, Anne Bretton. Anne, along with all of her relatives, is en route to visit the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it currently stands, Alistair's will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, and the rest of the family is rushing to his side, each hoping to convince him to change his will in their favor.
Daisy, meanwhile, has her hands full taking care of Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher's young daughter Belinda, who ran away from home and stowed away aboard the train. She barely has time to take notice of the intricate family feud taking place all around her - that is, until Albert McGowan is found murdered on the train and Daisy is surrounded by an entire family of suspects.
©1996 Carola Dunn (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Leslie on 01-07-14

Accents!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I am a fan of the Daisy Dalrymple series and always look forward to enjoying the books in audio format. The story doesn't disappoint, with Daisy and her beau's daughter, Belinda, pulled unwittingly into a family drama aboard the Flying Scotsman train to Edinburgh.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

The reader's performance actually detracts from the novel's flow, mostly due to her struggles (futile) with the range of British, Scottish, and Indian accents. Careful enunciation serves in large part as a upper-class British accent. She utterly fails with the Scots accent, which carries a strong flavor of Irish.

The distinction among the various characters' voices is minimal, as well, making it hard to follow some of the dialogue.

No complaints about Carola Dunn, but I will be very disappointed if Ms. Chiaromonte performs the next of the Daisy Dalrymple novels Audible.com offers.

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By Lydia on 03-12-16

Enjoyable romp despite the narration

Of those I've read, this is by far the best. Belinda makes an excellent addition and although I found the word puzzle they labour over to be child's play, the rest of the mystery was quite satisfying.

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By Mrs. Rm Walters on 01-06-14

Murder on the Flying Scotsman

Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

Certainly not by this narrator who has not bothered to do her research into the pronunciation of place names here in the UK. She does sometimes manage to pronounce Berwick correctly, but that is few and far between. As for her accents, when one of the characters ends up with an Australian accent, when quite clearly she is from London, one despairs..

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

The end!

Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

No, certainly not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder on the Flying Scotsman?

None of them as the story line was pretty good.

Any additional comments?

A good story made less believable by the narration. I know the writer now lives in America, but as these books are set here in the UK, a little more effort should have gone into the pronunciation of the place names.

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By Anna on 12-10-13

Accents get in the way

Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

I am not entirely sure. I would have to think about it.

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

Absolutely. I enjoy them. The books are easy and light-hearted. The characters are very likeable. Not exactly deep literature, but then everything doesn't have to be.

What didn’t you like about Mia Chiaromonte’s performance?

The accents. If you are going to find a narrator for a book set in Scotland, wouldn't you get someone who can actually do a Scottish accent? It sounded more fake-Irish than anything else. Very grating and very annoying. I nearly returned it, but I needed something to listen to during a longish journey. I would blame the casting people rather than ms Chiaromonte though.

Could you see Murder on the Flying Scotsman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I would like to see it made into a TV series actually. But without any stars. Somehow, Daisy is the everyday kind of person who you would really like to have for a friend, not a glamorous movie star.

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