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Murder On The Flying Scotsman

by Carola Dunn

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Title:Murder On The Flying Scotsman
Authors:Carola Dunn
Info:Magna Large Print Books (2012), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Mysteries
Rating:***1/2
Tags:2012, Daisy Dalrymple, 1920s, cozy mystery, historical, train travel

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As Daisy heads to a new story location, she again finds herself with complications. First, Alec’s daughter, Belinda, runs away and stows away on the train until it is headed out. Then, a friend of Daisy’s from school appears complete with an entire family on its way to see a dying uncle in hopes of convincing him to change his will. However, when someone murders the uncle’s brother and heir, Alec finds himself again working the case with Daisy while the two try to protect Belinda who may have witnessed enough to put her in danger while Alec begins to acknowledge his feelings for Daisy. ( )
  4leschats | Feb 26, 2013 |
The novel is fast and intelligent, as I expected from one of my favorite series.
Daisy, a young journalist in the post-WWI England, gets on the Flying Scotsman, an express train to Edinburgh, and of course, there is a murder on the train, in a compartment next to hers. The situation is further complicated by:

a) The victim was a rich old man, and all his relatives are traveling on the same train, trying to make him change his will in their favor. Did any of them kill him?
b) Daisy’s special friend, Detective Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard Alec Fletcher, has a ten-year-old daughter, Belinda. Having run away from her strict grandmother, Belinda stows away on the same train. Daisy has no choice but to take the girl under her wing. She doesn’t mind, she rather likes the girl, but of course, the grandmother, who already dislikes Daisy, would blame her for Belinda’s escapade.

The narration flows effortlessly from start to end, as the series protagonists, Alec and Daisy, investigate the murder. She is her usual charming self, kind and perceptive, and as usual, everybody confides in her, while his portrait is deeper than in most other books of the series, due to his daughter’s presence.
The novel is enriched by a set of colorful and diverse secondary characters, including the recurring personages of Alec’s colleagues, Tom Tring and Piper, as well as a host of suspects – the members of the victim’s extended family. There are so many of them that in the beginning I felt confused. But the writer helped me out by providing a graph of the family tree, the first such chart I have ever seen in a mystery novel.
Structurally, the tale is a typical ‘murder-on-a-train’ mystery, where almost every passenger in the car has had a motive and an opportunity for the crime. It’s up to Daisy and Alec to unravel the complicated pattern of people’s moves and incentives that had led to the murder.
This novel is not the best of the Daisy Dalrymple series, but it’s a solid mystery story nonetheless, and I read it with pleasure.
For the fans of the series – definitely a must.

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  olga_godim | Oct 4, 2012 |
A decent read, if one is to read for just the sake of reading. Her history context adds most of the juice to the book, as the story is pretty formulaic from book to book the series. I had moments were I felt I was having deja vu from the past Dalrymple books ( )
  ngoldfdf | May 29, 2012 |
As the title suggests this is Carola Dunn's homage to Christie. There is a murder on a train and, like Christie's originals, only a select number of individuals could have done it. As always Daisy is on hand to help Scotland Yard solve the crime. But there is a twist as this time the case is personal for Alex as his daughter, who stowed away on the train to escape from her grandmother, discovered the body. This is a quick fun read, packed with period details, the society 'flapper' and her shell-shocked fiancé and, interestingly for a series which strives to be more entertaining than gritty and informative, an interesting exploration of attitudes and mores from the time. All in all a good fast fun read. ( )
  riverwillow | Mar 25, 2011 |
A good read. As with the rest of the series, the historical context adds to the interest of the book. I appreciate that Dunn doesn't confuse historical accuracy with complacent acceptance of the mores of the time. ( )
  biscuits | Jul 5, 2009 |
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The unsuspecting Daisy Dalrymple's biggest worry, upon embarking on a journey to Edinburgh, is that she's forgotten to bring a book. She's perfectly content to pass the time daydreaming about Dtective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher--until she discovers Alec's daughter Belinda has followed her on board!

Now Daisy has her hands full, between the pint-sized runaway and a bickering Scottish clan en route to the deathbed of the family scion.

But before the express reaches its first station stop, one of the greedy McGowans has turned up dead. Is it murder? Daisy's willing to bet her first-class ticket on it. After all, the victim is the appointed heir-to-be--and she's sharing the rails with an entire family of suspects who have everything to gain by his death. Now, with her precocious young charge in tow, Daisy is determined to unmask the murderous passenger--and reach her destination. [from the paperback cover, November 2001]
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Before Daisy's express reaches its first stop, one the greedy McGowans has turned up dead. Is it murder? Daisy's willing to bet her first-class ticket it is.

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