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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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Murder on the Flying Scotsman - Dunn
audio performance by Mia Chiramonte
3 stars
Banal, completely predictable, cozy mystery. Perfect for listening to while running errands and driving elderly relatives to the doctor.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Light hearted murder mystery. Daisy Dalrymple is a sympathetic lead character. Diverting enough. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
Locked room mystery set on a Train, the solution came across as a bit rushed.

I like Daisy and the interaction between her and Alex are great, it was also interesting to see her interaction with his daughter, Belinda. A family are going to Scotland for a final visit to a curmudgeonly patriarch. When the main beneficiary of this man's impending death turns up dead, the bickering family wonder who will inherit next, while wondering as well who killed the old man.

Interesting but more about the people than the death, and much more about Daisy and Belinda and their growing relationship than about the feuding McGowans, not the best of this series that I've read, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Dec 15, 2015 |
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 |
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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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