Murder on the Flying Scotsman Paperback
by Carola Dunn
Part of the Daisy Dalrymple series
Daisy's in danger of heading off the rails! Daisy's embarking on a journey to Edinburgh and her biggest worry is that she has forgotten her book, so how will she pass the time? Her concern proves to be pointless, however, as once the journey begins Daisy finds a pint-sized stowaway on board - Belinda, the daughter of dreamy Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, Daisy's beau. No sooner has this problem revealed itself than Daisy and Belinda run into a bickering Scottish clan en route to the deathbed of the head of the family.
But before the express reaches its first stop, one of the greedy McGowans has turned up dead. Is it murder? Daisy's willing to bet her first-class ticket it is - after all, the victim was the heir-in-waiting and she's sharing the carriage with an entire family of suspects who have everything to gain by his death...Praise for the Daisy Dalrymple series: 'Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.' Publishers Weekly 'As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.' Booklist 'For fans of Dorothy L.
Sayers' novels' Library Journal
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 25/03/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781849013307
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Review by riverwillow
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.
Review by ngoldfdf
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
Review by wyvernfriend
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.