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Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple #4)

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The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple heads on the Flying Scotsman train to Edinburgh for her next 1923 magazine article. Schoolfellow, Anne Breton and her relatives also rush to the deathbed of family scion, miserly Alistair McGowan. His heir, brother Albert, is found murdered aboard. Plus, Belinda, daughter of DCI Alec Fletcher, is a runaway and stowaway.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published November 15th 1996)
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Nov 20, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it
Ended up blasting through this book in the wee hours of the morning because I couldn't stop reading and and lost much sleep in the process, which is enough to earn 4 stars from me. It is, however, a weaker entry than the first two books with a less likeable (or interesting) cast of potential culprits than book three, in hindsight.

Daisy seems to have grown quite a lot since Wentwater Court - a definite point for character development. I liked that she seems less of an "inquisitive young thing" a
Aug 04, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it
This is the fourth in the series of the between the world wars mystery novels featuring the Honorable Daisy Dalyrmple. Too curvy for flapper fashions and too independent to live the indolent life of a woman of the peerage. Daisy is on her way to Scortland to write an article on stately houses. She was able to spring for a first class train ticket and looking forward to staring at the scenery.

However, things are far from uneventful. The young daughter of her friend (who makes her blush) Detective
Olga Godim
Jun 29, 2012 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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 frien
Jul 25, 2016 Larraine rated it really liked it
As I continue to do a catch up with Daisy Dalrymple, it's interesting to see how the series evolved. Daisy, in this book, is going to Scotland to write a story about a stately home. It's post WWI England. Women are much more liberated than they were, but it's still rather "shocking" for a woman who comes from the upper classes to work for a living.

Daisy is shocked when DI Alec Fletcher's daughter, Belinda, (he is a widower who lost his wife during the flu epidemic) stows away on the train. She
Mar 21, 2016 Rosemary rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-women
Predictable but fun.
May 29, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my second book written by Carola Dunn. Her books are light and easy reads when you just want to fill an afternoon. One of the things she does particularly well is her character descriptions. They are well drawn. I also like the main female MC. She is strong and capable, but still manages to stay polite. These are books I would recommend to my daughters.
I find it a bit hard to review these books, mainly because I'm just judging them against others in the series. So I liked Murder on the Flying Scotsman better than Requiem for a Mezzo but less than The Winter Garden Mystery. I'm mostly just reading these now though for the sweet, almost-but-not-quite relationship between Daisy and Alec. Their interaction is the best part of the story for me. The murder's good, although it trails off a little at the end somewhat, but I didn't guess who it was so ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Meg rated it really liked it
These are such fun books.
Sep 11, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I love Daisy Dalrymple if only for her name! Her name is what drew me to the books, however, Daisy is delightful, charming and very intelligent. And she is crazy about Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. She is on the way to Scotland for an assignment for the magazine she works for, on the famous express train, the Flying Scotsman, when she discovers that Belinda Fletcher, Alec's daughter from his first marriage (he's a widower), has stowed away. She takes her in hand, buys ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I devoured this installment in a single, lazy day when it was too hot to do more than lie in front of the airconditioner and read. I was a bit apprehensive when I found the family tree in the front of the book--usually a dead giveaway that there will be so many people and subthreads that it will be confusing for the reader. And it is, a bit, at first as everyone makes their various appearances and presents their issues. However, Carola Dunn gets into her stride in this episode, the obligatory tr ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
In 1923, on her way to Scotland, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple looks forward to nothing more but writing another article. On the Flying Scotsman train, she doesn't expect to get caught in the middle of a family squabble about inheritance, but so it happens. She really doesn't expect Belinda Fletcher, nine year old daughter of her love interest, Chief Superintendent Alec Fletcher, to run away from home and stow away on the train in hopes of finding Daisy, but that happens to. And then of course, ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love it when a book is good enough that I'll lose sleep in order to finish it. Not that I actually like losing precious sleep time, of course ... but sometimes it's worth it.
Daisy is on her way to Edinburgh on the Flying Scotsman express train for work. While at King's Cross she runs into Anne, a girl she had known at school, who is there with the vast majority of her family tree. They're heading up to see the dying patriarch of the family in hopes of persuading him to change his will. He's an
Dec 03, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Audio-book of Murder on the Flying Scotsman, and am quite glad I did as it has been a very trying couple of days. I love Daisy Dalrymple and her ability to be in the midst of a murder investigation. It is 1923 and Daisy has bobbed her hair, does not feel the need to keep her hat and gloves on in the very hot train and is soon started to discover that Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher's daughter has sought her out on the train. She has run away from home and heard Daisy's teleph ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Thankfully Daisy got more screen time this go around, and the addition of Belinda was very cute. Usually I'm a sucker for a murder mystery on a train, and the mystery was twisty enough to keep me guessing but I was disappointed by the resolution. Yet again, it's the disagreeable character no one knows very well. Boring.

Daisy and Alec still dance around each other which is kind of cute but rapidly becoming boring. He still tries to dissuade her from helping, which is also getting very old.

Jul 26, 2014 Shannon rated it liked it
Cute mystery in the Agatha Christie style - restricted environment (a train) and a mystery solved through sitting down & chatting to the suspects. I enjoyed this one more than I have some of the earlier books - either I'm getting used to them, or the writing is getting a little smoother. The interactions between Daisy, Alex, et al also make this more interesting, as I'm getting increasingly emotionally involved. Probably not 4 stars, but a solid 3.5 for me.
Feb 14, 2015 Voirrey rated it really liked it
I do enjoy the Daisy Dalrymple books, although I will probably take a break for a while now, having read 4 in as many weeks.

I think Carola Dunn's picture of life as an upper-class young lady in London in 1923 is probably pretty accurate, including the almost casual anti-Semitism, class consciousness and, in this one, prejudice against someone who is Indian.

I like Daisy's background; the brother and fiancé dead in the war who are not forgotten, but have become quite real to me, as the reader, an
Apr 16, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I just love Daisy Dalrymple! One of course has to take each situation Daisy finds herself in with the notion that this is fiction- there is no way that one layperson would encounter so many dead bodies!
I really liked the way that Carola Dunn took us from Daisy and let us see things from Belinda's perspective. What a great way to further along Daisy's story with Alec Fletcher. The supporting cast of Tom Tring and Ernie Piper is delightful, as always. I love Piper's talent for remembering numbers
Mar 09, 2013 Graham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The plot was tedious, the characters cardboard cutouts, the use of language unimaginative.
Why did I read all of this book when I have a shelf full of others just waiting to be picked up? A good question to which I have no sensible or logical response.
Would I recommend it to anybody? Perhaps to eight year olds, but even then with caution.
Nov 22, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
I somehow missed this installment of the Daisy Dalrymple series but it was worth reading. It has a lot of action and was a good read from start to finish. Daisy travels on the Flying Scotsman in order to go to Endiburgh to write a story. She discovers Belinda, Inspector Alec Fletcher's daughter, is a stowaway on the train. She has run away from home to look for her dad who is up north working on a case. The train seems to be full of the McGowan family who are traveling to be deathbed of the fami ...more
Daisy is off to Scotland for a story when she runs into some old friends on a train - one an old classmate traveling to her dying grandfathers along with the whole squabbling family, the other is the stowaway Belinda who has run away from home. The dying man's heir, his aged twin brother, is also on the train. The family expects a fortune is at stake and pesters the old man in hopes of either getting in his will or finding out more about his heir. Unfortunately for them it is a young Indian man ...more
Maggie Hesseling
Sep 05, 2016 Maggie Hesseling rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
If I thought Inspector Fletcher's daughter Belinda was cute in the short section I read in the previous novel, this novel solidified it. What an adorable little girl! Not to mention brave and a little dastardly, running off from her Grandmother and stowing away on a train she was certain Daisy would be on. Then finding the body- poor mite. By then she has managed to pull Daisy and her father into the case. With all they know being that there's a missing pillow, an inheritance an entire family is ...more
Sue Berg
Carola writes wonderful books but ... narrators of audiobooks can either be a plus or a minus and in this case, the narrator, Mia Chiaromonte, does not add to the experience ... and I hope she either improves or is replaced very quickly ... after one book read by her, I had to think very hard whether to use my credits to add to my Carola Dunn audiobook collection. My desire to enjoy more of her books made me "cringe and bear it" and put up with this narrator. I don't know what it will take to lu ...more
Camilla Tilly
On the back of the book it says that it's "for fan's of Dorothy L. Sayers novels" and while I have not read Sayers, I have watched the dramatizations of her novels on TV and I agree, this is perfect for fans of classic whodunits novels. This is a real beauty. Daisy Dalrymple, Honorable and journalist, travels on a train to Scotland in a first class carriage. There she is reacquainted with a school mate that is now married. Said old friend and her entire extended family is on their way to Scotlan ...more
Lady Salford
A spiffing read! I do love the quaint language of that time. Murders on express trains can be quite fun to solve.

More Daisy and her beau moments! I look forward to their developing relationship.
Cathy Cramer
I thoroughly enjoyed this Daisy Dalrymple mystery. I thought the characters of Belinda and the other children were well done and I enjoyed seeing Belinda's interactions with Albert McGowan and Dr. Jagai. I thought Alec's reactions to the situation were realistic.

One other reviewer mentioned the racism in this book, probably accurate for the time period and setting. It is true that some of the characters were racist, but other characters were disappointed in them for being racist and friendships
Nancy Reynolds
Jan 29, 2015 Nancy Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Book #4 in the Daisy series - and we're progressing nicely. This book we get to meet Belinda Fletcher, Chief Inspector Fletcher's 9 year old daughter. Quite a lovely addition to the cast of characters. And the "relationship" between Daisy and the Cheif Inspector continues to progress. Can we call it a romance yet??? Hmmm. This particular mystery all takes place on a train heading to Scotland - and an entire family of possible heirs are all on the same train - and a querulous bunch they are! I th ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Ceejay rated it really liked it
Another great entry in the Daisy Dalrymple series. This is an earlier story that takes place before Daisy and DCI Fletcher are married. The catch in this story is that Fletcher's daughter Belinda (who has run away from home) joins Daisy on a train headed to Scotland. An entire family of folks is on the train headed north to see who will inherit a large sum of money. And, yes, the man most likely to hold the purse strings to this money is killed on the train! As always, Ms. Dunn presents us with ...more
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 peopl
Aug 30, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
OKAY LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DAISY DALRYMPLE SERIES. Seriously, I love this series, I'm excited, are you excited? GET EXCITED.

So the first thing I want to say is that the Daisy Dalrymple series is somewhat misnamed, as Daisy's not the only protagonist (though I LOVE HER and she is perfect). She shares the series with her eventual husband Alec Fletcher. I'd call that a spoiler, but, uh, well, they get engaged in book five (of twenty-two) and you can pretty much see it coming from the end of the firs
Fourth in the Daisy Dalrymple series set in post WWI England.
It's 1923 as the story begins.
We find British heiress, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, bound for her next journalistic appointment for a Stately Homes article located in Scotland. Daisy has chosen to fend for herself as a Town & County journalist rather than depend on her aristocratic family of birth.
Suffering the loss of both brother and fiancee`in the great war,
Daisy's budding romantic interest is a widower,
Alec Fletcher, Det
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Carola Dunn is the author of more than 30 Regency romances, as well as 16 mysteries (the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s). Ms. Dunn was born and grew up in England, where she got a B.A. in Russian and French from Manchester University. She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California. After 30 years in the US, she says she still sounds as if she a ...more
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