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Murder on the Flying Scotsman

(Daisy Dalrymple #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,831 ratings  ·  292 reviews
A family feud over a dying relative’s inheritance leads to murder aboard the famous train—the Flying Scotsman—in the latest mystery in Carola Dunn’s beloved Daisy Dalrymple series.

In the spring of 1923, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple boards the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train. On board, she meets an old schoolmate, Anne Breton, along with all her rela
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published November 15th 1996)
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Nov 20, 2015 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
Daisy lands in the thick of it again. Some of the best parts are how the characters have grown through the series. Alec guesses that the 'concerned citizen' that asked for him to take this case was Daisy. His men are constantly invoking her opinion as gospel & this case brings in Belinda, Alec's daughter, as a player along with other interesting characters. Alec & Daisy are FINALLY, SLOWLY getting their romance underway, too. The suspense is terrific & the mystery was pretty good, too. Loved the ...more
Judy Lesley
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books for a digital galley of this book.

For those of us who are already fans of the Daisy Dalrymple stories this reissue is a fine chance to read earlier books in the series (this is number four) without having to do so much digging to find older copies. The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple takes a first class ticket on the Flying Scotsman train headed to Scotland to get material for an article she is writing. Once aboard she finds herself acting as
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

This installment of the Daisy Dalrymple series features Alec’s daughter prominently: she decides to run away and find Daisy as she’s getting on a train to Scotland, and ends up witnessing key facts in a murder case (of course). The murder takes place on the Flying Scotsman, so of course Scotland Yard have to be called in, and of course, Alec is in the neighbourhood and concerned because of his daughter. There’s the usual sort of cast of characters with perhaps a fe
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Similar to the first Daisy Dalrymple book I read, the solution to the mystery is fairly obvious, but the characters are so much fun to get to know. That the book as a whole was a fun read.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun book to read. Also fun to continue following the characters. The mystery was a surprise, the descriptions of the characters, the language and words used brought the flapper era to life. It is truly a book to read to distract one from everyday life.
Olga Godim
Jun 26, 2012 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
Aug 04, 2010 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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This one is my favourite of the series so far.

DI Fletcher's daughter Belinda runs away from her grandmother (since her grandmother won't let her go to her friend's house to play), and stows away on Daisy's train, which turns out to be an express to Scotland. Where Belinda makes the acquaintance of an elderly gentleman, and then stumbles on his body after he's murdered en route (much to DI Fletcher's later exasperation - because now two women in his life do this).

The plot sounds like it should be
Tempting to give this 4 stars. Since my OverDrive library seemed to have no license for the ebook, I borrowed the audiobook. I'd previously started this book last year, but couldn't stay interested. The narrator did a good job with this, lots of different voices for the different characters. I particularly liked the accent she did for the Indian-born doctor, who has grown up in Scotland; she managed a Scottish accent but with some of the soft sounds we often hear from Indian-born people.

This is
Four books in, there isn't much of a surprise when one opens a Daisy Dalrymple mystery. Lucky for me, most of the audiobooks are available at my library so I'm slowly making my way through the collection.

This one places Daisy in the middle of a chaotic situation amid family members who are aiming to get their hands on what's going to be a v. contested will, surprise!babysitting of Daisy's would-be suitor, and a locked room-type of mystery.

It's not the most innovating mystery but I was definitely
Karen ⊰✿
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Great little cozy mystery series that is well narrated on audio.
Daisy is "The Honourable", but is also a working woman (for a magazine) and so can communicate "across classes" in 1920s England. Nothing mind blowing about the series, but nothing irritating either. Entirely suitable for a night in with a blanket and a cup of tea :)
Everett Egginton
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Biggest challenge, other than guessing "whodunnit," was to get to know the entire extended McGowan "clan" and their relationship to one another. Thankfully the "front piece" was there to assist; that is, the McGowan family tree. A truly engaging read and I look forward to Carola Dunn's other Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as the previous books in the series. Too many characters to keep track of, and after a while I didn’t even care who the murderer was. Oh well. On to the next book. Great reader though!
Nancy Haddock
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another historical mystery series I'm hooked on! Daisy is SUCH fun, and I like Alex, his police cohorts, and we get to meet Alec's daughter, Belinda in this one. ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally, a solution that made sense and was hinted at with normal clues! It took me a while to figure out the family relationships, but overall this was the most logical of the series so far.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great Daisy Dalrymple read.
Melissa Keller
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. While I love the main characters, this one was harder for me to follow.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, adult-fiction
My favorite Daisy Dalrymple to date! Fun characters and I really liked getting to know Belinda.
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Classic British who-done-it. If you love Agatha Christi or cozy mysteries you will enjoy this read.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Litsy has been one of the best, and the most expensive, thing that has happened to me in years! So many great books & series recommended, books I never would have found without it. This series is one of them. Daisy is starting to really grow on me, she's slowly climbing to the same heights as Phryne Fisher & Miss Marple. She's fun, smart, bubbly & has a huge amount of gumption. Definitely give these a read if you're into authors like Dame Agatha, Kerry Greenwood & Jacqueline Winspear. ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Murder on the Flying Scotsman, the fourth book in the Daisy Dalrymple series by Carola Dunn, Daisy is on her way to Edinburgh to write another article about an estate when she discovers Belinda, the 9-year-old daughter of Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher looking for her on the train. Belinda has run away from home because her grandmother won't allow her to play with her friend Deva because Deva is from India. In the mistaken belief that Daisy would be meeting her father, Belinda has st ...more
When you're not feeling well what better than a murder mystery to take you away. This is #4 in the Daisy Dalrymple series and despite feelings to the contrary, I have not read any of them before. This is a period piece, set in 1923. More than half of the plot takes place on that iconic train - the express train from London to Edinburgh. Daisy is traveling to Edinburgh to do research for a magazine article she's writing and finds herself amidst an argumentative family traveling to be at a relativ ...more
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When I came to review this title, I found to my surprise that I had read it 5 years ago. It left no trace of its passing. If I had read it on a night of insomnia, perhaps that wouldn't have surprised me so much, but I read it in daylight. However, not remembering a thing didn't subtract from my enjoyment.

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 fr
Of the 4 books I've read, this is one of my favorites. The plot seemed to move along well - it didn't get dragged down or stop all together. And while there are many characters and the family relationships are a bit confusing at first, there was more "life" to these characters.

Perhaps because Alec and Daisy have more personal interaction? Perhaps because Alec's daughter, Belinda, takes center-stage, and she's not only precocious, but delightful? Whatever the reason, this is a charming cozy-myste
Jul 18, 2016 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
A moveable locked room mystery and a great historical as well. This is the reprint of book #4 in the series (of 23 titles in the series) and it was worth the reread. 1923 and Daisy finds herself on the famous Flying Scotsman train, headed for Scotland. The trip was planned but the 'baggage' was not - a murder with way too many suspects. Add to that, a nine year old stowaway, the daughter of Daisy's friend DCI Fletcher. Together they piece together the puzzle of who dunnit. One thing seems certai ...more
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Daisy Dalrymple is going to Scotland for a writing assignment, when Belinda Fletcher appears in her carriage. The young girl was running away from home, and thought Daisy would take her to her father, busy investigating a crime in Northumberland. But before Daisy knows what's going on, Belinda finds the body of one of their fellow passengers, murdered in his compartment. Unfortunately, both Daisy and Belinda had met the dead man, and Daisy knows his family, most of whom seem to be traveling nort ...more
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 21, 2014 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. ...more
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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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