It is the spring of 1923 and the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple is on her way to a stately home in Scotland to research her next article for Town and Country. On board the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, Daisy meets an old schoolfellow, Anne Bretton. Anne, along with all of her relatives, is en route to visit the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it currently stands, Alistair's will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, and the rest of the family is rushing to his side, each hoping to convince him to change his will in their favor.
Daisy, meanwhile, has her hands full taking care of Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher's young daughter Belinda, who ran away from home and stowed away aboard the train. She barely has time to take notice of the intricate family feud taking place all around her - that is, until Albert McGowan is found murdered on the train and Daisy is surrounded by an entire family of suspects.
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Murder on the Flying Scotsman
Certainly not by this narrator who has not bothered to do her research into the pronunciation of place names here in the UK. She does sometimes manage to pronounce Berwick correctly, but that is few and far between. As for her accents, when one of the characters ends up with an Australian accent, when quite clearly she is from London, one despairs..
No, certainly not.
None of them as the story line was pretty good.
A good story made less believable by the narration. I know the writer now lives in America, but as these books are set here in the UK, a little more effort should have gone into the pronunciation of the place names.
- Mrs. Rm Walters
Accents get in the way
I am not entirely sure. I would have to think about it.
Absolutely. I enjoy them. The books are easy and light-hearted. The characters are very likeable. Not exactly deep literature, but then everything doesn't have to be.
The accents. If you are going to find a narrator for a book set in Scotland, wouldn't you get someone who can actually do a Scottish accent? It sounded more fake-Irish than anything else. Very grating and very annoying. I nearly returned it, but I needed something to listen to during a longish journey. I would blame the casting people rather than ms Chiaromonte though.
I would like to see it made into a TV series actually. But without any stars. Somehow, Daisy is the everyday kind of person who you would really like to have for a friend, not a glamorous movie star.