In spring a young man's fancy will turn to love, and the Honorable Phillip Petrie is no exception. Daisy's chum is totally smitten with Miss Gloria Arbuckle, daughter of a millionaire Yank. But before the enthusiastic suitor can pop the question, his beloved is abducted. As a distraught Mr. Arbuckle begins assembling the ransom, Phillip enlists Daisy to help him recover his missing sweetheart.
Strictly forbidden to contact Scotland Yard, Daisy must resist the temptation to bring dashing Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher on to the case. But as she closes in on the abductors' rural hideaway, she begins to suspect that Gloria isn't the only fair damsel whose life hangs in the balance.
The fifth whodunit in Carola Dunn's stylish cozy mystery series set in 1923 England once again features British heiress and Town and County writer Daisy Dalrymple.
©2011 Carola Dunn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
The series is easy listening and the stories are enjoyable
The narrators pronunciation of English place names was particularly irritating, some research would have stopped me shouting out loud at the errors!
A really good story. I've liked all the Daisy Dalrymple stories but this is my favourite so far.
Some reviewers have commented on the accent of the narrators - I don't find either of them distracting or difficult to listen to. In fact, as both have a similar pronunciation I assume it's how the books are written or an attempt to be authentic to the 1920's settings.
The story as ever with the Daisy Dalrymple books is fun. but the narration is awful. the constant missproncation of British places is appalling and detracts from the story so much.
Daisy slipping down a embankment
Please can she learn how to pronounce British names including those of place as they are such and important part of all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I don't expect her to learn a British accent. but it is a basic requirement to get the names right.
Daisy, saves the day again but in a non annoying way
The narration is appalling and clearly the narrator had not been briefed on pronunciation of British words. In the beginning it was funny by the end very annoying as I'm a huge fan of the author and chief character.
daisy does it again
Into intelligent thrillers, mysteries and fantasy with humour and a well woven story. Historical and political fiction also interests me.
Daisy Dalyrmple, the 'spiffing' heroine has a friend in a spot of bother again. It is a similar formula of love, larks and lurking menace. This time, however, it is Daisy's chums who are the first on the scene to help foil a dangerous group of cockneys and a yank who have kidnapped the new love interest of bumbling and lovable Philip. Alec, Daisy's own love and Chief Inspector is kept in the dark, due to a promise made, for the first part as police involvement is feared. The plot and group of characters made me think of famous five novels and I half expected to hear someone call for lashings and lashings of ginger beer.
It is generally an easy listen; a cosey crime with some romance and period glamour. The male voices could have been more convincing but the overall affect was good. If you enjoy a mystery with a lighter side this one may suit you to a T.
With the success of period and mystery dramas I can see this series of books made into a successful drama series for TV. I would particularly like it if the makers of a TV series allowed the deliciously popular Daisy as much of the honey-haired, English and 'unfashionably curvy' qualities as possible. There are few curvy actresses, especially British 'bright young things'. Maybe Rachel Hurd Wood with her grace and beauty, if she ate a few doughnuts, or Jemima Rooper, who could do the vivacious character credit.
"Lovely Cozy Read"
Excellent mystery. Carola Dunn skillfully unravels her story. Daisy and company are a pleasure to spend time with as they work their way thru the twists and turns of the story
Where to begin. Were the cardboard characters worse than the dreadful narration? I wanted to care about them. I really did. But there is only a certain amount of energy you can spend on suspending disbelief before you throw in the towel. The story had a decent premise: the kidnapping of an American heiress. But so many of the characters (Gloria, Arbuckle, and the Dalrymples, Philip, Binky, and Ernest, just to name a few) might as well have been hand-puppets. Both British and American slang were laid on far too thick, and got harder and harder to tolerate. With really horrible accents. I don't know whether the narrator was British with a dreadful grasp of American accents or, worse yet, American with a really dreadful grasp of both British and American accents. The auto tycoon from Detroit sounded like he came from Oklahoma, or was it Appalachia? His daughter took elocution lessons from Betty Boop. Really? This is the best we can do? Maybe Ms. Dunn was aiming for P.G. Woodhouse, but if so, she missed the parody, the fun, and the Master's impeccable plotting. Too bad. I believe that this narrator was replace, along the way, with another one. I'll try again, but my patience is wearing thin.
Good story. I love following the adventures of Miss Daisy and DCI Fletcher. Good story telling.
As a fan of Christie, Doyle and Bowen I was hard pressed to find period English mysteries until now.
The characters are lovable without being too cookie cutter...the narrator is perfect and the stories are great. I love that I hear familiar names of posh families and famous places.
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