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Murder on the Flying Scotsman A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
by Carola Dunn St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books
Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 24 Apr 2018
Murder on the Flying Scotsman is an entertaining historical mystery demonstrating clearly how monetary squabbling can lead a clan to turn on one another, and even resort to murder. The entire story takes place on the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, the Flying Scotsman. Alistair McGowan, a notorious miser, has summoned his family. All are enroute, as each hopes to persuade him to change his will, which currently favors his brother Albert. Daisy Dalrymple is drawn into the affair, as one of her schoolmates, Anne Breton is part of the large feuding family. On top of everything, DCI Alec Fletcher’s daughter Belinda has shown up on board. The last thing Daisy expects is to be caught in the middle of another murder investigation, but it’s very clear that Uncle Albert did not die of natural causes.
Murder on the Flying Scotsman is an entertaining mystery, albeit one that is not very complex. The reader knows the murderer long before Daisy and Alec, but the story remains interesting. Murder on the Flying Scotsman is a light mystery, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
3.5 / 5 (rounded up to 4)
I received a copy of Murder on the Flying Scotsman from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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 relatives. They are all en route to the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it stands, Alistair’s will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, while each member of the family is hoping to convince the dying Alistair to change his will in their favor.
Daisy, meanwhile, has her hands full when young Belinda Fletcher, the daughter of Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, stows away aboard the train. Daisy barely has time to take notice of the intricate family feud unfolding around her until the presumptive heir, Albert McGowan, is found dead—murdered—on the train. Now Daisy is surrounded by an entire family of suspects and becomes, once again, embroiled in an investigation in Murder on the Flying Scotsman.