In late 1923, the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, come to America for a honeymoon visit. In the midst of a pleasure trip, however, both work in a bit of business - Alec travels to Washington, DC, to consult with the US government, Daisy to New York to meet with her American magazine editor.
While in New York, Daisy stays at the famed Hotel Chelsea, which is not only close to the Flatiron Building offices of Abroad magazine, where she'll be meeting with her editor, but home to many of New York's artists and writers.
After her late-morning meeting, Daisy agrees to accompany her editor, Mr. Thorwald, to lunch. But as they are leaving the offices, they hear a gunshot and see a man plummeting down an elevator shaft. The man killed was one of her fellow residents at the Hotel Chelsea, Otis Carmody, who was a journalist with no end of enemies - personal and professional - who would delight in his death. Again in the midst of a murder investigation, Daisy's search for the killer takes her to all levels of society - and even on a mad dash across the country - as she attempts to solve a puzzle that would baffle even Philo Vance himself.
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"Love the story but not the narrator."
As always, Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple is a great read. The narrator though is a bit shrill to the point of hurting my ears.
"Better in text"
It was nice to have a story with a different setting, but several of the characters were horribly annoying to listen to. It wasn't so bad in text but the repeated 'oh dear's were incredibly annoying (and in an oddly upper-midwestern accent) the bumbling fledgling FBI agent was also grating to listen to. I would just read this one, rather than listen, tho it's hardly the fault of the narrator. I did 'find fault' with the plodding pace of dialogue for daisy's editor. It just made him seem daft, not intelligent.
The story was good, tho 'who-dun-it' was quite obvious to everyone (even the characters) early on. This one needed a few more red herrings, tho it was still enjoyable. It just wasn't really a mystery...
"Where's the Mystery?"
As I've read and enjoyed all the other Daisy books I thought I'd try this one too despite the bad reviews. I am sorry I did. there is no mystery here and frankly not much else except a few funny remarks which are the reason for my second star. still, not the reading.
As I expected, Carola Dunn brought Daisy, Alec and all those involved in the mystery to life. My FAVORITE part of this book (or any of the other Daisy Mysteries) is the journey across America. That's all I will say.
The narrator, also, brought everyone to life with her personality catching voices An excellent read AND listen
Thank you Ms Dunn for sharing you talent with us.
"I beg to differ"
This one is very good. I love the changes of scenery even if they are implausible. A lot of people didn't like the American accents, but that's OK. A British woman is reading the book so I gave her a break. Flying was very dangerous in the 20's. In fact Bessie Coleman, one of the real people depicted in this book died after falling from her plane during an air show. Weather like was described in this book would have grounded both planes.
Her voice inflections are spot on.
He who lives by the pen shall die by the pen.
A noticed a few comments regarding the segment with Bessie Coleman. I wish that if writers aren't going to be realistic then I would rather they just leave minority characters out of the book. At no time, no matter how rich, would a white man lobby for a black woman to stay in a white hotel in the 20's. There were laws against this. Britain had the same issues regarding race as the US does/did. Daisy, as an upper class white woman wouldn't have spoken to Bessie let along rode in a conveyance with her. I will leave opinions regarding the characterization of the Irish to Irish people. Other than that, I liked the book.
The narration of the American characters was just awful. It hurt to listen. I love her Daisy series but this one was not good.
I simply couldn't stand to listen to this book mostly due to the narration. The voice of the main character, Daisy, was so shrill that it was unpleasant to hear. I plan to return this book.
I don't believe this was written by the same author as the other books, lacks continuity in plot and delivery
That it was not up to her other books, Nancy Drew? Multiple writers?
Accents were terrible, delivery weak.
None, I have read many other Dunn books but will not order another.
"What a disappointment"
Have read all the previous volumes of this series, and they were delightful. This one, however, is completely dreadful, confusing beyond belief and totally boring, give it a pass!
"Great adventure across America"
It was a lovely change to be in America with Daisy at a challenging time for New York! Delightful!
Very good performance by narrator. I'm glad I found this series. I really enjoy the stories and the social history.
This has to be the worst Daisy Dalrymple book it has been my misfortune to listen to, or even read. If I said it was boring it would be an understatement. Shame really most of her other books I have enjoyed, although the one before this one was not as good as it might have been.
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