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Publisher's Summary

Seething resentments, well-kept family secrets, and a savage murder set the stage for Christmas in Cornwall in this cozy holiday installment of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries.

In December 1923, the formidable Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has decided that for Christmas the family will all gather at Brockdene in Cornwall at the invitation of Lord Westmoor. Her daughter - Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher - is somewhat less than pleased but yields to the demands of her mother, especially as she'll be there just before the holidays working on another article for Town and Country about the estate itself. But the family gathering quickly goes awry.

Brockdene, it seems, is occupied only by the Norvilles - poor relations of Lord Westmoor - and Westmoor himself won't be joining them. So Daisy; her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard; and their family must spend their Christmas holiday trapped in an ancestral estate with a rich history of lore, ghost stories, and rumors of hidden treasure and secret passageways with a family seething with resentments, grudges, and a faintly scandalous history.

The veneer of civility that pervades the halls of Brockdene, however, begins to wear thin when long-held family secrets threaten to bubble over, and one of the Christmas guests is found savagely murdered. With few clues as to who committed the murder, and with too many motives as to why, it is once again up to Daisy to sort out the truth that lies beneath a generation of poisonous secrets.

©2002 Carola Dunn (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • K.
  • 16-12-2020

Nice story but uninspiring narrator

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, and wasn’t entirely sure who was the murderer until the end, which is always nice in a mystery! But the narrator is really off-putting. Why she gave the solicitor, a Cornishman with the very Cornish name of Tremayne, a Scottish accent is puzzling in the extreme. And her incorrect pronunciation of words eg Sal Volatile, is really inexcusable. A different narrator, with a better range of English accents is clearly indicated.

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  • James
  • 08-11-2017

The best one yet.

I was ready to give up after the last story in this series, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The plot and characters were spot on and there was no "filler time" or plot contrivenses in this book. The narrator was excellent as always. In fact, I think she's one of the best female narrators PERIOD. She has a unique "voice" for each character with different dialects and intonations -Just superb. Enjoy.

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  • GrannyGoose
  • 13-01-2017

Excellent

I loved the storyline. Was I confused or stumped over who did it? Not really, however I completely enjoyed the ride. This is in the best Murder mystery format. It's the kind of story that has to have a warm fire, a hot drink, and your favorite blanket. The characters are fully formed and each has its own personality. Even better is the narrator. She manages to portray each person with their own distinctive voice. She is one of a few narrators who has a believability for both male and female as well as young and old. In fact, she was so good I did a search for other books narrated by her. Excellent

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  • Patricia Wiseman
  • 05-02-2018

Much better then the 2 previous ones

Much less whining. The author is back on point with making a fun little mystery and the narrator does better when she doesn’t have to do “Americans”.
The voice of Piper come across too childish.

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  • Sally
  • 06-01-2016

Familiar Plot

Although this is a familiar plot from another mystery, I'll say that it's better handled here. The characters are well sketched, and the Christmas theme is not over done. A very entertaining read in a lively series!

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  • Sclmwalk
  • 20-12-2019

Horrible Narrator

Lucy Rayner is a terrible narrator! I have stopped purchasing this book series because Audible changed to this narrator. PLEASE use someone else!!!

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  • Teresa
  • 26-08-2016

More of something from the 1920's

Would you listen to Mistletoe and Murder again? Why?

I like the series. It is an easy listening mistery. Actually I enjoy it more than Agathy Christy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2021

Hard to complete

I don't know if it was the story itself or the performance or recommendation but this story was very slow and hard to follow. I lost interest in my attention with elsewhere more times that I can think of period if this book had been written in the 19th century and this was the only form of entertainment it probably would have done fine but in the modern age of murder mysteries this was almost anything but. All this was is is 7 hours of my life I can't get back unfortunately. I'm sure the author had great intentions but I really was not a fan.

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  • taney
  • 07-09-2021

Enjoyable

this was an interesting read. It held you interest to the very end. The narrative was fine for me.

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  • Nancy McCall
  • 12-08-2021

always interesting

Another interesting and somewhat complicated mystery. As always interesting, unique and enjoyable. Look forward to the nextbook.

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  • Joy
  • 28-06-2021

Basic England Mystery

Good enough, but narration was not great. When doing women and children, the narrator was actually rather annoying.

Started this and abandoned, when bach because I need a book last night.

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  • Seonaid
  • 24-03-2017

Generally good performance of an enjoyable story

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I mostly love the Daisy Dalrymple stories which are delightful mysteries with a regular cast of pleasant, well portrayed characters and with the sex and violence depicted in a gentle or implied manner. (I am quite happy to cope with sex and violence but these stories have a lovely, gentle 1920s feel to them which makes a nice change from some of the more gruesome crime novels.)

I was therefore really pleased to find recordings of the early stories on Audible and was hugely disappointed by these recordings, performed by Americans with absolutely no concept of how the English upper classes spoke in the 20s. It was therefore a relief to discover Lucy Rayner's performances of stories further on in the series. She totally grasps the accents and her performances as Daisy, Alec and most of the other characters fit very well with how I had imagined them to sound.

Mistletoe and Murder is, as one would expect from the title, a Christmas story with a murder thrown in, set in a remote Cornish country house and with an interesting cast of characters in addition to Daisy, Alec, Belinda and Derek and the Dowager Viscountess, whom we have met before. I enjoyed the story and felt that, generally, the performance of the different characters was good and they were well differentiated. There are some odd mispronunciations that are a little annoying but not overly intrusive. But why,oh why, oh WHY did Lucy choose to give a Cornish country solicitor a truly appalling Scottish accent? Fortunately this character does not appear in every scene and did not therefore totally detract from my enjoyment of the story, but a poor Cornish accent would have been a lot easier to cope with in the circumstances. As a result I have taken one star off my performance rating.

Despite the problems however, I am looking forward to listening to more of Lucy Rayner's recordings of the Daisy Dalrymple series.

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  • Tibby
  • 01-12-2020

Enjoyable story to read at Christmas especially

I enjoy the Daisy Dalrymple series in general but there are few audible books I can listen to as the narrators cannot speak as Daisy would. This book wasn't so bad.
There are references in this books to past history and pirates. I would suggest that before you read this book you read Smugglers Summer by Carola Dunn as this book will give a good background for the book on review. If you have read this book Smugglers Summer would still be good to read. Smugglers Summer is unfortunately not on Audible. I read it on Kindle.

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  • Mrs. Rm Walters
  • 28-01-2016

Brilliant

Where does Mistletoe and Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high.

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I have this book on my Kindle, but had actually forgotten who dunit, nothing new there then! A thoroughly enjoyable book in the usual Carola Dunn style.

My only complaint is............ why did Lucy Rayner narrate the other books in the series? I hope to hear more from this lady in the future.

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  • M. K.
  • 29-11-2016

Voice was annoying

I am afraid I found Lucy Rayner's voice annoying when it came to the narration of the story ( not the when the characters are speaking ) as I felt that the voice inflection was in the wrong places .The story was not very engaging either so I could not wait until it was over as I have to listen till the end in case it get better ( which it never did ) . So I will give all the other Daisy Dalrymple stories a miss and go back to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple which I enjoy immensely.

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