Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn


It is the spring of 1923 and the Honourable 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 Breton. 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.

In a nutshell:

I liked it:   x Yes       No

For people who like: cosy mysteries, mystery with no violence (except, of course, for the murder), easy reading, the atmosphere of the 20s

My thoughts:  Route of The Flying Scotsman

If you are a reader who can’t remember who is who in a story with five characters, then don’t touch this book!  We are dealing with a four generation family tree here and except for a few deceased ones, everyone in that family of over twenty people is involved in the case. I had to go back to the family tree frequently in order to know what a person’s relationship with another was. I just couldn’t remember all those family and first names and put them to the right “face”.

The fact that this book is the fourth in a series of so far twenty didn’t matter. The two main characters and their blossoming relationship were easy to figure out.

I like mysteries where the murder occurs in a closed environment, like, for example “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Murder on the Flying Scotsman” resembles the former very much. The murder occurs on the train, there are tons of suspects, the “detective” – Daisy Dalrymple, the amateur sleuth and journalist – on board, then everyone is taken to a hotel in Berwick where they can be interrogated by the Chief Inspector, it is all very nice and cosy indeed.

Not much suspense, no frayed nerves over who did it, I wasn’t sitting at the edge of my seat and my heart wasn’t beating faster, but I was rather lounging on the couch with a hot chocolate (next time it will be a Hot Toddy) and enjoying the gentle ride.

Product info and buy link :

Title Murder on the Flying Scotsman
Author Carola Dunn
Publisher Kensington
ISBN 978-1575667539
I got this book at a library sale
Buy link Buy Murder on the Flying Scotsman
More info More info on the Flying Scotsman
and more The Daisy Dalrymple mysteries in chronological order
and some free stuff Two free Daisy Dalrymple short stories


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

2 Comments Write a comment

  1. I saw this in shop other day ,and remember you had got it ,I really like the sound of it I ve not read any daisy books before if i see it in library may choose it for a different read as want read one different book a month ,nice review ,all the best stu
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    • This is one of the lightest reads possible. Nothing to think or worry about, simply relaxing and entertaining. Definitely different from your usual reading material.


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