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The Winter Garden Mystery

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
Auteur(s): Carola Dunn
Narrateur(s): Bernadette Dunne
Durée: 7 h et 14 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 évaluations)

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Description

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

Feisty flapper Dalrymple is a breath of fresh air to the occupants of gloomy Occles Hall in Cheshire, among them her former school chum, wallflower Bobbie Parslow, and the thorny mistress of the manor, Lady Valeria. While photographing the barren ground behind the house, Daisy suspects someone has been digging amidst the soil's first green shoots, and promptly unearths the corpse of Grace Moss, the missing parlor maid. So begins a harrowing romp as the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed.

©1995 Carola Dunn (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Ce que les critiques disent

"Set in a British manor house in 1923, this traditional charmer will please most everyone." (Library Journal)
"Manners (P.G. Wodehouse-style) and mystery get equal time in a low-keyed story with considerable charm." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wadie
  • 2010-02-05

Can't wait for more

This is a surprisingly substantial slice of life in the 20's. I enjoy all the characters, especially Daisy. Yes, it's a dumb name for a well drawn character. Daisy is everything a heroine should be.
The narration is excellent as well!

10 personnes sur 10 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Annalisa
  • 2015-06-02

Cozy 1920s English Mystery

This is one of my favorite mystery series. As someone who thoroughly enjoys Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Connan Doyle, and Rex Stout, I was pleased to find another writer who appreciates period-based stories. Although I do agree with other reviewers that the writer embellished the characters' speech with lots of "spiffing" and "biffing," the book has a nice flow and rhythm. The characters are fun and interesting and I look forward to following their adventures for many books to come.

6 personnes sur 6 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kate
  • 2010-04-12

A Frustrating Experience

Daisy Darymple is an annoyingly demure and helpless protagonist - this will not please fans of Phryne Fisher or Amelia Peabody. Further, the narration is by an American who has much trouble with British accents ('noos-paper' and 'Se-BAR-stian' were two recurring travesties!) I was glad when this was over.

13 personnes sur 15 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • sunny
  • 2012-09-09

Imagine a 20-something Miss Marple! Fun & Light

The Daisy Dalrymple books are great fun and take readers into the world of a uniquely independent 25(?)-year-old aristocratic lady of the roaring-20s.Daisy's family is horrified that she is independent and chooses to work and support herself rather than marry a "suitable" gentleman -- ideally one who is both titled and wealthy.

In her work as a writer for Town and Country magazine, Daisy comes into contact with the rich and powerful of the era, repeatedly finding herself drawn into their lives and those of their families, friends, and servants. She is definitely a busy-body, but one with great compassion, warmth, and humor. As a result, her character is endearing rather than annoying and is great fun to follow.

As horrified as her family is that she works, they would likely be even more horrified if they realized that she also repeatedly manages to become embroiled in murder cases while on the job. (What would the neighbors think?!) As it happens, her insight, memory for detail, and personable nature serve to help the detectives from Scotland Yard as they seek out the culprit(s) responsible for the crimes in each book in the series.

The entire series is great fun -- light, laced with humor, fast-paced. While these are generally murder mysteries, there is nothing gory or offensive.



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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • J Carter
  • 2017-12-31

Roaring 20's Disappointment

Performance was excellent. But this #2 in the series was a disappointment. #1 was so fun and enjoyable---so, good in fact, that I will still try Book #3.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-03-21

She actually gets how cozy a cozy should be!

What made the experience of listening to The Winter Garden Mystery the most enjoyable?

No excessive gore, no creepy thoughts from the murderer, characters aren't so multi-dimensional you feel like you're in the real world. I was in the mood for brain candy. This was it!

What did you like best about this story?

Like I said: pure escapism! Dialogue and characterization are all there. The unlikeable characters might have been a little too unlikeable, but it was perfect otherwise.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. People seem to react negatively to her on other reviews, but it wasn't distracting. I've heard worse on audible.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I relaxed!!! That was priceless. Thank you!

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Siri-Mette Amble
  • 2010-04-27

More!

I started with this secornd book and are now getting the first (which I really should have started with had I only known!) and the 2 later ones. What a character Daisy is - a shroud seluth in a time where women were mostly just for show - or were supposed to be in the upper circles!

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Bodiccea
  • 2013-04-24

Why, oh WHY this narrator?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There are SO many wonderful English narrators out there - why choose to ruin an Audible book by using an American narrator who is unable to produce even a reasonable facsimile of an English accent? Bernadette Dunne might be a wonderful narrator in her own native accent but not for this series. She lapses at times into Southern USA inflection. It is distracting in the extreme and basically ruined the story for me.

6 personnes sur 8 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Delphine Cortes
  • 2017-07-15

Very Funny!

I love this series! This is the 2nd one I read and it's light, refreshing, and the characters fun! I love going back in time!

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Adrienne
  • 2015-02-05

Still good!

I am enjoying my second book
By this author and reader. The pace is good and despite others opinions, the narrator is pleasant. The heroine is still enjoyable and not too perfect to be real. I like a realistic character in a book. Too many today are just unbelievable with their performing each task perfectly and never having to work even in their own jobs and businesses. This plot was moving along quickly and the ending just fine without a silly chase or dumb cliffhanger.

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