Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Murder on the Flying Scotsman

Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 4)I am on day five of a terrible pain flare-up. The good news in that is it means I have more time to read. After five days, that's the only positive thing I can discover!

Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn is the fourth book in the Daisy Dalrymple series. Daisy is on the Flying Scotsman train on her way to Scotland to write a magazine article about an estate up there, when she discovers that Belinda Fletcher, the daughter of Scotland Yard Investigator Alec Fletcher has stowed aboard to be with her. Alec and Daisy have been developing a relationship over the previous books that hasn't quite crossed the line from friendship into romance, although Belinda has high hopes. While aboard the train, Daisy and Belinda both get caught up in the drama of the McGowan family who are all traveling up north in hopes of changing the family patriarch's mind about his will. When the presumed heir turns up dead, Daisy calls upon Alec to investigate and help to determine just why Belinda is fearful of going to jail herself. I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries, and Dunn writing is perfect for this genre. She creates a intricate plot, with enough clues for the reader to make their own guesses, includes lots of interesting historical detail, and pokes gentle fun at mysteries for a touch of humor. Dunn writes a breezy and enjoyable historical mystery, and Daisy is a dandy heroine.