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May the best man die!

In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine.

Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.

The day after losing a race thanks to Bott's overindulgence the night before, DeLancey keels over and dies mid-race. Foul play is immediately suspected, with Bott the logical suspect. But nothing is obvious in this tangled web of jealousies and secrets, and while Inspector Fletcher investigates the murder, Daisy once again must ferret out the truth.

©2011 Carola Dunn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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  • consuelo
  • 06 07 2014

Narrator doesn't know how to pronounce the words!

Where does Dead in the Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is fun but the reading is not, so it ranks near the bottom.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Sort of. It's a cozy mystery, so it's not meant to be thrilling, I think.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

No. This is the second reading in this series by Mia Chiaromonte, and she mispronounces words all over the place. As I've said in past reviews, specifically about Mary Sarah Agliotta, when I pay for an audiobook, I expect the reader to know how to pronounce the words. Mia Chiaromonte thinks a "fit of pique" is a "fit of pickay." And that's just one instance. It's annoying enough to make me stop listening to this series, even though the stories are fun.

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

It pissed me off, because, as stated above, the reader didn't bother to check the pronounciation of the words before she did the reading, and the producer didn't do anything about it.

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  • Joan
  • 01 05 2014

Good story, terrible narrator

I am a longtime fan of Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple books, but this performance was horrible. It is extremely distracting, and insulting, to have a narrator use a fake English accent (and badly); if you don't have an English narrator, just get a good narrator to speak normally! Not only was the accent totally wrong, so were the characterizations of various characters, especially of Alec, who comes across as a real jerk (which he is not). Also, the narrator mispronounced numerous placenames (Gloucester, Berkshire), as well as ordinary English-language words ("pique" does not have two syllables). I hope this narrator will not be doing the remainder of the Daisy Dalrymple books.

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  • Keith Garbutt
  • 27 04 2014

Great story terrible narrator

As always with the Daisy Dalrymple stories the story is well plotted and the main characters particularly Daisy and Fletcher are likable. I would recommend any of the books in this series. The problem with the audio book lies with the choice of narrator who tries and fails miserably to do British accents. She does not seem to have bothered to try to look up the correct pronunciation of British place names and every time she mangled Gloucester (it should be pronounced Gloster not Glowcester) it grated - this is just one example among among many many others - there seems to be a mistake almost every time she tries to do a upper class accent. If I had not been on a long drive I would have stopped listening and bought a copy of the paperback!

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  • PATRICIA MCCOOL
  • 19 03 2017

love this series!

I have to admit I am fairly addicted to this series of books. Daisy Dalrymple is just Spiffing!!

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  • James
  • 25 08 2017

Marriage counseling?

This was the weakest of the Daisy series thus far. Book had the "been there done that" kind of feel. I am enjoying meeting some of her friends and more of the English countryside. Definitely worth a credit. Enjoy.

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  • 25 05 2017

delightfully intriguing

aA delightful read set in post WW1. A tantalizing suspense full of details of the historic setting and the races on river Thames.

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  • Judi Jordan
  • 16 03 2017

Don't waste your money!

Would you try another book from Carola Dunn and/or Mia Chiaromonte?

Not likely. This one was a major disappointment.it was just boring.

What was most disappointing about Carola Dunn’s story?

It was just boring. Other books had more zip. This just never got better.

What does Mia Chiaromonte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's a good reader and good at dramatization.definetely

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Definitely disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Want to save someone else form making the same mistake. I waited for the finished publication date, and could kick myself that I did. This one is boorrrring!

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  • Caroline Breheny
  • 09 07 2016

Farewell Daisy

What was most disappointing about Carola Dunn’s story?

Each story in this series has edged downward and I'm finally done. Both the plot and the narration have done it in for me. In cozy mysteries, I'm not looking for great literature, only for something to keep my mind off how much I hate exercising, but this series has reached the point where I want to pitch myself off the back of the treadmill just to end the misery.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mia Chiaromonte?

I wish they hadn't changed the narrator from the first couple of books. Mia Chiaromonte should be banned from doing accents, or narrating books set outside the U.S.

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  • Audrey Gaskell
  • 26 06 2016

How to ruin a book in one easy step.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listen to this type of mystery for relaxation so in the regards it was time not wasted.

Would you be willing to try another book from Carola Dunn? Why or why not?

Yes I like Carola Dunn's books.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mia Chiaromonte?

Anyone else, she is without a doubt the worst narrator I have ever heard. Not only is her accent beyond plastic and not even close to authentic and totally unbelievable. Her pronunciation of words is laughable or would be if I hadn't paid money to hear this book. It is the first time I have ever considered buying the print version just so I could figure out what she had said. It was honestly painful listening to her.

Did Dead in the Water inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

As I do enjoy this series I am seriously considering skipping the books that Mia Chiaromonte-Gaskin narrates. I will also be on the watch for any other books she may have narrated so that I can skip that particular torture.

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  • C. Speer
  • 28 01 2016

Change the Narrator!!!

The narrator is bad, so it's hard to know if that will stop you buying the book or not. I like Daisy, so I'm willing to put up with Mia Chiaromonte, but wow, it's a lot to put up with. She is terrible with accents, mispronounces words, and puts the emphasis on the wrong word. For example, the, "what?" at the end of the sentence completely flummoxes her. It's really too bad because the narrator for the first few books in the series was good. If you can overlook the pretty bad narration, then go for it. The book is good.

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  • OSCARPOD
  • 14 06 2014

Loved this story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is the sort of story that if you like Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh you will love. Not quite the social details of those writing in the time period but a well told story that is engaging

What other book might you compare Dead in the Water to, and why?

I can't think of a book but the work compares favourably to works by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Unfortunately the choosen narrator can't do any English accents or dialects. The poor lass who was supposed to come from the Black Country sounded more cockney that the policeman who lived in London and many ordinary words were incorrectly pronounced which could find you after a while mentally or actually correcting her. It is a pity as this will put some listeners off and this work deserves more than that.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Amateur sleuth in rowing mystery. Murder on the river in Regatta week.

Any additional comments?

This author has written 22 Daisy books can we have some more for Audible and not just Kindle consumption please

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  • A-R. Mauuarin
  • 04 03 2014

Classic whodunnit with annoying narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is a classic whodunnit, I enjoyed the story in itself. <br/>But the narrator is extremely annoying. She sounds like a southern belle trying her hand at posh english... it's pronounced "Buckinghamsher" and "Glostur" - not "Buckinghamshayer" and "Glouwstehr"... argh <br/>:-D

Who was your favorite character and why?

I rather like Daisy, I think I'd inviter her to tea, if she existed :-)

Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Chiaromonte’s performances?

no... I think I'll read another Daisy Dalrymple myself...

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  • Janey
  • 02 12 2017

Awful narration

This story is completely ruined by the awful narration. Not only is the voice annoying, because of the accent, but there is little distinction between characters. Worse still is the appalling pronunciation. If someone can’t pronounce Gloucestershire they have no place reading an audio book. Audible need to listen to these books before they put them out for customers to pay good money for. Obviously their quality control is nonexistent.

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 23 04 2017

sheer delight

I have really enjoyed this book. I love the lighthearted manor in which Dunn writes and the sheer number of peculiar mis- pronunciations have to be deliberately added for effect but most of them are guess able. Whether your main read or the lighter book to accompany more 'heavy' main reads this book can't fail to delight.

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  • Mrs J M Sewell
  • 28 03 2017

The Duke of Glawster, really!?

I began to wonder whether the reader was an English speaker. Her pronunciation is appalling. It spoils the whole book. I gave up, it is the first Audible book I have been unable to finish.

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  • Caroline Adams
  • 17 10 2016

Serpentine not serpenteen, please!

I really enjoy the stories but would enjoy them more if narrator's English pronunciation was better. Perhaps recorded for US listeners?

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  • Mary Pearson
  • 15 09 2016

Enjoyable Story. Awful narration

Another very enjoyable story spoiled by a totally inappropriate narrator. I see from the following sequence of the books this problem may have been addressed.
The American pronunciation prevents some of the characters coming to life, in particular. Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. The prose doesn't flow because of it.

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  • Aisling
  • 23 03 2015

I expected a nice English Mystery but.............

This book was spoiled for me by having the wrong person reading it. It is set in England but the reader makes no concession to that and her pronunciation of names and place names is jarring to say the least and for me became the focus. I did listen to the end but won't be listening to any more of this series narrated by the same person