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In early , the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, recent mother of twins, resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London - the Bloody Tower - for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night her first time away from her babies since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat. Having been given a tour of the Crown Jewels, interviewed and observed the Yeoman Warders, and met the Ravenmaster, Daisy has more than enough material for her article and decides to leave as early as possible the next morning to return to her family.

This first - of many cases brings Sarah and Jack together in an unlikely partnership. In early , the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher - recent mother of twins - resumes her journalistic career by agreeing to write a piece about the Tower of London - the Bloody Tower - for an American magazine. Invited to observe the centuries-old ritual Ceremony of the Keys, she's spending the night her first time away from her babies , since the complex is locked and guarded, and the high walls are surrounded by a disused moat.

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Having been given a tour of the Crown Jewels, interviewed and observed the Yeoman Warders, and met the Raven Master, Daisy has more than enough material for her article and decides to leave as early as possible the next morning to return to her family. But when walking down the stairs, she almost trips over the dead body of one of the Yeoman Warders. That there's something seriously amiss cannot be denied due to the pike sticking out of his back.

With her husband, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher, assigned to resolve the case, Daisy once again finds herself in the middle of a case of murder most foul.

I enjoy the little bit of history thrown in Daisy's stories. Such Fun. The narrator put me off to start with. Tried to stick with it but just couldn't get past 4th chapter.

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Waste of money! Screeching and high pitched inflection when representing women. I won't get the next one if the narrator is the same. Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Good thing I was driving so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

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How did the narrator detract from the book? Voice too high and grating. Accent too heavy with some characters to understand. For light reading, it should not be a chore to listen to! Any additional comments? Have read previous books with enjoyment, but first and last time for audio. What a drag!! Daisy gets commissioned by her American editor to write a series of articles on the Tower of London, her first article job following the birth of her 2-month-old twins.

The Bloody Tower

Spending a few days exploring the Tower, she is guided by several of the guards who work there. Having friends, the Tibbets, who live in the Tower as relatives of the governor of the Tower, Daisy gets invited to spend the night with them in order to observe the Ceremony of the Keys, a ritual performed since the 14th century in which the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Warder Watchman secure the gates and give over the keys to the governor, meaning General Carradeen in this case. Early the next morning, Daisy, missing her twins badly, gets up and sneaks out to rush home to her babies.

But instead of getting home, she stumbles over the body of the Chief Yeoman Warder, Crabtree, with a partizan, a type of medieval weapon carried by the warders, sticking out of his back. Curiously, though, what has killed Crabtree is a broken neck and not the pike. He faces a challenge because there are two elite groups that guard the Tower. The Yeoman Warders are all Sgt. Then, the Hotspur Guards are an elite military unit that do not get along with the Yeoman Warders.

This is going to prove to be a difficult investigation, made even more complicated by the fact that the fog was so bad the previous night that it will be difficult to find any witnesses. Causing even more confusion is the question of whether the murderer intended to kill Crabtree or whether he mistook Crabtree for a different man. The Bloody Tower has some fun characters that I really enjoyed. This book deals with a major historical location and artifacts, and I really appreciated the fascinating stories from history incorporated into the plot of the book. We learn some of the history of the Crown Jewels, including fun cases when someone tried to steal them.

There are also wild escape attempts from the past, all told within the context of the story in the book. I thought Dunn did a terrific job of working the stories into the book and making them enliven scenes that could have gotten dreary from long discussions. Lucy Rayner narrates this book very enjoyably. Her voices come across very believably, well suiting the nature of each character, though I did feel that her voices for Daisy and some of the other women were a bit too shrill.

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She is actually more effective in her voices for the male characters than the female ones. In trying to create a strong enough contrast between the men and women, Rayner sometimes goes too far in raising the pitch of the women.


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