Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains
Author: Catriona McPherson
'Welcome to Edinburgh, 1926. Dandy Gilver, a wealthy and witty aristocrat (and sometimes amateur sleuth) receives a letter from Lollie Balfour, who insists that her husband of five years is having her followed and her mail is being steamed open. The only way for Dandy to help is by pretending to applying for a job as a lady’s maid in Lollie’s house. Dandy gets a crash course from her own maid and arrives at 31 Heriot Row, ready to put all of her detection skills to good use. Why does Mr. Balfour want to get rid of his wife? And can Dandy stay in disguise long enough to evade the villains? Charming and funny, Dandy Gilver is an irresistible sleuth who is sure to win over mystery lovers everywhere. Readers who can’t get enough of Dorothy L. Sayers, Barbara Pym, and Dorothy Parker will definitely find a new favorite in Catriona McPherson’s smart and original mystery.'
Locked doors, Jekyll and Hyde personality, lots of believable suspects, and Dandy Gilver to boot! This was my first Dandy Gilver book and it won't be the last! I found myself thinking about the people 'downstairs' and wanting to get back down there and see what was new. Very good! Set during a strike in 1926 Scotland when all the coal mines stopped, all the public transportation stopped. Rough time for all. An especially brutal murder. Each one of the staff had a reason for murder, or did they? How did the person or persons get in or were they already in? Is the will for real or a joke? Who is George Pollard and more importantly where is he? I did guess right who did it but didn't guess the twist that came with it!
If you'd like to read an excerpt jump over to the Dandy Gilver Website!