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Dandy Gilver and a Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson
  

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Glorious, cosy old fashioned crime, this is the eighth in a series set in 1920s Scotland as amateur female society sleuth Dandy Gilver continues to solve crimes in glamorous fashion. One of the beauties of the series is that they’re all written in first person and the tone is just pitch perfect. Easy to pick up even if you haven’t read any of the series before, though you may prefer to start with After the Armistice Ball, the first in the series. If you’re a longstanding fan of Dandy then this is as charming, enjoyable and excitingly plotted as the rest.

If you like Catriona McPherson you might also like to read books by Andrew Pyper, Adam Nevill and David Haynes.

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Synopsis

Dandy Gilver and a Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson

Perthshire 1929 and the menfolk of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy. Dandy the devoted wife and mother decides it is time to decamp; Dandy the intrepid detective, however, decides to decamp to the scene of a murder she would dearly love to solve. The family repairs to the Borders town of Moffat, there to drink the sulphurous waters straight from the well and to submit to the galvanic wraps and cold salt rubs of the splendid Laidlaw Hydropathic Hotel. But all is not well at the Hydro. The Laidlaw family is at war, the guests are an uneasy mix of old faithfuls and giddy upstarts, and the secret of the lady who arrived but never left cannot be kept for long. And what of those drifting shapes in the Turkish bath? Just steam shifting in the air? Probably. But the Hydro was built in the lee of a Gallow Hill, and in this town the dead can be as much trouble as the living...

Reviews

'This is a beguiling book whose 1920s setting, light tone, and beautifully developed main characters draw you ever deeper into the central puzzle, or perhaps puzzles, which take on an increasingly dark tone as the story progresses. The background is utterly convincing, and there is a considerable amount of pleasure in simply learning more about Scotland in the 1920s. Most important of all, however, is that this is a thoroughly enjoyable read whose whose twists and turns are genuinely intriguing. An absolutely outstanding murder mystery...'
UndiscoveredScotland.co.uk on DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES

1930s lady detective Dandy Gilver lands a sleuthing gig in a setting straight out of Enid Blyton. Cosier than a pair of WI-knitted mittens, Corpses serves up murder most foul - and is also good for several giggles. - Time Out

About the Author

Catriona McPherson

Catriona McPherson was born in the village of Queensferry in south-east Scotland in 1965 and educated at Edinburgh University. She left with a PhD in Linguistics and spent a few years as a university lecturer before beginning to write fiction. The first Dandy Gilver novel was short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger 2005 and the second was long-listed for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award 2007. Catriona writes full-time and divides her time between southern Scotland and northern California.

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Publication date

27th February 2014

Author

Catriona McPherson

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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9781444731903

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