Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains
By Catriona McPherson
The intriguing new mystery featuring Dandy Gilver, 'the most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages' (Scotland on Sunday)
A cosy Dandy Gilver mystery set in 1920s Scotland. For fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie.
1st May 1926 - Dear Alec,
Just when those who should be working are all downing tools for this wretched strike (and I still can't believe it - I mean to say: riots, Alec - in Edinburgh of all places) guess who is setting her virgin shoulder to its very first wheel?
I am dressed in serge and sensible footwear, sleeping in an iron bed and dining off pickled tongue at six o'clock each day. I am, in short, that nice young Mrs Balfour's new maid. But don't worry, Alec dear: things haven't got as bad as all that. It's just that that nice young Mr Balfour is going to kill his wife. At least, she thinks so, and the more I hear about him from butler, cook and bootboy the more I'm inclined to agree.
So I'm undercover, in disguise, bent upon foiling. And jolly hard work it is too - tomorrow is my half-day free if you'd care take me out for a restorative bun. (Every maid needs a beau to buy buns for her.)
p.s. Ask for Miss Rossiter: below stairs I am she.
Catriona McPherson's latest novel in the series, Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble is now available for pre-order.
Catriona McPherson was educated at Edinburgh University and spent a few years as a university lecturer before writing her first Dandy Gilver novel (short-listed for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger). Catriona now writes full-time and divides her time between Scotland and northern California.
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10 Dec 2009
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Hodder & Stoughton
Dan Brown meets Barbara Pym . . . Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and - above all - very funny — Guardian
McPherson is on to a winner... The period detail is accomplished and convincing, the crime is neatly convoluted and McPherson's prose bristles with clever asides under a lucid surface... I can't wait for her next adventure. — Scotland on Sunday on AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL
'Dandy Gilver is a delightful heroine' — My Weekly
Delightful — Herald on THE WINTER GROUND
Compelling — Publishers Weekly starred review
'Dandy Gilver is an enthralling heroine; part Dorothy Parker, part Miss Marple, utterly engaging. [Catriona] can send chills up your spine and provoke a fit of the giggles in the space of a few short pages. Absolutely wonderful' — Kirsty Scott
'What a tonic' — Fiona Walker