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Bury Her Deep (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Catriona McPherson
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Dear Alec, Remember my engagement yesterday? The annual duty luncheon for the Reverend Mr Tait from which and whom I expected only boredom? I could hardly have been more wrong, Alec dear, and I am this minute packing to follow the Reverend home to his manse in Fife, there to attend a meeting of the Rural Womens' Institute. Hardly a house party at which one would usually leap, I grant you, but not only is the man himself a perfect darling - imagine Father Christmas shaved clean and draped in tweed  - but his parish, it seems, heaves with more violent passions than a Buenos Aires bordello. A stranger, you see, is roaming the night and pouncing on the ladies of the Rural. At least that's the tale they're telling and the one that Mr Tait told me, but since half the village think he's a figment and he only ever strikes at the full moon, I cannot help but wonder if there's something even odder going on . . . Much love and remember me fondly if the dark stranger gets me, Dandy xx

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'I curled up on the sofa last week when the kids finally returned to school and devoured it. Dandy Gilver is an enthralling heroine; part Dorothy Parker, part Miss Marple, utterly engaging. I loved the scenes at the SWRI and her dealings with the hapless Hugh. Catriona seems to have managed to transform the stiff prose of the era into something wonderfully fluid and beguiling. She can send chills up your spine and provoke a fit of the giggles in the space of a few short pages. Absolutely wonderful. A real treat.

It is already on loan to a friend with instructions to pass it on!'

(Kirsty Scott)

'Barbara Pym meets Dan Brown . . . The strengths of BURY HER DEEP all derive from the voice of the narrator. Respectably married to the deeply conventional Hugh Gilver, Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and above all very funny as she sleuths her way through the Scottish countryside.' (Guardian)

'Captivating and beautifully written Reminiscent of a wittier and less savage reworking of THE WICKER MAN, this book is alternately funny and chilling and works on a number of levels. A most original mystery novel.' (Historical Novels Review)

'Catriona McPherson's Dandy Gilver is a refreshing change from the noir of Rebus . . . McPherson has obviously researched the background to her tale thoroughly and her knowledge of ancient folklore is cunningly used in a well-constructed plot that has many twists and turns.' (Herald)

'What a tonic it turned out to be! I giggled endlessly, loving Dandy's occasionlly caustic, often cowardly and eternally optimistic sleuthing. The gothically dour Luckenlaw locals are wonderfully crafted, along with the colourful smattering of eccentric incumbents and well-meaning innovators. The post-war era of house-keeping budgets, domestic staff, rebellious suffragettes and tetchy, above-stairs formality provides a perfect back-drop to Dandy's daring secret life, escaping from the starchily entrenched Gilver marriage to scour grave-yards, hedge-rows and wind-blown hillsides for clues - all whilst wearing the very best tailoring her maid can source . . . I can't wai (Fiona Walker)

McPherson is on to a winner with her 1920s society sleuth Dandy Gilver, who is the most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages. She is gauche but perceptive, married but unromantic (although there's a lovely frisson to her co-solver), sly but endearingly innocent. 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 wouldn't be surprised if she is translated on to the small screen soon, and I can't wait for her next adventure. (Scotland on Sunday on AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL)

'What a tonic it turned out to be' (Fiona Walker)

'Engaging and mysterious' (Candis on BURY HER DEEP)

'Dandy Gilver is a delightful heroine' (My Weekly)

McPherson is an exemplary crime writer, effortlessly balancing the driest wit with melodramatic suspense. Her range of reference is seriously literary, her research impeccable, and her exuberance with period detail utterly beguiling. And Dandy herself is wonderful: blundering bravely through this mad and murky tale with perfect aplomb and a drop-dead vocabulary, she is a lesson to us all. (Scotsman)

'Dandy Gilver is an enthralling heroine; part Dorothy Parker, part Miss Marple, utterly engaging. Catriona seems to have managed to transform the stiff prose of the era into something wonderfully fluid and beguiling. Absolutely wonderful. A real treat.' (Kirsty Scott)

Compelling (Publishers Weekly starred review)

engaging and mysterious (Candis)

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Third book in the CWA dagger-nominated series set in Scotland shortly after the Great War and featuring Dandy Gilver, upper class amateur sleuth - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency meets Gosford Park.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340935332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340935330
  • ASIN: B006L9CMPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat 11 Oct. 2007
McPherson's third novel in the Dandy Gilver Mystery series once again transported me to the `other world' in the way that only well told stories can. It's a real treat to watch this `sleuth' find her feet and once again unravel a suitably complex case in a tightly knit community that has its own ways of dealing with things.

Read it if you fancy a vivid picture of life in between-the-wars Fife and Rural Scotland: the women are strong here, yet the portrayal of them is subtle and humorous.
Read it if you hanker after the community that 'Rural Institutes' and craft making can bring: it's not all cosy knitting and sweet jam it seems!
Read it if you like the language in your novels to ooze humour and local colour.
Read it if you like suspense and menace and are impressed when this is delivered without the author resorting to laboured, gruesome sex and violence.
Most of all read it if you like your stories to be involving, intriguing and with action right to the plot-twisting end.

Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic period mystery 29 Sept. 2007
A great read. Excellent characterisations, lots of red herrings, plot twists and intrigue in a well written mystery which evokes the language, life and times and social norms of rural east coast Scotland in the 1920s. This is the third book in the Dandy Gilvers series - I've read and enjoyed them all. I can't wait for the next mystery featuring the upper class amateur detective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than Miss Marple 2 Oct. 2009
I am a huge fan of this series of books. Dandy Gilver is a fantastic sleuth - fully aware of her own deficiencies and problems, but her relationships with her chum, Alec, her husband and sons and most of all her fierce ladiesmaid, Grant, make her unique amongst amateur lady detectives.

When she is invited by the vicar to investigate a series of attacks at a nearby village, she plunges in with her usual enthusiasm. This is a book for people who like a classic 'who done it' without sleaze or brutality, but with humour and wit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent heroine, plot slightly baffling... 13 Jun. 2011
This is the first Dandy Gilver book I've read, and I really enjoyed it.

I loved Dandy, with her slightly scatty approach, her articulate voice, and her determination to get more out of life than her dull marriage allows. I loved Alec, and need to read the first book to find out how he came on the scene. I loved Bunty the dog, who was brilliantly characterised. I loved the details of 1940s rural Fife, and all the goings-on in a very "closed-in" village.

My only problem with the book was that I found the plot quite confusing - particularly towards the end, where several strands seem to get tangled together and I wasn't entirely sure what had happened. However, I am never good at this sort of thing, and still enjoy reading detective novels, just for the characterisation and the settings, both of which were very good.

Will definitely read more, and have After The Armistice Ball waiting for me now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written indeed 23 Aug. 2010
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The author has about the finest style of writing of contemporary writers of this genre. Added to this there is are interesting insights into the social structure of 1920s Scotland. I am less sure that the story was first rate.
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