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Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder [Kindle Edition]

Catriona McPherson
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'The period features are done with aplomb, the dialogue shines with Golden Age wit, and McPherson's heroine is warm and sharp as well as ingenious at solving the mysteries she is presented with.' (Scotland on Sunday on DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER )

'A subtle detonation of the cosy genre... an acute sense of period, sharp observation of the mores of the day (both above and below stairs), a nicely-judged infusion of humour and a winning heroine.' (Independent on DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS )

'Guaranteed to appeal to those who have never got over the death of Dorothy L Sayers . . . McPherson has an ear for mellifluous language ... The story bristles with clues, and the resolution.. is unguessable.' (Financial Times on DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS )

'Dan Brown meets Barbara Pym . . . Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and - above all - very funny' (Guardian )

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'The period features are done with aplomb, the dialogue shines with Golden Age wit, and McPherson's heroine is warm and sharp as well as ingenious at solving the mysteries she is presented with.' -- Scotland on Sunday on DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER 'A subtle detonation of the cosy genre... an acute sense of period, sharp observation of the mores of the day (both above and below stairs), a nicely-judged infusion of humour and a winning heroine.' -- Independent on DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS 20091203 'Guaranteed to appeal to those who have never got over the death of Dorothy L Sayers ... McPherson has an ear for mellifluous language ... The story bristles with clues, and the resolution. is unguessable.' -- Financial Times on DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS 20091203 'Dan Brown meets Barbara Pym ... Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and - above all - very funny' -- Guardian 20091203

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (9 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LPV5AK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,684 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but likeable 28 May 2011
By BM COOK
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a great fan of Dandy Gilver I grabbed this one as soon as it came out (in pbk!) However, this series began as being a little bit "odd" and it is getting "odder and odder" as the series progresses. The goings-on at the Dunfermline department store went from the staggering to the incredible and back again! Fascinating to see Dandy (briefly!) in handcuffs.

SPOILER ALERT

What this book really needed were TWO family Trees, or rather a Family Tree at the beginning and a Genealogical Table at the end ..... Phew!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NAME THE CULPRIT... 19 July 2012
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It is shortly after WWI in the UK and with narrowing monetary differences between the social classes, the last resort of family pride and position in society remains first and foremost in the minds of many, including certain members of the Aitken clan.

Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder finds Dandy called upon to locate a missing heiress named Mirren Aitken who some believe has run off with the offspring of a competing business family. It appears that the Aitken and Hepburn families have been rivals in both business ventures and life in general for years and the flames of this rivalry are currently being fanned by a forbidden love between Mirren Aitken and Dugald Hepburn. While the initial reason behind this duel of the clans appears to be the situation between Mirren and Dugald , Dandy (Dandelion) and her partner Alec soon discover that this doomed romance is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the long and scandalous history of these two families and proceed with an investigation that uncovers the true reason for their animosity that has literally been hidden away for years.

Now, I love a good puzzle as much as the next person, however from page one Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder seems to go out of its way to confuse and confound the reader. While the solution to the mystery is somewhat convoluted it does, at least, offer the reader and opportunity to put on their thinking caps while following the slowly unwinding threads of the tale to its unusual conclusion. My problem lies in the author's decision to present a cast of characters possessing virtually identical names (or one character addressed by several different names) thereby making it extremely difficult to keep track of who's who.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 1 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
First I highly recommend all of the previous books in the Dandy Gilver series. As a result, I looked forward to this book. But like another reviewer, was very disappointed. Convoluted prose and a non-existent plot driven by dubious character motivation. I also missed the descriptions of people and locations found in previous volumes. Dandy seemed to be a very different person as if the author had forgotten who she is.

Gilverton with its animal head trophies and dark corridors, has been like a character in its own right with descriptions of Dandy's relationships with its servants a joy to read. I also missed Hugh, Dandy's husband. Although seen through her eyes, his behaviour and reactions to her show that Dandy may not fully understand him. This gives their interaction a bitter sweet quality. McPherson has been indirectly commenting on marriage and relationships in the 1920's with great subtlety and wit.

It may be that the author is bored with the series, and maybe had a publisher's deadline that she almost couldn't keep. I had to reread some of the sentences in the opening pages several times and am still not sure what some of it meant. I only persevered because I've enjoyed the previous titles in this series so very much. Sadly the social comment, Dandy's 'high society' friends and the detail about the 1920's was entirely absent, as was the delightful Grant.

When a series goes on for several books, then goes off as badly as this one, it doesn't seem likely that the author can get back on form. However I will watch eagerly for the next title to see if McPherson is the rare author who can pull this off. My fingers are crossed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday surprise 28 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My sister in Law just loves Dandy Gilver. We bought this as a small birthday gift and she was very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dandy Gilver 10 Feb 2013
By AK
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Always enjoy Dandy Gilver stores and her quirky way of life since the first of them.Not so sure about the new covers. Can't wait for the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars DandyGilver is a very believable detective 8 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have a lot of time for Dandy Gilver, she is a very believable character. Catriona McPherson portrays the period - the 1920s - very well. All her books have engrossing plots.
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