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The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery Series Book 2) by [McPherson, Catriona]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 2 of 12 in Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery Series (12 Book Series)

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Most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages.. (Scotland on Sunday)

Dandy is alikeable creation, and McPherson a winning writer. (The Herald)

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It is summer of 1923, and as the village of Queensferry prepares for the annual Ferry Fair and the walk of the Burry Man, feelings are running high. With his pagan greenery, his lucky pennies and the nips of whisky he is treated to wherever he goes, the Burry Man has much to offend stricter souls like the minister or temperance pamphleteer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2255 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E881X6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy the Dandy Gilver books in general, most of the ones I've read have been more engaging than this though
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This is the second book of an excellent detective series set in the 1920s. Dandy is a charming lead and the books have plenty of gentle humour and social history.
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I read this book following a recommendation by a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and in turn I would recommend it. This is a gentle read, a step back in time to another era. It probably helped that I lived in South Queensferry for several years and so know the area well, recognised the various locations mentioned in the book and have seen the "Burry Man" many times. I think that the book is very well written, the author's powers of description are excellent and in contrast to modern crime/mystery novels the language is gentle rather than offensive. The book contains humour and there is a twist at the end which I did not expect. I would think that is is perhaps more of a woman's book than the sort of book a man would choose to read as it ambles rather than races but it is definitely a good read and I will definitely buy another book by Catriona McPherson.
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Witty, clever plot, characters that come to life. Good evocation of the language of the day without jarring on the 21st century reader. Dandy is such a busy body inthe nicest possible way. She manages to exploit the cultural differences of Scots and English with absolutely no agenda.
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I am a great fan of books of this type, and this vintage of crime fiction. There seem to be so many (Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, Daisy Dalrymple by Carola Dunn, Frances Brody) etc.

However, although I've now read two of this series, I find them very difficult to digest and read. In the Burry Man's day, I was completely put out by an early reference where one character suggested that Dundee was just over the Tay from Queensferry. Given that Queensferry is on the Forth, and any ferries from there to Dundee would have to go around the lump of land called the Kingdom of Fife....... So I was convinced that this comment was a fatal error by the speaker, revealing his guilt! Of course it wasn't - it was just a mistake in the book!

Despite that, I still found the books very hard to read. Something about the phrasing and storyline.

Sorry - but I'll be sticking with the Amazing Maisie Dobbs and Wonderful Daisy Dalrymple/Fletcher from now on!
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I loved this book -you'll find yourself reading in a posh voice! A good story, some really funny lines, great characters and a jolly good read.
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It's the 1920s and it's larks at a Scottish small town with a local tradition - the Burry Man. In a suit made of crunchy, irritating, scratchy burrs, a local goes from street to street, pub to pub, house to house; a penny or a dram at each place, good luck to all. A long weekend of merriment.
Then this one day, this one year, the Burry Man dies!
Dandy Gilver, on a visit to an old school friend, can't help getting involved. She was there when the Burry Man - off-duty, as it were - died. Too many questions need answers, the inquest is too neat. Everything is too ... sorted. With feelings running high about temperance in a "whiskey" town, differing religious convictions, family ties and feuds, nothing will be easy.
So why did the Burry Man die?
An excellent second book in the series, McPherson has ticked all the boxes - believable characters, funny moments, a puzzle being intriguing by not being clear, moral questions, excellent setting, scotch and excitement.
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Dandy Gilver the heroine of the series is wonderful, quite well rounded and as human as the rest of us. Her household provide an entertaining backdrop to the mystery solving, and the society of the time seems to come alive. Would recommend
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