The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery 2) Hardcover – 27 Jul 2006
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Praise for After the Armistice Ball: 'Most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages.' Scotland on Sunday
A delightful mystery novel in the Golden Age tradition. (Crime Writers' Association)
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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great story and as I live only 10 miles from South Queensferry, I look forward to enjoying a good walk to spot all the referenced locations!Published 18 months ago by Matthew Wardner
The plot was gripping, with unexpected twists and turns and carried along by a cast of fascinating characters- some eccentric, some disturbing, some frightened and some just plain... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Neil Griffin
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.Published on 29 July 2014 by Boodle
Still struggling with the character of the 'detective' in this convoluted tale, not to mention the rest of the dramatist personae. Read morePublished on 5 July 2014 by Ann Cameron