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A classic murder-mystery set among the struggling upper classes of 1920s Perthshire as, in the aftermath of the First World War, their comfortable world begins to crumble. Dandy Gilver, her husband back from the War, her children off at school and her uniform growing musty in the attic, is bored to a whimper in the spring of 1923 and a little light snooping seems like harmless fun. Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds after the Armistice Ball has been swept aside by a sudden, unexpected death in a lonely seaside cottage in Galloway. Society and the law seem ready to call it an accident but Dandy, along with Cara Duffy's fiance Alec, is sure that there is more going on than meets the eye. What is being hidden by members of the Duffy family: the watchful Lena, the cold and distant Clemence and old Gregory Duffy with his air of quiet sadness, not to mention Cara herself whose secret always seems just tantalisingly out of view? Dandy must learn to trust her instincts and swallow most of her scruples if he is to uncover the truth and earn the right to call herself a sleuth.
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Catriona McPherson was born near Edinburgh in 1965, the youngest of four daughters, and was educated at Edinburgh University. She then worked for five years as a lecturer in the English department of Leeds University before fleeing academia almost completely. Catriona now teaches part time for the Open University and spends the rest of her time writing. She lives on a farm in a beautiful valley in Galloway.From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. Set in the early 1920s, British author McPherson's refreshing debut introduces the captivating Dandy Gilver, a well-to-do woman caught between Victorian mores and the exhilarating sense of freedom that followed WWI. With her husband at home and her children away at school, Dandy is bored until a friend asks her to help recover the Duffy family diamonds stolen from a country house after an elaborate armistice ball, artfully depicted in the prologue. Dandy's inquiry into the missing jewels takes a tragic turn after the Duffys' younger daughter, Cara, dies in a fire in a Galloway seaside cottage. Dandy joins forces with Cara's fiancé, Alec Osborne, and the two are soon on the trail of long-hidden family secrets and a brutal murder. Memorable supporting characters, both upstairs and downstairs, plus vivid descriptions of the Scottish landscape enhance a compelling mystery, but it is Dandy who shines as she smoothly and sometimes unscrupulously deals with people at all social levels in her quest for the truth. The unusual conclusion leaves some provocative loose ends that point the way to a sequel. (Sept.)
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Book Description . Hardcover. Condition: NEW. Seller Inventory # HBS-00306569-B
Book Description Constable, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK edition, first printing 2005. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Mint in dustwrapper. Author's debut novel. 0.0. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # ABE-1775595170
Book Description Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2005. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # A34672
Book Description Constable., 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Ken Leeder (illustrator). 1st Edition. The first Dandy Gilver mystery published in 2005 by Constable. Jacket illustrated by Ken Leeder. Double signed on the title page by Author Catriona McPherson and cover illustrator Ken Leeder. New and unread, a fine hardcover in a fine dustwrapper. .PACKED IN A BOX WITH PLENTY OF PROTECTION. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000181
Book Description Constable. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1845291301
Book Description Constable, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1845291301
Book Description Constable & Hodder, 2005.2006.London,UK, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition's, First Printing's. These are true first edition's, first printing's (first impression's) in New Dust Jacket's of the first three book's in the series. Books one and two are published by Constable with [After the Armistice Ball] signed by the Author.[The Burry Man's Day] the second in the series is signed & dated [Catriona McPherson 16/7/06]. The third book in the series was published by Hooder and is signed & dated [Catriona McPherson 09/08/07]. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001858