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Summer 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. And then at the Fair, in full view of everyone - including Dandy Gilver, invited to hand out the prizes - he falls down dead. If he has been poisoned then the list of suspects includes anyone with a bottle of whisky in the house, and, here at Queensferry, that means just about everyone.
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Catriona McPherson formerly an English lecturer at Leeds University, lives in Galloway, where she teaches for the Open University and writes. For more about Dandy Gilver and the author see dandygilver.co.uk.From Booklist:
Dandy Gilver is visiting an old school friend in South Queensferry, Scotland. Her friend, Buttercup, now lives in one of the local castles and is in charge of festivities for the annual Ferry Fair. The walk of the Burry Man, who is covered in greenery and prickly burrs, is a part of the festival. According to the tradition, the burry man strolls through town and, everywhere he stops, is offered a nip of whisky. The town minister, various temperance advocates, and the school principal find the pagan origins and the strong drink offensive. When the Burry Man collapses and dies in full view of all in attendance, people begin to wonder if he has been poisoned. A police investigation finds little, but Dandy, ever curious, starts digging and turns up old feuds and other unsolved crimes. The book has a lively cast of characters and a strong Scottish atmosphere. Cozy readers will enjoy this trip to the Highlands. Sue O'Brien
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Book Description Constable, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111845293010