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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. And what could be better than to seek out the Duffy diamonds, stolen from the Esselmont's country house, Croys, after the Armistice Ball? Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds has been swept aside by the sudden, unexpected death of lovely young Cara Duffy in a ...

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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. And what could be better than to seek out the Duffy diamonds, stolen from the Esselmont's country house, Croys, after the Armistice Ball? Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds has been swept aside by the sudden, unexpected death of lovely young Cara Duffy 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 fiancé 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 tantalizingly 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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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 fiance, 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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786716081
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Dandy Gilver Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Catriona McPherson was born near Edinburgh and was educated at Edinburgh University. She then worked for five years as a lecturer in the English department of Leeds University. Catriona now teaches part time for the Open University and spends the rest of her time writing. She lives on a farm in Galloway.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

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    A friend of mine recommended this series. She loves it and has a

    A friend of mine recommended this series. She loves it and has all the books. The leading lady – Dandy Gilver is married to in the background Hugh and lives a fairly privileged 1920’s life. She's a cross between Daisy Dalrymple and Lady Cora from Downton. Everything is seen from her perspective and is written with a great sense of the time it is set in.
    Despite her position, she's a down to earth lady, with a keen sense of humour and more forward than one might expect. Nosiness and boredom start her quest after some missing diamonds, but common humanity drives her forward when the tail darkens. In many ways, she's a reluctant sleuth, but the dogged one. Despite there being only the one storyline, the author kept me turning the pages.
    Don't expect the usual money, jealousy or revenge denouement. The surprise comes as much from the why as the who?
    If you enjoy Daisy Dalrymple-esque cosy mysteries, you should enjoy this.
    Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington’s Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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