The Burry Man's Day

The Burry Man's Day

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by Catriona McPherson
     
 

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The second classic whodunnit starring Dandy Gilver.

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

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The second classic whodunnit starring Dandy Gilver.

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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Publishers Weekly
Set in 1920s Scotland, McPherson's cunning second mystery to feature well-heeled, ballsy and very funny Dandy Gilver, who debuted in After the Armistice Ball (2005), takes Dandy to South Queensferry to help her friend Frederica preside over the Ferry Fair, the local carnival. When the titular Burry Man (played by a local carpenter, Robert Dudgeon, who's actually covered in burrs) drops dead in the midst of the fair, people assume he died of a heart attack, but Dandy suspects foul play. Dudgeon assumed his annual role with inexplicable reluctance, his bereaved widow is acting suspicious and the town temperance advocates objected to the rowdy festival from the start. Charming historical details add an extra something to this altogether satisfying cozy. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A 1920s society sleuth visits Scotland, where a difficult case awaits. Dandy Gilver (After the Armistice Ball, not reviewed) has come to Queensferry to visit her old school chum Frederica de Cassilis, aka Buttercup, recently married to "Cad" de Cassilis, an energetic but clueless American who's inherited an estate complete with castle. Her arrival coincides with the Ferry Fair, whose ancient customs include a Burry Man who travels around the town wearing a suit of burrs and accepting pennies and tots of whiskey. For 25 years, Cassilis estate worker Robert Dudgeon has assumed the role, but he's reluctant to take it on this time. Relenting, he ends an exhausting day by changing clothes, making it to the top of the greased pole climb and falling down dead. When his grieving widow begins to act strangely, Cad asks Dandy to look into the fatality even though the police have classed it as a whiskey-fueled heart attack. Dandy, whose business card might describe her as a seeker of truth and grubber-up of nasty little secrets, calls in her sleuthing partner, Alec Osborne, to help her run down the many such secrets in Queensferry. After the requisite blind alleys, Dandy puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and finds the true, if not the legally correct, solution. Dandy and her friends are charming period pieces who are given an interesting and heartbreaking mystery to solve.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780334080
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Dandy Gilver Series , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
116,334
File size:
2 MB

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