The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Series #2)

The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Series #2)

by Catriona McPherson


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ISBN-13: 9780786720194
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Dandy Gilver Series , #2
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Catriona McPherson formerly an English lecturer at Leeds University, lives in Galloway, where she teaches for the Open University and writes. She also the author of After the Armistice Ball. For more about Dandy Gilver and the author see

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The Burry Man's Day 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
aesop on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I grew up in the small town where this was set, that being my primary reason for reading it. It was better than expected and deserves slightly more serious consideration than its cover might suggest.Whilst being a pretty run of the mill detective story (which is all it purports to be really), it has several nice touches of characterisation and wit. (Though the author is overfond of 'owlish' as an adjective.) A likably snobbish central character and a reasonably amusing plot contribute to a decent read. However, I feel like there is more in the author to give: some of the texture of dialect and location seems to be 'drawn away' from, as if to keep the book light and readable: here this is a mistake, as the texture of Gilver's character and those round about her is the real reason for reading. McPherson's plots and pacing, though serviceable, aren't as interesting as her voice and characters, and subtracting from the latter in favour of the former is, here, a mistake. McPherson is not a Wodehousian 'performing flea': the gymnastics of this book aren't quite up to that. But she has other things to offer. Perhaps McPherson should dare to write something a little more serious: though without abandoning the wit which renders this current piece charming and inoffensive. There's more in here than meets the eye though.
GeraniumCat on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I settled down to the second Dandy Gilver mystery full of eager anticipation, and I wasn't disappointed - I love the setting, Scotland in the 1920s, and Dandy's mix of aristocratic arrogance, sound common sense and a sense of humour, much as if Nancy Mitford had taken to detective stories. This series is great fun and the research is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catriona McPherson's Dandy Gilver is my favorite historical mystery sleuth. Downton Abbey with bodies. Don't miss this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago