Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson

75%

8 Critic Reviews

...impressively precise imitation of Golden Age models—right down to the appended family tree, which is quite necessary to help sort everything out.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"Guaranteed to appeal to those who never got over the death of Dorothy L. Sayers."

--Financial Times (UK)



Aristocratic and delightfully witty amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver was greeted with boisterous cheers from readers and reviewers alike in Catriona McPherson's previous outing, Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains, which The Boston Globe named one of the best crime novels of 2011. In this new book in this charming and funny series, Dandy is caught between two feuding families who run rival department stores.

Dandy's services are needed when the heiress to one of the stores goes missing. As Dandy starts to unravel long-hidden family secrets, she begins to discover disturbing connections, and it's not long before danger abounds.

"With witty dialogue and low-key humor, McPherson's series is a great choice for Jacqueline Winspear, Carola Dunn, and Amy Patricia Meade fans. A strong traditional offering with sly humor, a love of dogs, and not too much violence. A real contender for the Agathas!"(Library Journal, starred review), Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder is one mystery not to be missed.

 

About Catriona McPherson

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CATRIONA MCPHERSON was born near Edinburgh, where she received her Ph.D. She now lives in Davis, California, with her husband and two cats.
 
Published December 9, 2010 by Hodder. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

...impressively precise imitation of Golden Age models—right down to the appended family tree, which is quite necessary to help sort everything out.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

The strong plot offers a truly baffling traditional murder mystery, which bodes well for future books in the series.

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Pajiba

Below average

The mystery hangs together better than in some of McPherson’s other books, but the suspense is rarely relieved by the local colour and Dandy’s musings on her past and the eccentricities of her upper class traditions...

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Clark

Readers will keep guessing right up to the endgame in this startling tale.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Tess Heckel on May 01 2012

This is an entertaining ongoing series with an intelligently feisty heroine.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Brodart on Apr 27 2012

Supremely entertaining and well-written, this story requires close attention by the reader to follow all the leads and false leads, but it is worth it in the end.

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The Picky Girl

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Apr 19 2012

In the end, Catriona McPherson’s An Unsuitable Day for a Murder is a fast, fun read, and though the path to resolution is a bit circuitous, it’s also very well thought out.

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BooksPlease

Below average
Reviewed by Margaret on May 31 2012

It has a heavy sombre tone and there is quite a lot of repetition as Dandy and Alec keep reviewing what they have discovered... it could have been much more succinct.

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