Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains

Book - 2010
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A cosy Dandy Gilver mystery set in 1920s Scotland. For fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie.

1st May 1926 - Dear Alec,
Just when those who should be working are all downing tools for this wretched strike (and I still can't believe it - I mean to say: riots, Alec - in Edinburgh of all places) guess who is setting her virgin shoulder to its very first wheel?
I am dressed in serge and sensible footwear, sleeping in an iron bed and dining off pickled tongue at six o'clock each day. I am, in short, that nice young Mrs Balfour's new maid. But don't worry, Alec dear: things haven't got as bad as all that. It's just that that nice young Mr Balfour is going to kill his wife. At least, she thinks so, and the more I hear about him from butler, cook and bootboy the more I'm inclined to agree.
So I'm undercover, in disguise, bent upon foiling. And jolly hard work it is too - tomorrow is my half-day free if you'd care take me out for a restorative bun. (Every maid needs a beau to buy buns for her.)
Dandy xx
p.s. Ask for Miss Rossiter: below stairs I am she.

Catriona McPherson's latest novel in the series, Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble is now available for pre-order.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780340992968
Branch Call Number: FIC McPhe 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 293 p. --


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Dec 16, 2016

(The fifth book in the Dandy Gilver series)

Dec 09, 2014

A mystery of the classic puzzle variety, where the reader has all the same clues as the investigator. This is also a locked room mystery, and has an upstairs-downstairs component as well. This is a later book in the series, so I felt adrift on a few aspects, like how old Dandy is, but that wasn't too distracting.

For readers of: Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series; and Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series

kaiserd Feb 15, 2012

I really enjoyed Dandy Gilver - sort of "Downton Abbey" meets Hamish MacBeth with some Daisy Dalrymple mixed in. Fun, fast-moving story - great read for a snowy sunday.

Nov 01, 2011

Good story that falls apart a bit at the end, the best of the book is found in the well-drawn 'below-stairs' characters. The upper class characters are pretty standard, almost cookie cutter to be honest, but I enjoyed spending time with the servants and the strike adds some welcome interest beyond the crime.

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