Bury Her Deep (Dandy Gilver)

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Dear Alec,


Remember my engagement yesterday? The annual duty luncheon for the Reverend Mr Tait from which and whom I expected only boredom? I could hardly have been more wrong, Alec dear, and I am this minute packing to follow the Reverend home to his manse in Fife, there to attend a meeting of the Rural Women's Institute. Hardly a house party at which one would usually leap, I grant you, but not only is the man himself a perfect darling - imagine Father Christmas shaved clean and draped in tweed - but his parish, it seems, heaves with more violent passions than a Buenos Aires bordello. A stranger, you see, is roaming the night and pouncing on the ladies of the Rural. At least that's the tale they're telling and the one that Mr Tait told me, but since half the village think he's a figment and he only ever strikes at the full moon, I cannot help but wonder if there's something even odder going on . . .



Much love and remember me fondly if the dark stranger gets me,


Dandy xx

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'Mrs Dandelion Gilver is a charming creation . . . dry wit . . . sparkling dialogue and meticulous description . . . McPherson has obviously researched the background to her tale thoroughly and her knowledge of ancient folklore is cunningly used in a well-constructed plot that has many twists and turns.' (Herald on BURY HER DEEP)

'I curled up on the sofa last week when the kids finally returned to school and devoured it. Dandy Gilver is an enthralling heroine; part Dorothy Parker, part Miss Marple, utterly engaging. I loved the scenes at the SWRI and her dealings with the hapless Hugh. Catriona seems to have managed to transform the stiff prose of the era into something wonderfully fluid and beguiling. She can send chills up your spine and provoke a fit of the giggles in the space of a few short pages. Absolutely wonderful. A real treat.



It is already on loan to a friend with instructions to pass it on!'

(Kirsty Scott)

'Dandy Gilver is an enthralling heroine; part Dorothy Parker, part Miss Marple, utterly engaging. I loved the scenes at the SWRI and her dealings with the hapless Hugh. Catriona seems to have managed to transform the stiff prose of the era into something wonderfully fluid and beguiling. She can send chills up your spine and provoke a fit of the giggles in the space of a few short pages. Absolutely wonderful. A real treat.' (Kirsty Scott on BURY HER DEEP)

'Mrs Dandelion Gilver is a charming creation . . . dry wit . . . sparkling dialogue and meticulous description . . . McPherson has obviously researched the background to her tale thoroughly and her knowledge of ancient folklore is cunningly used in a well-constructed plot that has many twists and turns.' (Herald)

'Catriona captures the social aftermath of the First World War - the clash between strict Christianity and the paganistic ways of country folk, class distinctions, women's emancipation and the opposition to it - with so much warmth and wit' (Galloway Gazette)

McPherson is on to a winner with her 1920s society sleuth Dandy Gilver, who is the most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages. She is gauche but perceptive, married but unromantic (although there's a lovely frisson to her co-solver), sly but endearingly innocent. The period detail is accomplished and convincing, the crime is neatly convoluted and McPherson's prose bristles with clever asides under a lucid surface. I wouldn't be surprised if she is translated on to the small screen soon, and I can't wait for her next adventure. (Scotland on Sunday on AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL)

'Thumbs up for Catriona McPherson, another author whose characters I've become very fond of and would like to flag up for their charm and excellent period settings. Following a move from Constable, McPherson is now on her third Dandy Gilver novel. For those who've yet to meet Dandy, she's a no-nonsense woman, married, with a rather stolid husband and two boys. She's clever, resourceful and her role as 1920s housewife and mother is nowhere near enough, hence her forays into crime solving.' (Publishing News)

Compelling (Publishers Weekly starred review)

'The third murder mystery set in the Dandy Gilver series is a fast-paced tale set in rural Fife in the 1920s. A spate of assaults on members of the SWRI divides the community of Luckenlaw; the author captures the essence of post-1918 society in this tense tale. Reflected are the clashes between strict Christianity and paganistic beliefs, class distinctions and the rise of women's emancipation' (Scots Magazine)

McPherson is an exemplary crime writer, effortlessly balancing the driest wit with melodramatic suspense. Her range of reference is seriously literary, her research impeccable, and her exuberance with period detail utterly beguiling. And Dandy herself is wonderful: blundering bravely through this mad and murky tale with perfect aplomb and a drop-dead vocabulary, she is a lesson to us all. (Scotsman)

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Third book in the CWA dagger-nominated series set in Scotland shortly after the Great War and featuring Dandy Gilver, upper class amateur sleuth - Gosford Park meets Cold Comfort Farm

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