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I enjoyed this post very much, and I agree with Cynthia: you have a delightful voice. Not dark, and Cadbury no longer distributes them in the U. My brain supplied its own wall, Lisa. And Dru — I know — but then Sparkle Abbey! And Linda Joffe Hull! Shows you have insightful fans! How does that compare to series writing with Dandy? Feels good. I have one stand-alone that needs addressing before being sent out.

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Post to Cancel. A schoolmarm holding an apple with one hand behind her back. When you flip the book over, you see she is hiding a pencil dripping with blood. Great concept. This is my thousandth review on GR. View all 5 comments. Jan 02, Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing. Published in , this is the best of the Dandy Gilver murder mysteries so far as far as this reader is concerned.

With this book we see a side to amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver we has hitherto only susp Published in , this is the best of the Dandy Gilver murder mysteries so far as far as this reader is concerned.

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With this book we see a side to amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver we has hitherto only suspected but rarely seen. Plot: The sister of an old childhood friend calls Dandy Gilver for help. Youngest sister Fleur Lipscott is in trouble — how could anyone get into trouble working as an English mistress in an out-of-the-way public school for girls in Scotland, you might ask, where Fleur has been living a nun-like existence for some 8 years? Before long, the first corpse floats onto the beach, but when Dandy accompanies her friend Fleur to view the body, in case is turns out to be the missing French tutor, Fleur claims that she has murdered five people and that this latest corpse is yet another victim of hers.

How on earth did she turn into a cold-blooded murderess? In the process, however, Dandy uncovers blackmail and beastly extortion, while Alec discovers his capacity for eating good food is matched by his ability to charm the birds from the trees. This is a wonderfully crafted book that dips into childhood holiday remembrances without the slightest touch of sentimentality. We see what Dandy might have been had she been loved because Fleur is held up like a mirror.

We tend to see episodes from our youth and childhood through rose-tinted glasses, when we have experienced bliss and happiness. Having never had a loving family home, neither as a child nor as a grown woman married to the incredibly stuffy and dull Hugh Gilver, Dandy remembers her holidays at Pereford in Dorset with aching clarity and feels the slow tearing apart of all she held dear for so very long rather deeply. For this is essentially a book about women, little girls and grown-up ones and everything in between, but it is also a book about her detective Dandy and how she came to be the person we see.

A highly recommended read; laugh-out loud funny in places, thought-provoking throughout. If you love women in all their permutations — this is your book. View all 4 comments. May 11, Lori Rader-Day rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-crime-favorites , read-in The only thing I don't like about this series is that Catriona McPherson can't possibly write them fast enough for my tastes. They're so charming and witty. If you like historical mysteries, try these. View 1 comment.


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Apr 22, Julie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Tina. Shelves: , from-library , historical-fiction , mystery. It was worth it, though. I really like Dandy as a character, the mystery was interesting and kind of convoluted, but at least I didn't see most things coming and the setting was appealing.

I realized after I got a ways into it that this is book 7 I originally thought it was book 3, due to the publisher only listing others that THEY had published, with matching covers, etc. I want to go back and start at book 1. I'm looking forward to a BBC adaptation, as the rights have been optioned. Considering how many mystery series the BBC produces, and the Downton-inspired rage for the s, I would think it would do very well. First of all, I don't like this new system of a pop-up review screen.

But I digress. I gave this book a try, and I think I'd actually enjoy it at the right time, but it just couldn't keep my interest. Dec 07, Natalie rated it really liked it. Took awhile to get in to this one; the last half was better than the first. Still, a very enjoyable way to while away an afternoon or two! May 25, Eileen rated it really liked it. It was definitely interesting! There were a lot of twists and turns, as befits something people claim is similar to Agatha Christie.

It was certainly in the style of it, and I enjoyed it a lot. When I first started reading, I didn't realize it was in the middle of the series, so I was confused at first about the character relationships.

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However, it was good enough that I'm going to pick up book 1 and see what I missed! And yes, I did pick the book to read because I loved the title. Feb 24, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. I'm coming to this series late as this is the seventh in the series, but I am thrilled to have found this series. This adventure is set in 's Scotland and I was in Edinburgh much later, so I have a feel for the city and its eccentricity.

The school described in the novel is the height of eccentricity. It is set on a hill in the small seaside town of Portpatrick. There have been teachers disappearing and the detective agency of Gilver and Osbourne have been asked to investigate. The pair trav I'm coming to this series late as this is the seventh in the series, but I am thrilled to have found this series.


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  6. The pair travel to the all-girls school to look in on the client's youngest sister who has been teaching at the school. Being an English teacher myself, I could relate to the description of the various classes and the material they choose to teach. When they arrive at the school, Dandy is mistaken for a schoolmistress and so she goes with the flow and pretends to be an English teacher after she though she would be required to teach French. The descriptions of the classrooms, the girls who wear yellow outfits and their morning rituals.

    The classes start at which is terribly late for most schools. Dandy struggles to blend in and set a curriculum and decide what books to read. The former teacher had decided on Shakespeare, but she chooses something American. She has been asked to look in on a friend's daughter attending the school and when she gets to talk with her she finds that five teachers have gone missing. Fleur fills her in on the various teachers and how the school is run.

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    Dandy is devious and sneaks around to discover what is happening. Her partner has taken a flat in town so he is able to help discover the truth about the five missing teachers. This novel is one of the most enjoying ones I have read. It is funny, quirky, and full of interesting details. Of course, they solve the problem with trickery and deviousness. I absolutely loved this novel and will be sure to read the previous editions.

    Jun 20, Lainy rated it liked it. The golden memories of it have sustained her through many a cold snap in Perthshire. Sweet, pretty Fleur Lipscott: where is she now? The astonishing answer to this is that Fleur - still Miss Lipscott, indeed more Miss Lipscott than ever - is buried alive in the tiny seaside village of Portpatrick, working as a schoolmistress at St Columba's College for Young Ladies.

    But she is one of the few remaining, for St Columba's has been shedding mistresses as a snake its skins and the exodus is far from over. With mistresses vanishing and corpses mounting up, can Mrs Gilver, detective, pass herself off as Miss Gilver, English mistress, to solve the one and stop the other? Dandy is a female detective who works along side with her male partner and it isn't her husband! She is asked for help from her old friends to find their sister who is in a small village working as a teacher. What follows is murder, lies deceit and a who done it with Dandy leading the way. When I started this I didn't think I was going to like it, it is set in the late s or early s and phrases like "One has to think what one has to say" and I am really not into that kind of pompous narrative.

    However it fits with the time period and I soon got used to it, also Dandy is quite amusing in some of her antics and what she says that you warm up to the story and the character s fairly quickly. It is a slow paced story with lots of little things happening but no big thrills or murders throughout for the most part.

    For me it reminded me of murder she wrote, lots of investigating into little things and pretense by the main character to get her answers. Whilst it went along slowly there was something about this wee story that I didn't want to put it down and when all is revealed I was surprised by the who done it which is always a good thing I feel.

    You can get your own copy from July 5th in hardback and ebook at any good retailer. Dec 27, Sharon rated it really liked it. Detective Dandy Gilver and her associate Alex, intending to look into the mystery of an old friend's odd actions and beliefs end up revealing a murder and a prep school ripoff combined with blackmail. One the best mysteries I have read recently. Mar 23, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: crime-mystery , scottish , schooled-in-murder-book-group. The seventh Dandy Gilver story, though the first one I have read.

    I found myself uninvolved with the story and the characters. And I'm still looking for the "bothesome number of corpses". There really was only one The story involves Dandy Gilver and her partner-in-detection Alec Osborne looking into two problems, and uncovering others. They are initially asked to look into why an old childhood friend, Fleur Lipscott, has walled herself away in an obscure private school for girls in Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Scotland. It turns out that several teachers have disappeared from the school for unclear reasons, which piques their curiosity.

    Keeping up with the theme, Alec gets involved in a case of a disappearing wife in the same town. Dandy gets herself hired as a teacher at the school; not difficult due to the vacancies caused by the disappearing teachers. Then, shortly after Dandy arrives, a dead body is washed up on the beach, apparently unidentifiable.

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    So we have several mysteries to solve, and the actual reasons behind the various crimes and histories are interesting and plausible. It is the method of getting there that I found quite uninteresting. The book spends most of its time on the disappearing characters, and very little on the dead person.

    I also found the actual sleuths superficial and annoying. So not really my cup of tea. Jul 05, Megan added it Shelves: fiction , crime-and-mystery , historical-fiction. I was expecting more corpses. For the majority of the book, there was only the one. And, like, I'm not saying I'm not bothered by one corpse, but the title had me assuming that there'd be more, and that we'd be tripping over them much sooner. That disconnect was probably the major influence in my finding the book slow, and the fault was probably all on me. So, investigating some strangeness surrounding a much-changed childhood friend, Dandy goes undercover as a teacher!!

    Columba's is possibly the only place that could rival Hogwarts in the Scottish boarding school league tables for mysterious disappearances, unqualified teachers, and no one learning anything useful ever. McPherson writes such tangled and interesting plots, and she's great at intriguing scenes where you know there's this huge clue lurking between the lines but you can't quite put your finger on it.

    She has a ridiculously, jealousy-inducingly witty voice, and I like Dandy and her investigative skills a lot. The other recurring characters I like less, and I wish for a little less sexism or for more of it to get called out, but for the most part, I continue to really enjoy this series. Feb 07, Deb rated it liked it.

    A perky read, the latest in a series of books about a detective pair operating in s Scotland. Dandy short for Dandelion mixes business with a personal connection from her past, when the sisters of a childhood friend are worried about the friend, now teaching English at St. Columba's girls' school. Dandy poses as a teacher herself, with business associate Gilver to back her up in the field, and she discovers that a number of teachers at this school seem to have gone missing.

    They do solve t A perky read, the latest in a series of books about a detective pair operating in s Scotland. They do solve the mystery, after a number of interesting plot turns. Since I haven't read the other books in the series, I don't know whether Dandy always does the narrating, or whether she seems to be more active as a detective than her colleague. Will I go back and read the earlier books?

    If they float across my field of vision i. Otherwise, probably not. Too many books, not enough time Apr 27, Robyn rated it it was ok. It isnt the number of corpses in this historical mystery that is bothersome, it's the number of characters, most of them flitting in to the story and then out again without leaving much impression at all Nov 06, Angie rated it liked it. What a confusing web McPherson does weave Still not entirely sure how I feel about this one; the ending was satisfying, and tied up the mystifying threads pretty neatly.

    No, I was confused by the seemingly random and utterly INSANE characters, the preponderance of red herrings, and the saccharine dialogue of half the cast. I guess I'm just spoiled by the charming sleuths of my fave series and can't appreciate this thorn for the roses. McPherson does have a very vivid way of developing characters and painting scenes, though, and as -- previously mentioned -- the ending was at least satisfying and had its thrilling moments.

    Mar 12, Kate Baxter rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , mystery-suspense-thriller. In this new adventure, witty, aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver travels to an all-girls school in the small seaside town of Portpatrick to investigate the disappearance [from the publisher In this new adventure, witty, aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver travels to an all-girls school in the small seaside town of Portpatrick to investigate the disappearance of a childhood friend who taught there.

    Soon, Dandy discovers that her missing chum is not the only thing that's off in Portpatrick. Other teachers have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Mar 12, Ann rated it liked it. Dandy and her assistant Alec, are called to St. When she arrives, she finds that Fleur has disappeared and that there have been vast disappearances of teachers from the school. A woman's body washes up on the beach and Dandy rushes to see if the body is that of Fleur.

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    She is relieved to find that it isn't but the wife of the local fish shop owner is missing also. Dandy gets hired as a French tutor and then, when the Dandy and her assistant Alec, are called to St. Dandy gets hired as a French tutor and then, when the English teacher disappears, his moved to English. This is a fun book with a lot of twists and turns but Dandy sorts it out in her own quirky way. May 31, Debra Davis rated it liked it.


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    Set in Scotland in the early 's between world wars, Dandy Gilver and her partner have formed a detective agency, much to her long suffering husband's dismay. When old childhood friends appeal to her to find their younger sister and prevent her going off the deep end and running away from the school where she is an English mistress. When Dandy and Dennis arrive on the scene they discover much more then a charming girls school and are soon chasing fraud, blackmailers and murderers. Good plot a Set in Scotland in the early 's between world wars, Dandy Gilver and her partner have formed a detective agency, much to her long suffering husband's dismay.