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Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains, Catriona McPherson

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Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains
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Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains
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Catriona McPherson
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Proper treatment of bloodstains
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eng
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Award
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award, 2012.
Review
  • The proper treatment of bloodstains is just one thing upper-class amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver must learn from her own maid before going undercover as maid to Lollie Balfour, who wrote Dandy, “My husband is going to kill me, and I would rather he didn’t.” The morning after Dandy arrives at the Balfour household, in which 12 servants tend one able-bodied couple, Philip Balfour is found in bed with a knife in his throat. Although he seemed perfectly nice to Dandy when she arrived, she learns that he was universally disliked by the staff. A bizarre will completely cutting out Lollie adds to the intrigue, especially when the two former maids, witnesses to the document’s signing, go missing. With a general strike in Edinburgh stretching police thin, the investigating superintendent welcomes help from Dandy and Alec Osborne, the Watson to her Sherlock. The upstairs-downstairs milieu of 1926 Scotland provides a delightful backdrop for this entertaining cozy, and Dandy, in her fifth outing (after The Winter Ground, 2009), is as canny and captivating as ever. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 08-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 22)
  • Agatha Christie meets Upstairs, Downstairs in McPherson's charming fifth interwar whodunit featuring Edinburgh sleuth Dandy Gilver (after 2008's The Winter Ground). One morning the aristocratic detective opens a letter from Walburga Balfour, who writes, "My husband is going to kill me, and I would rather he didn't." Walburga goes on to ask that Dandy show up at her house under the guise of seeking employment as her maid, to keep her husband in the dark. At their meeting, Walburga persuades Dandy to assume the servant's position as a means of protecting her. Soon after Dandy starts working downstairs, a murder in the house brings the police into the matter. Since an impending transit strike has spread the authorities thin, Superintendent Hardy relies on Dandy for help in solving the crime. The solution may disappoint some, but fans of Phryne Fisher and Maisie Dobbs will be satisfied. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed May 30, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 22, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Scottish aristocrat Dandy Gilver (The Winter Ground ) is not one to twiddle her thumbs. Indeed, she's lead partner in a private investigative firm, with friend Alec Osborne as her Watson. In this outing, Dandy has gone undercover as a maid to help Mrs. Balfour find out why her husband wants her dead. Within 24 hours, the husband is the murder victim. Clever Dandy is fully aware that she's dealing with a closed-room case and madly uses her powers of observation to unravel a complex puzzle before more violence ensues. This splendid 1926 Edinburgh historical incorporates the ongoing labor strike and social nuances of the day. VERDICT With witty dialog 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 marketing.] --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed July 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 12, p60)
  • Upstairs gets to see how downstairs lives. Mrs. Philip Balfour of Edinburgh begs Dandy Gilver, an upper-class sleuth with a nose for crime, to help protect her from the erratic husband she fears is planning to kill her. So Dandy agrees to pose as Lollie Balfour's maid. It's a tough sell, but with a cheat sheet from her own maid, Dandy manages to convince the other servants that she's a lady down on her luck. Downstairs are Fould the butler, whose lax ways may stem from his background in the theater, and 11 other servants. It seems that Phillip Balfour has found a way to torture all of them, sexually harassing the women and discovering the men's secret fears. When Phillip is found with his throat cut, Dandy, with help from her fellow upper-class sleuth Alec Osborne (The Burry Man's Day, 2007, etc.), begins a difficult investigation. The local superintendent, discovering Dandy's identity, is more than happy to let her do much of the heavy lifting, since every police officer in England is mired in the general strike that has brought the country to its knees. Dandy learns a lot more than she'd ever cared to ask about how the poor live and finds her attitude toward the strikers changing as she probes the servants' private lives. McPherson's charmingly witty heroine once again keeps you guessing while you enjoy the historical tidbits. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10003187
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1965-
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McPherson, Catriona
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6113.C586
LC item number
D36 2011
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Dandy Gilver murder mysteries
Series volume
0005
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  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Women private investigators
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Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains, Catriona McPherson
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823233
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First U.S. edition.
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9780312654184
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2011010136
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rdamedia
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Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains, Catriona McPherson
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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823233
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780312654184
Lccn
2011010136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780312654184

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