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Dandy Gilver And A Bothersome Number Of Corpses (2012)

by Catriona McPherson(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 5
1444731858 (ISBN13: 9781444731859)
Hodder & Stoughton
Dandy Gilver
review 1: Dandy and her assistant Alec, are called to St. Columbia's School for Young Ladies to search for Dandy's childhood friend Fleur. 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. 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 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.
review 2: What a confusing web McPherson does weave... Still not entirely sure how I feel about this one; the ending was
... more satisfying, and tied up the mystifying threads pretty neatly. But I spent roughly %75 of the book completely confused -- and not just because this is a mystery. 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. Dandy's a capable narrator/protagonist, but not entirely likeable or relateable. 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. less
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I savour every Dandy Gilver book. An absolute delight, it never disappoints. Loved it.
Very agatha Christie like which makes it the perfect holiday read
Best one yet!
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