Dandy Gilver & A Most Misleading Habit Catriona McPherson

51ZLzJfNqtL._AC_US160_Pub: Hodder & Stoughton

Scotland, 1932. Aristocratic private investigator Dandy Gilver strikes again with her witty sidekick Alec Osbourne to solve sinister goings on at a convent on a bleak Lanarkshire moor. The convent was set alight following a mass breakout at a neighbouring psychiatric hospital on Christmas Eve, resulting in the death of the mother superior. Most patients were returned safely but a few are still at large. . . As Dandy interviews each nun in turn she senses a stranger is still lurking in the corridors at night – could they be the same person who left blood-red footprints in the sacristy?

I loved this novel.

Set in a convent in 1933, Catriona McPherson’s delightful tale has a bit of everything. Mystery, murder and even a bit of fun.

Dandy Gilver is a fabulous character. a cross between Nancy Drew and the Australian crime cracker Miss Fisher. She is both relentless and brilliant.

After receiving a letter from ‘Mary’, Dandy is asked to sort the ‘mischief’ that has befallen the Order of the Little Sisters of St Ultan. She sets about to discover the prowlings along with her sidekick Alec.

This pleasantly descriptive read with fabulously named folk such as Chick Tiddy is one that moves along at a steady pace and is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

This is the 11th Dandy Gilver novel, but is the first that I have read. I feel as though I have missed out on something gratifying and I aim to read all of the titles in the series.

5*/5

 

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