Dandy Gilver & a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson

Most of this book is set in a girls school in the village of Portpatrick in Galloway in the south west border country of Scotland, not a place which I know well, the combination of the two settings meant that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her other Dandy Gilver books.

Dandy is called by two of the Lipscott sisters whom she has known since she was a young thing, they need her help. The Lipscotts are an eccentric family and Dandy still fondly remembers the time she spent with them in the past.

When she hears that the youngest sister is working as a schoolteacher at a school which has a habit of ‘losing’ teachers, Dandy has to investigate.

I think that Catriona McPherson was smart to make Dandy an Englishwoman, married to a Scotsman and living mainly in Scotland as it gives her ample scope to comment on Scottish culture and traditions, but not in a snide way.

For instance: “I know that the leftover soup from a Scotswoman’s kitchen is not for the fainthearted, given its starting point of rib-sticking heft and the nature of the inevitable barley which works away long after the cooking is done, so that sometimes second- or (I have heard tell of it) third-day soup, can just as easily be eaten with a fork as with a spoon.”

That made me laugh as I always have a pot of home made soup on the go and Jack has been known to say ‘cut me a slice of soup please.’

6 thoughts on “Dandy Gilver & a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson

  1. Speaking of pretty book covers, I found a lovely small used book titled “A Book of Scotland”. It has a Tartan print fabric cover. It is inscribed to S/Sgt. Wilbert E. Radle, Prestwick Air Base, Scotland, Friday, the 13th April 1956. Interesting history. I’ll put it in my new Scottish section and will read it!

    • Lorraine,
      You often get books of Robert Burns poetry bound like that too. He would have to have been American with a name like Wilbert! Prestwick is the only place in the UK that Elvis visited (very briefly) he had to change planes there when he was in the army I think.

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