Dandy Gilver and A Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson

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Dandy Gilver and A Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson is the latest in the Dandy Gilver series that I’ve been enjoying over the past few years.

The setting is Scotland, the bleak moors of Lanarkshire, and Dandy is called in to investigate a break out of inmates at a remote mental hospital on Christmas Eve 1932, and a fire that broke out the same night at a nearby convent.

Of course Dandy’s side-kick Alec is helping out as usual although he isn’t able to do much of the investigating in the convent, he concentrates on the mental hospital.

I don’t think this book is as successful as the previous ones, a lot of it just feels so wrong given that it is a convent in the early 1930s. Everyone is just too happy and it is just too unrealistic with the orphanage attached to the convent being full of well-loved children, unlikely even within a sort of freelance convent as it is. There were so many mentions of ‘sister’ in it, it was even mentioned by Alec in the book that he was tired of the word, or something to that effect. I suppose I’m just not that fond of a convent setting.

There wasn’t much in the way of banter between Dandy and her maid Grant, or even between Dandy and Alec although her husband Hugh played a larger part in this story and he’s a good character I think so that was welcome.

I will definitely read the next one in the series though.

I read this one for the Read Scotland 2016 Challenge.

2 thoughts on “Dandy Gilver and A Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson

  1. Were there any Christmasy details in this one? I have a tendency to turn my nose up at a book that has a Christmas-related title but doesn’t deliver anything much related to the Christmas season. I’ve come across a few short stories of that ilk. Probably the editor wanted the author to write a Christmas mystery and the author reluctantly submitted.
    Best to you!!

    • Judith,

      The crime takes place on Christmas Eve but there isn’t really much about Christmas in it so I didn’t regard it as part of the Christmas reading challenge. I think publishers and film makers must be very similar, there are so many Christmas/Santa titled films but often not much in them about the actual day or festive season.

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