Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

Dandy Gilver just gets better and better. In this book she has to take a crash course in the mysteries of being a lady’s maid from Grant, her own lady’s maid, so that she can take up the position in an Edinburgh household.

Walburga Balfour, the lady of the house has written to Dandy asking for her help as she is sure that her husband is trying to kill her. Working under the name of Miss Rossiter, Dandy is accepted by the rest of the house staff, all twelve of them. It isn’t long before things take an unexpected turn and Dandy’s sleuthing begins in earnest, helped by her trusty Alec of course.

The story takes place during the nine days of the General Strike in 1926 and Catriona McPherson has obviously done her research, so as well as an entertaining mystery I learned a lot about what was going on in Edinburgh and the surrounding district at that time. A great read.