The Burry Man’s Day
It is 1923 in South Queensferry and the local inhabitants are preparing for the annual Ferry Fair. On the eve of the fair it is the tradition for the Burry Man to walk about the town cheered on by children throwing pennies into his bucket while the adults offer him the traditional nips of whisky. At the end of his day the Burry Man is dead. The post mortem result shows that he died from heart failure brought on by an overindulgence in whisky. Dandy Gilver is intrigued by this hasty verdict and the strange behaviour of the dead man’s widow, and before long she and her faithful sidekick, Alec, are involved in a convoluted mystery of half truths and mistaken identity.
This is the second book in the Dandy Gilver series and, as with the first, the story fairly romps along. In Dandy Gilver, Catriona McPherson has created a clever, witty amateur sleuth with a full supporting cast of well-rounded characters. The atmosphere of a 1920s Scotland is totally convincing.