The Reek of Red Herrings (Book 9)

Agatha and Lefty winner for best historical novel.

On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops while, out in the bay, the herring drifters brave the storms to catch their silver darlings. It's nowhere for a child of gentle Northamptonshire to spend Christmas.

 But when odd things start to turn up in barrels of fish - with a strong whiff of murder most foul - that's exactly where Dandy Gilver finds herself. Enlisted to investigate, she and her trusty cohort, Alec Osborne, are soon swept up in the fisherfolk's wedding season as well as the mystery. Between age-old traditions and brand-new horrors, Dandy must think the unthinakble to solve her grisliest case yet.

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"McPherson spins a complicated plot, vividly portrays a hard way of life that is probably gone now, and creates some memorable characters to populate a memorable story." TRISS STEIN

"an exciting climax and the moral dilemmas confronting Dandy and Alec deliver rewards for readers" PW

"Warning: you may need to don a sweater to get through this unusual novel." MYSTERY SCENE