STRANGERS AT THE GATE

Mary Higgins Clark award finalist!

A STEP SO GRAVE (Book 13) 
 

"McPherson's wit has been compared to that of PG Wodehouse and Nancy Mitford and her finely researched narratives to the work of Agatha Christie ..." Scotland on Sunday

Wedding bells are set to ring  as  Dandy Gilver, family in tow, arrives in windswept Wester Ross on Valentine’s Day. They’ve come to celebrate Lady Lavinia’s fiftieth birthday and to meet her daughter Mallory, a less-than-suitable bride-to-be for Dandy’s son Donald.

But soon  love is the last thing on Dandy’s mind when the news breaks that Lady Lavinia has been found dead, brutally murdered in the middle of her famous knot garden. Strange superstitions and folklore abound among the Gaelic-speaking locals. But Dandy suspects that the tangled boughs and branches around Applecross House hide  something much more earthly at work.

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"an intricate plot, worthy of Dorothy L Sayers or Agatha Christie at her finest"          PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

"A sophisticated, elegantly written, intensely powerful mystery, the best of an excellent series." KIRKUS (starred review)

"It's a perfect capture of a way of life in the thirties: [and] McPherson delivers the picture effortlessly. The plot is good too, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing." BOOKBAG

"A Step So Grave ... is everything I adore."                                   RED MAGAZINE

"... It may sound like hyperbole to the uninitiated but her writing is an absolute delight."                       SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

"A deliriously fun tale, flawlessly written, murder most larky"                   SAGA