4 June, US & UK 

The Mirror Dance (Book15)

Nominated for the Lefty award for best historical novel 2022

Something sinister is afoot in the streets of Dundee*, when a puppeteer is found murdered behind his striped Punch and Judy stand, as children sit cross-legged drinking ginger beer. At once, Dandy Gilver’s semmingly-innocuous investigation into plagiarism takes a darker turn. The gruesome death seems to be inextricably bound to the gloomy offices of Doig’s Publishers, its secrets hidden in the real stories behind their girls’ magazines The Rosie Cheek and The Freckle.

On meeting a mysterious professor from St Andrews, Dandy and her faithful colleague Alex Osbourne are flung into the worlds of academia, the theatre and publishing. Nothing is quite as it seems, and behind the cheerful facades of puppets and comic books, is a troubled history has begun to repeat itself.

*Dundee, except that it's got a road bridge over the Tay. This is what we in the world of historical fiction call "a mistake". 

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the historical detail is pin sharp ... But the real joy of the novel is the characters" THE SCOTSMAN

"The historical detail is pin-sharp and, as in true murder cases, it's the mundanities of every life ... that evoke the age." YORKSHIRE POST

"The ever-witty McPherson has outdone herself" SCOTTISH FIELD

"all the wit and clever plotting fans of Christie could want" MY WEEKLY

"original and clever ... absorbing and immensely enjoyable" BOOKS ARE COOL