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After the Armistice Ball (Book 1)

Shortlisted for tghe Ellis Peters Dagger Award, 2005

After the Armistice Ball is set among the struggling upper classes of 1920s Perthshire as, in the aftermath of the First World War, their comfortable world begins to crumble. Dandy Gilver, her husband back from the War, her children off at school and her uniform growing musty in the attic, is bored to a whimper and a little light snooping seems like harmless fun. Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds after the Armistice Ball is swept aside by a sudden death in a lonely seaside cottage in Galloway. Society and the law seem ready to call it an accident but Dandy, along with Cara Duffy's fiance Alec, is sure that more is going on than meets the eye. What is being hidden by members of the Duffy family: the watchful Lena, the cold and distant Clemence and old Gregory Duffy with his air of quiet sadness, not to mention Cara herself whose secret always seems just tantalizingly out of view? Dandy must learn to trust her instincts and swallow most of her scruples if she is to uncover the truth and earn the right to call herself a sleuth.

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" ...the most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages..."

Scotland on Sunday

"A thoroughly entertaining debut..."

Book & Magazine Collector

"Memorable supporting characters ... a compelling mystery, but it is Dandy who shines."

Publishers' Weekly (starred review)

"McPherson is an exemplary crime writer"


"a novel that even Dorothy L. Sayers would have been pleased with."