The Winter Ground, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


BAD LUCK? BAD TIMING? OR GOOD OLD-FASHIONED MURDER? When a circus comes to spend the winter at the neighbouring estate to Gilverton, Dandy Gilver's two sons are cock-a-hoop and they are not alone in their excitement.

The allure of Tumbling Topsy Turvy, Tiny Truman and the Troupe Prebezhensky also draw the attention of the fast set, who would never normally be seen dead with the nouveau riche Mr & Mrs Albert Wilson. 'The name, darling, tells you everything you need to know.' But when Dandy Gilver is asked to investigate a series of nasty tricks taking place in the circus she discovers, under the colourful charms on the surface of circus life, a hotbed of passion and resentment she cannot begin to understand.

But, when one of the artistes suddenly dies, Dandy must somehow get behind the smoke and mirrors to find answers in a world where nothing is as it seems. 'Dry wit ...sparkling dialogue and meticulous description.' Herald 'The most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages' Scotland on Sunday 'McPherson is an exemplary crime writer' Scotsman


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340935354



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This is the fourth 1920s-set Dandy Gilver mystery (not the third, as Amazon would have it), and the series is unfortunately falling prey to the law of diminishing returns. The first was excellent, the second okay; the third was pretty meh, and this one isn't much better. The story's dull and muddled and so, to be brutally honest, is Dandy's detective work. There's one more in the series and I'll probably read that but, if there's no improvement, after that I shan't bother.