After the Armistice Ball, Paperback Book

After the Armistice Ball Paperback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)

Description

A classic murder-mystery 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 in the spring of 1923 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 has been swept aside by a sudden, unexpected 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 there is more 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 he is to uncover the truth and earn the right to call herself a sleuth.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781845293413

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4.5

I enjoyed this very much: the writing flows, it's well-plotted, and the main character is both likeable and believable. I particularly appreciate her matter-of-fact view of marriage: she has her part of the house, her husband has his, and they occasionally meet for meals. I look forward to reading the sequels.

Review by
4

I am enjoying this title. I like the time frame & always enjoyanything set in Scotland. Dandy...what a great name..is aninteresting character. Look forward to seeing her develop in future reads.

Review by
3.5

An interesting addition to the 1920s lady detective canon. Although they are from the same class Dandy is a very different character to Daisy Dalrymple or even Harriet Vane. Seemingly conventional, and possible a little naive, her basic goodness means that she's able to get to the heart of a mystery faster than most of her contemporaries. The plot was interesting, if conventional, but this was a fun read.

Review by
3.5

Dandy is a woman of privilege who appears rather ditzy. A friend of hers asks her to use her ability to appear innocuous to investigate an acquaintance who is attempting to extort some money from the woman's husband. Dandy is on the case.I found getting used to the book a bit diffuclt, the writing giving me some problems at first. But After a few Chapters that problem disappeared and I enjoyed the characterizations and Dandy a lot. Light cozy and fun.

Review by
4

This is a delicious start to a wonderful period mystery series. Bring it on!Synopsis (from dust jacket):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 in the spring of 1923 and a little light snooping seems like harmless fun. And what could be better than to seek out the Duffy diamonds, stolen from the Esselmont's country house, Croys, after the Armistice Ball? Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds has been swept aside by the sudden, unexpected death of lovely young Cara Duffy 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 fiancé Alec, is sure that there is more 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 he is to uncover the truth and earn the right to call herself a sleuth.