Dandy Gilver Series, #5
May 8, 2012 / ISBN: 1250007364
Historical Mystery / England-1926
by LJ Roberts
sentence: I had been standing under this tree, against these railings,
looking at that house from the corner of my eye for almost ten minutes
now while I waited for my heart to stop dancing.
amateur sleuth, is asked to go undercover as a ladies maid for Lollie
Balfour. Mrs. Balfour fears that her life is in danger from her
husband. As early plot twist leads Dandy with a completely different
crime to solve.
committed the criminal offense of series writers; she seemed to
assume the reader had read all the previous books. Frankly, I found
this incredibly annoying and frustrating as I had no knowledge as
to the background of the apparently recurring characters, including
the protagonist, nor did the author provide any. Dandy is supported
by three characters with male-sounding names: Alec, Hugh and Bunty.
Trying to understand who they are and their relationship to Dandy
was confusing and impossible. At least I did figure out one is a
One can almost
accept that a seemingly upper-class woman could convenience an established
English staff she was a lady’s maid might be possible. However,
I found it nearly impossible to believe the police would be so accepting
of Dandy’s interference.
is quite good. I particularly enjoyed the conversations between
Dandy and Alec…’Fanny?’ said Alec. ‘And
debunked? Where do you get those words? Do you have to pay a subscription?”
The plot does
improve and become more intriguing as the story progresses. This
isn’t a book set above stairs, but below stairs and amongst
those who worked in the coal mines. There is interesting historical
information regarding the worker strikes.
Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains” creates a
delightful sense of dread very early on in a story enhanced by an
eye for detail and description. I question how plausible the investigative
methods were, but the story was unique. I did enjoy it, in the end,
but don’t know that I would read another in the series. I
do believe that had I started with the series first book, my view
might be quite different.