After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson


Just finished this delightful mystery.  I really am surprised at how much I enjoyed it!  I am not usually a fan of the time period, the 1920s.  I don’t exactly know why, but I am assuming it was due to enforced readings of The Great Gatsby and The Fountainhead when I was younger, both books from that period.  I know I am in the minority, but I hated both of them.

Dandy Gilver is a great character, fun and interesting to read.   The dialogue and the characterizations seem very accurate for the time period.  Without checking the copyright date, you might think it was written in that time and I loved that about this book. The crime had plenty of twists and turns to make for a good mystery read.  Dandy stumbles her way through the mystery.  She is not an intellectual sleuth in the likes of Holmes, rather she relies on intuition, character judgement, and help from various sources.  The mystery is solved in the end, however there is a little minor cliffhanger that may or may not be resolved in later books.

I will read more in the series and am curious to see if Dandy’s husband, Hugh, becomes more of an important character or not.  Highly recommended!

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