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After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson
The Burry Man's Day by Catriona McPherson
Bury Her Deep by Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver & An Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver & The Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver and a Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPhersonDandelion, neé Leston, half of Gilver and Osbourne
Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver and the Unpleasantness in the Ballroom by Catriona McPherson
The Winter Ground by Catriona McPherson

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Character description

Dandy Gilvers, Dandelion Dahlia Gilvers (née Leston) also known as “Dandy,” or “Dan” (but the latter only to close friends) is an upper-class woman, originally from Northhamptonshire, presumably thirty-something.   Her parents, under the influence of William Morris, decided to name her in honor of an unappreciated wildflower.   She worked as a nurse during World War I.   She is married to Hugh Gilvers, and they live at Gilverton, in Perthshire, Scotland.  She says “Thus, you see, I can blame the Forth Bridge almost entirely for finding myself now Mrs Hugh Gilver, listener to plans of drain improvements,  helpmeet in projects of pond construction, and mother to two little chips off the same dour Scottish block.” Their sons, Donald and Teddy, are respectively, about eleven and ten when the series opens, and are away at school.  Dandy loves them, but has always found them rather a bother and a bewilderment.   Dandy is well-bred, but she plays the role of upper-class wife and mother without enthusiasm, and thus occasionally somewhat awkwardly.   Dandy's deepest affections seem to be for her Dalmation bitch, Bunty.   She says of herself: 'I am not – and I say this with neither pride nor shame – a sensitive woman.   Her lady's maid is Grant, her partner in investigations is Alec Osborne.

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