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Dolly and the Doctor Bird by Dorothy Dunnett

Dolly and the Doctor Bird (1971)

by Dorothy Dunnett

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Series: Johnson Johnson Mysteries (book 3)

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Doctor Macrannoch heir to the MacRannoch estates, nevertheless practices medicine in Nassau to be near her ill father. On a plane trip to the island, Sir Bart is taken ill, ostensibly with food poisoning but actually with arsenic. Amid a family gathering and a sub plot of golf and marrying off the unapproachable doctor, which involves removing her from her unattractive clothing and shaving her head; further accidents happen, and then Sir Bart's wife is killed. The race is on to discover who the killer is, and an exciting boat chase in shallows ensues.
The plots and characters in these books are totally OTT, light hearted readin and a strange dated feel.they are all set in glamorous moneyed worlds. They just lack the depth of her historical novels, and the compelling central character - as Johnson stays in the background a lot of the time. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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With affection for Doctor Jennifer (Hardy) Robertson, who can outclass Beltanno MacRannoch in every field except maybe playing the bagpipes
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alternate titles: Dolly and the Doctor Bird; Match for a Murderer; Operation Nassau
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Dr. B. McRannoch is in the Bahamas with her father who has moved there from Scotland because of asthma. She is a savvy and tough young lady who shows much independence of mind and spirit. However, when Sir Bart Edgecombe, a British agent who has been poisoned with arsenic falls ill on his way back from New York, she becomes involved in a series of events beyond her wildest imagination. Drawn into an espionage plot where there are multiple suspects and characters, it is only the inevitable presence of Johnson Johnson that saves the day. As with all of the Johnson series, nothing is quite as straightforward as it at first seems, and there are many complicating factors to grip the reader as well as the added bonus of another exotic location.… (more)

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