The second classic whodunnit starring Dandy Gilver.
Summer 1923, and as the village of Queensferry prepares for the annual Ferry Fair and the walk of the Burry Man, feelings are running high. With his pagan greenery, his lucky pennies and the nips of whisky he is treated to wherever he goes, the Burry Man has much to offend stricter souls like the minister or temperance pamphleteer. And then at the Fair, in full view of everyone including Dandy Gilver, invited to hand out the prizes he falls down dead. If he has been poisoned then the list of suspects includes anyone with a bottle of whisky in the house, and, here at Queensferry, that means just about everyone.
Set in 1920s Scotland, McPherson's cunning second mystery to feature well-heeled, ballsy and very funny Dandy Gilver, who debuted in After the Armistice Ball (2005), takes Dandy to South Queensferry to help her friend Frederica preside over the Ferry Fair, the local carnival. When the titular Burry Man (played by a local carpenter, Robert Dudgeon, who's actually covered in burrs) drops dead in the midst of the fair, people assume he died of a heart attack, but Dandy suspects foul play. Dudgeon assumed his annual role with inexplicable reluctance, his bereaved widow is acting suspicious and the town temperance advocates objected to the rowdy festival from the start. Charming historical details add an extra something to this altogether satisfying cozy.