After the Armistice Ball

After the Armistice Ball

Book - 2005
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Dandy Gilver, her husband back from the War, her children off at school and her uniform growing musty in the attic, is bored to a whimper in the spring of 1923 and a little light snooping seems like harmless fun. And what could be better than to seek out the Duffy diamonds, stolen from the Esselmont's country house, Croys, after the Armistice Ball? Before long, though, the puzzle of what really happened to the Duffy diamonds has been swept aside by the sudden, unexpected death of lovely young Cara Duffy in a lonely seaside cottage in Galloway. Society and the law seem ready to call it an accident but Dandy, along with Cara Duffy's fiancé Alec, is sure that there is more going on than meets the eye. What is being hidden by members of the Duffy family: the watchful Lena, the cold and distant Clemence and old Gregory Duffy with his air of quiet sadness, not to mention Cara herself whose secret always seems just tantalizingly out of view? Dandy must learn to trust her instincts and swallow most of her scruples if he is to uncover the truth and earn the right to call herself a sleuth.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2005.
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786716081
Branch Call Number: M MCPHERSO
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 23 cm.


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Aug 02, 2016

I wanted to read this, but was way too wordy - would have to have a dictionary handy.

May 24, 2016

The first two chapters are the best; after that it gets increasingly bogged down in too much wordiness and too many details about diamonds and other nonsense nobody cares about. Characters are barely two dimensional. Problems are mostly made up. The book is good to fall asleep with; otherwise, I'd give it a pass.

Dec 05, 2015

This book starts slowly, but it got better as it went on. It was a fairly interesting plot. Post-WWI is an interesting period.

Oct 15, 2015

A great deal of research went into the setting and characters for this book. It also is realistic as to how a genteel, intelligent upper class mother would flounder when asked to intervene in what appears to be a case of greed. However, this results in a lot of going over the same ground time and again, general ineptness, and consulting with other characters to add bits of information in a painfully slow process. However, the solution is rather horrifying, although the ending gives us some hope for the future. The other people whose help she has previously enlisted help her to see this through. The writing style in the beginning is difficult to enjoy, however, she seems to get into her groove by about chapter 3, and then it's clear sailing. I'll be interested to see whether Dandy Gilver manages to improve with practice.


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