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Jessie Constable has learned the hard way to always keep herself safe. But meeting Gus King changes everything. Before she knows it, Jessie is sleeping at Gus's house, babysitting his kids, becoming a part of his family. And yet, she can't ignore the unsettling questions. Who does she keep seeing from the corner of her eye? Why are strange men threatening her? Most importantly, what really happened to Gus's wife?
Creating a brilliant, foreboding mystery where nothing is as it seems, master storyteller Catriona McPherson weaves an ominous tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.
A 2015 Anthony Award Winner (Best Paperback Original)
An Edgar Award Nominee (Best Paperback Original)
"McPherson’s second stand-alone is a tour de force, a creepy psychological thriller that will leave you breathless."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Keep the lights on and batten down the hatches, for McPherson’s psychologically terrifying stand-alone demands to be read all night."—Library Journal
"Cracking read, irresistible narrator."—Val McDermid, international bestselling author
"Warnings are everywhere, neighbors are nosy, and the reader will stand beside Jessie, looking over their shoulders and waiting for the axe to fall."—Suspense Magazine
"[A] deliciously disturbing tale of deception and self-deception...McPherson is a persuasive and immersive writer at the crest of her powers."—Alex Marwood, Edgar Award-winning author of Wicked Girls
Keiko has never met friendlier people than the Painchton Traders. Only the Pooles, the butchers below her second-floor apartment, want to keep their distance. Murray Poole attracts her right away. Mrs. Poole puzzles her—is there more than recent widowhood behind all that sadness? And then there’s Malcolm. Massive and brooding, he hints at something dark behind the bustle and banter of this strange little town.
For such a settled place, a lot of young women seem to leave. But the more Keiko discovers the less she believes, until she can’t tell where her fears end and the real nightmares begin.
“Expertly done."—The New York Times
"[McPherson is a] master of psychological thrillers."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Shudderingly terrific."—The Globe and Mail
“McPherson’s small-town tale is far more a thriller . . . and might even draw fans of Dennis Lehane."—Booklist
“[A] grisly standalone."—Publishers Weekly
--Financial Times (UK)
Aristocratic and delightfully witty amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver was greeted with boisterous cheers from readers and reviewers alike in Catriona McPherson's previous outing, Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains, which The Boston Globe named one of the best crime novels of 2011. In this new book in this charming and funny series, Dandy is caught between two feuding families who run rival department stores.
Dandy's services are needed when the heiress to one of the stores goes missing. As Dandy starts to unravel long-hidden family secrets, she begins to discover disturbing connections, and it's not long before danger abounds.
"With witty dialogue and low-key humor, McPherson's series is a great choice for Jacqueline Winspear, Carola Dunn, and Amy Patricia Meade fans. A strong traditional offering with sly humor, a love of dogs, and not too much violence. A real contender for the Agathas!"(Library Journal, starred review), Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder is one mystery not to be missed.