Dandy Gilver is a delightful addition to the ranks of lady female detectives, with a wonderfully sardonic view of the world, a sidekick who thinks he should be in a Boys' Own adventure, a police inspector who is so gloomy that he puts Eeyore to shame. And, of course, a murder in a circus, with a cast of suspects to keep you guessing to almost the last page.
Alec nodded but was prevented from answering immediately since he had just swallowed his first draught. Mrs. Tilling's idea of rum coffee was not a cup of coffee with a splash of rum in it, but a cup of rum with just enough coffee to warm it through.
'Whewf!' Alec said, after a couple of gulps. 'Yes, I agree. I can't believe that pony has a temperamental bone in his body.'