When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.
Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.
SERIES: Whiskey Business Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017
The star of Single Malt Murder is clearly Liam, the dog 😉 And no, Zuzu didn’t pay me to say that. The wheaten terrier is fiercely loyal and full of personality… both of which come in handy more than once.
As a Scottish mystery, the writing is spot on. In fact, I was surprised to discover that the author is American. Small details – meticulously incorporated – enhance the overall reading experience and immerse the reader in the setting. I’m not a whisky connoisseur (or any alcohol for that matter) but from what little knowledge I do have, the description of the process as well as the whisky itself are both delectable and intriguing.
As a mystery in general, this story is very well-plotted. Enough potential suspects to keep you guessing until the very end, a few nicely placed misdirections, and moments of great tension. The light romantic subplot is icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned!
Bottom Line: A great start to a new series, Single Malt Murder excels in mood and setting and plot. There may be a few too many characters to keep up with, but such is the nature of a typical “first book in a series” – necessary to lay the foundation for future books. I love the Scottish flavor, and I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are up next for Abi and of course Liam too!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Well-done!
Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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