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Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of SINGLE MALT MURDER by Melinda Mullet

I totally loved this engaging, intriguing, and delightful debut mystery, first in a series. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't turn away from it. Some years ago I read a Deborah Crombie mystery whose setting included a woman's inheritance of a Scottish distillery [NOW MAY YOU WEEP], so when I found SINGLE MALT MURDER available for review, I leaped to it.

Abi (Abigail) Logan is a photojournalist of war and misery, documenting the evils humans do to each other. Based in London, she is also an orphan at a young age, raised by Uncle Ben, a well-to-do financial analyst who fifteen years ago purchased a whiskey distillery in Scotland. Ben's demise from cancer leaves Abi his heir, and before she can even travel to Scotland, she is besieged by threatening notes. Once she is on the ground in Scotland, sabotage commences at the distillery—at first what could possibly be accidents, but soon escalates to death and arson. Meanwhile Abi is offered several different buyout plans for Abbey Glen, the distillery, and there's much tension between her and some of the employees and townspeople, which only intensifies with the death. Throughout, author Melinda Mullet subtly increases the tension and mystery, but never gives away the plot, so that the denouement is both amazing and for Abi, quite terrifying. I found not a single fault with this mystery and eagerly anticipate further mysteries in this series.

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