Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an over-sized 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 face
down 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.
Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet already has three things going for it before you even open the cover: Scotland, scotch and Scots!
All kidding aside, there was a very genuine feeling to the village where Abi's uncle lived and ran a distillery. It must have been quite a jolt for the globe-trotting photojournalist. And making whiskey, especially a coveted single-malt Scotch, is worlds away from simply bending your elbow to take a shot.
Abi's taking enough shots anyway. Someone (or someones) do not want her there. For one thing, she's a city person, and things work differently in the country. Then there's the fact that she is a woman, even if she is Ben's niece. Some of villagers don't think Abi should run the distillery because making scotch is 'man's work'.
Things get real when Abi starts discovering 'warnings' in her path: the dead bird on her doorstep, notes that mysteriously appear with mild-to-worse threats and the dead flowers she finds on her kitchen counter upon returning to her uncle's supposedly locked house. Don't even get me started on the fire at the distillery - or the dead employee discovered head-down in one of the vats.
Single Malt Murder is a tasty tipple in its own right. The fact that this is the beginning of a series will keep my spirits high for years to come!
One of my favorite quotes EVER comes from an old SNL sketch and seems quite apropos for this book:
"Scotch is a drink; Scots are a people...but we're both quite tasty!"
MEET THE AUTHOR
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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