Monday, September 11, 2017

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet - #review #giveaway

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.

It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.

Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:  SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED



It was wonderful taking a return visit to Balfour and Abbey Glen.  It was also great to 'see' Abi, Grant and Liam (a wheaten terrier).  I still can't believe Abi left Grant, er Balfour, to go back to her photojournalism job.  You could say that having experienced a 'new life', Abi wanted to know whether the 'old life' still had a hold on her.  But was it for that reason, or because she was afraid of getting too close to Grant?

For me, the choice would be clear.  Running around the world, living out of a suitcase (or would that be camera bag), possibly putting myself in danger for the job VS a castle, a man in a kilt who is sweet on me and some of the best single malt Scotch in the world?  My head recognizes Abi has a right to choose for herself.  My heart wants to shake her by the shoulders, maybe throw in a Gibbs slap and tell her to 'WAKE UP!"

As for Rory and his band?  Things are not looking up for their 'reunion tour'.  Why?  Because one by one the band members are being killed.  They all had reps for partying hard back in the day.  Lucky for Rory, Abi had a star crush on him then, so she's not adverse to let him experience a bit of her private stock of Scotch.  With the other band members and roadies and such, I hope she kept  the really old liquor from years and years ago under lock and key!

Grant gets a visit from the little green monster when he realizes Abi had (has?) a crush on Rory.  Ditto for Abi when Grant invites a sweet young thing to stay in his castle while she is working on a project for the distillery.

The big reveal of the culprit at the end was very well done.  First, I did not have a clue who it was, until Abi tells the readers, and it was rather dramatic, resulting in a rather serious injury for Abi.  But she does not complain when Grant becomes her very diligent care-taker.



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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words. Abi and Grant will return soon!