The new mystery in the Highland Bookshop series, bringing together a body outside a pub, a visiting author determined to find the killer, and a murderously good batch of scones . . .
Inversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn’t set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is . . . eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young manan American who’d spent a night in the B&B above Yon Bonnie Booksis found dead outside a pub.
Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she’s capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their businessnot to mention the reputation of their sconesJanet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne’s dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling. . .
About the Author
Molly MacRae is the national bestselling author of Lawn Order, Wilder Rumors, and the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series, including Knot the Usual Suspects and Plagued by Quilt. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she has won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.
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Scones and Scoundrels based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Good easy read, good running characters. Looking forward to number 3
This is the first book I have read by Molly MacRae. It is also the second book in this series. I felt a little lost as far as the many characters in this book and I feel that had I read the first book in the series, I might have understood who was who and why they were in the story. After getting through that bit of a hump, I enjoyed the story. There are references to the last book but not so much that it gives away the plot line of it. In this story, a prodigal daughter returns home again to the small town in Scotland where she was raised. She is a famous author who has been living in the wilds of Canada. Literally, the wilds. She lives in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. While she is not an appealing individual, as the story evolves, one discovers why she acts as unpleasant as she does. Janet, one of the American owners of Yon Bonnie Books (likewise in the same town) is almost dragged into solving the murder of a young American man. The road to finding the whodunnit is perilous and dangerous to others as well as Janet and her three co-owners. I didn’t see the solution until close to the end but there were clues left to follow. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
A wonderfully put together mystery filled with a batch of charming characters and a location that would be on most people's bucket list. I didn't know which way to turn, their were so many suspects to choose from and motives abound. Who could it be and why were the questions I found myself asking over and over. When I thought I had it all figured out something else would pop out of the woodwork and lead me in a different direction. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, the highlands, and puzzle solving this is the series for you. I can't wait to see where the author leads us next.