Thursday, March 23, 2017

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet **Review**

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery
Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder.

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.

I have come to really enjoy these types of reads. The cozy mystery types. I am learning that with most (if not all, I don't know - I haven't read them all) they are like an adult version of Nancy Drew books. And I love Nancy Drew books still. I especially liked this one because I am partly Scottish. I was even in a band all through junior high ad high school (not through the school or with friends, but still an actual band) where I played the bagpipes, then my younger sister played the pipes, and my older sister played the drums (the ones where hey look like big cotton balls and they do twirl and tricks with their drum sticks). We went to competitions every summer at the Highland Games...but anyway...I digress...
So I was a little biased about picking up this book in the beginning because of the backdrop of this book and my background.
I absolutely adored this book. Seriously.  And when it came to the Whisky, the author has created such a lively character set with Abi and her best friend, that when it comes to creating the perfect shot, you can almost smell the aroma's and taste the whisky - not whiskey!  
The mystery comes in when you're wondering why her late uncle would choose her when she knows nothing of the distillery business and, she soon starts receiving threats! And to top things off, an employee is found dead. 
I am really excited to read the rest of this series!

Ballantine Group; Alibi | On Sale: March 21st, 2017 | ISBN: 9780399179051| 300 Pages | Price: $4.99

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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