Review: Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Award-winning photojournalist turned whisky distillery proprietress and amateur sleuth Abigail Logan returns in the charming follow-up to Single Malt Murder.
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.

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My Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed listening to Death Distilled.  I didn’t realize that it was the second book in a series of standalone cozy mysteries; the author gives sufficient background information so I had no problem diving into the story.

A story set around a distillery in the Highlands of Scotland is a good enough hook for me!  The delightful main character, Abi Logan and her dog, Liam, are a crack team of amateur sleuths. These two, along with the fun cast of villagers, make this cozy mystery highly engaging.  I loved the balance between the story and scene setting with the progression of the mystery.  Too often in cozy mysteries, you have a murder, then a bunch of fluff, and then out of nowhere, the mystery is solved.   There are ample clues and red herrings to keep every mystery lover engaged. Additionally, there are some side stories blended into the mystery.  They provide local color as they mainly involve the villagers…or their livestock.

Charming characters, a little local mystery, and a big whodunnit in a fabulous setting make for a good cozy mystery.  Author Melinda Mullet has hooked me on her Whisky Business series!  The book is excellently narrated by Gemma Dawson

 

About the Author:  Melinda Mullet, was born in the US to two British parents. She grew up between Texas and the UK, eventually studying English Lit at an American university before deciding to embark on a career in international law.

After many years in the legal trenches she is happy to be known as a former lawyer, a travel junkie, and a life-long advocate for children’s literacy causes both domestic and international.

Melinda lives just outside of Washington, DC with her whisky-collecting husband, two extraordinary young women she is proud to call her daughters, and an obedience school drop out named Macallen.

 

 

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