Several months ago, I read and reviewed Melinda Mullet’s debut, Single Malt Murder. I enjoyed it, not least of all because it was set in the Scottish Highlands, and knew I’d be reading the second one as soon as I could get my hands on it. Death Distilled came out in September, and though I’ve had a review copy for a while, only managed to get to it a couple of weeks ago. Don’t let my delay sway you though – the series just keeps getting better.
In Death Distilled, we get to learn more about Abi’s day job as a photographer, and that was pretty neat. I think this is the only cozy series I’ve read where the main character isn’t heavily involved in the business that’s the heart of the story. It’s an interesting perspective – to me, it gives the Whisky Business series a little more seriousness than other cozies. This isn’t a bad thing at all; in fact, it’s refreshing.
I’ll be up front and say that I didn’t care one whit about the mystery in Death Distilled; or, at least, not the murder. There’s a fair amount of mystery surrounding the town’s history, and that part was really neat to read. Those of you who spent your childhoods searching for hidden passages and longing for revolving bookshelves definitely want to pick this one up. The main story, though…eh. I didn’t like Rory’s character, so I didn’t really care.
My favorite part though, was BY FAR, the flock of sheep Abi rescues. I’m fairly certain I would continue this series just for the sheep alone.
The third book in the series hasn’t been announced yet, so you’ve got some time to catch up if you like whisky, adorable animals, and anything Scottish!
Series: Whisky Business Mystery #2 Kindle Edition: 240 pages
Published: September 2017 by Alibi Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Death Distilled on Goodreads
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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