Sunday, October 7, 2018

Deadly Dram (A Whisky Business Mystery #3)

Author:  Melinda Mullet
Genre:  Mystery

Digital Book; Audio Book
ASIN #:  B079R3PW46
Alibi Publishing
272 Pages
$4.99 Amazon
September 4, 2018

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It's been a year since globetrotting photojournalist Abi Logan inherited Abbey Glen, a whisky distillery in the heart of the Scottish countryside.  To her surprise, the village of Balfour already feels like home, and her new business partner, Grant MacEwan, continues to be too charming to resist.  But Abi has a history of relationship disasters, so she struggles to avoid an ill-fated romance with Grant.  Steering clear is hard enough on a day-to-day basis, but when the two head off to a whisky industry competition together, Abi panics.  Five-star resort, four glorious days of nonstop whisky tasting, and a fatally attractive Scotsman - what could possibly go wrong?

The night before the award presentations, with foreign and domestic whisky makers at one anothers' throats, two judges are found dead under mysterious circumstances.  What started with three dream-come-true nominations for Abby Glen's whisky soon turns into a nightmare for Abi.  With a killer on the loose, she must call on her investigative skills to stop another murder - before she gets taken out of the running herself.

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Abi Logan is a photojournalist who has just returned from a month in Iceland.  After being home for a few days she's starting to rethink her career choices, especially since she's inherited a distillery that's one of the best in Scotland.  She's also attracted to her partner Grant McEwan, who hasn't hidden the fact that he's attracted to her as well.  But since she has a lousy relationship history (she, for some reason, doesn't think this has to do with her traveling all the time!) she's determined to stay away from him.

So it's that much harder when they, along with her friend Patrick, have to attend a whisky industry competition together.  Armed with a new wardrobe (with the help of the local veterinarian) she's sure everything will go swimmingly.  But when someone is killing off the judges and Patrick looks as if he might be the culprit, Abi must use all her sleuthing ability to ferret out a murderer before he's the one losing everything..

I really wanted to like this book, and for the most part I did.  Ms. Mullet draws beautiful descriptions of everything going on around Abi, of the countryside, etc.; so much so that you can imagine being there yourself.  Her characterizations of people are also wonderful, giving us a feeling for who they are.  I liked the plot line, and thought everything was very well written.

However, I don't know if I'll read any more in this series, and the reasons why are in spoilers below (since I don't want to ruin this for those who have no read it as yet):



If you've read the spoiler, then you know my final thoughts on the book and the ending, so there isn't much left to say.  Other than that, if you're inclined this is a decent book that can be read in one sitting.

https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Dram-Whisky-Business-Mystery-ebook/dp/B079R3PW46/ref

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2553037863

More on Melinda Mullet's Books:  https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/melinda-mullet/

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