Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullett
Published by Alibi on June 18, 2019
Cozy Mystery, 4th in Series
No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity.
Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteering at the Shepherd’s Rest women’s shelter in her spare time seem a surefire way to find the peace and stability she craves. It’s also the logical way to take her mind off her personal life. Abi’s business partner, Grant MacEwan, is facing a career-threatening disability, and as much as Abi longs to be there for him, he seems to prefer the company of a rival.
But as Abi becomes more involved with Shepherd’s Rest, she discovers that their refuge is elusive. When the shelter is rocked by a murder/suicide, Abi is outraged by the police’s lack of attention to these already marginalized women. Increasingly confident in her own skills as an investigator, Abi steps in to find out what the police will not: who left one young woman dead and another missing. But when more deadly deeds come to light, Abi must race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect—and expose the killer before he strikes again.
Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly.
SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED | DEADLY DRAM | DIED IN THE WOOL
This is the fourth in the Whisky Business Mystery series, but the first that I have read. I recommend that you read the others before this one as I missed a lot of the back story and character development. Having said that, I did really enjoy this story and will be going back and reading the first three in the series.
Abi Logan is a former photojournalist who has inherited part ownership of a whiskey distillery, an estate in Scotland and a charitable trust. She has also inadvertently opened a sheep sanctuary. There is a lot going on in this story. Her partner, and former romantic interest, Grant, was injured in a previous book and is recuperating. His former girlfriend has arrived from Wales to nurse him and announced to everyone that they are engaged. While dealing with this, she is approached by the local vet and Minister about shearing her sheep and donating the wool to a store that supports the local women’s shelter. This is right up Abi’s alley and when she goes to meet Amanda, the young woman who runs the store and the shelter, she is asked if she would be interested in serving on the Board. Abi agrees and gets her self caught up in a murder and disappearance of two of the residents.
I really enjoyed the story, the characters, the plot and the mystery. There was a lot happening in this story, but it all tied together nicely. This was a very well-crafted and well-paced mystery. With many suspects, some red herrings and twists, I never figured out what was going on until just before the big reveal. I loved the showdown. There was sneaking around, danger, fire, and a daring escape followed by a dressing down by the local law enforcement. The characters are wonderful, both the main ones and the secondary ones. They are realistic and likeable. Their problems are real, things that happen in today’s world, and could happen to anyone (maybe not the murder part). A wonderful part of this story is the interactions and friendships. Abi is a great protagonist, she is smart, caring, independent and of course willing to do what she believes in right. The Scottish countryside with the distilleries and downtown Edinburgh are both lovely places to set this series. Well done Melinda Mullet, you have a new fan. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: 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.