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.
I am so glad I stumbled upon this series. Single Malt Murder was like a breath of fresh air on my reading list and Death Distilled turned out to be just as refreshing. I like mixing up my reading genres from time to time 😉
Abi turned a little fan-girlish in Death Distilled. I suppose that’s understandable, but because of that she kept second guessing herself. I still had faith in her gut instinct, even though she wasn’t always right. To be fair, there were a lot of twists and turns in this one and I honestly didn’t figure out who the ‘bad guy’ was until just before Abi did.
This series is turning into one of my favorite mysteries. There are more than a few quirky characters, an adorable dog (that’s now got his own flock of wayward sheep) and a somewhat budding romance. There was also more than one mystery within the pages of Death Distilled and I loved that way the secondary one turned out. The best part is that there’s obviously more to come and I can’t wait to see what Melinda Mullet has in store for the residents of Balfour.