Today I am discussing a new series to me by Melinda Mullet, Died in the Wool is the 5th installment in the A Whisky Business Mystery series. This was the first time I had read one of Melinda's books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the earlier books.
Publisher: Alibi (June 18 2019)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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.
This was the first time I had read one of Melinda's books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The protagonist Abigail is a strong independent woman but she seems to find trouble at every turn. I enjoyed the relationship between Amanda and Patrick and her blossoming romance with Grant.
The mystery was well written and carries through the entire story. There were a couple of twists and turns that I didn't see coming but I did guess the killer halfway through. The author brought all the characters to life for me and I really love a book that makes me feel like I can see everything in my minds eye.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, and I highly recommend this series to all my cozy mystery loving friends.
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