Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Escapes Blog Tour: Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery (Whisky Business Mystery #1) by Melinda Mullet

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Alibi (March 21 2017)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HL180QG

Book Description

Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder.

When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.

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.

My Review

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery is the first book in the Whisky Business Mystery series by Melinda Mullet. This is the first book of Melinda Mullet's that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

Abi Logan inherits her uncle's scotch whiskey distillery in Scotland.  As soon as she arrives in Scotland from her London home she discovers that many interests are competing to buy the distillery from her. And there is sabotage occurring at the distillery. Soon there is a murder and Abi is kept busy trying to discern who is helping her and who is hindering her efforts.

There are lots of twists and turns. Abi is attracted to the head distiller despite her worries that he could be the one behind the troubles at the distillery. This story is very well written. It is a good mystery. I would not limit this book to fans of cozies. It is a good mystery.

Highly recommend Single Malt Murder.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Great Escapes Blog Tour: Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery #18) by Laura Childs

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 042528168X
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 7 2017)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English


March 6 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – REVIEW
March 6 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT
March 7 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
March 7 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
March 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
March 8 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT
March 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 9 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW
March 9 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
March 9 – My Journey Back – REVIEW  
March 10 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
March 11 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW  
March 11 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
March 12 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
March 12 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
March 13 – Queen of All She Reads –  SPOTLIGHT
March 13 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
March 14 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
March 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 15 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
March 15 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
March 16 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW
March 16 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – INTERVIEW
March 17 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW, GUEST POST
March 17 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 18 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
March 18 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  
March 19 – 3  Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – REVIEW
March 19 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

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Book Description

 In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will murder.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse...


About the Author

 Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She's also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries - a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans' spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe's undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

My Review

Pekoe Most Poison is the eighteenth book in the Tea Shop Mystery series by author Laura Childs. I enjoy all of Laura Child's mystery series. The Tea Shop Mysteries are set in Charleston which is one of my favorite places to visit.

Theodosia Browning, the Indigo Tea Shop owner, attends a "rat tea" with her friend and co-worker Drayton. The rat tea is held at the home of socialite Doreen Briggs. Doreen's husband dies during the tea the shock of everyone. Theo quickly realizes that Beau Briggs has been poisoned. Holding a grant to Drayton's heritage society over their heads, Theo agrees to try to solve the mysterious death for Doreen.

It was lovely being back in Charleston and wonderful to visit with Theo, Haley and Drayton. Good mystery with lots of red herrings. Enjoyable cozy mystery. Fans of Child's will be thrilled with the latest, Pekoe Most Poison.