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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Review: Scones and Scoundrels: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 2 Molly MacRae

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Pegasus Books via Edelweiss for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

Off to Scotland for today's recommended book!

 Scones and Scoundrels:  cover


The new mystery in the Highland Bookshop series, bringing together a body outside a pub, a visiting author determined to find the killer, and a murderously good batch of scones . . .

Inversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn’t set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is . . . eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young man—an American who’d spent a night in the B&B above Yon Bonnie Books—is found dead outside a pub.

Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she’s capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their business—not to mention the reputation of their scones—Janet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne’s dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling. .


I sped through this book as it was so enjoyable- a perfect blend of chick lit for the older set (ie over 40) and a cozy mystery. Add in the allure of Scotland and some really great food, and you've got a mystery that is quickly devoured! Course reading it late at night MIGHT just make you head for the kitchen! I had not read book 1 in the series) (Plaid and Plagiarism), but look forward to going back and reading it as well. With true to life characters, a fun cast of village characters and enough charm to keep you smiling throughiut, this is the perfect book for a light winter read, you've found it! Don't miss this new series! 

About the Author: 
Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace.

Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.

MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library. Check out her website for more info, 

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