National bestselling author Hannah Reed brings mystery lovers the first Scottish Highlands mystery, in which a young writer finds herself swept up in a murder amidst the glens and lochs…
After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…
The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?
A Sheepshearing yarn
Sorry—can’t help myself.
Eden Elliott meets Vicky MacBride on a flight to Inverness, and gets entangled in a family feud over an old will, written before Vicky’s father’s second marriage.
Lots of hostility towards both women by most of the locals continues throughout, and they are blamed for disasters based on, at best only circumstantial evidence.
Several friendly and attractive men are introduced, potentially useful in the romance novel, set in Scotland, which Eden is supposed to be researching for local color and setting, and writing while beset by writer’s block.
There are no dialect errors, which is refreshing. I don’t know where some authors get their language sources, but I want to throw a claymore at them.
I think I have this in paper, but it’s been since it was first published, and I can’t check as my books are all haphazardly packed and sealed.
I really enjoyed this—and I’ll get the other two when I can afford them. Alas, iBooks does have her Queen Bee series, nor does it carry Catherine Gaskin’s A Falcon for a Queen, not yet an ebook. Also set in the Highlands, it was my first exposure to the notion of single malt whiskies. While Glenfiddich was my first, my second was Laphroaig, and I fell in love with Islay whisky.
And haggis? Blood/black pudding? Not so bad as as you might think. I want to try cullen skink.
Have fun with this one.
Very well written. Love the characters. Already purchased the second.
A mystery right to the end. Perfect.