Single Malt Murder

A Whisky Business Mystery

    • 4.3 • 32 Ratings
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Publisher 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.

Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 21
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

First book in A Whiskey Business Mystery series!

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet is the first book in A Whiskey Business Mystery series. Abigail “Abi” Logan has returned to England upon hearing about the death of her uncle, Bennett Logan. Abi is a photojournalist and was in Africa on assignment when she received the call that he was dying. Ben suffered from lung cancer and the end came quicker than expected. Abi heads to Scotland with her friend, Patrick (associate editor for Wine and Spirits Monthly) for Ben’s funeral and the reading of his will. Before leaving London, Abi receives a threatening note. Someone is not happy that Abi is inheriting Abbey Glen, Ben’s single malt whiskey distillery. About fifteen years prior, Ben retired and sold Haven, his home. He relocated to Balfour, Scotland where he renovated an old distillery and house for himself. This is Abi’s first visit to Ben’s home (she held a grudge with Ben for selling Haven). They arrive at Ben’s home to find another warning (a very nasty one which I am not describing). Abi discovers that someone has also been sabotaging the distillery. Abi and Patrick decide to check on the distillery before retiring on the day of the funeral (worried that someone would take advantage of the place being empty). They are in the Yeast Room and find a body in a washback. It seems that the saboteur has escalated to murder. Abi is planning on selling Abbey Glen, but she cannot move forward with her plans until she finds the person responsible. She does not believe the local police are up to the task. But the locals do not appreciate Abi’s presence and prefer to keep their secrets hidden. It will take all of Abi’s investigative skills to uncover the offender and remain alive to see the wrongdoer brought to justice.

Single Malt Murder contained an interesting and complex mystery. A good sleuth will be able to identify the wrongdoer if they pay close attention (one sentence provided me with the identity). The novel is easy to read (for the most part), but I did find the pace a little slow at times. I had trouble liking Abi. She is an acquired taste (just like whiskey). I did like her approach to investigating the crime, though, I quickly tired of her three words for each person. I give Single Malt Murder 4 out of 5 stars. The setting sounded beautiful. I would love to visit the area. The whiskey making process is described in the book. It is complicated and involves many steps (this is one area where the flow is slow). I do not drink so I was unaware of the different types of whiskey. I believe the book could have done with just a little more editing. I found it to be a little too long. I wish the author had not made the romance element so prevalent. I did tire of Abi admiring Grant’s appearance and personality as well as debating the merits of getting involved with him. Single Malt Murder is a good first book and it will be interesting to see where the author takes the series in the future.

becky0416 ,

Couldn't put it down

A sophisticated, complex and intriguing mystery involving murder and mayhem. With the multitude of players involved, the twists and turns, constant change of suspects based on cleverly placed clues and eliminations, the story could have been confusing, but through the author's crafty way of delineating the facts kept the story flowing smoothly and quite nicely.

Abi's ability to narrow everyone she met down to three word impressions, through her instincts , was genius in adding a layer of complexity to the mystery plot and sussing out the suspects. This gave a different perspective on the characters and their idiosyncrasies, guiding towards the culprit. The truth of the mystery will definitely keep you guessing up until the very end...I surely didn't see it coming. I like a mystery like that, where you are using deductive reasoning yourself to figure out the clues and solve the mystery along the way. It's no fun when it comes too easily...and this story was a stunner in its conclusion.

For a first book, Ms Mullet has made an impressive entrance into the Mystery & Thrillet genre...I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.

catlvr49 ,

Single Malt Murder

Super read, but not by an alcoholic!

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