A skilfully planned murder in Portugal; a clever con-game in Texas; a body washed up on the Galloway coast. What have these far-flung events in common? In a word: whisky. And not any kind of whisky, but a fine malt.
Bruce Sanderson is on a ten-day holiday in the Highlands when he encounters Iain MacNair, who begins to teach him the mysteries of blending noble malts. He soon embarks on a relationship with MacNair's daughter Katriona but, shortly after, Macnair is murdered. Bruce begins to investigate the murder and soon finds that both he and Katriona are in the sights of a dangerous killer who will go to any lengths to protect an ingenious fraud.
Grindal's seventh mystery is straightforward and engrossing in true British fashion, as were his earlier books Death Stalk, The Monterant Affair, etc. On a hike through the Scottish Highlands, Bruce Sanderson meets Iain MacNair, whose family's famous whisky distillery is now owned by outsiders. Sanderson is startled but skeptical when MacNair says that someone is trying to kill him. But Iain is killed later, and his daughter Katriona hires Sanderson to investigate. As a result, they both are stalked by a hired gunman who has murdered others to protect the interests of a person operating an international whisky scam. At the novel's decisive moment, Sanderson and Katriona are at bay, in a woodland cabin where the murderer follows them. The author's experiences as an official of the Scottish Whisky Distillers' Association add "spirit'' to the tale.