The new novel in the acclaimed Highland Bookshop mystery series finds a true-crime author murdered in the charming seacoast town of Inversgail—can the women of Yon Bonnie Books discover the killer’s identity before he or she strikes again?
True crime writer Heather Kilbride arrives in the seacoast town of Inversgail, Scotland, to research a recent murder for her new book. But if that’s true, why does she seem more interested in William Clark, a shadowy lawyer with no connection to the murder? Her nosy questions arouse the suspicions of Constable Hobbs, the members of a local writers’ group, and Janet Marsh and her crew of amateur sleuths at Yon Bonnie Books.
Heather’s unconventional research methods prove deadly when Janet discovers her lifeless body. Except the “body” turns out to be a dummy dressed-up to look like Heather. Meanwhile, Heather is sitting at a safe distance observing Janet’s reactions.
Then Heather is found dead—again—sprawled at the base of an ancient standing stone; and this time it’s for real. Clutched in her hand is a valuable miniature book last seen at Yon Bonnie Books, and now the police want to know how Heather, the miniature book, and Janet are all connected. But Janet and her group of sleuths have two questions of their own: Who else is interested in knowing that connection—and is that person a cold-blooded killer?
Molly MacRae is the national bestselling author of Lawn Order, Wilder Rumors, and the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series, including Knot the Usual Suspectsand Plagued by Quilt. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she has won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.
Publisher: Pegasus Crime (March 1, 2021)
Length: 288 pages
"Appealing local color, including a dash of Scottish dialect, buoys this easygoing mystery . . . Cozy fans are in for a treat."
– Publishers Weekly
"Cozy aficionados will be charmed."
– Criminal Element [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
“Enjoyable. The plot steadily gains momentum as it heads toward the satisfying ending. Well-drawn characters enhance the story line. Armchair travelers will have fun.”
– Publishers Weekly [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
“Enough motives and suspects to provide plenty of twists and turns.”
– Kirkus Reviews [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
“A new cozy mystery series in which the drama is tempered with humor.”
– Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
“With its cast of appealing amateur sleuths and quirky town residents, this leisurely paced mystery will attract cozy fans.”
– Library Journal [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
“This charming mystery set in the Scottish Highlands combines murder, poison-pen letters and the challenges of running a bookshop.”
– Shelf Awareness [praise for the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series]
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