Sunday, September 23, 2018

Single Malt Murder (Whisky Business Mystery #1), by Melinda Mullet (author), Gemma Dawson (narrator)

Audible Studios, June 2017

When the uncle who raised her dies, Abigail Logan inherits a highly regarded whisky distillery in Scotland. Unfortunately, Abi is a photojournalist experienced at doing her work in war zones, not a distiller, or even much of a whisky drinker. With her friend Patrick, a writer for Wine & Spirits, and her Irish terrier, Liam, she heads off to  Scotland, expecting to attend her uncle's funeral, settle the estate, and put in motion plans to sell the distillery to someone better qualified to run it.

That lasts until, on the one hand, people start telling her that women can't run distilleries, and on the other hand, the threatening notes start arriving.

Abi meets some great people in the little Scottish town where the Abbey Glen distillery is located, but they all assume she'll be back in London soon, and most of them are concerned about who she'll sell Abbey Glen to. Some of them are actively hostile. But Abi is an award-winning photojournalist who has done most of her work in war zones, and she doesn't scare easily.

As threats, vandalism to the distillery, and a variety of offers all pour in, Abi has to figure out who she can trust and what's going on. The characters are interesting, Abi, Patrick, and Liam are all likable, and so are certain other characters who help to make the book absorbing.

Some of those likable characters are not necessarily people Abi should trust.

There's a question in my mind whether people living in small Scottish villages will necessarily think this is a good portrayal of them, but it's a tiny question, not a belief that they necessarily won't. If someone in a position to do so chooses to comment, I'd be interested.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.