From the back of the book:
Hamelin,Vermont isn't the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn’s ScotShop, business is booming…
While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee: the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman.
Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont—only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime—before anyone else gets kilt…
I love a good mystery and I also happen to love a good ghost story, so when you combine the two it is all win for me. In addition, throw in Scotland, make that ghost a rustic handsome man, add a good looking police officer, and the murder of a cheating boyfriend and you have a perfect recipe for a fabulous read. Fran Stewart introduces an interesting cast of characters and sets it in a quaint Scottish shop as well having it actually start in Scotland.
The pacing of the mystery is lovely and I love the way the story unfolds letting me get to know everyone. The settings and scenes are told in great detail, allowing you to be immersed into the story even if you have never been to Scotland or been exposed to much Scottish traditions. As a yarn artist, I must say, I was totally drawn to the description of the shawl and already have looked up and found several tartan patterns that I am trying to narrow down to a favorite so I can get started making my own.
If you are looking to get in on a brand new series I recommend to grab this beautiful written mystery by Fran Stewart.
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