Monday, January 25, 2016

A Wee Dose of Death (A ScotShop Mystery #2) by Fran Stewart

You may recall, not long ago, I told you about A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart. I did tell you how fabulous it was and how you would want to jump in this series. I do hope you listened because today I am here to tell you that the next part, A Wee Dose of Death (A ScotShop Mystery #2) by Fran Stewart, is equally as wonderful.

From the back of the book:

A second dose of Scottish charm from the author of A Wee Murder in My Shop.

While business is booming at the ScotShop in Hamelin, Vermont, proprietor Peggy Winn doesn’t have time to toast her good fortune thanks to her hot-tempered, fourteenth-century Scottish companion. Being thrust into the modern world hasn’t been easy for Dirk, but Peggy is at her wit’s end trying to keep the ghostie galoot in line.

But when the local police chief finds the body of Peggy’s friend Karaline’s college professor in a deserted mountain cabin, everyone is thrown for a loop. It seems the secretive professor may have been killed over his ecological work, an idea that’s only reinforced when Karaline herself is shot. Now Peggy and Dirk must set aside their differences to put the cold-blooded killer under loch and key...

My thoughts:

First, this is a paranormal cozy, one of my favorite themes, and the ghost is so manly, I can't help but adore him; I did in the first part as well. While him being Scottish made him even more appealing to me, you all know I am not a fan of using dialect through the story, so that was a little distracting. I do hope in future installments, we readers will be trusted to know he is Scottish without having to try and figure out what he is saying.

The setting, as before, was rich and immersive and the mystery had a pacing that was beautiful and had me turning pages in anticipation of what was next. Fran Stewart really has something unique in the feeling of this series and I truly look forward to the next part.

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