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    Deadly Dram

    Wow! Didn't see the quilty party til the end. A good mix of clues that lead you to think okay, they have the right person, Next thing is a slight twist that had me scratching my head and thinking okay maybe its the other person. Very well crafted and kept me reading. Can't wait for the next book.
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    Whiskey and Mystery...great combination

    I really enjoyed this book. There are so many details of whiskey making and tasting mixed into the mystery that it just about qualifies as an educational work. But it's far too entertaining to be put into that category. The characters were well written and I could visualize them and the situations around them. I'd love to visit that lodge, the luxury made my mouth water. I think I’ve met the “Whiskey Boys” in other fields. They were so much a part of this book, a fraternity of men who would look dubiously at any woman trying to join the club or be a part of the industry. In many cases, women have fought to show the “boys” that they are as capable and knowledgeable as any man working in a field and this book brings that point home very nicely. A very nice side of this novel. The mystery was well written and very believable in not only how it was set up but in who the final villain happened to be. Good job. The pace and clues went along very well for the first quarter or so, but then I found about the middle, it seemed the mystery got too intertwined with the whiskey contest and slowed down for a while. It picked back up and the ending was a page turner. This book made me want to take a whiskey tour of Scotland (or even Kentucky and Tennessee in the USA) to learn the flavors and details of how each area perfects the craft. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but for that kind of tour, I think I could become one. Any time a book generates interest in the background story and an appreciation of the mystery, it is very successful in my estimation. I would recommend this work to mystery lovers and whiskey lovers who enjoy a mystery. Overall excellent work.
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    Liam steals the show!

    A lovely, atmospheric cozy. There were lots of interesting suspects and backstories but let’s be real. It’s all about Liam. Definitely one of my favourite literary puppers. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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    Worth the time

    Deadly Dram, written by Melinda Mullet, was a very enjoyable book that is set in Scotland. The book has a wonderful tempo to it. It starts out with a Hogmanay celebration and works its way to the murders. Abi never seems stressed even though time she knows it’s urgent for her and Inspector Michaelson to find the killer before they kill again. Abi and Inspector Michaelson make a good team. This is because she’s willing to go with her instincts and he is the one who makes her realize that he needs evidence not just hunches. They always go for the truth instead of taking the easy way out. The one thing that disappointed me is the fact that there was way more American English than British English. Since I don’t know where Abi is supposed to be from, there can be room for her to be from the United States. Even so, the people she’s with should be speaking British English and not American. For this reason, I feel it is a 4 star book.
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    Third book in series!

    Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet is A Whiskey Business Mystery. Abigail “Abi” Logan co-owns Abbey Glen with Grant McEwen. Abi inherited her share of the whiskey distillery business from her Uncle Ben a year prior. She is attracted to Grant, but, after many disastrous relationships and not wanting to ruin their business partnership, Abi has decided it is best to keep Grant firmly in the friend zone (and avoid him whenever possible). With the holidays over it is time for them to attend a four day event at a five star resort for the Golden Quaich competition. Abbey Glen is up for a couple of awards, but there is stiff competition. After acquiring the appropriate wardrobe, Abi and Liam arrive at the lodge where they will be sharing accommodations with her best friend, Patrick Cooke. After an evening of schmoozing and whiskey drinking, Abi is awakened by screaming. Sir Richard Simpson, one of the judges, is dead in his room. DI Ian Michaelson is on the case and has cause to believe the death is anything but accidental. Abi agrees to keep her eyes and ears open and takes it upon herself to ask a few questions as well. The following morning, Abi is once again awakened early with the news of another death. Archie MacInnes, another judge, is dead in his room. When Patrick becomes a person of interest, Abi steps up game. Can they catch the killer before he strikes again? Deadly Dram takes readers to Balfour, Scotland where Abi is learning the ropes of the whiskey industry. It is a different life from being a photojournalist, but her skills come in handy when there is a murder. The clothes Abi acquired with the assistance Katherine McRae were beautiful. Abi was stylish in her new ensembles (a good representative for Abbey Glen). While Deadly Dram is the third installment in A Whiskey Business Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. The author provides Abi’s background along with that of the main characters (Grant, Cam, Patrick, and Liam). I was overwhelmed with the number of characters in the beginning. It gets easier to keep them straight as the story progresses. The shining star of Deadly Dram is adorable Liam. He manages to steal the story with his antics (like chasing a rabbit), sleeping on the gorgeous duvet covers and looking dapper in his bow ties. Melinda Mullet is a descriptive writer which allows readers to visualize the scenes, but it also slows down the pace of the story. The mystery is multifaceted with several suspects, a red herring or two, and good clues. The killer does not wish to be caught and attempts to dissuade Abi from investigating (the guilty party evidently does not know Abi very well). Abi was intent on questioning her suspects and looking for clues. Armchair sleuths will find solving this crime a cinch (one little detail is the key). I did not realize there were so many different types of whiskey available and from a variety of countries. It was interesting to learn more about the process of distilling and the range of ingredients. Even the cask used to store the whiskey in is important to the taste. While attending the event and working on the investigation, Abi has been thinking about Grant. Is she ready for a relationship with him? The ending leaves readers with hope and a cliffhanger.
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