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Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight. Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide. Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly: SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED


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Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight. Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide. Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly: SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED

30 review for Single Malt Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    4 stars to Melinda Mullet's Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery, the first book in the new "Whisky Business" cozy mystery series. I stumbled across this book on NetGalley as a pre-release opportunity to read and review. I'm so glad I did! It was a fantastic new cozy with all the Scottish charm you'd come to expect... and now I may need to take up whisky drinking (even more than the Jack Daniels I already enjoy too frequently)! Story Abi Logan's a semi-famous photographer in London, w 4 stars to Melinda Mullet's Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery, the first book in the new "Whisky Business" cozy mystery series. I stumbled across this book on NetGalley as a pre-release opportunity to read and review. I'm so glad I did! It was a fantastic new cozy with all the Scottish charm you'd come to expect... and now I may need to take up whisky drinking (even more than the Jack Daniels I already enjoy too frequently)! Story Abi Logan's a semi-famous photographer in London, whose parents passed away in a car accident when she was 8 years-old. Her father's brother, Uncle Ben, raised her in his flat until she joined a newspaper and traveled the world for a story. He retired to a small town in Scotland where he purchased a single malt whisky distillery and made a core group of new friends and family. When he passes away from cancer, she inherits the distillery and heads to Scotland to find a buyer and say goodbye to him. But she quickly learns the old-fashioned whisky team don't take too kindly to a woman trying to run things. She finds a few friendly souls and begins to find someone to help her run the place until she can sell it; however, she receives several threats to get out quickly, later finding the dead body of the son of her late uncle's girlfriend drowned in a whisky barrel. More threats and a few additional deaths fall across her path... leading her and best friend Patrick to try to solve the investigation before she ends up a victim herself! Strengths 1. The description and coverage of the whisky-making process is delectable. I've never been much of a straight-whisky drinker... the occasional glass over ice on a cold night has been known to occur. I have been a long-time imbiber when it comes to a splash of ginger ale and lime wedge. Delicious! But now I've learned so much about the process, I want to try good whisky -- and on its own! Go into this read lightly, you might become an addict quickly. 2. Patrick and Abi have a great relationship. She's smart, no nonsense and independent. He's witty, business-savvy and a good listener. He's also gay, so no worry about any relationship-type issues. I hope he finds a couple of good paramours... it'd be fun to see how the writer handles it in the small Scottish town. Abi's already got one suitor based on her interactions and it's got the potential to steam up the pages. Just think "what's under that kilt?" and you can leave the rest to your imagination. 3. The story is clever and has several different paths. Lots of characters and suspects without over-doing it. A good amount of red herrings. A fair hustle of danger. I read it almost entirely in one sitting, as each new chapter covered a different angle. Suggestions 1. One concern is the breadth of future stories... how much can really occur in a whisky distillery after the debut is all about who will end up owning it? One option which the author seems to be considering is that Abi won't live in the Scottish town as she ends up back in London at the end of the book, undecided about next steps. Perhaps that's just to carry us to book 2, but I'd like her to stay and see how the story could combine her world travels as a photographer / reporter and as a distillery-owner. 2. Some of the supporting characters were a little too similar. I will remember 1 or 2, but the rest blended together enough that I may forget when I start the next book. I think some time may need to focus on bringing forth a stable of 4 or 5 core supporting characters, each with clear and distinct personalities. It's minor and easily addressed. Final Thoughts Give this new series a chance. It's a non-traditional setting (at least for me) in a small Scottish town. It's got a girl with no family left, so it'll be interesting to see how she handles life "on her own" and assembles a new family. Patrick will definitely make the series stand out. And the writing is clean and interesting, especially with hints of Scottish brogue thrown about!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    When Abigail Logan’s Uncle Ben passed from cancer, she was devastated. He’d been her surrogate dad since her parents had been killed in a car accident when she was a child; his death was a dreadful loss. But the shock she received when she inherited Abbey Glen, a single malt whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands had her wondering what on earth she would do. Abi knew absolutely nothing about whisky and the making of it – she decided to take a couple of weeks off work to sort through the est When Abigail Logan’s Uncle Ben passed from cancer, she was devastated. He’d been her surrogate dad since her parents had been killed in a car accident when she was a child; his death was a dreadful loss. But the shock she received when she inherited Abbey Glen, a single malt whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands had her wondering what on earth she would do. Abi knew absolutely nothing about whisky and the making of it – she decided to take a couple of weeks off work to sort through the estate and work out what to do. But when Abi started to receive nasty threats she was a little disturbed – what was it all about? Why was she being targeted? And when she decided to investigate, as well as honour her Uncle Ben’s name and love for Abbey Glen, the threats became much worse. Did someone want her out to the way? With best friend Patrick and her loveable dog Liam by her side, Abi dug her heels in and tried to make friends with her new employees. Suddenly a young man was found floating in a vat of whisky – was it an accident? Or was it worse? Abi was determined to find answers – but was she in serious danger? Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet is a light and entertaining cosy mystery which I thoroughly enjoyed. The beginning of a new series, I might just have to look for the second book when it’s published! Twists, turns, intrigue and a nefarious plot – Single Malt Murder is highly recommended by me. (And I had no idea who the “bad guy” was until the reveal!) With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    PugMom

    A good start to an interesting series! For me, it was in the vein of a cozy but much grittier. Maybe due to the theme (I'm not well versed on the subject of whiskey) so I guess I learned a few things along the way. It was a solid mystery and the characters were well developed. I hope to get to know them better in the next book in the series. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. A good start to an interesting series! For me, it was in the vein of a cozy but much grittier. Maybe due to the theme (I'm not well versed on the subject of whiskey) so I guess I learned a few things along the way. It was a solid mystery and the characters were well developed. I hope to get to know them better in the next book in the series. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melindam

    1st DNF-book of the year. I .... JUST.... DON'T CARE... WHO ... DID... WHAT because this book is boring. And another reason to scare me off cosy mysteries in the future. I should really have know by now, as I have read some books of the genre and apart from 1 exception, they always missed their mark with me. But.... this book got good reviews and the concept of Scotland and mystery in a Whisky Distillery proved to be very enticing. The concept of it was, the execution was run-of-the-mill stuff with 1st DNF-book of the year. I .... JUST.... DON'T CARE... WHO ... DID... WHAT because this book is boring. And another reason to scare me off cosy mysteries in the future. I should really have know by now, as I have read some books of the genre and apart from 1 exception, they always missed their mark with me. But.... this book got good reviews and the concept of Scotland and mystery in a Whisky Distillery proved to be very enticing. The concept of it was, the execution was run-of-the-mill stuff with all the weak points I find so annoying. To put this in whisky-terms: this is a very weak, watered-down, blandest of blends, cheap stuff, not recommended for consumption

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Absolutely delicious! I'm speaking of the book, not the booze. I enjoyed every word of this one from beginning to end. And speaking of words, I must point out that you'll find no "e" in whisky here; the Scots, I've learned, spell it "whisky" while the Irish - and as far as I can tell, we Americans - prefer "whiskey." It was the title, in fact, that prompted my initial interest; our son was a devotee of single malt Scotch. He shared a number of varieties with my husband and I, although to be hone Absolutely delicious! I'm speaking of the book, not the booze. I enjoyed every word of this one from beginning to end. And speaking of words, I must point out that you'll find no "e" in whisky here; the Scots, I've learned, spell it "whisky" while the Irish - and as far as I can tell, we Americans - prefer "whiskey." It was the title, in fact, that prompted my initial interest; our son was a devotee of single malt Scotch. He shared a number of varieties with my husband and I, although to be honest, those more strongly permeated with peat - one of the distinguishing characteristics - to me tasted rather like drinking a pile of watered-down dirt. Still, because of his enthusiasm, the topic was intriguing, and now I'm delighted to say the book tasted far better than that earthy Scotch. The story moves along quickly and interestingly, and now that I've finished, I'm looking forward to the next in the series (which I believe is Death Distilled, set for publication on Sept. 5, 2017). This story begins when award-winning photojournalist Abigail Logan inherits Abbey Glen, a distillery in the Scottish Highlands, from her late Uncle Ben. It's largely operated by head distiller Grant (yes, he's a single, hunky Scotsman and she's also unattached). When she takes a couple of weeks off from her job to check things out - accompanied by her Wheaten Terrier Liam and good friend Patrick (a whiskey lover if ever there was one), she isn't exactly welcomed with open arms. The locals, it seems, share a fervent belief that a woman has no place in a distillery. Even Grant, close friends with her uncle, seems to resent her presence; just about the only people who are happy to see her are trying to curry favor so she'll sell the distillery - which she has zero knowledge of how to run - to them. But there's much more to the disdain than that; in short order, she gets anonymous threats - not the least of which is a still-dripping blood dead duck - and then a young male employee turns up quite dead in a large vat of whiskey. The suspect list is long - and, at least for a time, includes Abi herself. Not knowing who to trust, she puts her investigative journalism skills to work to try to identify the killer, all the while trying to decide what to do with the property (and the rest of her life). It's a wonderful adventure , and short enough that it easily can be finished in a day or two. One of my favorite quotes, though, came after the book ended, to-wit: "Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky and a dog to eat the rare steak." Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for a review. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Photojournalist Abigail Logan is devastated when her uncle Ben dies. He’s the only family she had left. Now she discovers her uncle left her his whisky distillery. She knows nothing about the whisky business, but she realizes she better learn quickly. Along with her best friend, Patrick, and her faithful dog Liam, they head to the Scottish Highlands to check things out. Abigail finds herself faced with the task of selling the distillery and there are quite a few buyers in the running. It’s not lo Photojournalist Abigail Logan is devastated when her uncle Ben dies. He’s the only family she had left. Now she discovers her uncle left her his whisky distillery. She knows nothing about the whisky business, but she realizes she better learn quickly. Along with her best friend, Patrick, and her faithful dog Liam, they head to the Scottish Highlands to check things out. Abigail finds herself faced with the task of selling the distillery and there are quite a few buyers in the running. It’s not long before she finds herself the victim of sabatoge. Not to mention she discovers a dead body in the distillery. She can’t help but wonder who is behind all of these horrible events. Even her head distiller is a suspect, regardless of how handsome he might be. This is the first book in the Whisky Mystery series. I loved every minute of the time I spent in the Scottish Highlands. The plot moved along at a fast pace. The characters are expertly crafted and realistic. I adored Abigail. She’s a strong character that refuses to back down under the most dire of circumstances. It’s especially hard when the only one she can trust is her dog Liam. The ending totally caught me off guard. I didn’t see it coming at all. I just love when that happens when reading mysteries. I couldn’t put this one down. I can’t wait to read the next one. Great way to start this series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    It's OK like a hundred other books are OK. Books like this one will either fly or crash on how the setting is handled. Unfortunately this book was an opportunity missed, the mystery wasn't good enough to fly on its own but it could have been saved by concentrating more on the whisky making process. If I walked away feeling like an expert on Scotch I probably would have enjoyed it much more. As it is, it's just OK. It's OK like a hundred other books are OK. Books like this one will either fly or crash on how the setting is handled. Unfortunately this book was an opportunity missed, the mystery wasn't good enough to fly on its own but it could have been saved by concentrating more on the whisky making process. If I walked away feeling like an expert on Scotch I probably would have enjoyed it much more. As it is, it's just OK.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts This series is off to a spectacular start! Photojournalist Abi Logan lost her parents early in her life in an auto accident. She was then raised by her Uncle Ben. She has been traveling around the world to some pretty dangerous places while Uncle Ben retired to Scotland and opened a single malt distillery. Sadly Ben passes away and leaves his business to Abi. She and her friend Patrick, a wine and whiskey aficionado, travel to Scotland along with Liam, Ami’s Wheaten Terrier to Dollycas’s Thoughts This series is off to a spectacular start! Photojournalist Abi Logan lost her parents early in her life in an auto accident. She was then raised by her Uncle Ben. She has been traveling around the world to some pretty dangerous places while Uncle Ben retired to Scotland and opened a single malt distillery. Sadly Ben passes away and leaves his business to Abi. She and her friend Patrick, a wine and whiskey aficionado, travel to Scotland along with Liam, Ami’s Wheaten Terrier to look the place over and decide its future. No one seems happy to have Abi around. They expect her to sell the place and move on because the whiskey business is no place for a woman. Before bids for purchase start to flow in Abi starts to receive threats and there are several mishaps at the plant, clearly sabotage. The threats become more blatant and then one of the employees is found floating in a vat of whiskey. That isn’t the last malicious act either. Abi knows it is up to her to find the killer and stop the madness. She hopes her keen sense of observation will help her solve the case quickly but she has too many suspects and they have too many secrets. Tightening the lid of this keg may be more than she can handle. Whiskey is my alcoholic beverage of choice but I am not savvy in the way it is made and my sense for taste is far from refined. This story taught me quite a bit but the mystery is what kept me positively glued to these pages. Abi is a fantastic protagonist. Strong and feisty and when she finds people’s biggest problem with her is her gender it really gets her dander up. She has something to prove. Patrick is a great friend. He has her back and is great sounding board. He notices things she misses and gives valuable advice. They make a great team. The author has created a great supporting cast too. They are all very real and believable. Liam is a great canine companion and is smart as a whip. I would categorize the plot as very complex. More twists and turns that your average mystery. It seemed that each chapter introduced something new that sent things is a totally different direction. The author really keeps the reader on their toes. She immerses us right into the story giving us the feeling we are on the shoulders of these great characters. Stories like this are so much fun to read. The setting is unique. Scotland is beautiful and Uncle Ben has built a distillery doing things the old fashion way. There are several buildingS and a unique operation. The “cabin” has also been beautifully updated. It is a place I would love to visit. I absolutely loved this story, beginning, middle and end. The suspense ratcheted up in all the right places but never crossed the line from cozy to thriller. The characters continued to evolve and romance just started to bloom. I was unable to put the book down. I read the whole thing in one day. Melinda Mullett has set the bar extremely high for herself. This is going to be a story that is tough to top. Another Best Read for 2017. I cannot wait to our next trip to the Scottish Highlands and Abbey Glen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    A well crafted mystery with good character development for the first in a new series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer

    Review of SINGLE MALT MURDER by Melinda Mullet I totally loved this engaging, intriguing, and delightful debut mystery, first in a series. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't turn away from it. Some years ago I read a Deborah Crombie mystery whose setting included a woman's inheritance of a Scottish distillery [NOW MAY YOU WEEP], so when I found SINGLE MALT MURDER available for review, I leaped to it. Abi (Abigail) Logan is a photojournalist of war and misery, documenting the evils humans Review of SINGLE MALT MURDER by Melinda Mullet I totally loved this engaging, intriguing, and delightful debut mystery, first in a series. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't turn away from it. Some years ago I read a Deborah Crombie mystery whose setting included a woman's inheritance of a Scottish distillery [NOW MAY YOU WEEP], so when I found SINGLE MALT MURDER available for review, I leaped to it. Abi (Abigail) Logan is a photojournalist of war and misery, documenting the evils humans do to each other. Based in London, she is also an orphan at a young age, raised by Uncle Ben, a well-to-do financial analyst who fifteen years ago purchased a whiskey distillery in Scotland. Ben's demise from cancer leaves Abi his heir, and before she can even travel to Scotland, she is besieged by threatening notes. Once she is on the ground in Scotland, sabotage commences at the distillery—at first what could possibly be accidents, but soon escalates to death and arson. Meanwhile Abi is offered several different buyout plans for Abbey Glen, the distillery, and there's much tension between her and some of the employees and townspeople, which only intensifies with the death. Throughout, author Melinda Mullet subtly increases the tension and mystery, but never gives away the plot, so that the denouement is both amazing and for Abi, quite terrifying. I found not a single fault with this mystery and eagerly anticipate further mysteries in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet is the first book in A Whisky Business Mystery series. Photographer and journalist Abigail Logan inherits a whisky distillery in Scotland, but finds herself in the middle of threats and sabotage and then murder. An interesting cozy mystery with engaging characters and an unexpected ending.Being a non whisky drinker, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and I found the information on whisky informative and interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    Award-winning photojournalist Abigail Logan is grieving the death of her uncle Ben, who raised her after the death of her parents in an auto accident. Fifteen years prior to his death from cancer Ben sold up his London holdings and purchased a small whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Abby is now the owner of the distillery but has no plans to continue. She loves her globe-trotting career and has no intention of taking up distilling single malt and settling down in a small village. But Award-winning photojournalist Abigail Logan is grieving the death of her uncle Ben, who raised her after the death of her parents in an auto accident. Fifteen years prior to his death from cancer Ben sold up his London holdings and purchased a small whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Abby is now the owner of the distillery but has no plans to continue. She loves her globe-trotting career and has no intention of taking up distilling single malt and settling down in a small village. But Ben made a success of the distillery and she wants to make sure that any buyer will preserve his vision for the business. Abi takes her wheaten terrier, Liam, for a stay at Abbey Glen in order to sort things out. The village and the distillery staff are far from welcoming and a series of petty vandalisms culminate in murder and fire at Abbey Glen Distillery. Someone wants Abi gone, but who is it, the various prospective buyers, someone who works at the distillery or someone in the village itself? Abi must use all her investigative skills to find out the culprit and perhaps save her own life. I am a fan of all things Scots (except haggis, perhaps) but I have never developed a taste for single malt and knew absolutely nothing about distilling. Single Malt Murder is packed with information about the methods, history, and lore of Scots whisky. It's never boring and woven seamlessly into the story. Many interesting and intriguing characters, especially Grant MacEwen, Ben's right-hand man, appear and I did not figure out who the murderer was until the end. I highly recommend Single Malt Murder and am looking forward to the next in the series.Thanks to Random House Alibi and NetGalley for an advance copy. The opinions above are my own. RATING- 4 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Abi Logan inherits her uncle's small distillery in Scotland. The distillery has a very good reputation for producing quality single malt whisky. I thought it was interesting about the difference between single malt and whisky blends. The information about whisky production was one of the most interesting parts of the book for me. Abi is a world famous journalist and photographer. She travels to Abbey Glen to look over the business. Her initial plan seems to be to sell the business and go back to Abi Logan inherits her uncle's small distillery in Scotland. The distillery has a very good reputation for producing quality single malt whisky. I thought it was interesting about the difference between single malt and whisky blends. The information about whisky production was one of the most interesting parts of the book for me. Abi is a world famous journalist and photographer. She travels to Abbey Glen to look over the business. Her initial plan seems to be to sell the business and go back to her journalistic life. Some one is not happy with Abi being the new owner. Sabotage is occurring and eventually murder. The mystery portion was good. This was an interesting and somewhat edgy cozy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Single Malt Murder is the first book in a brand new series -- The Whisky Business Mystery series. The theme and the cover got my attention, pulling me in to read this book by new author, Melinda Mullet. I'm glad...this was an enjoyable read! First, the basics: Following the death of her Uncle Ben, Abigail Logan inherits Abbey Glen whisky distillery in rural Scotland. Abi is uneasy about the situation. Not only because as an award-winning photojournalist, she knows nothing about whisky distilling, Single Malt Murder is the first book in a brand new series -- The Whisky Business Mystery series. The theme and the cover got my attention, pulling me in to read this book by new author, Melinda Mullet. I'm glad...this was an enjoyable read! First, the basics: Following the death of her Uncle Ben, Abigail Logan inherits Abbey Glen whisky distillery in rural Scotland. Abi is uneasy about the situation. Not only because as an award-winning photojournalist, she knows nothing about whisky distilling, but also because she immediately begins receiving threats. Anonymous notes, bouquets of thistles and even a dead duck are left to warn her against a woman running Abbey Glen. Acts of sabotage are occurring at the distillery, too. When Abi and her friend, Patrick, discover an Abbey Glen employee dead in a vat of whisky, she decides to start investigating the events. Who doesn't want her running the distillery? Is the same person sabotaging the business? When another murder occurs, Abi starts to wonder if it's her fault....did her inheritance of the single malt whisky distillery just lead to the deaths of two people? Who feels strongly enough about it to kill? This is an engrossing, enjoyable mystery novel! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The mystery portion of the plot is well-paced. There are a fair number of suspects and the ending caught me by surprise. Well done! Sprinkled throughout are interesting facts about the process of distilling and fermenting whisky. I had no idea it's such a long and involved process. The subplot didn't overwhelm the mystery, but added depth to the story. I liked Abi as a main character. She is a strong, independent woman who went about her investigations with skill. The supporting characters are interesting with enough small village quirkiness to make them interesting and appealing. There is a touch of romance within the story, but it isn't a main focus, rather like the frosting on the cupcake. This is Melinda Mullet's first novel. It was well-written and an excellent cozy mystery. I highly recommend it to mystery lovers and whisky connoisseurs alike. Thanks to this book the next time I take a sip of whisky I will definitely be thinking about all that went into producing it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! Death Distilled will be published in September 2017.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    A 3 star ‘cozy’ mystery set in Scotland’s Highlands I had just been to the Oban Distillery in Scotland, and wanted to continue my Scottish visit when I saw this mystery on Goodreads. The author must have been on a tour similar to mine. She explains distilling in an easy to understand way. She must like whisky better than I do because she made me want to taste the whisky. “Not good, but really good. Redolent of figs and caramel and Christmas pudding.” (Not what it tastes like to me.) The mystery A 3 star ‘cozy’ mystery set in Scotland’s Highlands I had just been to the Oban Distillery in Scotland, and wanted to continue my Scottish visit when I saw this mystery on Goodreads. The author must have been on a tour similar to mine. She explains distilling in an easy to understand way. She must like whisky better than I do because she made me want to taste the whisky. “Not good, but really good. Redolent of figs and caramel and Christmas pudding.” (Not what it tastes like to me.) The mystery moves forward at a comfortable pace. No graphic sex or violence. I didn’t feel like I was so involved as to stay up past my 10 o’ clock bed time. Easily readable in a long afternoon. Characters are what you might expect in this genre: Abi, the smart photojournalist who inherits her beloved uncle’s distillery, a tall handsome Scot, a computer whiz cohort friend, some shady characters, some quirky ones, a great dog. I got a little annoyed at Abi’s (photojournalist’s) continual musings, especially at chapter endings. “I couldn’t help but feel that this was a bad omen for the weekend to come.” “I kept telling myself this was just a tragic accident, but I couldn’t ignore that tingle in the back of my neck that warned me something didn’t add up.” Abi’s 3 word summary of the people was also annoying to me. “greedy, hollow, aggrieved.” “credulous, malleable, and voluble.” singular, substantial, sedate.” “enterprising, shrewd, measured.” Need I go on? First of all, give people a chance. Rarely are they all good or bad. Second, where’s my dictionary? Third, tiresome. I am an avid reader, but not a Romance reader. When I read sentences like, “MacEwan grabbed my elbow and steadied me before I could fall to the ground, releasing me as soon as I’d regained my balance. I shivered as a chill ran up my spine that had nothing to do with the weather. There was no warmth in those eyes, but his touch was electric.” I respond with the word, Gag. Despite the above character and writing style complaints, the mystery hooked me and I kept reading. I was completely surprised by who the killer was. I’m going to give A whisky Business Mystery one more “shot.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    A strong first installment on what seems to be a promising new series. We are introduced to Abi, an award winning photojournalist, who inherits her uncle's whiskey distillery after he succumbs to his illness. Not knowing the first thing about the day to day running of the distillery, Abi trudges through her grief and with her friend Patrick and furry companion Liam, travel to Scotland. Its not easy being a female owner in a predominately man's business, and Abi cannot decide if she even wants to. A strong first installment on what seems to be a promising new series. We are introduced to Abi, an award winning photojournalist, who inherits her uncle's whiskey distillery after he succumbs to his illness. Not knowing the first thing about the day to day running of the distillery, Abi trudges through her grief and with her friend Patrick and furry companion Liam, travel to Scotland. Its not easy being a female owner in a predominately man's business, and Abi cannot decide if she even wants to. After threats trying to scare her off and then the murder of an employee, the story takes off. This was definitely a good start to an interesting series. The premise of it being based on a whiskey distillery definitely caught my eye as something different, and I was not disappointed. The writing was strong, characters developed, and a decent plot line. I cannot wait to see where this series goes, especially once it gets its full steam. I reviewed an advance copy of this book via Netgalley and the opinions are my own honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Sigh. At least this one had a very good narrator. :-) I didn't love this book and I didn't hate this book - it was just meh. I will say that the end was the best part of the book as I never, ever, saw that coming. And that was very satisfying. Some of the issue with this was just how long it was - I have not had a cozy in quite awhile that was almost 10 hours in audiobook. In my opinion, THAT is a touch too long for a cozy. And there was the whole whiskey and how its made - perhaps I was just too Sigh. At least this one had a very good narrator. :-) I didn't love this book and I didn't hate this book - it was just meh. I will say that the end was the best part of the book as I never, ever, saw that coming. And that was very satisfying. Some of the issue with this was just how long it was - I have not had a cozy in quite awhile that was almost 10 hours in audiobook. In my opinion, THAT is a touch too long for a cozy. And there was the whole whiskey and how its made - perhaps I was just too tired or I just didn't care, but there was a ton of information about that process that I just didn't care about [again, I am sure it was just me]. I have to read the 2nd one and I am not all that thrilled about it. Hopefully there will be more mystery and less whiskey in this one! ;-)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Lots of suspects, a murder or two--seems Scotland isn't quite as peaceful as Abi would have thought! Abi Logan has inherited her uncle's entire estate and distillery. Since then she's been been getting weird threats. When she arrives in Scotland, the general consensus is that it's someone who hopes to scare her into selling the distillery. But finding a body in the washback after Ben's funeral was not on this photo journalist's agenda. With the help of her friend Patrick she decides she needs to Lots of suspects, a murder or two--seems Scotland isn't quite as peaceful as Abi would have thought! Abi Logan has inherited her uncle's entire estate and distillery. Since then she's been been getting weird threats. When she arrives in Scotland, the general consensus is that it's someone who hopes to scare her into selling the distillery. But finding a body in the washback after Ben's funeral was not on this photo journalist's agenda. With the help of her friend Patrick she decides she needs to get to the bottom of the damage being down to Abbey Glen. Suspects are everywhere, including the handsome manager, Grant McEwen. While in Scotland, Abi decides to finish the book that Ben started which gives her a perfect opportunity to talk to a lot of people including those she suspects. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the book because well, whiskey isn't really my interest but the book was highly recommended. I'm glad I stuck with it. There were lots of great twists so I didn't have a clue who the killer was till the author revealed it. The ending/takedown/reveal was really exciting and Abi's dog, Liam, became an instant hero. The final ending was awesome and I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress in the next new book in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    As a Scottish mystery, the writing is spot on. Small details – meticulously incorporated – enhance the overall reading experience and immerse the reader in the setting. I’m not a whisky connoisseur (or any alcohol for that matter) but from what little knowledge I do have, the description of the process as well as the whisky itself are both delectable and intriguing. As a mystery in general, this story is very well-plotted. Enough potential suspects to keep you guessing until the very end, a few n As a Scottish mystery, the writing is spot on. Small details – meticulously incorporated – enhance the overall reading experience and immerse the reader in the setting. I’m not a whisky connoisseur (or any alcohol for that matter) but from what little knowledge I do have, the description of the process as well as the whisky itself are both delectable and intriguing. As a mystery in general, this story is very well-plotted. Enough potential suspects to keep you guessing until the very end, a few nicely placed misdirections, and moments of great tension. The light romantic subplot is icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned! Bottom Line: A great start to a new series, Single Malt Murder excels in mood and setting and plot. There may be a few too many characters to keep up with, but such is the nature of a typical “first book in a series” – necessary to lay the foundation for future books. I love the Scottish flavor, and I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are up next for Abi and of course Liam too! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) see my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  20. 4 out of 5

    AndrewP

    Being a drinker of fine single malt whisky I thought this one would be a good read. A murder mystery with the usual plethora of suspects and motives all set in and around a Scottish Distillery. Lot's of enjoyable characters, including a lovable dog, and a pretty decent story overall. I see that some people have categorized this as a 'cozy', but for me, the tone of the book is more the traditional crime mystery category. My only complaint was that part of the ending seemed to be rather contrived Being a drinker of fine single malt whisky I thought this one would be a good read. A murder mystery with the usual plethora of suspects and motives all set in and around a Scottish Distillery. Lot's of enjoyable characters, including a lovable dog, and a pretty decent story overall. I see that some people have categorized this as a 'cozy', but for me, the tone of the book is more the traditional crime mystery category. My only complaint was that part of the ending seemed to be rather contrived and unlikely. I listened to this on Audible and the narration by Gemma Dawson was very good. She did decent Scottish accents to highlight the local flavor of the characters, but without them being difficult to understand. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I totally enjoyed this book, I listened to it on audio and the reader had an accent that immediately put you in Scotland. When Abigail inherits a distillery, she is at a loss, she is a photojournalist. She goes to check it out with her friend who knows all about whiskey. When Abi starts getting death threats, and finds sabotage, plus a dead body, add people that aren't happy that she's there, which includes the head distiller, well, Abi truly has her plate full. This was a unique story for me an I totally enjoyed this book, I listened to it on audio and the reader had an accent that immediately put you in Scotland. When Abigail inherits a distillery, she is at a loss, she is a photojournalist. She goes to check it out with her friend who knows all about whiskey. When Abi starts getting death threats, and finds sabotage, plus a dead body, add people that aren't happy that she's there, which includes the head distiller, well, Abi truly has her plate full. This was a unique story for me and I loved the characters. The plot had plenty of twists that kept me guessing as to who it could be. I will definitely continue on with this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The first book in a new series does credit to the cozy mystery genre. There's a great cast of characters, some twists, and, of course, murder. Abi has inherited a whiskey distillery, and someone is sabotaging the equipment. When a body is found, Abi will stop at nothing to find the culprit behind all this. There are plenty of suspects here among the setting of Scotland. I will definitely be on the lookout for bo I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The first book in a new series does credit to the cozy mystery genre. There's a great cast of characters, some twists, and, of course, murder. Abi has inherited a whiskey distillery, and someone is sabotaging the equipment. When a body is found, Abi will stop at nothing to find the culprit behind all this. There are plenty of suspects here among the setting of Scotland. I will definitely be on the lookout for book two.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A Murderous Romp Through Scotland’s Whiskey Business Abi Logan, an award-winning photo journalist, is devastated when the uncle, who raised her after her parent’s death, dies from cancer. She was on a photo shoot when he died, and she blames herself for not spending more time with him. Her guilt is compounded when she discovers that he’s left her a distillery in Scotland making a sought-after single malt whiskey. Abi with her friend Patrick, and delightful dog, Liam, journey to Scotland to check A Murderous Romp Through Scotland’s Whiskey Business Abi Logan, an award-winning photo journalist, is devastated when the uncle, who raised her after her parent’s death, dies from cancer. She was on a photo shoot when he died, and she blames herself for not spending more time with him. Her guilt is compounded when she discovers that he’s left her a distillery in Scotland making a sought-after single malt whiskey. Abi with her friend Patrick, and delightful dog, Liam, journey to Scotland to check out the distillery. Her guilt increases when she finds that the distillery was named for her and the adjacent house is named the Haven, the name of her beloved childhood home. Besides trying to learn about whiskey to decide among the numerous offers she has for the business, things become more complicated when she faces death threats, break-ins, and arson. I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was fascinating to learn about Scotland’s whiskey business, I had no idea it was so complex. The setting in the highlands adds charm to the story. Romance is in the air, but it doesn’t overwhelm the plot just adds a nice touch of human interaction. The plot has plenty of twists. I think you’ll be surprised by the ending. The characters are excellent. Liam is a particular favorite. I also enjoyed the various types of men, women are not welcome in the whiskey business, running the small distilleries in the highlands. This is the first book in the new series. I recommend it and will be looking forward to the future adventures of Abby and Liam. I received this book from Alibi for this review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    First I would like to thank Netgalley and Randon House Publishing Group for allowing me to read this advanced copy. As soon as I read the description of this book I was eager to get it, and it did not disappoint. Abi inherits a whiskey distillery from her uncle. Since she has a break from work she heads to Scotland to check things out. First she is threatened and then when she finds a body, she starts to investigate what is going on with her inheritance. I could not put this story down and highl First I would like to thank Netgalley and Randon House Publishing Group for allowing me to read this advanced copy. As soon as I read the description of this book I was eager to get it, and it did not disappoint. Abi inherits a whiskey distillery from her uncle. Since she has a break from work she heads to Scotland to check things out. First she is threatened and then when she finds a body, she starts to investigate what is going on with her inheritance. I could not put this story down and highly recommend it for someone who likes cozy mysteries. I eagerly await the next book in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Babs

    Abigail Logan has inherited Abbey Glen, a single malt whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. She had no clue what she would do and since losing her Uncle Ben that left it to her she was devastated. Just when she is taking off work to sort things out she starts to receive threats they get worse as she carries out her Uncles’s wishes. A young mad is found floating in a vat of whisky and with her best friend Patrick and her dog Liam she sets out to find out what happened and by whom. This is th Abigail Logan has inherited Abbey Glen, a single malt whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. She had no clue what she would do and since losing her Uncle Ben that left it to her she was devastated. Just when she is taking off work to sort things out she starts to receive threats they get worse as she carries out her Uncles’s wishes. A young mad is found floating in a vat of whisky and with her best friend Patrick and her dog Liam she sets out to find out what happened and by whom. This is the first book in the Whisky Business series and by a new to me author Melinda Mulllet. I was very impressed with her writing and the character development. With twists and different characters the reader will be kept guessing until the end of who did it. A real page turner.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is a wonderful debut mystery! The story quickly drew my attention and kept me glued to the pages. The characters are vibrant, likable and believable. The author does such a wonderful job of describing the setting and various locations I could easily picture them in my mind. The mystery is well executed with plenty of suspects, I was kept guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this story and hope to read more books in this series in the future. I received a copy of this manuscript from the This is a wonderful debut mystery! The story quickly drew my attention and kept me glued to the pages. The characters are vibrant, likable and believable. The author does such a wonderful job of describing the setting and various locations I could easily picture them in my mind. The mystery is well executed with plenty of suspects, I was kept guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this story and hope to read more books in this series in the future. I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley; my review has been voluntarily submitted.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Sometimes books that you just stumble upon turn out to be true gems. :) So, I've felt like I've been in a rut with my reading lately - especially with my review requests. Not that I needed to add anything to my TBR shelf, but I do like variety ;) That's how I stumbled upon Single Malt Murder and I am so glad that I did. It didn't take me long to fall in love with Abi, Liam, her best friend Patrick and the close knit group of people in the community her Uncle Ben had called home. There was so muc Sometimes books that you just stumble upon turn out to be true gems. :) So, I've felt like I've been in a rut with my reading lately - especially with my review requests. Not that I needed to add anything to my TBR shelf, but I do like variety ;) That's how I stumbled upon Single Malt Murder and I am so glad that I did. It didn't take me long to fall in love with Abi, Liam, her best friend Patrick and the close knit group of people in the community her Uncle Ben had called home. There was so much to love about Single Malt Murder, that I'm not sure where to start. I obviously loved the characters. The writing was great and the dialogue between the characters flowed nicely (clipped, unnatural conversations between characters drive me nuts!) The mystery had me trying to figure out 'who-done-it' almost to the very end. I had my suspicions, but just like Abi, I talked myself out of most of them. There was a hint of romance, which in this story, was just enough. There was an elderly character that was spry, witty and respected by pretty much everyone and her common sense observations were helpful to Abi. Liam was a great addition to the story and a true champion (I love it when a dog is as much of a supporting character as the humans they interact with.) What's not to love about this perfect combination? Of course, there was a lot more to Single Malt Murder, but I don't want to give anything away. There were parts of the story and the way the author handled them that were refreshing. Needless to say, I can't wait until Death Distilled, the second book in Ms. Mullet's Whisky Business Mystery is released. On a side note, have you ever had someone bring something to your attention and not be able to get it out of your head? I got so engrossed in Single Malt Murder that I didn't even give the spelling of Whisky a second thought... until I noticed that one reviewer said that it bugged her. That's all it took for me to do a little research. Turns out there's a reason for it and Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits does a wonderful job of explaining it in their 2009 post - Whiskey vs. Whisky: What's the Difference?. I love learning new things, don't you? I received Single Malt Murder in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky Burciaga

    A sophisticated, complex and intriguing mystery involving murder and mayhem. With the multitude of players involved, the twists and turns, constant change of suspects based on cleverly placed clues and eliminations, the story could have been confusing, but through the author's crafty way of delineating the facts kept the story flowing smoothly and quite nicely. Abi's ability to narrow everyone she met down to three word impressions, through her instincts , was genius in adding a layer of complex A sophisticated, complex and intriguing mystery involving murder and mayhem. With the multitude of players involved, the twists and turns, constant change of suspects based on cleverly placed clues and eliminations, the story could have been confusing, but through the author's crafty way of delineating the facts kept the story flowing smoothly and quite nicely. Abi's ability to narrow everyone she met down to three word impressions, through her instincts , was genius in adding a layer of complexity to the mystery plot and sussing out the suspects. This gave a different perspective on the characters and their idiosyncrasies, guiding towards the culprit. The truth of the mystery will definitely keep you guessing up until the very end...I surely didn't see it coming. I like a mystery like that, where you are using deductive reasoning yourself to figure out the clues and solve the mystery along the way. It's no fun when it comes too easily...and this story was a stunner in its conclusion. For a first book, Ms Mullet has made an impressive entrance into the Mystery & Thrillet genre...I look forward to reading more from her in the future. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Artemiz

    Single Malt Murder is an very interesting criminal mystery, where you can learn much about making whisky and about life in small Scottish town, besides solving a murder. The built up of this story is very clever, readers get to know the main characters, they learn a lot about whiskey, about the little village, about the workers in the distillery and about potential buyers of the distillery and almost everybody of them has reason to send the threats or even to commit the murder. True, at one point Single Malt Murder is an very interesting criminal mystery, where you can learn much about making whisky and about life in small Scottish town, besides solving a murder. The built up of this story is very clever, readers get to know the main characters, they learn a lot about whiskey, about the little village, about the workers in the distillery and about potential buyers of the distillery and almost everybody of them has reason to send the threats or even to commit the murder. True, at one point I was thinking that the culprit could very well be somebody who is not mentioned at all, but no, the culprit is there all the time, the person is just very well duscuised. And it's wonderful that Abi is not another Miss Marple wannabe, who collects all the data, figures out the murder mystery and then presents the end result to the police and also its good that the story is not criminal romance mystery, its a criminal mystery, with just a little dash of romance. A good read, a good read about whisky, about Scotland and a good criminal mystery, what else can you ask ... next book please :)!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blake Turner

    I picked this up because of the pun in the series name. Pretty basic mystery - I quite enjoyed the setting. A few things frustrated me: 1) Ostensibly the protaganist has a knack for reading people, but spends most of the book being suspicious of everyone even when her suspicion goes against her reading of their personality. 2) Ostensibly the main character is clever, and has some investigative chops - and whilst she does a reasonable job for most of the book to ask questions and seek answers, she re I picked this up because of the pun in the series name. Pretty basic mystery - I quite enjoyed the setting. A few things frustrated me: 1) Ostensibly the protaganist has a knack for reading people, but spends most of the book being suspicious of everyone even when her suspicion goes against her reading of their personality. 2) Ostensibly the main character is clever, and has some investigative chops - and whilst she does a reasonable job for most of the book to ask questions and seek answers, she remains oblivious to the motive/scam much longer than any reasonably clued on reader is, and only manages to stumble accross the culprit because of pure dumb luck - and even once presented with the evidence, sits around for another couple of pages trying to nut it out. Whilst I appreciate that the gimmicky parts of her knack for reading people was about as completely useless as its gimmicky nature suggested, it would have been more satisfying for her cleverness to have had some reward. But the book had some good moments and it made me smile at the end so I'd probably give the sequel a go at some point - maybe she can redeem herself with some more Whisky Pun titles?

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