Scotland, a seven hundred year old ghost, a hunky police officer, and murder of a cheating boyfriend. What's not to like in the new ScotShop mystery series? Fran Stewart introduces an interesting cast of characters in the first book, A Wee Murder in My Shop.
Peggy Winn catches her boyfriend cheating on her, so she punches him in the face, dumps him, and heads for her planned buying trip to Scotland. As the owner of the ScotShop in Hamlin, Vermont, she's always looking for items that will appeal to the tourists and the residents, descendants of Scottish settlers. In a little shop she's never seen before she finds a seven hundred year old shawl, and she's told it was meant to be hers. Was Macbeath, the ghost from the Clan Farquharson supposed to be hers as well? He has an attachment to the shawl that brings him to Vermont, even after Peggy thought she'd left him behind.
Of course, Peggy also thought she'd left her ex-boyfriend, Mason, behind. Instead, when she opens her shop after her return, she finds a bookshelf on the floor, and her favorite mannequin under it. And, it takes quite a while to discover that Mason is also under the bookshelf, dead. When Peggy's cousin is arrested for the murder, she teams up with a police detective and the ghost she's calling Dirk to find a killer.
Stewart's mystery is a solid introduction to the series. There are a few problems with the book. The chapter in which the body is discovered seems to go on forever. Some of the scenes seem drawn out as Stewart paints the scene, with little action happening. And, Peggy seems a little dippy at times, but maybe I would be that way, too, trying to talk with a ghost. But, the characters are fun, beginning with the ghost. Peggy, Dirk, Harper, the police officer, and some of the other characters will be a welcoming cast as this series continues.
A Wee Murder in My Shop introduces a new series that could be fun and entertaining with a ghost and a town that celebrates the Scottish heritage.
Fran Stewart's website is www.franstewart.com
A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart. Berkley Prime Crime. 2015. ISBN 9780425270318 (paperback), 294p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.