Saturday, January 06, 2018
Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae
Who knew an author-in-residence could stir up so much trouble? Everyone was excited when the high school won a grant to bring in an author for three months. Daphne Wood, who once lived in Inversgail, now lives in a cabin in the Canadian woods. She's an icon as an environmentalist. But, before she even arrives, she's stirring up trouble with her list of demands for her signings at the library and the bookshop. Then, she shows up in town early, with a dog, so new living arrangements are required. When she insults people at her first local appearance, Janet and her friends are afraid this is going to be a disaster. But, it only gets worse.
Daphne learned about a death behind the local pub. Because she knows Janet and her partners once solved a murder case, she pushes them to investigate, and wants to be included. Although Janet refuses, even the nosy author next door assumes the group is looking for answers. It's only when there's another murder that the small group of sleuths realize they better look into the case. Since everyone in town assumes they know more than they do, they could be the next targets of a killer.
While I liked Janet and Tallie, at times I found it difficult to place their partners. Scones and Scoundrels had an excellent cast of secondary characters, though, quirky residents of the small town. But, the book was a little too slow-paced for my taste. Saying that, fans of mysteries set in bookstores, or Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop mysteries might want to try this series.
Molly MacRae's website is www.mollymacrae.com
Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae. Pegasus Crime. 2018. ISBN 9781681776200 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.