Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullet

Setting: Scotland
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi
Release Date: March 21, 2017

Her parents died in a car crash when she was young. Abi Logan's uncle raised her, and she's always been incredibly close to him. When he loses his battle with lung cancer, Abi is shattered. She heads up to Scotland to decide what to do with Abbey Glen, the whisky distillery he owned.

Abi's an award-winning photojournalist who really has no interest in the business, but it was her uncle's pride and joy so she will do right by him. When threatening messages find their way to her, she's cautious but not dissuaded. When a body's found in one of the distillery's vats, Abi decides that she may be a little more diligent about getting to the truth behind the murder and the person that is so eager to get Abi to leave.

Strengths and Weaknesses

I liked Abi from the start. She's shrewd and having been all over the world in dangerous situations, she's not one to scare easily. It takes a little time to get each of the Abbey Glen characters down. There are a few of them.

I do appreciate the author knowing that whisky is the correct spelling in Scotland and that the "e" shouldn't be there. That was nice to see, as it doesn't always happen. I also liked reading about the process that goes into making whisky and the differences between blends and single malts.

I'm used to cozy mysteries having a touch of romance. That's hinted at in this book, but it's never the main focus. I appreciate that. I also have my own hopes on where things go in future novels and plan to keep reading to see if I'm right. I like that the story wrapped up but left me with an eagerness to read the next book.

RTR's Bottom Line

Single Malt Murder is an intriguing start to a series. I'm not a big whiskey drinker, but I have discovered a taste for Irish whiskey over the years. It was fun reading about the process that goes into making a Scottish whisky and meeting the characters, some of whom still remain a bit of a mystery. I can't wait to get to know their characters in future A Whisky Business mystery novels.


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