The national bestselling author of A Wee Dose of Death returns to Hamelin, Vermont, where Peggy Winn, owner of a Scottish-themed shop, is spectator to caber tossing, sword dancing, and just a spot of murder...
Hamelin is overflowing with tourists enjoying the Scottish-themed games—and most of them are donning tartans from Peggy Winn’s ScotShop. And her fourteenth-century ghostly companion, Dirk, has been indispensable, keeping an eye out for shoplifters and matching customers’ family names to their clan plaid.
Adding to the chaos is Big Willie, a longtime champion of the games, but not everyone is happy to have him in town. So when he misses the first event of the weekend, Peggy senses something is awry. After Willie is discovered dead in his hotel room, the victim of a bagpipe-related crime, Peggy decides it’s up to her and Dirk to suss out a murderer.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||A ScotShop Mystery , #3|
|Sold by:||Penguin Group|
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I loved this book and look forward to the next one!
Book 3 is a great addition to this series and it does have a a very good mystery to solve. Equally important to me are the characters and setting. I love the Scot Shop, all the human characters who are not the bad guys, the Scottie dogs, and Dirk the Ghost. The Hamelin Highland Games provide an interesting backdrop and I enjoyed reading about them. Book 3 made me a happy reader!
Dollycas’s Thoughts Nothing puts a damper on a festival quicker that a murder especially when it is a long time champion of the Hamelin Highland Festival that is found dead in his hotel room. Peggy was just getting to know the man and finding his body was so traumatic. She starts her own investigation with her handsome ghost’s assistance. To add to the excitement the town in crawling with Secret Service. It appears the President wants drop in for a visit. This story has a slow build as we get to know some new characters, especially Big Willie, the former champion who is killed and his Scottie Silla. Big Willie’s body is found about halfway into the story and the pace picks up considerably. There are two plots that converge along with another subplot to keep us turning those pages. Ms. Stewart brings humor to this story with Peggy still explaining current time expressions and things to Dirk as he struggles with the ways of modern times. She does trust him more to go off by himself and they are learning to work together. She keeps his speech and its patterns true to his Scottish 14th century time. This was a bit frustrating for me in the first book but now it is natural for me to read. I can even hear the lilt in his voice. The author also tells a bit of the story from Scottie Silla’s point of view. Touched my heart as a pet mourned the lost of her companion. As always the majority of the story takes place in or close by to out protag’s ScotShop. I can picture the store very clearly in my mind. Peggy also has a tent selling ties and scarves at the festival. I need to give a little shout out to Jessie Reisch for the amazing cover art for this book. Those two adorable Scotties with the festival grounds take me right into the story. These characters have warmed my heart. Cozy lovers will love Peggy and Dirk. I suggest reading the series in order though so you don’t miss a minute.
Dirk the highland haunter is back in another fun installment of the Scotshop Mysteries! Author Fran Stewart has written another delightful story in her Scotshop para-cozy mystery series. As with her last book, I commend the author for her talent for keeping spirit Dirk’s old world Scottish speech right on target. A WEE HOMICIDE IN THE HOTEL, finds Hamelin, Vermont holding the annual Highland Festival. The town is up to its kilt hems in bagpipes, hammer throwing, caber tossing, and murder! Series lead, Peggy Winn, and her temperamental ghost pal Dirk are once again knee socks deep in the middle of things. This was a well plotted mystery that had a lot going on. It kept me guessing the entire way through, and I came close to solving it. But in the end, I was out smarted big time. I have to mention on of my favorite parts of the book. Each chapter starts with a quote, and an Act and Scene number. Fun! Fans of this series will be in their glory with A WEE HOMICIDE IN THE HOTEL, and new readers are in for a cozy like no other.