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A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.
Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.
First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paperwho’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a bodyit’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.
Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.
A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weaknesswhile also trying to open a new book shopPlaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.
About the Author
Molly MacRae is the national bestselling author of Lawn Order, Wilder Rumors, and the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series, including Knot the Usual Suspects and Plagued by Quilt. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she has won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Four women, 3 Midwesterners and the fourth Scottish-born, move to Inversgail, Scotland to run a bookstore and open both a tea shop and bed and breakfast. Janet is a divorcee, and Christine, a widow. Janet’s daughter Tallie and her friend Summer are 30-somethings. After finding a dead body in the shed behind her, Janet and the crew attempt to solve the mystery, mainly so Janet can finally move into the house which is now a crime scene. This story and town create a warm interesting atmosphere that invites the reader in. It is a coastal setting peopled with quite a cast of characters. We meet the scattered librarian, the mysterious “granny” knitter, the warm and helpful Indian bakery owner, the elusive town handyman and his dog, the frantic real estate manager, the married retiring owners of the bookstore and the cocky resident celebrity, a top-selling author, all with their quirks and peccadillos. I so want to visit this town and have a draught at Nev’s with the gang! The mystery is complex and rich with atmosphere and clever, smart dialogue; the women’s banter is witty and loving. MacRae has created a cast and location that is full of potential for hopefully lots more episodes. And perhaps a romance or two? I am so looking forward to spending more time with these folks in Scotland. I highly recommend you do too!
Author Molly MacRae has created a charming setting in the Scottish Highlands for her latest release, PLAID AND PLAGIARISM, the first installment in her Highland Bookshop Mysteries Series. The author draws you in with rich characters that are quite likable, realistic and well-developed. She incorporates their bonds of friendship with its ups and downs to enhance the story. Moving at a good pace, the story comes to life through the author’s vivid descriptions and eye for details. She places the reader in the center of the action with the setting acting as a character in itself. The author blends the four lives of the protagonists with their journey to open a bookstore and the murder mystery. With some twists and turns along the way, this delightful story will entertain and leave you eagerly awaiting the next installment. It’s a fun start to what promises to be a captivating new mystery series. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Title: Plaid and Plagiarism - Highland Bookshop Mystery Book 1 Author: Molly MacRae Published: 12-6-2016 Publisher: Pegasus Books Pages: 271 Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuth ISBN: 13: 9781681772561 ASIN: B01E9EHUUA Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.25 Stars I received a copy of "Plaid and Plagiarism" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Janet, a librarian, her daughter Tallie, a lawyer, Janet's best friend, Christine, and Christine's daughter Summer, a reporter have gone in together to purchase Yon Bonnie Books Bookstore, the shop space next door for a tea shop (Cakes & Tales) and the rooms up stairs for a B & B (Bedtime Stories) Each contributing cash and or talents. Then there is the incidents with vandals at Janet's home. Oh, there is of course the little matter about the much disliked local gossip columnist dead in the shed. With Janet and her friends being labeled as outsiders by the locals. It is not an easy task these ladies have set for themselves in finding the killer. Especially when most of the village looks at them as the killers. The ladies are talented, fiercely loyal to one another and intelligent. They are all determined to start a new chapter in their lives. We are lucky we will be able to take that journey with them from the start. The first chapter has a lot of background information and character introduction, but then the story really begins and doesn't stop. Fast moving and well planned out the plot is one I think is intriguing make it a fun read. I would love nothing more than to own and run a book store and through "Plaid and Plagiarism" I can do it vicariously. My rating is 4.25 out of 5 stars. For a first in a series it is well done and I look forward to seeing where the series goes from her. Knowing Ms. MacRae it will only get better.
What a strong start to a new series. I really enjoyed the brilliantly described Highland setting. Janet Marsh is happy to leave the US (and her ex) behind and begin a new chapter in her life. After summering in Inversgail, Scotland for years, she is one of four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books. Her longtime friend (and actual Scot) Christine, her daughter Tallie and Tallie's old friend and college roommate Summer round out the main characters. I felt like we jumped right into the story and their relationships. The house the Marshes rented for years is now going to be Janet's permanent home. But with the relator acting cagey as to when she can move in, there are immediate mysteries to solve. The four women (both friends/mother-daughter) have a long history that is revealed slowly as the book moved along. I think Janet is definitely the main protagonist in this story, but all share equally in the purchase and running of the bookstore and the soon to be renovated tea room and B&B.