Death Distilled

A Whisky Business Mystery
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Series: Whisky Business Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can't stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.

It's been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep - all within the first 24 hours. Still, nothing's more stressful than murder....

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels - and Abi's girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can't say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show...or figuring out who's trying to kill him. Turns out someone's been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he's next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil's share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through - all before the killer takes another shot.

©2017 Melinda Mullet (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Flocks, Old Rockers, Bones and Blood

My, oh, My! I sure do hope that this series continues! Book two is just whetting my appetite! Distillery owner (and photo journalist), Abi Logan has just returned home to Balfour, Scotland after a three month assignment. Her first day back, bones are found on her property, she rescues eight sheep, and agrees (though reluctantly) to host a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts at Abbey Glen distillery. Her next surprise is a meeting with an old rocker secluded on the adjoining property, who hires her to photograph his comeback concert. How do all these things tie in together? Well, in the most cozy and clever way imaginable . . . historical findings, going back to the Jacobites, the British taxation of whisky which led to illegal production in remote areas of Scotland, and many bloody battles are revealed . . . I SO want to learn and hear more about this . . . the peaceful grazing sheep, Liam, Abi's wheaten terrier, the crazy rantings of hot-headed old rocker, Rory Hendricks, and Abi on the search for the killer of those associated with the old band . . . and then there's Grant, co-owner of the distillery, pulled by the heels into hosting the reception for the visiting Japanese whiskey enthusiasts and playing host to Rory's twenty-something daughter, Summer . . . causing sparks to fly . . . I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ins and outs of this tale . . . it is not smutty, although the author could've chosen to take it there, she didn't . . . it has the right amount of everything . . . mystery, history, family, bonds, and just a tad of romance . . . and the ending is perfect . . . and just like the local police, I did not have it figured out . . .

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  • 09-20-17

Flawless

I love the cadence of the narration of this book. There are a variety of accents, dialects, and backgrounds among the characters and the narrator has aced what must have been a challenging assignment. The story is sound and well-written. In particular, the main character makes full use of the English language without apology as one would expect from an educated professional. I wish this was more common and I felt it contributed to establishing the depth and identity of the character.

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Good narration, uneven but entertaining story

This series fills a niche in that the characters are of an age that generally isn't featured in light mysteries. However, Liam (the protagonist's Wheaton Terrier) is by far the most interesting character. I like the plots of this series, and the whisky theme, but the heroine has never deduced the correct murderer, not once, not even close. Yet, somehow, she seems to think she's incredibly intuitive. Her ability to read people using three words is a silly device as it never leads to anything. There are some nice touches with some of the local characters and I like the narration. The main characters are just so forgettable.

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Great Sequel

Melinda Mullet enticed me into trying my first single malt whiskey with her first book of the series and her follow up was just as good. This second story doesn't have the background focus of the whiskey making, but it has a delightful old mystery of clan interwoven with the current day murder. Makes me want to research more on the Scottish vs English history of the 18th century. The clues on the current murder kept me guessing "who done it" right up to the final reveal. I also enjoyed catching up with town folk as Ms. Mullet developed some of the familiar characters from the first novel. Getting ready to order the 3rd book in the series and hoping a fourth is in the works.

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Not as good as the first of the series

The first book in this series was pretty good. I though I had found a new series to read. But this book was barely a two star read.

In the first book. Abi had inherited Abbey Glen which distills fine whiskey. In the first book we meet Grant, Patrick, a local policeman, and a host of interesting locals. It was a good book and I could see lots of ways to go foward. Turning Abi into an idiotic fan girl of an aging rocker wasn't one of those stories I envisioned.

Nows Abi is supposed to be a legendary photographer who has traveled the world, photographer fire, famine, and more famous people than any other living photographer. However she meets an aging rocker from the 80s and turns into mush for the rest of the book. Abi became part fan girl part groupie. When potential love interest, Grant calls her on her behavior, she blows him off. Then gets jealous when he notices a beautiful woman who is nice to him.

Oh and someone is killing off the members of the band, but none of them we meet for more than a conversation and then they die.It was hard to care and even harder to keep track of characters who die before the book started. None of them were more than cookie cutter cardboard.

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wish there were another one to listen to

I found this to be a satisfying book. Narrator is good with different voices, the lead character is smart and there is a romance brewing. I listened to all the Hamish MacBeth series and have been trying to find a new series to enjoy. After some sillier American stories it was nice to be back in the Scottish Highlands again.

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Fun to listen to

Story is complex enough to keep you on your toes. but not so complex you can't follow along

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Wee bit o' charm & a whole lot of mystery

I truly enjoyed listening to Death Distilled. I didn’t realize that it was the second book in a series of standalone cozy mysteries; the author gives sufficient background information so I had no problem diving into the story.

A story set around a distillery in the Highlands of Scotland is a good enough hook for me! The delightful main character, Abi Logan and her dog, Liam, are a crack team of amateur sleuths. These two, along with the fun cast of villagers, make this cozy mystery highly engaging. I loved the balance between the story and scene setting with the progression of the mystery. Too often in cozy mysteries, you have a murder, then a bunch of fluff, and then out of nowhere, the mystery is solved. There are ample clues and red herrings to keep every mystery lover engaged. Additionally, there are some side stories blended into the mystery. They provide local color as they mainly involve the villagers…or their livestock.

Charming characters, a little local mystery, and a big whodunnit in a fabulous setting make for a good cozy mystery. Author Melinda Mullet and narrator Gemma Dawson have hooked me on her Whisky Business series.

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Local history bored me

Too much local history for me and I didn't empathise with volatile rock star. But, narrator is excellent.

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Gets Better.

This is maybe not as good as the first book, but the story tightens up and improves as the book goes along. Some real laugh out loud moments as well.