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Death Distilled

A Whisky Business Mystery
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (665 ratings)
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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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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-22-18

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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  • bg
  • 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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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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Sadly disappointing

I hate having to write reviews like this one. As much as I enjoyed the first installment in this series, I am disappointed in this book. If ever there were a novel in need of the "show, don't tell" advice, this is it. All of the atmosphere, charm and personality that I so enjoyed in the previous book seem to have vanished, and this story just moves from scene to scene and conversation to conversation monotonously laying brick after brick in a wall of rather weary plot. Sigh. Not even the little subplot with the sheep, which should be delightful, has any heart.

The narration sags also. Even with the speed set at 85% it feels like the narrator is just hurrying along, trying to get through to the end.

I'm at almost the halfway mark and am fighting to keep my thoughts focused on the story. This may turn into a dnf.

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  • HJ
  • Tigard, OR, United States
  • 02-18-19

Great Series

I absolutely love this series. I can usually figure out who done it, but Melinda does a great job of keeping the suspense going throughout the whole book. Gemma is amazing as the narrator.

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Poorly developed second novel

Unlike her first novel, this book did not engage me. The storyline was involved and was explained instead of played out. The characters were numerous and not developed, and I really didn’t care about what happened to them.Mullett’s First novel had a decent amount of humor in it, but humor was totally lacking in this. I have read a review of the third novel, which says that she is back on track, but I don’t know if I want to risk using a credit to find out.

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A fun adventure

This book, the second in the series, was a fun read The characters are well developed and the story draws you in from the start. An unexpected twist at the end was great. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

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Lovely cozy mystery

If you love a simple, safe cozy mystery set in Scotland, this one is a winner. The narration is well-done and the heroine is likable. If you like the Royal Spyness series, I expect this would be a good series to try. Nothing suspenseful or scary, just a nice, pleasant little Scottish mystery.

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Love this series.

The narrator is excellent for this story. They make you feel as though you’re there on the countryside or within the story. Lighthearted but yet still a real mystery to learn.