Book Review: Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

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Death Distilled (Whisky Business Mystery #2)Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I read the first in the Whisky Business Mystery cozy series almost two years ago and adored it. I got caught up in other series and book reviews, but this fall, I’ve committed myself to catching up on many of my favorites. Enter Death Distilled, the second book in Melinda Mullet’s wonderful Scotland-based series. To start with, these covers are amazing! I want to move there and drink whisky all day long in my tartan.

The premise of the series is that Abi Logan’s uncle has passed away, and she inherits his whisky distillery. She struggles to make it successful in the first book, so she takes off to work her day job as a photo-journalist. Three months later, she’s back and finds a dead body. It turns out to be from 200 years ago, but then she’s asked to play sleuth for a sexy former rocker whose band mates have all died under odd circumstances. Is it his recently found daughter? A spouse of another band mate? A fan with a deadly crush? Or is he behind it all? So much fun trying to guess the culprit.

The backdrop is amazing. I love learning about the whisky business, Scotland, and photo-journalism. The dialog and accents are fantastic. The supporting characters, Patrick and Grant, are very cool. Patrick’s her gay best friend (a gorgeous catch) and Grant is her 49% co-owner who she sorta has the hots for… but he’s a typical Scot and not sure he can let himself fall for her yet. In the end, I can’t stop wondering what’s under the kilts!

If you’re a fan of non-American settings, this is definitely a series to start. This book delivers lots of suspects, great side stories, and propels the overall story arc forward. My only minor pet peeve is there is sometimes a disconnect with the characters where I can’t get on board that Abi leaves between books to do her other job… I’m on the fence, but never enough to stop reading… on to number three next month!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

    bettylouise31 said:
    October 17, 2018 at 9:25 PM

    I have read all three. The last is as good as the first two.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    *Sigh*
    I’m really going to have to stop…
    Where are you finding all this good stuff???

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 18, 2018 at 7:03 AM

      Oh this is too hard. I need a drink to keep my mouth closed on this one. I have so many coming up. Read a lot of first books years ago. Catching up.

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    October 18, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Well I also love when backdrops in books make me learn things! That’s why I found Pillars of the Earth or the Fall of the Giants so amazing! Excellent review Jay!

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    Martie said:
    October 18, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Whisky Business = Caught My Eye.

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    carhicks said:
    October 20, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Another wonderful review Jay. I love all those things, Scotland, learning about the distillery business and of course a good mystery so I have no excuse not to start this series.

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