Book Review: Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet

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Deadly Dram  (Whisky Business Mystery #3)Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

Deadly Dram is the third book in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series written by Melinda Mullet and was published in 2018. The series takes place in Scotland with a focus on Abi Logan who’s returned home from a photojournalism job to address the death of her uncle. In this third book, Abi’s been co-running the distillery and is on a business trip to attend an award ceremony that might earn her company and whisky a valued prize. Members of the judging committee are murdered one by one which leaves Abi worried for her best friend, Patrick, who’s now on the committee to make a final decision.

When I read the first book in the series, I was enamored with the culture, characters, charm, and setting of the books. I got pulled in many directions with other required reads and didn’t catch up until recently on the second and third books, but I’m glad I did. They’re just as wonderful (if not more) and really leave me thirsting for the fourth one which hopefully comes out in mid-2019. You’re immediately transported to Scotland between the language, the background, and the complexity in all the relationships. I would love to read this book while driving around a distillery one day in the future just to feel even more connected.

The mystery is very strong. There are multiple suspects with a variety of motives. Just when you start suspecting someone, they end up dead. The side stories are intricately woven into the main story and ultimately all collide together. The romance angles are downplayed in the book, but there’s a few sparks Abi shares with others. (When’s Patrick gonna get his flirt on?) Liam (the dog) has a huge role and is such a well-fleshed out character, I could feel him running around at the inn. He might have been my favorite. Kudos to Mullet for giving me a fantastic Monday afternoon read and bringing me out of a small reading slump.

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    This does sound good, Jay. You do have such an interesting rating system. No one else I know uses decimals.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 4, 2018 at 11:05 PM

      I’m a little odd… sometimes I need to show the difference between a 4 and a 5, and it’s hard!

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Just when you start suspecting someone, they end up dead. Gotta hate that 🙂
    Great review, James!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    I need to read these just because the series is called “whisky business” 😂🥃 maybe I could find a different whisky to pair with each book? 🤔

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    carhicks said:
    December 10, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    The last time you reviewed this series, I remembered that they are on my TBR, then other things got in the way. I still need to read them and perhaps the time is coming. After all, drinks and Christmas go together don’t they. I love that the mystery is strong in the books. Great review Jay.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 10, 2018 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks. They definitely do. Especially whisky. How’s everything going with the family and holiday preparation?

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        carhicks said:
        December 10, 2018 at 4:37 PM

        Really good. My granddaughter is spending a lot of time at my house to give her parents a break. With a baby that only sleeps 4 hours max. in a row, it makes for tired parents, without even adding in the surgery. I am loving it though. She has helped me decorate the tree and the house. So much fun. How is everything with you. I haven’t seen much about your puppy, how is he doing?

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 10, 2018 at 6:15 PM

        I’m thrilled for you and glad things are starting to get a little easier for everyone… the holidays can be hard but also helpful.

        Baxter is okay. He’s wonderful 80% of the time, but he’s got a problem with putting on his harness and leash. I’ve got several different ones but nothing is working. Unfortunately it results in taking 45 minute to catch him to go for a walk. On a good day, it works out. On a bad day, I end up with him in a corner behind a couch snarling about it and then it’s just not a fun time. He’s angelic other than this issue and a mouth fetish to bite everything in site. We go tonight to a special trainer to look at options to make the situation better.

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        carhicks said:
        December 10, 2018 at 9:27 PM

        I hope the trainer has some answers for you. Hopefully down the road he will come running when he sees his harness and knows he is going out for a walk. I will keep my fingers crossed.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 10, 2018 at 9:32 PM

        Thank you!

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