MYSTERY

Plaid and Plagiarism

Pegasus Crime. (Highland Bookshop, Bk. 1). Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781681772561. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681772967. M
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Janet Marsh has been visiting the Scottish town of Inversgail for years, having owned a vacation home there. When her husband decamped with a female graduate student, Janet got the house. Now, with daughter Tallie, best friend Christine Robertson, and Tallie's friend Summer, Janet has bought the local bookstore with plans to open a cafe next door and bed-and-breakfast upstairs. But murder rears its ugly head when Una Graham, a disagreeable newspaper columnist, is found dead in Janet's back shed. The investigation by the intrepid foursome uncovers a vast array of suspects, including the reclusive author who lives next door to Janet and the local real-estate broker.
VERDICT Full of fascinating local characters and Highland color, this series debut will charm everyone who loves Scotland. MacRae also writes the "Haunted Yarn Shop" series and brings the same cozy sensibilities here. Recommend for enthusiasts of Ann Ripley or Dicey Deere.

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