I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart
Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Tanya Eby
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Also by this author: A Wee Murder in My Shop, A Wee Homicide in the Hotel
While business is booming at the ScotShop in Hamelin, Vermont, proprietor Peggy Winn doesn't have time to toast her good fortune thanks to her hot-tempered, fourteenth-century Scottish companion. Being thrust into the modern world hasn't been easy for Dirk, but Peggy is at her wit's end trying to keep the ghostie galoot in line. But when the local police chief finds the body of Peggy's friend Karaline's college professor in a deserted mountain cabin, everyone is thrown for a loop. It seems the secretive professor may have been killed over his ecological work, an idea that's only reinforced when Karaline herself is shot. Now Peggy and Dirk must set aside their differences to put the cold-blooded killer under loch and key . . .
Here is what I thought
A Wee Dose of Death is book two in the Scotshop Mystery series. In the first book Peggy went to Scotland to get some things for her Vermont shop and bought a shawl that contained a ghost. Dirk is a Highlander from a long time ago and has no clue what all this modern stuff is so he is always full of questions.
Peggy is getting use to her ghost and her friend Karaline can also see him. Peggy went out skiing and took Dirk along with her (he can only go where the shawl goes). The see a cabin and Peggy can her the sheriff in there and since they don’t get along she doesn’t go and see what was going on. Dirk thinks they should have but she ignores him. Later they find out that the sheriff was hurt and that he found a dead body.
The body is an old professor friend of her friend Karaline and so they are naturally curious about what might have happened to him. Then her friend is shot and things get a bit intense for Peggy. She needs to find out who the killer is before anyone else, herself included gets hurt.
Peggy is a decent character but she kind of annoyed me a bit this go around. Mainly because of how she treated Dirk, the ghost. See if she doesn’t want him around she can roll him up in his shawl and he disappears. Yes, he is chatty and full of questions but he also makes comments on things she does. Mostly, she gets tired of him being right and being aggravated because she doesn’t’ want to admit it so she ignores him and I thought it a bit petty. I like Dirk. There is a love interest, at least Harper thinks he is, and I think Peggy likes him but not much is going on there, so at times I wasn’t sure. 🙂
Despite Peggy annoying me at times I really enjoyed this installment and thought it had a pretty good mystery as I really wasn’t sure who the killer was. I like the setting and the Scottish theme.
Recommend if you like
Cozy mysteries, decent characters, ghost and a bit of Scotland via a town in Vermont full of Scottish things and even a few Scots. 🙂
But — lo and behold — her first book, Orange as Marmalade, was published when she was 55.
Now, 7 mysteries later, GRAY AS ASHES was released recently, and WHITE AS ICE will be available sometime in the summer of 2017. A second series, the ScotShop Mysteries, debuted in 2015 with A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP, set in modern day Vermont, but with a 14th century Scottish ghost. The second book in that series, A WEE DOSE OF DEATH, came out in 2016, and A WEE HOMICIDE IN THE HOTEL will be released by Berkley Prime Crime on February 7, 2017.
Fran’s experiences growing up in an Air Force family created the wish for a hometown — so Martinsville GA (Biscuit McKee series) and Hamelin VT (ScotShop series) are the hometowns Fran always wanted (except for the murders).
Tanya Eby does a great job with this series. I think she does very good with she Scottish accent of some of the characters.
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