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.Off Kilter by Hannah Reed
Published by Berkley Pages: 304
Source: Tantor Audio
National bestselling author Hannah Reed brings mystery lovers the first in a brand-new series, in which a young writer finds herself swept up in a murder amidst the glens and lochs of the Scottish Highlands…
After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama… The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?
Here is what I thought
This is the first book in the Scottish Highland series and I thought it was a good start to a series.
After the death of her mother and the end of her marriage Eden is pretty much put on a plan by her best friend Amy to Scotland. Eden is wanting to write a historical romance set in Scotland and her friend told her the best place to do that would be in Scotland. She bought her a ticket and put the return date for six months from now. Eden balks at the length of time but Amy assures her she can come back any time she just didn’t know how long she might want to stay.
Eden ends up in the village of Glenkillen and it doesn’t take long for her to get wrapped up in a bit of the drama surrounding the small town and a murder. When Eden and another lady find the local sheep shearer dead curiosity gets to Eden. Especially when someone starts a fire at the inn she was staying out and everyone is blaming Eden and she gets kicked out of the inn.
She befriends a woman who is also a bit of an outsider who was surprised to learn that she inherited a sheep farm from her father and there are some others not to happy about it. When she becomes a suspect Eden doesn’t want to believe she could do it but she had withheld some information from the police and lied to Eden. She still wants to try and see if Vicki is innocent so she keeps looking into things.
I liked Eden and it’s always fun reading about a writer who turns sleuth and she is in Scotland! She is not looking for romance but it sure doesn’t hurt to have a nice looking man who seems to turn up everywhere she goes to help her creative mojo going when trying to write about a hunky Scotsman in her book. I think I am going to end up enjoying those in this village once I get to know them a bit more.
It has a pretty decent mystery as well and though I had lots of suspects in mind I could never make up my mine which one done it! 🙂
I have enjoyed Angela Dawe’s narration before and she did a great job on this one. I thought she did a pretty decent job with the Scottish accent.
Audio rating: 4