Died in the Wool:
A Whisky Business Mystery
by Melinda Mullet
About the Book
Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery
4th in Series
Alibi (June 18, 2019)
Print Length ~300 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GN17SQJ
No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity.
Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteering at the Shepherd’s Rest women’s shelter in her spare time seem a surefire way to find the peace and stability she craves. It’s also the logical way to take her mind off her personal life. Abi’s business partner, Grant MacEwan, is facing a career-threatening disability, and as much as Abi longs to be there for him, he seems to prefer the company of a rival.
But as Abi becomes more involved with Shepherd’s Rest, she discovers that their refuge is elusive. When the shelter is rocked by a murder/suicide, Abi is outraged by the police’s lack of attention to these already marginalized women. Increasingly confident in her own skills as an investigator, Abi steps in to find out what the police will not: who left one young woman dead and another missing. But when more deadly deeds come to light, Abi must race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect—and expose the killer before he strikes again.
Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:
SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED | DEADLY DRAM | DIED IN THE WOOL
Melinda Mullet – Died in the Wool Blog Tour
Most of my life I thought of knitting as something my mother and my grandmother did. Itchy socks and even itchier sweaters. I still have memories as a child of being stuffed into what my mother would call ‘a nice wooly jumper’ that practically made the flesh crawl off my body. As far as I was concerned the move to cotton and synthetic fabrics was life changing.
If you’d told me then that knitting would see a resurgence, and among young people of all things, I’d never have believed it. But the Craft Yarn Council released figures recently showing that a third of women aged 25-35 now knit or crochet. Some knit for the pure joy of creating, some to relax. Research suggests that knitting can lower blood pressure, reduce depression and anxiety, help with attention deficit disorders, slow the onset of dementia, provide relief from chronic pain and even reduce loneliness and isolation. All without side effects — other than creating hand made gems.
My daughter is seventeen and in a very stressful high school environment at the moment, full of chronic over achievers and their aggressive parents. She found solace in the meditative calmness of knitting and regularly produces the most incredible, delicate handwork in the softest yarns. Moreover, she’s become a staunch advocate for knitting as a stress relieving technique and has a flock of kids in the local high school knitting as part of the county’s mental health awareness initiative. As an added bonus, the hats and scarves the kids produce are donated to our local homeless shelter.
Her efforts served as an inspiration for Died in the Wool, the fourth book in the Whisky Business Mystery Series. One of the main characters, Amanda Forrester, owns a high-end wool shop in Edinburgh where she retails exclusive and pricey, hand-crafted knitwear that helps to fund the operations of the local woman’s shelter. When the women’s haven is rocked by suicide, murder and kidnapping, my protagonist, Abi Logan, agrees to investigate.
Abi quickly comes to appreciate that Amanda’s knitting is far more than an business interest or a hobby, it is a balm for the stresses and anxiety she faces when dealing with women who have come to the shelter to escape the abusers in their lives. Abi learns to gauge Amanda’s anxiety based on the speed and complexity of the knitting emerging from her needles. As more deadly deeds come to light, Amanda’s fingers are flying, and Abi has to race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect before a killer can strike again.
If you aren’t a knitter or haven’t tried for years I strongly encourage you to give it another go. How baaad can it be ! There are several web sites that can have you clicking away in no time. Thesprucecrafts.com has a full range of instructions (even for left handed knitters). For endless inspiration and mind blowing patterns from easy to complex, join Ravelry.com. And don’t forget to check out your local specialty yarn store. They are always a great source of inspiration and support.
About the Author
Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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