Friday, January 27, 2017

Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

◊ Series: Highland Bookshop Mysteries, Book 1
◊ Hardcover: 288 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Cozy
◊ Publisher: Pegasus Books (December 6, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1681772566
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1681772561


A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.

          Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.
First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper ― who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body―it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.
Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.
A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness―while also trying to open a new bookshop―Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.

Author Molly MacRae has created a charming setting in the Scottish Highlands for her latest release, PLAID AND PLAGIARISM, the first installment in her Highland Bookshop Mysteries Series.

The author draws you in with rich characters that are quite likable, realistic and well-developed. She incorporates their bonds of friendship with its ups and downs to enhance the story.

Moving at a good pace, the story comes to life through the author’s vivid descriptions and eye for details. She places the reader in the center of the action with the setting acting as a character in itself. The author blends the four lives of the protagonists with their journey to open a bookstore and the murder mystery.

With some twists and turns along the way, this delightful story will entertain and leave you eagerly awaiting the next installment. It’s a fun start to what promises to be a captivating new mystery series.

Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae, Highland Bookshop Mysteries (Book #1), Pegasus Books, @2016, ISBN: 978-1681772561, Hardcover, 288 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. What do you enjoy most about books set in the Scottish Highlands?


  1. Characters from books set in the Scottish Highlands are frequently portrayed as as strong, uncompromising and exciting as their surroundings...

  2. What a great context! Books and the Highlands! And the story does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing, Mason.


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