Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2)
Inversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn’t set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is . . . eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young man—an American who’d spent a night in the B above Yon Bonnie Books—is found dead outside a pub.Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she’s capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their business—not to mention the reputation of their scones—Janet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne’s dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling. . . 

Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) Details

TitleScones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2)
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
ISBN-139781681776200
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) Review

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I give this book 3 out of 5 Cozy Stars!I liked this book, overall. Just like the two previous cozies, this book had a lot to do with bookish things. I really enjoyed the setting and the mystery of the story but the main character just didn’t sit well with me. Rude people just make me a bit uncomfortable. Also it was a bit hard to catch up with all the characters. The book was well written so I look forward to checking out the author’s other books.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun cozy mystery set in Inversgail, Scotland where the town is welcoming back renowned environmentalist and author, Daphne Wood, who left thirty years ago. Just before she arrives in town a body is found behind a local pub. The four women who are owners of a local bookstore and bed and breakfast, start investigating and trying to find out more about the death. Then other things start happening and the investigation gets deeper.I enjoyed the read and liked the characters although somet This was a fun cozy mystery set in Inversgail, Scotland where the town is welcoming back renowned environmentalist and author, Daphne Wood, who left thirty years ago. Just before she arrives in town a body is found behind a local pub. The four women who are owners of a local bookstore and bed and breakfast, start investigating and trying to find out more about the death. Then other things start happening and the investigation gets deeper.I enjoyed the read and liked the characters although sometimes I thought there were just too many of them. The setting in the Scottish highlands gave the story atmosphere and the character, Daphne, was really quirky and strange. I liked the characters Janet and her daughter, Tallie the best. The other characters didn't seem to stand out as much. I also liked the bit of Gaelic thrown in - it contributed a lot to the setting and atmosphere of the book. A fun book to curl up on the sofa and drift away!Thanks to Molly MacRae and Pegasus Books through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    I really had high hopes for this book. The description was very appealing and I am a fan of this author. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The story itself was good and I enjoyed the characters, but Daphne Woods, who the story was centered around, was very unlikable. There was nothing I could find that made me feel bad for her, or had me rooting for her. She was a miserable person who really made the story difficult to read.I found myself skimming the pages and wishing the book would end, which I really had high hopes for this book. The description was very appealing and I am a fan of this author. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The story itself was good and I enjoyed the characters, but Daphne Woods, who the story was centered around, was very unlikable. There was nothing I could find that made me feel bad for her, or had me rooting for her. She was a miserable person who really made the story difficult to read.I found myself skimming the pages and wishing the book would end, which is very rare for me.Writing an unfavorable review is always difficult, but I would read the next book and see if it was just this particular story that was unappealing.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read this ARC**I wanted to like this more than I did. I liked the idea of it, but I never really connected with any of it. The mystery was a little interesting, but since I didn't really care about the characters I ended up not really caring too much about it being solved.
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  • Bronagh Miskelly
    January 1, 1970
    Very much part of the "cosy" sub category of mysteries - a village setting, a local mystery, a cast who are first and foremost "characters".When I started I expected it to be one of those books you devour in a couple of sittings in a comfy armchair but it didn't engage me as much as it should. I'm not sure I really got to know any of the characters and understood their motivations (especially regarding Daphne's behaviour who for most of the book I expected to be an imposter). This lack and a ple Very much part of the "cosy" sub category of mysteries - a village setting, a local mystery, a cast who are first and foremost "characters".When I started I expected it to be one of those books you devour in a couple of sittings in a comfy armchair but it didn't engage me as much as it should. I'm not sure I really got to know any of the characters and understood their motivations (especially regarding Daphne's behaviour who for most of the book I expected to be an imposter). This lack and a plethora of red herrings/unresolved plot points made it difficult for me to accept the sudden resolution.There are definitely possibilities for this series to grow but we need to know more about the central characters and the reasons for particular choices by the whole cast.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set on the west coast of Scotland. Four adventurous, courageous ladies left their lives in the states and moved to Ingersgail to buy and manage a 99-year old bookstore with a tearoom, converting the upstairs into a small B & B. I absolutely admire this step for Janet, a retired librarian, a burned-out law instructor, a woman returning to her home to help care for her parents, and a young woman who attended university in Scotland.In this mystery, another woman I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set on the west coast of Scotland. Four adventurous, courageous ladies left their lives in the states and moved to Ingersgail to buy and manage a 99-year old bookstore with a tearoom, converting the upstairs into a small B & B. I absolutely admire this step for Janet, a retired librarian, a burned-out law instructor, a woman returning to her home to help care for her parents, and a young woman who attended university in Scotland.In this mystery, another woman returns to the town where she grew up. Daphne Wood had grown up here and the teacher instrumental in bringing her for the term was her best friend when they were children. Daphne is a world-renowned environmentalist whose books are easily read, whether the children's editions or the adults. Daphne herself is abrasively opinionated, unable to make friends or influence people.The night of her arrival, a young man from the States was found murdered behind the local pub. He had stayed at the B & B a couple nights earlier. Daphne wants to "help" Janet and her friends find who killed the college student. Yes, Janet and her friends had helped find the bad guy shortly after their arrival, but they had no intention of doing so again. And definitely not with Daphne. At least not until the second murder occurred.I really like the characters; each of the four ladies have their own strengths that, put together, make for an amazing set of friends and business partners. Daphne is not very likable, and doesn't let anyone close enough to her to appreciate. Each of the characters are defined as needed, and we continue to learn about the four from America.This is the second novel in the series and can be read as a standalone - but I would suggest reading the first one, simply because it is worth reading. I was drawn into the novel from the start and was carried along at a good pace through to the end. The bad guy/ gal was a huge surprise; there was no reason to even suspect the person. I had suspected a couple others but definitely not this person. The mystery was very well executed, and I would highly recommend this novel to cozy mystery fans who enjoy Scotland, a great team of friends, and, a very well-written mystery.I read a publisher's review copy of this novel and was under no obligation to write a positive review.
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  • Jean Kolinofsky
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank NetGalley and W.W. Norton & Co. for providing a copy of this book for review. Thirty years ago Daphne Wood left Inversgail and became an author and environmentalist, living by herself in a cabin in the woods. Now she has returned for three months for an author in residence program. Before she even arrives she sends an unreasonable list of demands that cause problems for the locals managing the program. Shortly before Daphne’s arrival, the body of a young American hiker I would like to thank NetGalley and W.W. Norton & Co. for providing a copy of this book for review. Thirty years ago Daphne Wood left Inversgail and became an author and environmentalist, living by herself in a cabin in the woods. Now she has returned for three months for an author in residence program. Before she even arrives she sends an unreasonable list of demands that cause problems for the locals managing the program. Shortly before Daphne’s arrival, the body of a young American hiker is found behind the local pub. Janet Marsh and her friends, owners of Yon Bonnie Books had been involved in an investigation in the past, but are determined to stay away from this one. Daphne, on the other hand, thinks they should look into it and spreads the word that they are investigating. When Daphne’s body is found, Janet and her friends fear they may also become targets and decide that the easiest way to stay safe is to find the killer.Molly MacRae has created a highlands bookshop and village that you can get lost in. Yon Bonnie Books, the attached cafe with its’ fresh baked scones and the local pub where villagers gather at the end of the day make the reader comfortable, yet when Daphne arrives you can feel a change in the atmosphere. The four women who own the bookshop/cafe are close and supportive of each other. As they interact with various villagers, who can be quirky and occasionally annoying, they search for motives and a possible killer among people they have come to know. Like Stella Cameron’s Folly series, once you visit Yon Bonnie Books you will look forward to future visits.
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT in the holy heck did I just read? This book was boring. As in "I just might fall asleep in the middle of the day while reading it" boring. It was all blah blah blah and dither dither dither and NOTHING, and I mean N O T H I N G happens [unless you count wishing one of the characters dead every time they are on the page] until 67% in the book. So you have to listen to blah blah blah and dither dither dither for 66% of the book and be BORED out of your mind [I made my complete lists for next WHAT in the holy heck did I just read? This book was boring. As in "I just might fall asleep in the middle of the day while reading it" boring. It was all blah blah blah and dither dither dither and NOTHING, and I mean N O T H I N G happens [unless you count wishing one of the characters dead every time they are on the page] until 67% in the book. So you have to listen to blah blah blah and dither dither dither for 66% of the book and be BORED out of your mind [I made my complete lists for next years challenges and found that more fun than reading this book]. And then, just when something exciting happens, it all just goes back to blah blah blah. And entries into the "cloud document". And more blah blah blah and dither dither dither. And then they have a suspect and its a good one and then WHAM alibis happen and it goes back to blah blah blah until you finally get to the "bad guy" making their appearance and you are like "I JUST DO NOT CARE" at this point. And the reason was so lame and so meh and truly didn't make sense with the whole story that you just [had to force yourself to] read, that it makes the blah blah blah seem exciting. I felt the first book was okay - it was an average, run-of-the-mill cozy mystery. I wasn't fully engaged by the characters, but it was still an okay read. Then I had to read this and was like "W T H" throughout most if it. I cannot recommend this book to anyone because, WHO has time to waste like this [TEN days is way too long to take to read a cozy and yet, that is how long it took me. TEN DAYS? ]?
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  • Phillip Albright
    January 1, 1970
    This book was my first step into Yon Bonnie Books/The Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Even with out reading book one I was enthralled. Getting used to the cast of characters was a bit jarring, but easy to follow. Once the "main character Janet" started leading the conversations it was easier to follow. I did figure out the language of Scottish Gaelic pretty easy. I thought this book could go on and on with story. I do want to see more of the tea room and B and B featured in the story. The character This book was my first step into Yon Bonnie Books/The Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Even with out reading book one I was enthralled. Getting used to the cast of characters was a bit jarring, but easy to follow. Once the "main character Janet" started leading the conversations it was easier to follow. I did figure out the language of Scottish Gaelic pretty easy. I thought this book could go on and on with story. I do want to see more of the tea room and B and B featured in the story. The character of Daphne is great fun. Her peculiarities and her eccentric life were fascinating. I was a little bummed and shocked when more bad or dangerous things would happen to the SCONES. The mother daughter relationship between Tallie and Janet is very strong, and I enjoyed their bonding moments. I could only imagine how the SCONES will go on from here. At the end of the book I was surprised by those break-ins and deaths. I was really on track to figure out with who did all the nasty things. I didn't suspect the person in the end. It was a great twist to the ending. I certainly want more from this author, and this series needs to continue. Until next time I will be dreaming of Scotland and Pekingese dogs.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Janet and her daughter Tallie have moved to Scotland with a few friends and opened a tea and book shop. In the Highlands. I will admit to this being my dream job!To get this out-of-the-way, I wasn't impressed with the blurb. The Tearoom was never under suspicion, nor were the ladies. I would like to see that adjusted in the blurb.This story had so many characters I almost couldn't keep track of who was who. Some of them were developed but most we didn't really know much about. There were so many Janet and her daughter Tallie have moved to Scotland with a few friends and opened a tea and book shop. In the Highlands. I will admit to this being my dream job!To get this out-of-the-way, I wasn't impressed with the blurb. The Tearoom was never under suspicion, nor were the ladies. I would like to see that adjusted in the blurb.This story had so many characters I almost couldn't keep track of who was who. Some of them were developed but most we didn't really know much about. There were so many suspects and I have to admit I did not see the ending coming!Daphne was an easy character to dislike and yet she had secrets that in the end made me feel sad for her. I will probably read the next one too. This is a cozy mystery series that is intelligent, funny and heart warming. And the atmosphere is pretty spectacular in the descriptions of the area.Well Done!   Netgalley/Pegasus Books   January 2, 2018
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