Dressed to Kilt Book Review

Dressed to Kilt Book Review

Title: Dressed to Kilt (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)
Author: Hannah Reed
Published: July 5, 2016, Berkley
No. of Pages: 303
Cover Price: $7.19 Paperback, $7.99 Kindle

After reading Dressed to Kilt, which is the third installment in the Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, readers will want to flock to Scotland and visit the tiny village of Glenkillen. Unfortunately, the village isn’t real, but Reed makes it seem so. The charming setting of these mysteries makes it easy to imagine the characters as regular people going about their daily business. In this instance, Eden Elliott has traveled from her home in Chicago to Glenkillen to finish her second romance novel, but gets involved in solving the murder of a resident spinster who was drowned in a vat of whiskey at a whiskey tasting. Early on, Eden is considered a suspect – mostly because she is an outsider – but is soon exonerated, and since she is a volunteer constable, works to get to the bottom of the case. Although the focus is on finding the murderer, there is an underlying story relating to Eden and her family, especially since her father visited Glenkillen when she was a baby and never returned home.

Not only is the setting of these mysteries charming, but the characters also have small-town charm; they are also quite well developed. Reed is an excellent storyteller and initiates suspicion of most of the characters before the dénouement and the discovery of the real culprit. Although the novel is fictional, there are facts about Scotland that are interesting, and the story and setting ring true. The book is a cozy, so there is no graphic violence, sex, or language. This is, in fact, a fun series suitable for most ages. There is mention of Scottish food throughout the novel, so it will appeal to food lovers. It’s a shame that there are no recipes at the end.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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