A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Date Read: July 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
Hamelin, Vermont, isn’t the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn’s ScotShop, business is booming…
While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee: the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman.
Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont—only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime—before anyone else gets kilt…
Series: A ScotShop Mystery #1
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart was a delightfully fun start to a series. Though this was my first book by Fran–it won’t be my last!
Overall Thoughts: This was a solid introduction to a new to me author and series. I really just plain ole had fun. Though I am pretty sure it is not every day someone goes to Scotland, picks up a shawl, and ends up with a helpful(ish) ghost. It totally worked for this story. The mystery starts when she comes home to someone being murdered in her shop. I actually found that the paranormal and case worked well together without being unbelievable. The small blossoming romance is still growing on me and I imagine as the series goes on I will warm up to it. Romance is never the key ingredient to me in a cozy anyway. Great setting, good characters, and solid case have solidly put the ScotShop Murders on my radar.
Narrated By Tanya Eby/Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Tanya is a very solid narrator. She has great pacing, emotion, and timing. I think this is the first time I have heard her doing accents (or at least a major character) and I was impressed. She did a great job especially since it was a male character. I will continue this series on audio.
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