Hooked on Ewe
(A Scottish Highlands Mystery)
2nd in Series
Setting – Scotland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00Q5DLXD4
In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in…
It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen.
For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn.
Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer…
Author Eden Elliott is settling in on her Scottish adventure. She is helping her friend Vicki with her yarn club and she is also volunteering at the local fundraiser to benefit a hospice facility. She is totally surprised when Inspector Jamieson asks her to become a special constable. Sure she helped solve the murder of the sheep shearer that put Glenkillen “Off Kilter” but that type of thing doesn’t happen too often around here. But before her warrant card even gets a crease the cantankerous head of the fundraiser welcoming committee is found strangled with some of her friend Vicki’s yarn. Well she is now authorized to snoop and snoop she does.
Hannah Reed has penned quite an escape. I have never been anywhere near the Scottish Highlands but her words transport me there in an instant. Whether the sun is shining or storms are rumbling through I could “see and feel” exactly what Eden was, the descriptions are sensational.
She has also created characters that are unique. Some are aggravating and others are endearing, and Eden does her best to be friendly with them all. She also uses a few of them for inspiration for her romance novels. Book 1 is complete and she starting to plan the 2nd as she is about halfway though her time in Scotland. The romantic relationship between Eden and a certain fishing guide is just starting to get interesting. I am excited to see how that develops.
The mystery itself was very well plotted with some nice twists. It is nice to see the protag working in tandem with local law enforcement. Eden makes a much better constable that dear misguided Sean.
You can tell the author has done her research to bring this story to life. I was totally captivating from the moment I started to the last word.
For more information about Hannah and her books, visit her webpage at hannahreedbooks.com
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