From Lipsyy : I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!
Title: Plaid and Plagiarism (The Highland Bookshop Mystery series)
Author: Molly MacRae
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Release date: December 6th 2016
Set in the weeks just before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four new owners have taken possession of their new bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, Janet Marsh’s move into her house has been delayed due to vandalism; she’s convinced the vandal is Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. Then, when the women go to look for clues that might tell them to who is guilty, they find Una Graham’s corpse (murder!) in Janet’s garden shed. Constable Hobbs answers their emergency call. He’s calm and quietly pleased, as he’s never had a murder case. Then the contents of a dozen or so garbage bags are discovered behind the bookshop. The letters inside are nasty. They explain in minute detail how and when each of the recipients has hurt Una. The more the women find out about Una, the more people they discover who detested her and aren’t sad she’s gone. If Janet and her bookshop crew are reading the clues right, they’re about to expose the most sensational story the town of Inversgail has ever heard.
A delightful and deadly novel about recognizing strengths, accepting weaknesses, and finding a way to be true to oneself, Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an enthralling new Scottish mystery series.
How many book lovers have dreamed of opening a bookstore with other passionate friends? I know I did. Many times! Is there anything better than being surrounded by books and able to tailor customers’ reading experience with your recommendations? I don’t think so. We dream of it, Janet and Christine did it!
“And remind her that books are friends forever, but bookmarks can be lost in a moment.”
Plaid and Plagiarism brings you to Inversgail where the two friends, along with Janet’s daughter and her best friend, have made the life-changing decision of taking over the town’s bookstore. Leaving their old career paths behind, as well as an ex-husband and the US, they want to start afresh and turn the shop into a successful bookish place. But their big plans take a hit when they discover a dead woman in the shed of Janet’s old house.
“Welcome to the Sisterhood of the Suspicious.”
A bookstore, a cosy murder, lovely characters, here are the things you will find in this Scottish mystery.
Very well, you’ll tell me, but what makes it worth reading? Because your description could be used for so many other stories.
Okay, let me try and convince you.
I love cosy murders, they make for a nice read and they are a good exercise for the mind. Watch me pretend I am a detective working on a puzzle. I even have a detective hat! With its diverse array of characters, Inversgail is crawling with potential suspects. I prefer my mysteries foggy with only a few clues left here and there in order to make the pleasure of the chase last longer and I have to say Plaid and Plagiarism had me wondering for a long time. Not in the “I must find out, Watson, bring me more tea” sense of it, when the investigation becomes an obsession and is the main focus of the story. No, no, no. Here, you only happen to be extremely curious about the case of the dead woman in the garden, just like our main characters, which leads you to look around and ask questions in a very unprofessional and unorthodox way, while you keep busy with your own life. And who doesn’t like to be a bit nosey? So while you learn how to order books and find your way around the town, you stumble across information, you meet people whose behavior makes you wonder about what they’re hiding in their basement, you find yourself in weird situations, often against your will. And you make the best of everything.
“That was a typical day at the library.”
No well-written plot really works without the key characters to keep you interested. The treasure of Plaid and Plagiarism lies in its characters. Two mature women come back to a town close to their heart to chase a new dream. This is refreshing! Janet and Christine are a delight, their strong personalities make the story a real adventure with no time for boredom or laziness. Tallie, Janet’s daughter, and her friend Summer, add a youthful touch to the bookstore project and a lot of resources that come handy when a cold journalist is discovered on your floor.
“Then let’s get this crime solved so we can get back to our quiet, bookish lives.”
The victim herself is colorful, well at least until someone drained all life out of her. Una Graham, an advice columnist / self-proclaimed investigative reporter, had quite a reputation and not everybody in the close-knit community of Inversgail agreed with her ways. And as it happens with a lot of small town people, everyone has something to hide, many have an agenda, and most just want to know what the fuss is about.
Friendships, books, blood and a wonderful portray of Scotland, I did not need more to have a great time. If you are looking for a funny story, a fast-paced plot, twists and too many suspects, you’ll love Plaid and Plagiarism as much as I did!
I received a book of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.