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by Traci Hall

Pub Date: Jan. 23rd, 2024
ISBN: 9781496744371
Publisher: Kensington

A bagpipe contest is the scene of an unusual murder.

Paislee Shaw, who lives with her son, Brody, her grandfather, Angus, and their Scottish terrier, Wallace, in Nairn, Scotland, is proud that her handmade cashmere knitwear has been chosen for the new gift shop at nearby Ramsey Castle. The castle will host a prestigious bagpipe competition, followed by a barbecue given by the Grant family. The Dowager Countess is eager to make a go of monetizing the castle with help from her family, even though her oldest son, Robert Grant, Earl of Lyon, is less than pleased. Robert’s already furious that last year, for the first time, his pipers lost to Clan Cunningham and Jory Baxter, their new star. When Jory passes out in the middle of playing, Paislee’s friend Jerry McFadden rushes to help. Jory’s bagpipes vanish in the confusion, and a wrangle breaks out over a possible rematch—and then word comes that Jory has died at the hospital. The police, who treat Jory’s death as suspicious, investigate, bringing Paislee up against her nemesis, the snarky but attractive D.I. Mack Zeffer. Because Paislee’s helped solve murders before, the Dowager Countess presses her to investigate. Paislee’s always on a tight budget, so when a water leak damages her house, she and her family move to the vacant apartment of her friends Lydia and Corbin. Suspecting something hinky about those missing bagpipes, the sleuths go all in to find them and provide the clues that will solve the mysteries.

Plenty of suspects and a touch of romance set against a delightful Scottish backdrop.