Thursday, September 7, 2017

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet-Book Review-Author Interview w/ Giveaway

About the book 
Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.
It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .
Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.
Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:

Author interview

Hello Melinda.  Welcome to the blog.  I am delighted to get the
chance to meet you and chat!  I loved Single Malt Murder and I can’t 
wait to read Death Distilled.

Hi Sherry.  Thanks for inviting me along to chat.

My first question because I am dying to know.  Why Whiskey? Well my father was Scottish and a lover of Single Malt Whiskies so my attraction comes naturally I suppose.  Beyond the obvious appeal of Scotch as a beverage, I love that Scottish whisky has such an intimate connection to the history and lifeblood of the Scottish people.  Along with the contemporary mystery in Death Distilled there is a secondary mystery that explores the fate of the smugglers and bootleggers of the past.  History, mystery and rock and roll all in one!

Did Abi come along before or after you knew you were going to write the Whiskey Business Mysteries?  At one point while touring a distillery in Scotland I looked at the huge wooden vat that holds the barley water as it ferments and it occurred to me, as these things do to mystery lovers, that it would be a great place to find a body.  Abi really came along after.  Until recently whisky making in Scotland at least was very much a male dominated profession in large part because the prevailing wisdom was that women didn’t like whisky.  Now there are so many women enjoying Scottish whisky and Irish whiskey ( BTW - Scottish whisky is spelled without the “e” – Irish and American use the “e” ;) and American bourbons and as a result more and more women are staking out their place in the industry.  Abi was kind of a trail blazer and faced some of the same issues faced by other women in the early days as they made their way into the business.

How did you decide on Abi’s profession prior to Distillery owner?  I wanted Abi to have had some experience in a male dominated profession before coming to Scotland.  I also wanted her to have a strong instinct about people and a compulsive attention to detail that would serve her well as a sleuth.  I also liked the idea that as a former war correspondent she had seen a lot and was a bit world weary.  Ready for a new challenge and a change of life style.

I have to say I love the cover of this book.  I’m guessing that is Liam pictured.  I am wondering is there a dog in your life that gives ideas and helps you develop Liam’s character?  Absolutely!   He’s a ten-year old Wheaten terrier named Macallan.  In fact the cover artists were having trouble finding the right picture of a Wheaten terrier and so they ended up using a picture of Macallan.  He feels famous now and has quite a swollen head.  He is very much an inspiration and Liam does many things that Mac does but Liam also does things I wish Mac would do and doesn’t!

I love the cozy feel of the cover.  Except maybe for the bloody hand print!
I am curious how much input do you have as an author in the cover(s) design of your books?    I’m sure I could veto a cover if I really hated it, but for the most part the artists have their own vision and I work to tweak what they come up with until we narrow in on a winner.  I have to say titles can be the most frustrating thing for an author.  Publishers often reject the author’s title choice.  They focus on what works best from a marketing standpoint.  For example the original title of Single Malt Murder was Spirit of the Dead.  I was quite fond of that title, but the publisher felt it might be mistaken for a paranormal mystery.  Don’t get me wrong paranormal is a great genre, but disappointing for a reader if they bought the book expecting one thing and got another.  In the end we settled on Single Malt Murder.  No confusion there!

I noticed in your bio that you spent some time in Dallas.  I have to ask (only because I live in DFW) if you could choose between Dallas and D.C. where would you live?
Hmm.  Tough one. I love Dallas.  The people are so outgoing and friendly.  I love that and I miss having people strike up conversations anywhere and everywhere.  I love talking to people and even though DC is technically in the South people here tend to be more reticent. I love all there is to do in DC and how close it is to NY and Boston, but the politics and the traffic drive me crazy.  I guess on balance I’d have to go with Dallas.

If I remember correctly from Single Malt Murder Abi is a bit of a Jet setter.  Can we maybe find her sleuthing in Big D or D.C?  That could be a possibility eventually, but for now she’s pretty tied up closer to home.  Although I can say she may find herself in Japan at some point in the near future.  The Japanese are mad for single malt whiskies and it is such a beautiful and fascinating country.

Will we be seeing any of the towns people from book 1 and, will Patrick be joining Abi to solve who the villain(s) is?  We definitely have reoccurring characters.   Floss and Harold Robinson from the Chocolate Bar will be back, as will Furgie and Abi’s resident handyman, Hunter.  We also have a new vicar and a librarian to get to know.  As for Patrick he will definitely be back.  In fact, he has just relocated to Edinburgh to become the editor in chief of the Whisky Journal.  It’s a short drive from there to Balfour where Abi lives and he’ll be popping in and out.  Our old friend DI Michaelson will show up again, too.

Well I really do have a bunch of questions but I heard you are leaving shortly on holiday soon so let’s cut it short. 

Maybe when you return and after I’ve had a chance to read
Death Distilled we can get together again and share a glass and 
another chat.  

Would love to!

Until next time have a great holiday and Best Wishes on the tour!

Connect with Melinda
And I thought
I admit I am a Cover Junkie.  I am the kind of reader that chooses a book by it's cover.  If the cover doesn't grab me I probably won't pick it up!  

Death Distilled is one I would pick up based on the cover. 
But, I had the chance to read the first book and I was glad to have the chance to read book 2 in the series!

They keep getting better!  Book 1 Single Malt Murder (my review is here. Was a great beginning with great characters and a great fast twisty/turney plot. 

Death Distilled  did no not disappoint.  I was glad to see a few characters coming back.  Patrick returned and a few others. 
Grant returns as head distiller and romantic interest.  
Abi's dog Liam of course is back and opens the door for more mystery when he digs up some old bones.  

This is alot of history about the area and about Whisky which is

The plot is full of twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of 
your seat and looking forward to the end and filling in the blanks. 

But, almost sad to see it end.  Book 3 can't be released soon enough!

I have enjoyed this series and look forward to many more!

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Tours.
This review will appear on all retail sites where available.
This review will appear on Net Galley and Good Reads. 

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1 comment:

  1. I was raised in Dallas, but lived for several years in D.C. -- they're both wonderful in their own ways ~