Saturday, May 27, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder in the Scottish Hills



Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud McIntyre receives a letter from a maid called Rose, sharing her suspicions that something strange is happening in the house where she works, she and her assistant Daisy immediately travel to the Highlands to investigate.

But as they are changing trains, the body of a man falls from the carriage right in front of them, a bullet in his head. Maud and Daisy can’t believe it – they’ve waited ages for a new case, and now one has literally landed in front of them! And when the local police rule the death as a tragic accident, the pair have no choice but to investigate what they believe is a murder…

Arriving in the Scottish village, Maud and Daisy go undercover to begin their hunt for the murderer, while also investigating the strange behaviour of Rose’s employer, a local art dealer. As they begin to piece together the chain of events, Maud and Daisy wonder whether the cases might be linked. 
Is it possible the man on the train was killed to cover up something in the village? And, if so, who would do such a thing?

When a local artist is found murdered, Maud and Daisy become convinced the two cases are connected. Searching for the link between the deaths, 
will Maud and Daisy solve the case before another mysterious murder takes place?

A page-turning historical whodunnit, perfect for fans of the mysteries of Helena Dixon, Verity Bright, T.E. Kinsey and Catherine Coles.


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Title:   Murder in the Scottish Hills
Author:  Lydia Travers
Series:  The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency #2
Publisher:  Bookouture    
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
Narrator:  Helen McAlpine
No. of Pages:  289
Date of Publication:   May 26, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

A train ride with her former lady’s maid Daisy affords Maud McIntyre the opportunity to solve yet another murder. As it happens, they shockingly find the body of a man who apparently was shot in the head. In all actuality, he pretty much falls right in front of them.This really works out for Maud and Daisy as they are trying to get their private detective agency as much business as they can. What has just happened gives them the opportunity to investigate the murder.

Maud is certain that it is murder, but the police are in stark disagreement with her as they do not plan on ruling the death as a murder. Meanwhile, Maud and Daisy were actually on their way to investigate a case of art forgery, and it doesn’t take long for Maud to imagine that these cases just might be connected. 

Even though this is only the second book in a new series, I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favorite historical cozy mystery series. I love how both Maud and Daisy don different attire and alter their appearance in order to work their cases. It gives this series a light feel. I also love the mention and comparisons to Sherlock Holmes, especially considering the timeframe and location of the Scottish setting in this series. I am eager to continue the series with book three, Mystery in the Highlands, set for release in July. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lydia Travers was born in London.  She moved progressively north until settling with her husband in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has raised children, bred dogs and kept chickens; and for as long as she can remember has written for pleasure. A former legal academic and practitioner with a PhD in criminology, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation, sings in a local choir and is walked daily by the family dog.

Lydia also writes as Linda Tyler and her first novel under that name, Revenge of the Spanish Princess, won a 2018 Romance Writers of America competition for the beginning of an historical romance. Her second novel The Laird's Secret was Commended in the 2021 Scottish Association of Writers' Pitlochry Quaich competition for the beginning of a romantic novel. Mischief in Midlothian won the 2022 Scottish Association of Writers' Constable Silver Stag trophy. She has had a number of short stories published in magazines, journals and anthologies in the UK, the USA and Australia.

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