Friday, June 23, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Death in the Highlands



There’s a dangerous killer lurking by this loch… and only canny Cressida can track them down.

Scotland, June 1925.Socialite Cressida Fawcett has been invited to cast her interior design eye over the Stirling family’s new seat, Ayrton Castle, up in the Scottish Highlands. Thrilled to be spending the summer at the historic estate, Cressida fills her suitcase with this season’s hunting jackets – and some tartan for her little pug Ruby, of course!

But before the party is ready to tramp through the glens, shocking news puts paid to their plans. 
Hamish Glenkirk, former owner of Ayrton, has been found dead inside a turret room of the castle. The door was bolted from the inside, and the room is three storeys up, surrounded by impenetrable stone walls… How did the murderer get in? And out?

Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard at least a day’s journey away, Cressida knows she needs to get to the bottom of this case – and fast. There’s no end of suspects among the hunting party. Could it be the local doctor whose wife left him for a fling with the now-dead laird? Or is the gamekeeper hiding secrets under his kilt?

Just as Cressida is closing in on the truth, a blood-curdling scream echoes through the mist. Another member of the party, and one of the suspects, has been shot. With a wee dram in hand, 
can Cressida find the killer before the bagpipes play for another victim?

An unputdownable and gripping cozy mystery which fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss will love.


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Title:   Death in the Highlands
Author:  Fliss Chester
Series:  A Cressida Fawcett Mystery #3
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  312
Date of Publication:  June 22, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Cressida Fawcett has been hired to do some interior designing at the posh Ayrton Castle. She is quite excited to begin this endeavor and she and her little pug Ruby are on their way.  

Shockingly, the former owner of the castle, Hamish Glenkirk, has been found dead and the circumstances surrounding his death definitely look like murder, but there are a lot of questions. Due to the castle’s locations, Scotland Yard police cannot get there quickly so Cressida, having already gained experience as an amateur detective, takes it upon herself the figure out what happened. 

Cressida finds that she is in a race against time, especially as another murder soon takes place. Just as in the first two books in this series, this was a fun jaunt, and Cressida is a true delight. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. 

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


Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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