Thursday, July 27, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Mystery in the Highlands



When members of a choir start dropping dead in the Highlands, Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid Daisy go undercover to discover the inharmonious culprit. But will they uncover the killer before another murder takes place?

Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud and Daisy receive a letter from Daisy’s cousin, Clara, sharing her fears that two sudden deaths in her local choir weren’t accidental, at first Daisy thinks her cousin is overreacting. But Maud’s detective senses tell her something is afoot, and so they make haste to the Highlands to investigate.

As soon as they arrive, Maud and Daisy go undercover in the choir to find potential suspects. But with one murder deemed a heart attack, and the other declared an unfortunate drowning, Maud and Daisy have their work cut out when it comes to persuading the local police that perhaps the choir isn’t as perfectly in tune as everyone thinks...

But finally they receive a clue in the form of an anonymous letter. Enclosed is a rhyme which they’re certain holds the key to the next murder…

With the clock ticking down to another death, they know they can’t miss a beat - but 
will Maud and Daisy solve the mysterious rhyming verse before another singer is silenced, or will this case lead to their own untimely swan song?

A gripping and unputdownable 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 Highlands
Author:  Lydia Travers
Series:  The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency #3
Publisher:  Bookouture    
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  317
Date of Publication:   July 26, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

Maud McIntyre and Daisy, her former lady’s maid, now partner in their detective agency, have their newest case. Choir members are dying. No doubt it is a case of murder, and it is now up to Maud and Daisy to discover whoever is responsible.  

Daisy is asked by her cousin Clara to look into things because the choir in which she performs has had to people to die. Going undercover is nothing new to Maud and Daisy, and thus they are the choir’s newest members. They begin receiving a series of clues which contain rhymes and they know the clock is ticking before yet another murder takes place. 

What a fun jaunt with this third book of a very enjoyable series. I love both Maud and Daisy. Being women detectives in 1911, Edinburgh, is no easy feat. I love how they rise to the challenge time and again. I also love the underlying story that is written for what might happen for Maud down the line. I very much look forward to the fourth book in this series.

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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