cover image Scots on the Rocks: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery

Scots on the Rocks: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery

Mary Daheim, . . Morrow, $23.95 (360pp) ISBN 978-0-06-056653-1

Daheim's enjoyable 23rd B&B mystery (after 2006's Saks and Violins ) takes Judith McMonigle Flynn, her cousin Serena “Renie” Jones and their husbands to a remote town in Scotland. The idea is to get away from the stresses of running an inn, and from Judith's pesky habit of stumbling over corpses and solving murders, but when a new Scottish acquaintance mysteriously dies, Judith can't help poking around. Why would anyone kill Harry Gibbs? Perhaps his wife, now twice widowed, had developed a romantic relationship with someone else, or perhaps a complex business deal lies behind Harry's demise. The tight-knit locals aren't always willing to open up to Judith, and soon more people die. The many eccentric Scottish characters aren't especially well developed, but the local color—fine wool, romantic castles, freely flowing whiskey and tea—is charming. This cozy makes a good vacation read, whether or not your destination is Scotland. (Aug.)