Book Title: Plaid and Plagiarism
Book Genre: Cozy / traditional mystery
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Synopsis: Plaid and Plagiarism introduces four women (three Americans and a Scot who lived in the U.S. for several decades) who come up with a retirement plan/career change. They pool their money and buy a bookshop in a thriving tourist town on the west coast of Scotland. What could go wrong with a great idea like that? It’s a book about learning to recognize one’s strengths and avoiding sheep and high places. And, of course, murder.
Excerpt: “And there’s no need to cluck your tongue at my back, either,” Christine said, not waiting for Janet to catch up. “You know well enough it’s time we went to see the house for ourselves and find out what the delay is.”
It should have been the best kind of morning the Highlands had to offer, and Janet Marsh was irritated that it wasn’t turning out that way. Proof of the day’s bright possibilities met her as she followed Christine Robertson out the door and down the steps of Yon Bonnie Books—their bookshop. Traffic along the High Street promised eager tourists. The breeze from the harbor carried the tang of salt and only a hint of fish. Water lapping the sand below the seawall matched the clear May sky with no threat of rain. A swath of bluebells disappeared into the oaks fringing the banks of the River Sgail, and the river, not much more than a wide stream, splashed under the arched stone bridge she and Christine crossed. The hills rising behind the shops and houses and wrapping around the farthest ends of Inversgail appeared to embrace the village this morning, looking benevolent rather than brooding.
Janet wondered briefly about joining the bluebells and disappearing into the trees instead of following Christine down the street. “I don’t want to intrude—”
“We won’t intrude,” Christine said. The soft burr of her accent took on a sterner tone. “We will simply walk past the house. We might go so far as to knock on the door.”
“No knocking,” Janet said. Her Illinois twang had the advantage of sounding firm and final. “I agreed to give the renters another few days.”
Christine pulled up short. “Again? When did you agree to that? It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
Rather than look Christine in the eye, Janet admired the red tiled roof of Paudel’s Newsagent, Post Office, Convenience and pretended her short gray hair needed better arranging behind her ears.
“You’ve gone soft since leaving the States,” Christine said.
About the author: The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery.” In addition to writing the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, Molly is the author of the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries from NAL/Penguin and the stand-alone mystery novels Lawn Order and Wilder Rumors. Molly’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990 and she’s a winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly and her family live in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children and books at the public library. Find out more about Molly on her website.