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Plaid and plagiarism, Molly MacRae

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Plaid and plagiarism
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Plaid and plagiarism
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Molly MacRae
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eng
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  • "A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel" --
  • "First, Janet Marsh is told she'll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper--who's trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body--it's Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed. Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn't, including Janet's ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una's murder so they can get back to business" -- provided by publisher
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  • In a multigenerational retirement plan, four women who buy a bookshop in the Scottish Highlands find themselves involved with murder. Longtime friends librarian Janet Marsh and social worker Christine Robertson join forces with Janet’s daughter, Tallie, a lawyer, and her former college roommate, Summer Jacobs, a reporter, to run Yon Bonnie Books in scenic Inversgail, Christine’s hometown. Then come the snags: Janet’s Inversgail house is literally trashed, and the body of Una Graham, the local paper’s advice columnist, is found in its backyard shed. It’s not that the four women don’t trust the local constable and colleagues to solve the crime; it’s just that they have a stake in it and can’t stop probing, even as they continue work to add a tea shop and bed-and-breakfast to their store. As they dig, they turn up intriguing anonymous letters that castigate local residents. From the author of the Haunted Yarn Shop series, this first in the Highland Bookshop series is a somewhat scattered but still likable cozy with an engaging quartet of protagonists, plus the bookstore appeal. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 10/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 3, p31)
  • Four women open a bookstore in Inversgail, Scotland, in this charming series debut from MacRae (Knot the Usual Suspects and four other Haunted Yarn mysteries). Janet Marsh, a former Illinois librarian, is seeking a new life after a painful divorce; Janet’s 38-year-old daughter, Tallie, is a burned-out law professor; and Tallie’s former college roommate, Summer Jacobs, is an ex-reporter. The fourth friend, Christine Robertson, was born in the Highland town but has spent most of her married life in Illinois. They have bought not only Yon Bonnie Books but the adjoining space (future tearoom) and the bedrooms upstairs (future B and B). Their ambitious plans hit one snag after another, including renters who trash Janet’s house and a body in the shed at the bottom of the garden. In an effort to move the police investigation along, the four poke around, learning that many locals (a) didn’t like the victim and (b) don’t like 
			a lot of “foreigners” in Inversgail. It will be fun to see what these independent, resourceful, and likable women do next. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/03/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 40, p)
  • Janet Marsh has been visiting the Scottish town of Inversgail for years, having owned a vacation home there. When her husband decamped with a female graduate student, Janet got the house. Now, with daughter Tallie, best friend Christine Robertson, and Tallie's friend Summer, Janet has bought the local bookstore with plans to open a cafe next door and bed-and-breakfast upstairs. But murder rears its ugly head when Una Graham, a disagreeable newspaper columnist, is found dead in Janet's back shed. The investigation by the intrepid foursome uncovers a vast array of suspects, including the reclusive author who lives next door to Janet and the local real-estate broker. VERDICT Full of fascinating local characters and Highland color, this series debut will charm everyone who loves Scotland. MacRae also writes the "Haunted Yarn Shop" series and brings the same cozy sensibilities here. Recommend for enthusiasts of Ann Ripley or Dicey Deere. --Viccy Kemp (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 20, p71)
  • Four ladies who’ve purchased a bookshop in the Scottish Highlands find murder messing up their plans. Illinois native Janet Marsh is no stranger to Inversgail, a charming west Highland coastal village where she’s owned a vacation home for many years. After her husband, Curtis, had an affair with one of his graduate students, Janet got the house free and clear in the divorce proceedings. Now she and her Scottish friend Christine Robertson, who's lived in Illinois for decades and whose parents live in Inversgail, have settled in the town, along with Janet’s 38-year-old daughter, Tallie, and her friend Summer, planning to run the bookstore along with a tea room and a B&B. For some reason Janet hasn't been able to get into her house, though she gave the real estate agent who's been renting it out plenty of notice, and when she strolls over to take a look, she sees the kitchen piled high with reeking garbage. But that’s not the worst of it. The body of Una Graham, the local agony aunt and troublemaker, is soon found in the garden shed with a sickle in her neck. Neither the local constable nor the specialists sent in have much to say. So the four ladies decide to do some sleuthing on their own. Janet’s realtor thought Una was persecuting her and was the one who dumped the garbage. Janet’s next-door neighbor, a famous and self-centered author of mysteries, had his own problems with Una. And when they find a cache of threatening letters probably written by Una hidden in the unfinished tea room, they realize she must have had lots of enemies. Their investigation turns up many sad stories that could provide motives for murder. Now they just have to find the right one before the killer strikes again. This series kickoff from MacRae (Wilder Rumors, 2007, etc.) is chock-full of intriguing characters and Highland charm. Maybe a little too full: it could have done with some judicious pruning.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2016)
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MacRae, Molly
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813/.6
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no index present
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fiction
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Series statement
The Highland bookshop mystery series
Series volume
book I
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  • Women booksellers
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Murder
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Murder
  • Women booksellers
  • Highlands (Scotland)
  • Scotland
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Plaid and plagiarism, Molly MacRae
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1716175
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24 cm.
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First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
281 pages
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9781681772561
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unmediated
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  • (Sirsi) i9781681772561
  • (OCoLC)940362395
Label
Plaid and plagiarism, Molly MacRae
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1716175
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9781681772561
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781681772561
  • (OCoLC)940362395

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