Writer, Eden Elliott
– somewhere in her thirties – is mourning the
loss of her mother and her marriage. Thanks to her BFF, Ami
Penderson, Eden is leaving Chicago for Scotland. Ami is a
popular romance writer who wants her Bestie to take a trip,
snag a Scot, and write her own romance novel.
During the trip Eden meets Vicki MacBride
and the two hit it off. When Eden arrives in Glenkillen, she
meets the MacBrides, who aren’t happy that’s she
taken up with their stepsister. It seems Vicki just inherited
their land and business. The MacBrides’ father’s
funeral is followed up by a gathering at the Kilt and Thistle
-- and another dead body. Vicki and Eden quickly become the
suspects. Detective Inspector Jamieson and his bumbling volunteer,
Special Constable Sean Stevens, are assigned to the case.
Eden does her best to get in the middle of the case, because
someone needs to stand up for Vicki.
Kilter is a remarkable first in series. Hannah Reed gives
cozy readers a mystery, a likable protagonist, her own view
of the Scottish Highlands, plenty of adorable critters, and
a sexy guy in a kilt. Everything flows so well, the plot and
the dialogue. By the end of the book I could see where the
main characters and the series are heading, and I want to
follow along. Off Kilter is so engaging you’ll
finish it in one sitting.