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A Wee Homicide in the Hotel
ScotShop Mystery #3
Fran Stewart

1/3/17/ ISBN 0425270335
Mystery / USA / Paranormal / Scottish Ghost

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


I thoroughly enjoyed reading both A Wee Murder in My Shop and A Wee Dose of Death. As with the last two in series, I couldn’t help but smile as I read the third installment in the series. I’m an avid mystery reader, which means I’m a loyalist once I discover an engaging series like the ScotShop. From the beginning, Fran Stewart has delivered complex mysteries laced with humor and unique characters. There is never a dull moment when it comes to the ScotShop series.

In this mystery, Peggy’s ScotShop is bursting at the seams. The flow of customers is nonstop and she has Hamelin’s sixty-third annual Highland Festival to thank for it. A four-day festival gives Peggy and Dirk plenty of time to get into trouble. Peggy lives in Vermont with Dirk, a 14th century Scottish ghost, and these two love a good mystery. Peggy discovers Dirk is the perfect spectral security guard when it comes to shoplifters. He’s also a spy in the making when politicians invade the Festival and a favored contestant is a no-show. From the Opening to the Closing Ceremonies the local police are out in full force, but Peggy and Dirk are the pair to be reckoned with when it comes to solving another local murder. These two play well off each other.

We learn more about Dirk when Peggy digs further into his family tree. We know their friendship is meant to be, but readers are still wondering if Harper and Peggy are meant to be…. And to top it off, Peggy’s twin brother leaves Peggy and the readers with an unexpected surprise. You don’t want to miss it.

A Wee Homicide in the Hotel is Fran Stewart’s third and final ScotShop Mystery. At this point, we do not know if it’s the final in series or if she’s shopping for a new publisher. I hope it’s the later because the ScotShop is truly a unique series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

A Wee Murder in My Shop #1
A Wee Dose of Death #2

Reviewed 2017