Title:- The Scottish Ladies’Detective Agency
Author:- Lydia Travers
Date published:- April 27th 2023
No. of pages:- 340 pages
Genre:- Historical fiction/Cozy Mystery
Overall rating:- 5/5
When Maud McIntyre sets up her own private detective agency, she never imagines her first case will involve murder… A mystery in the Highlands? The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency is on the case!
Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid, Daisy, form a detective agency, they never dream their first case will take place at a glamorous house in the Scottish Highlands. But when the Duchess of Duddingston, concerned that a notorious jewellery thief will target her lavish weekend party, employs Maud to go undercover as a guest to find the culprit, the agency has its first case to solve…
Undercover with Daisy as her maid, Maud follows a trail of clues across the Duddingston House estate. And as she meets the weekend guests, she hopes one of them will reveal themselves as the jewellery thief. But when one of the house guests is discovered dead, Maud and Daisy realise they’re not only hunting precious gems, but a murderer…
As Maud and Daisy investigate, they realise that a connection in Edinburgh might hold a vital clue that will help them solve the case. Travelling back to the city, Maud hopes that what she and Daisy uncover will help them piece together the murder mystery at Duddingston House…
But when Maud receives a telephone call from the Duchess requesting urgent assistance, she realises that the murderer didn’t have just one victim in mind. Speeding down the drive to Duddingston House, Maud and Daisy hear gunshots ring out across the estate. Will they reach the Duchess in time to save her? And will they catch the murderer in the act?
This is a delightful read and the start of the new series.
Set in 1911 in Edinburgh, Maud McIntyre has opened up a new detective agency with her maid Daisy Cameron as they await for new customers. Their big break came they attended a house party organized by their first customer. As they are investigating a series of robberies of jewelry, soon they get embroiled into solving a murder mystery and Maud and her maid Daisy become busier than ever! This was beautifully written and it was quiet enjoyable as well. I do like the setting much as it was set in the 1910’s Scotland and it was a good job by the author to take us back to that era so we can experience what it was like.
The story was engaging and I was hooked into the story from the beginning till the end. I certainly enjoyed reading this book and since this is the first book of the series, I will be looking forward to read the next book in the series! Worth five stars!
Thank you Bookouture for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. Thanks Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
Lydia Travers was born in London. She moved progressively north until settling with her husband in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has raised children, bred dogs and kept chickens; and for as long as she can remember has written for pleasure. A former legal academic and practitioner with a PhD in criminology, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation, sings in a local choir and is walked daily by the family dog.
Lydia also writes as Linda Tyler and her first novel under that name, Revenge of the Spanish Princess, won a 2018 Romance Writers of America competition for the beginning of an historical romance. Her second novel The Laird’s Secret was Commended in the 2021 Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Quaich competition for the beginning of a romantic novel. Mischief in Midlothian won the 2022 Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Silver Stag trophy. She has had a number of short stories published in magazines, journals and anthologies in the UK, the USA and Australia.
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