Another delightful outing with Cressida is afoot in “Death in the Highlands” by Fliss Chester. Intending to share decor thoughts at a historic Scottish estate, she is taken aback to once again find herself on the scene of an unexpected death. Being out of easy reach of the nearest detective, once again, Cressida sets off to find out what is really going on.
This fun and cosy mystery was a tad too predictable for me, I would have liked a little more intrigue but I still enjoyed it and am looking forward to adventuring with this lovely cast of characters in the next in the series! It is a four out of five on the enJOYment scale.
Cressida and Ruby make for a formidable team in this murder mystery. Alfred and Dotty are lovely complementary characters and so together they investigate making this an enjoyable murder mystery read.
The storyline wasn’t quite as strong this time in my opinion, though it certainly had some interesting twists. The police had very little to do with solving the case and the Poirot- style ending felt just a little over the top.
It’s the third story in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one (perhaps we’ll even have a little romance?). It’s four out of five stars for me.
We received complimentary copies of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own.
From the back cover:
There’s a dangerous killer lurking by this loch… and only canny Cressida can track them down.
Scotland, June 1925. Socialite Cressida Fawcett has been invited to cast her interior design eye over the Stirling family’s new seat, Ayrton Castle, up in the Scottish Highlands. Thrilled to be spending the summer at the historic estate, Cressida fills her suitcase with this season’s hunting jackets – and some tartan for her little pug Ruby, of course!
But before the party is ready to tramp through the glens, shocking news puts paid to their plans. Hamish Glenkirk, former owner of Ayrton, has been found dead inside a turret room of the castle. The door was bolted from the inside, and the room is three storeys up, surrounded by impenetrable stone walls… How did the murderer get in? And out?
With Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard at least a day’s journey away, Cressida knows she needs to get to the bottom of this case – and fast. There’s no end of suspects among the hunting party. Could it be the local doctor whose wife left him for a fling with the now-dead laird? Or is the gamekeeper hiding secrets under his kilt?
Just as Cressida is closing in on the truth, a blood-curdling scream echoes through the mist. Another member of the party, and one of the suspects, has been shot. With a wee dram in hand, can Cressida find the killer before the bagpipes play for another victim?
An unputdownable and gripping cozy mystery which fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss will love.