Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: A Scottish Isle Mystery #1
Publication Date: 4/4/23
Period: Contemporary – Sea Isle, Scotland
Number of Pages: 304
Burned-out American emergency room doctor, Emilia (Em) McRoy, has accepted the position of village doctor in a beautiful, quiet, peaceful seaside village in Scotland. When she arrives, it is everything she dreamed it would be – breathtakingly beautiful, quaint, and filled with warm, welcoming Scots. She’s so excited to begin to explore her new home – until she finds a dead body only a short while after she arrives. No, not just any dead body – the body of someone who was murdered – although she and the handsome constable disagree on that.
Apparently, she didn’t read her contract very carefully because she finds out she is also the coroner for the area. The constable, Ewan Campbell wants her to just sign the death certificate as accidental death and be done with it. The man was a known drunk and Ewan is convinced he just fell and cracked his head open during a drunken walk. Emilia refuses to sign the certificate and, as coroner, begins her own investigation. That investigation apparently doesn’t sit well with the murderer, because he starts coming after Emilia. Can Ewan and her new friends protect her from the psychopath? Has this person killed before? The victim, Smithy, was a surly old cuss that nobody liked, but who truly disliked him enough to murder him?
I’m always looking for new-to-me mystery writers – particularly those who write books set in some of my favorite places – like England, Scotland, and Ireland. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters, but there is a lot about this book that will require you to totally suspend your belief/disbelief. Basically, the whole of the town and its inhabitants require that. There is Ewan who is the constable, mayor, laird, and practically the richest man in Scotland. Well, frankly, from the descriptions of the things he provides for the town, the doctor, the medical facility, and the inhabitants, he has to be the richest man in the world. Then, there is that medical facility – housed in an old church – and with more modern, up-to-date equipment than most modern urban hospitals. Oh – and BTW – what is with dukes and marquesses and aristocrats being royalty? Yes, the reference is made more than once. A duke nor a marquess is royalty – unless they are a Royal Duke such as William or Harry.
All-in-all, this was a nice beginning for a new series and I will definitely read the next book. However, I will be wearing my rose-colored glasses and will have all beliefs and disbeliefs suspended before I start reading.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.