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Deadly Dram

(Whisky Business Mystery #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Distillery owner Abigail Logan discovers that high spirits are no match for a cold-blooded killer as the Whisky Business Mystery series puts a fatal twist on stiff competition.

It’s been a year since globe-trotting photojournalist Abi Logan inherited Abbey Glen, a whisky distillery in the heart of the Scottish countryside. To her surprise, the village of Balfour already fee
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Alibi
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Deadly Dram is the third book in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series written by Melinda Mullet and was published in 2018. The series takes place in Scotland with a focus on Abi Logan who's returned home from a photojournalism job to address the death of her uncle. In this third book, Abi's been co-running the distillery and is on a business trip to attend an award ceremony that might earn her company and whisky a valued prize. Members of the judging committee are murdered one by one which le ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deadly Dram is the 3rd book in the Whisky Business Mystery series. Abi Logan is still trying to make a name for herself in the whisky business after she inherited her uncle's distillery, Abbey Glen, 9 months ago. The good old boys network in the business (she calls them the Barley Bunch) just don't think a woman should be a distillery owner. She runs Abbey Glen with Grant MacEwen, her business partner, who is a magician with whisky. This year, everyone is pleased that Abbey Glen is up for 3 awar ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Abigail Logan still has a lot to learn about being a distillery owner but she is really making herself at home in Balfour. She is trying to keep her mind on Whisky business, but when she and her business partner, Grant MacEwan attend a whisky competition at a 5-star resort she may not be able to resist his charms. Then before the Golden Quaich competition begins, where several Abbey Glen Whiskys are up for awards 2 of the judges are killed. DI Ian Michaelson asks for Abi’s hel
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, crafts, dogs, cozy
The third book in the Whiskey Business Mystery has Abi Logan attending a 4 days of competition of Whiskey makers at a 5 star resort. Abby Glen has several nominations. She takes her dog, Liam who soon is known throughout the meeting because of his antics. Grant MacEwan, her business partner is next door to her. Before the judging begins two of the judges are poisoned with nicotine. Abi works with homicide detective as he is short of staff. Finding a motive is difficult as the judges had no enemi ...more
Mellie Antoinette
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It’s always the staff that takes the blame.”

Another solid entry in the Whiskey Business Mysteries and I have to say authoress Melinda Mullet is a whiz kid on the branding side - intriguing cover art, careful honed mysteries all neatly tying under the scotch business model and Grant MacEwan! ❤️ Love from your Bunny Girl, Mellie! Yes, I’m aware your fictional. More’s the pity!

Bless you #netgalley for an #arc of this wicked mystery!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Dram is the third book in the Whisky Business Mystery series.

Time is getting close for the annual Golden Quaich Awards for the best Whiskys. Grant MacEwen, manager/co-owner of Abbey Glen Distillery and Cam Lewis, the distiller, have finally convinced Abi that she needs to attend, especially since Abbey Glen is up for the top award this year. As Abi is greeting friends from the past and making new ones, she soon learns that there seems to be those in attendance that feel the awards should
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abigail Logan inherited a distillery from her beloved uncle a year ago. She already feels like part of the small Scottish town. Now, she’s thrown into the middle of a whisky competition and things get really heated when two judges are murdered. Abi throws herself right into the middle of the investigation since many of the suspects are good friends of hers. She is determined to get to the bottom of this.

To add a little more excitement to Abi’s life, her handsome business partner is getting harde
Peggy R
This is a series that has quickly become one I look forward to reading. It has a unique theme, the characters are smart, mature and the mysteries always keep me engaged. Abi is a smart, mature, independent woman who makes a good amateur sleuth. Her profession as a journalist has given her insight into human nature which she often relies on in conjunction with Detective Michelson's reliance on evidence to help solve the mystery. The mystery kept me engaged with the twist and turns throughout the ...more
Gail C.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Lovers
I would give this 4 and a half stars if that were an option.
Sometimes you just want a simple murder, or two, perpetrated in the company of interesting characters, some likeable some not so much, and all wrapped up in a welcoming setting that beckons you to come inside and spend some time. That’s what Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet was for me. It was a welcome respite, the perfect stress reliever; like curling up in front of a warm fire in a pair of comfy sweats in winter or sitting out on the b
Jessica Robbins
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What a wonderful cozy mystery with a nice whiskey theme to it. I learned quite a bit about the entire process while reading it I must say. Abigail is on her way to a fancy lodge for an award competition for the distillery. Nervous enough about going to begin with things just get worse when Liam starts causing his own brand of trouble. As if that is not enough the judges start dropping like flies and a su
Mystereity Reviews
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the last of the reviews I have to make up from Netgalley

I can't believe this is the third book in this series already, seems like only yesterday Abi showed up to take over her uncle's whisky distillery. In this book, Abi and the distillery gang heads to a whisky competition and on the first night, a competition judge turns up dead, poisoned. As Abi races to discover how is behind the poisoning, another judge is found dead, also by poisoning. As she closes in on the killer, her partner Gra
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This installment found Abi and Grant away from their home estates at a luxury hotel where a distillery competition was taking place. It was a huge honor for Abbey Glen to have been nominated, and Abi hoped she'd represent her business well. Her friend Patrick was there as usual. And as usual, there were a couple of murders of two of the competition judges to solve.

By now, Deputy Inspector Michaelson had come to (he wouldn't admit it though) depend on Abi for her insight since she was formerly a
Sue Em
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Abigail Logan, co-owner of Abbey Glen Distillery, attends a special whiskey competition at a luxury resort with her partner, Grant, and dog, Liam. Unfortunately, some of the judges are dying in dubious circumstances. As she tries to get a toehold in the male-dominated whiskey distillery business, it becomes necessary to investigate to keep her friends and her friends safe. The setting in Scotland provides an interesting background, The characters developed and interesting, and the plot fair and ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the series and the characters but I can’t understand why there have to be a triangle setting between Grant and Abi. I wished that would stop in all the cozy mystery series. Didn’t you have other ideas to make the two of them work? I don’t like to read something like that and I really don’t know if book 4 is on my preorder list for long.
Deranged Dreamer
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Better than the last one.
But the love triangle plot is awful.
We already have enough going against them, all the killings, her job, her neurosis. Why add another person in the mix?
I might not read the next one.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Abi Logan is a photojournalist who has just returned from a month in Iceland. After being home for a few days she's starting to rethink her career choices, especially since she's inherited a distillery that's one of the best in Scotland. She's also attracted to her partner Grant McEwan, who hasn't hidden the fact that he's attracted to her as well. But since she has a lousy relationship history (she, for some reason, doesn't think this has to do with her traveling all the time!) she's determined ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Deadly Dram” earns 5/5 Whisky Barrels…Filled with Engaging Fun!

In the cozy genre, no matter your interest or passion, you can always find a theme to interest you. From sweet and savory culinary treats and businesses to indoor and outdoor hobbies and sports, from paranormal and magical to some with a bit of both, the genre has brought in fans of all backgrounds and ages. I was drawn to Melinda Mullet’s series because of her unique theme surrounding a whisky distillery…I'll have mine “neat.” I st
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
DEADLY DRAM by Melinda Mullet
The Third Whisky Business Mystery

After some time away Abi Logan is back at Abbey Glen, just in time for the Golden Quaich Awards. What Abi first believed was a little competition among local distillers, is actually a four day international event held at a five star hotel, the outcomes of which can have a huge economic effect. When one of the judges is discovered dead the next morning the first thought was that too much good food and drink finally caught up with him.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Linda Baker
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Abi Logan, co-owner of Abbey Glen Distillery, is still very new to the business after it was bequeathed to her by her uncle. She has not yet given up her career as a photojournalist and returns to Scotland to attend the prestigious Quaich competition. The competition is a four-day event at a 5-star hotel and promises to be more contentious than usual. Several non-Scots distilleries are competing, and one, in particular, seems very strong. Abi and her partner, Grant McEwan think that the foreign ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Abi, along with her friend Patrick, her business partner Grant and Abby Glen's chief distiller Cam, have a few days at a top notch lodge for the Annual Quaich competition (a way of show casing the best of the different whiskies, new comers as well as traditional distillers), the first night there there are a couple of upsets, firstly a blast from Grant's past in the form of a rather stunning female distiller (Welsh distillery) and then a death, and apparently not a natural death either. The prob ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Abi Logan tries to settle in her new Abbey Glen whiskey distillery co-owner role, she finds herself attending the annual whiskey competition where they had been nominated. But this competition proves deadly for one of the judges. There was definite rivalry between Scottish whiskeys and other outsiders, but would that cause someone to resort to murder. This is the third book in this series and I love how Abi goes about her investigations. As an experienced photojournalist, she is used to getti ...more
Debi Paglia
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is the first in the series that I have read, but I will go back and start at the first one! The storyline was well-written and easy to follow. The characters were well formed and held the storyline together. The setting was described beautifully, so that I felt like I was there. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes strong female protagonists, engaging mysteries and surprise endings. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just a hint of romance, but this author still managed to break my heart... Needless to say, Deadly Dram was another amazing addition to the Whisky Business Mystery series and I can't wait for the next.

The Whisky Business Mystery series is one that I picked up on a whim. Only three books in and it’s now one that has me hardly being to wait for the next book to be released. Ever since Single Malt Murder I’ve been hooked and each book in the series pulls me in just a little bit more.

So, what has
3.5 ⭐️ Not bad, but this one had a few issues for me. Too much careless finger pointing for my taste.
Jana Denardo
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Other than the bizarre thing about giving a dog alcohol (which the author addresses in a note but still leaves me wondering why include it at all), I really enjoyed this Scotland based mystery.
Jeanette Melton
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book from the Whiskey Business series but the story was such that I didn’t feel lost. I was thoroughly pleased with the characters and the way they interacted. There were plenty of twists and I was guessing until the end. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to release.
Emily Taylor
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ready for a shot of Scotch!

I am in love with this series! Abi keeps getting better and better. Loved the change of location! Ready for the next book to be distilled!
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
The Whiskey Business series continues to delight me. Of course, it’s set in Scotland, a country I’ve visited twice and have always felt drawn to. Ms. Mullet does a good job with description and scene setting, vividly depicting Abbey Glen, the nearby village, and other Scottish venues such as the country-house hotel in this novel.

But it’s her characters that come most alive for me. Abi is a wonderful personality, and her experience as a professional photojournalist makes her curiosity and propens
Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet
Book #3: Whisky Business Mystery Series
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars

For much of her adult life, Abi Logan made her way in the world as a photojournalist. She travelled to some of the world’s most dangerous (and compelling) places, risking her life to capture photos that change the way humanity views, well, humanity. As it happens, the most dangerous place she’s been is the whisky distillery she inherited just shy of a year ago.

With nearly a year in the Scott
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Melinda Mullet, was born in the US to two British parents. She grew up between Texas and the UK, eventually studying English Lit at an American university before deciding to embark on a career in international law.

After many years in the legal trenches she is happy to be known as a former lawyer, a travel junkie, and a life-long advocate for children’s literacy causes both domestic and internation

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