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Died in the Wool

(Whisky Business Mystery #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  73 reviews
No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity.

Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteerin
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Alibi (first published May 14th 2019)
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Died in the Wool is the fourth book in the Whisky Business Mystery series by Melinda Mullet. I began reading the series about two years ago when I saw it was set at a whisky distillery in Scotland, but I continued to read it because the characters and plots are wonderful. In this caper, Abi gets involved in volunteering on the board for a home run by a not-for-profit organization that protects battered women. She's trying to decide what to do about her feelings for the Scotsman, Grant MacEwan, i ...more
Gail C.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to NetGalley and the Alibi Division of Random House Publishing for providing me with an Advanced Digital Read copy of DIED IN THE WOOL by Melinda Mullet. This is the fourth book in the Whiskey Business series by Mullet, and my second read, having read DEADLY DRAM just last year. I’m delighted to report that this is another excellent entry in an intriguing series.
In this series, Abi Logan, former photojournalist has inherited part ownership of a whiskey distillery and an estate in Scotl
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Abi Logan is getting much more comfortable in her role as a distillery owner. She is taking classes to enrich her knowledge especially with her partner recovering from an injury that could end his career.

She also is dealing with her ever-growing herd of rescued sheep who badly need to be sheered. When the local vet tells her not clipping their wool could be called animal abuse she promises to handle it right away but hates the thought of just throwing all the wool away. A reve
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. This is the fourth in the Whisky Business Mystery series, but the first that I have read. I recommend that you read the others before this one as I missed a lot of the back story and character development. Having said that, I did really enjoy this story and will be going back and reading the first three in the series.

Abi Logan is a former photojournalist who has inherited part ownership of a whiskey distillery, an estate in Scotland and a charitable trust. She has also inadvertently o
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was another intriguing visit to Scotland Abi and all her friends, which have become like old friends to me. I just love the older guy Hunter that comes and takes care of the house and kind of acts like a butler sometimes. Abi joined the board of a women's shelter in Edinburgh and soon found out that all kinds of underhanded things were going on, especially after one of the shelter guests turned up dead and their housekeeper/cook went missing. Abi's whisky business partner Grant was still re ...more
Dawn Michelle
I really enjoy this series so much - after 3 books, the characters have really grown and gelled and you totally can see them as a cohesive unit and I have grown to really like them and the whiskey business, which is TOTALLY fascinating. I am finding that I wish there was more about the whiskey business and less mystery; guess its time to find a book about whiskey making!! ;-)

Abi has very good intentions in this one - after Grant is seriously injured in the previous book and is now dealing with
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What an adorable new addition to this fun cozy mystery series! Abbey is really starting to get the hang of the whiskey business and is even taking a class to learn even more giving !it's of chances for us to learn a tidbit of two. Grant is still having health issue making him cranky as well as his domineering guest. As if that is not enough the new reverand hopes she will get involved in a local woman's
Peggy R
I really enjoy this series, and Died in the Wool is a fantastic addition. This series reads a bit more like a traditional mystery than a cozy but that is fine with me. The characters are well written and come alive on the page. Abigail is a mature, independent woman but she can certainly find trouble when all she is trying to do good. The secondary cast of characters are well developed and complete the story nicely. I enjoy Abi's friendship with Patrick and her romance with Grant is progressing ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

This cozy mystery series by Melinda Mullet is quickly becoming one of my very favorites and Died in the Wool is the best story yet. All four books are wonderful, but I had a special connection with this one.

First of all, what’s not to love about a Scottish setting? Whether it’s the city of Edinburgh or rural setting of Abbey Glen, the author conveys the atmospheric setting beautifully. Secondly, don’t be turned off by the fact that this serie
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
DIED IN THE WOOL by Melinda Mullet
The Fourth Whisky Business Mystery

The Shepherd's Rest is in trouble and it's going to take more than the wool donated from Abi Logan's geriatric sheep to solve it. Their landlord, who also happens to be a board member, wants the residents out within the month and moved to a dilapidated building in a sketchy neighborhood. Quickly joining the board to help the woman's shelter Abi is determined to discover the reason for the sudden move. She uncovers greed, abuse,
Jennifer Ritter
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Died in the Wool is the fourth installment in Melinda Mullet’s Whiskey Business Mystery series. We pick up as we left off in the previous novel, Deadly Dram, with Grant MacEwan, business partner in Abbey Glen Distillery, continuing to recover from a brutal attack at a whiskey conference under the watchful eye of his former girlfriend, Brenna. With Grant sidelined, and having lasting effects that may end his days of mixing the Glen’s award winning whiskey blends, Abi comes up with the idea of iss ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit up front that I'm a fan of this series, which is technically a cozy but somehow is a bit more in depth than the usual. If you haven't read the previous books, don't worry because Mullet does a nice job of synopsis and you'll totally get who's who etc. This time out, Abi is coping not only with Grant's loss of smell as a result of injuries he suffered in the last installment- making it difficult at the whiskey business- but also the fact that his ex has come to town and is, to put it mild ...more
Sue Em
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
We're back in Scotland with Abigail Logan at Abbey Glen Distillery, but Grant is still recuperating from his injuries. What's worse, is that he's lost his sense of smell and taste--vital senses for a "nose." Brenna , his gorgeous ex, has moved in and is annoying everyone. Meanwhile, Abi arranges for her rescued flock of sheep to be sheared and the wool donated to Shepherds Rest, a shelter for abused women. As Abi learns more about this non-profit, she decides to join their board. Their landlord ...more
Helen Drake
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This is the first book I’ve read which is also the 4th in the Series. I listened to the audiobook.

I liked the story with the spotlight on a battered women’s home and those that care and don’t care about the residents including board members. It was a complex plot that kept me guessing.

This is the first time I’ve met the main characters. It was interesting figuring out the relationships. I think reading the first 3 books in the series will help with that. I did like them. The tertiary characters
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Died in the Wool - by Melinda Mullet is the 5th installment in the A Whisky Business Mystery series. This was the first time I had read one of Melinda's books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the earlier books.

The protagonist Abigail is a strong independent woman but she seems to find trouble at every turn. I enjoyed the relationship between Amanda and Patrick and her blossoming romance with Grant.

The mystery was well written and carries th
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melinda Mullet has another winner in her Whisky Business series. This time Abi finds herself as a newly appointed board member for a woman's shelter. Shortly after taking on her new role a woman at the shelter is found dead and another goes missing.. Abi, feeling that the police are dismissing the women at the shelter, launches her own investigation. We see more personal growth from Abi, Patrick and Grant in this novel. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe it is because this book was the 4th in a series that I didn't like this book more. I can see it had good bones -- strong characters and an interesting setting -- but I felt the story was forced. Maybe the writer should just turn the characters loose and get out of there way.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Can Abi figure out what is going on at the women's shelter?
Died in Wool by Melinda Mullet is a thrilling book about whisky, raising sheep, and life in Scotland. Ms. Mullet has created a wonderful cast of characters in this series, and I enjoyed learning about them.
Abigail Logan
Our sleuth in this series is Abigail Logan, who was a crime journ
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Consistently one of my favorite cozy mystery series and the audiobook is A+++
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved it! Another mystery for Abi Logan and her friends. I swear I thought I had the mystery solved, only to find out that i was totally wrong in the end. Well written mystery, I did not want to put the book down and it kept my attention to the end of the story. Can't wait for the next installment.

This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions are my own.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, mystery, cozy
Died in the Wool is the first book of I've read from Melinda Mullet's "Whisky Business" mystery series. Abigail "Abi" Logan is starting to get the hang of things at the Scottish whisky distillery she inherited from her uncle. Between whisky-ed at a university in Edinburgh, her new role on the board of a women's shelter, and her unsettled love life, there's a lot to enjoy. Abi also hosts an unofficial rest home for elderly sheep on her estate. Each sheep is named after a writer xD <333 A well-ch ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Another entertaining book in the Whisky Business series, set in Scotland at a distillery. Former photojournalist Abi Logan has inherited a distillery, and runs it with business partner Grant MacEwan. Things are a little tense right now, due to Grant's injuries (stemming from an earlier mystery) affecting his ability to blend and taste whisky. And his former girlfriend Brenna is on the scene. Since Abi and Grant have been dancing around a relationship, things are awkward all around.

May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Died In The Wool is the fourth book in the A Whisky Business Mystery series.

Grant McEwan, co-owner and master blender is still recovering from injuries received in the previous book. Abi learns from Louisa, cook, and housekeeper, that Grant’s sense of taste and smell has been severely affected and Grant has been in a foul mood and no real desire to leave his room. Also concerning Abi is the fact that Breena, Grants former fiance, has moved into Grant’s home and is acting as an unneeded nurse and
Anna Fox
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and have enjoyed the series. The character is well written and handles the problems that come her way in a reasonable fashion. Her relationships with the secondary characters are good and she is always willing to help others. This of course, puts her in the way of figuring out the murders that occur.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. - I hope this series continues for a long time.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abi Logan has a lot on her plate, running the Abbey Glen distillery with her partner Grant, running her charity in her Uncle’s name, and most recently supporting a women’s shelter. When she agrees to help the shelter by donating the wool from her sheep, she didn’t see herself become part of the board that oversees the shelter, but she agrees when asked and serves with her whole heart.

When one of the residents of the shelter is found dead and the cook disappears leaving her daughter behind, Abi s
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mystereity Reviews
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Finally finished this one. I don't know what it was, but it just didn't hold my interest. I'd read a chapter or 2, find myself bored and put it away for a bit. Decided last night to push through and finish it.

The whole abused women shelter thing just felt disintegrous to the series, entirely outside of the central theme to the books. From Abi getting involved with the shelter to the issues with the board to the central plot of a dead woman and a missing woman, it just felt like a plot from anot
Jennifer Hood
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This series is just okay for me. I have kept reading them as they are mindlessly amusing, but feel that the author misses the chance to delve more deeply into the whiskey business and charming setting. That's the point of a cozy, IMO, to explore a unique setting. This episode, in particular, could have taken place anywhere. At least the author isn't going to drag on that will-they-or-won't-they romantic situation.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Died in the Wool by Melinda Mullet
Book #4: Whisky Business Mystery Series
Source: NetGalley and Alibi
Rating: 5/5 stars

Life at Abbey Glen is nearly perfect for Abi Logan. She has settled into her role as part owner of a distillery, she is taking classes to learn more about the fine art of distilling whisky, and her herd of geriatric sheep are loving their life as Abi’s pets. In fact, Abi has been in the community long enough that she has not only been accepted by the locals but often called on to
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Abi Logan is back for another Scottish adventure. Wanting to be a better contributor to the Whisky business that her late uncle left her, she has started taking classes in Edinburgh. She also works at the non-profit she set up to honor her late uncle and has taken to adopting retired sheep. That last part leaves her with a lot of wool she needs to find a home for, so she was happy to find a friend in the yarn business.

Amanda owns a yarn shop, knits sweaters for the shop, spins her own yarn from
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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

Other books in the series

Whisky Business Mystery (4 books)
  • Single Malt Murder (Whisky Business Mystery, #1)
  • Death Distilled (Whisky Business Mystery, #2)
  • Deadly Dram  (Whisky Business Mystery, #3)

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