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Thistles and Thieves

(Highland Bookshop Mystery #3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Out for a bicycle ride in the hills beyond Inversgail, Janet Marsh discovers the body of Dr. Malcolm Murray. The elderly Murray and his own bicycle went off the road and down a steep slope—he’s sprawled in the burn at the bottom, his damaged bike in a patch of thistles on the bank. Janet calls the Police Scotland emergency number. Tire tracks at the side of the narrow road ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Pegasus Books
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Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Molly MacRae, and publisher Pegasus Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this cozy mystery of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to refer this author to friends and family. Her work is delightful.

Taking place in Inversgail, a small town on the northwestern coast of Scotland, Thistles and Thieves is the third book of the Highland Bookshop Mysteries,
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I stuck with this series. It has gotten better with each book as the characters have grown. The pace continues to be the perfect slower pace found in a cozy. The perfect reading getaway.
Janet and her daughter, Tallie, along with Janet's long time friend, Christine and her daughter, Summer, run a combination book store and tea room. Janet and Tallie are American transplants and Christine and her daughter have returned to their roots in Scotland. Together they make quite a team. They
Patricia Romero
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series
The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series Book 3

Back to Scotland at Yon Bonnie Books with Janet and friends.

Janet is out for a bike ride by Inversgail when she sees tracks and finds Dr. Murray and his bike down a very steep slope. Calling the Police Scotland emergency number, she is struck by what look like tire tracks. If this was an accident why in the world didn't they stop? And if it wasn't an accident who in the world would want to kill a much loved and already retired doctor?

In the next few
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
“We are amateurs and we know it. We bumble and muddle and we’re certainly led astray by red herrings.”
“Although, let’s not sell ourselves short.”

A third outing for Molly MacRae’s cast of characters running the Yon Bonnie Books in the quaint Scottish town of Inversgail. The SCONES (Shadowy Constabulary of Nosy Eavesdropping Snoops), as they were once called by a character in a previous book – Janet Marsh and her daughter Tallie, and friends Christine and Summer – have only just moved on a few
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment of the Highland Bookshop series. The ladies (Janet, Christine, Tallie and Summer) of Yon Bonnie Books (love the name of this bookshop) are back at in again when Janet is out for a bike ride when she finds the body of Dr. Murray at the bottom of a burn and she calls Scotland Yard. There are also tire tracks nearby so was this an accident or what is on purpose. A box of books gets left at the bookshop a few days later and the ladies suspect they are Dr. Murray’s. They ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent mystery with several twists. Lots of characters and a highland background keeps it suspenseful. the ladies of Yon Bonnie Books, Janet, Christine, Tallie, and Summer, are confused when a sealed box of used books is left on the steps of the shop. Are they a clue left behind by the local retired doctor that Janet found dead after a bicycling accident?And then travelling nurse, Lachy is found murdered. When the doctor's hermit brother is also found murdered the ladies realize they must all ...more
Rima Aiello
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful setting, engaging characters, and a head scratcher of a mystery. Not only is there a murder, but also the appearance of mystery books which keeps the ladies and authorities guessing. A strong addition to a fantastic series.
Ruth Feathers
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kept me guessing. Good read.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thistles and Thieves is the third book in the Highland Bookshop, it does work as a standalone but I recommend reading them in series order. Molly MacRae has created wonderful characters and as always the story is well plotted. This is one of my favorite series set in Scotland, the setting is is so well written I feel like I'm there.
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Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace.

Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.

MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the

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