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DEADLY DRAM: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullet is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis toda...

DEADLY DRAM: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullet is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview and a giveaway. Enjoy!

Author Interview 

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Armchair travelers and those who enjoy strong female protagonists. The Whisky Business series walks the line between a cozy and a traditional mystery. It has all the atmospherics of a cozy mystery, and the fun quirky characters that populate the village of Balfour, but the crimes and the villains are a bit edgier. I have fun writing this series and I think your readers will enjoy taking this journey with Abi Logan. She’s overstressed and burnt out with her current job and she’s used to a frenetic pace and constant adrenaline. She knows this new more stable life is good for her but sometimes it’s hard to adjust and she ends up chasing that adrenaline where ever she can find it.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image? 

My cover art is designed by the talented folks in the Penguin-Random House art department. They generally ask for my input and then float several versions of the images and I have the chance to make any picky changes I feel are needed. They are very accommodating. Deadly Dram is set in a lush resort in Scotland where the well-heeled go to hunt, fish and play golf, hence the beautiful greens and the hunting dogs on the lawn. The cover gives a nice flavor of Scotland but leaves no doubt this is a murder mystery.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why? 

Hunter is one of my favorite characters. He’s a slightly faded and shabby older gentleman who is deeply embedded in the life and the history of the village. Hunter has spent years working to renovate the house Abi’s Uncle bequeathed to her. When she moved in he sort of came with the furniture. He’s an artist when carving wood and he’s become Abi’s right hand man on the home front. He cares for the sheep, gives Abi practical down to earth advice, spoils the dog and never hesitates to make himself completely at home in the kitchen.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

 I’m a con woman. Not the Ocean’s 8 variety, but the kind I never knew existed until my teenage daughters began attending a variety of fan conventions up and down the Eastern seaboard. You meet fascinating people. It provides me with endless fodder for character sketches and it’s fun to step outside of yourself for a day or two. Recently we dragged my husband along to Comic Con in San Diego. The mother ship of all Cons. I got to spend time with the artists who did the initial renderings for the Lord of the Rings movie and was in fan-girl heaven.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

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What can we expect from you in the future? 

More Whisky Business stories. Book three is just out, and book four will be released in the Spring of 2019. I am also working on another series, less of a cozy, and set in London in the time between the wars. The story is based very loosely on my grandmother’s life. She was one of sixteen children all of whom came of age between WWI and WWII. She was a widow that was forced to go out and make her way in a rapidly changing world. Several of her siblings made history on a grand scale and she did too, in her own unique way.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 

I certainly appreciate all the on-line reviews and the tweets. Please continue to share the Whisky Business Series with your friends, colleagues and book groups and please request it at your local library. 

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Revise, revise, revise. It’s very important to be willing to take constructive criticism and look at your own work objectively. It can be very hard to remove a favorite character or scene, but if it’s slowing down the pace of the plot it may have to go. As we all know pacing is everything in commercial fiction these days. If you want to sell you have to adapt. The right agent is also key. I was unbelievably fortunate to find a phenomenal agent at The Lark Group who has shepherded me through this process with unending patience and good humor. It is so vital to find someone who believes in you and your project from the beginning.

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Alibi (September 4, 2018) 
Print Length 300 pages 
ASIN: B079R3PW46 

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 feels like home, and her new business partner, Grant MacEwan, continues to be too charming to resist. But Abi has a history of relationship disasters, so she struggles to avoid an ill-fated romance with Grant. Steering clear is hard enough on a day-to-day basis, but when the two head off to a whisky industry competition together, Abi panics. Five-star resort, four glorious days of nonstop whisky tasting, and a fatally attractive Scotsman—what could possibly go wrong?

The night before the award presentations, with foreign and domestic whisky makers at one anothers’ throats, two judges are found dead under mysterious circumstances. What started with three dream-come-true nominations for Abby Glen’s whisky soon turns into a nightmare for Abi. With a killer on the loose, she must call on her investigative skills to stop another murder—before she gets taken out of the running herself.

About the Author

Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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  1. I really enjoyed the interview and am especially intrigued about your series based upon your Grandmother's life between the wars -- wow, one of sixteen children! I'm looking forward to reading this next installment in The Whiskey Business Mysteries ~

  2. I liked the description of the book and I like the whiskey business storyline. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Sounds like a great book! Best wishes on your tour.
    How do you get inspired to write?


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