Saturday, May 27, 2023



Edinburgh, 1911: Maud McIntyre and her assistant Daisy travel to the Scottish Highlands after receiving a letter from Rose.  Rose informs Maud that there are strange things going on in the house that she works in.  While Maud and Daisy are on the train destined for the Highlands, a man’s body falls from the carriage right in front of them.  His cause of death is a gunshot wound to his head.  Maud and Daisy never expected a new case to happen right in front of them, but when the police rule it as a tragic accident, they believe it was no accident but was murder.  As soon as Maud and Daisy arrive in the Highlands, they immediately jump into action in finding the murderer.  But they can’t forget why they are there…to help Rose find out what the strange happenings are that are going on with her employer, an art dealer.  As they piece together all that has happened, they wonder if the murder on the train is connected with Rose’s employer.  Then another body is found, this time it is a local artist.  Maud and Daisy are sure that the two murders are connected but they must prove it and find the killer before another body turns up.

Murder in the Scottish Hills written by author Lydia Travers was a wonderful cozy mystery.  I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the discussion between Maud and Daisy, what a wonderful pair they are.  This story had my attention from the very first page to the last.  Just when I thought I had figured out who the killer was, the plot twist proved me wrong.  I loved everything about this story and with this book being the second installment in The Scottish Ladies Detective Agency, I am looking forward to continuing the series with book three.  This is a must read for every cozy mystery fan and I highly recommend it.


Author: Lydia Travers

Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 26, 2023 
Pages: 323 
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When Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid Daisy travel into the Scottish Highlands, the last thing they expect to find is a body on the train… Will these keen amateur sleuths stop a murderer in his tracks?

Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud McIntyre receives a letter from a maid called Rose, sharing her suspicions that something strange is happening in the house where she works, she and her assistant Daisy immediately travel to the Highlands to investigate.

But as they are changing trains, the body of a man falls from the carriage right in front of them, a bullet in his head. Maud and Daisy can’t believe it – they’ve waited ages for a new case, and now one has literally landed in front of them! And when the local police rule the death as a tragic accident, the pair have no choice but to investigate what they believe is a murder…

Arriving in the Scottish village, Maud and Daisy go undercover to begin their hunt for the murderer, while also investigating the strange behaviour of Rose’s employer, a local art dealer. As they begin to piece together the chain of events, Maud and Daisy wonder whether the cases might be linked. 
Is it possible the man on the train was killed to cover up something in the village? And, if so, who would do such a thing?

When a local artist is found murdered, Maud and Daisy become convinced the two cases are connected. Searching for the link between the deaths, 
will Maud and Daisy solve the case before another mysterious murder takes place?


Lydia Travers was born in London.  She moved progressively north until settling with her husband in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has raised children, bred dogs and kept chickens; and for as long as she can remember has written for pleasure. A former legal academic and practitioner with a PhD in criminology, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation, sings in a local choir and is walked daily by the family dog.

Lydia also writes as Linda Tyler and her first novel under that name, Revenge of the Spanish Princess, won a 2018 Romance Writers of America competition for the beginning of an historical romance. Her second novel The Laird's Secret was Commended in the 2021 Scottish Association of Writers' Pitlochry Quaich competition for the beginning of a romantic novel. Mischief in Midlothian won the 2022 Scottish Association of Writers' Constable Silver Stag trophy. She has had a number of short stories published in magazines, journals and anthologies in the UK, the USA and Australia.

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