Saturday, June 24, 2023



Scotland, 1925: Cressida Fawcett has been hired as the interior designer for the well-to-do Stirling family.  They want her to redesign the historic Ayrton Castle located in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.  Without a second thought Cressida packs her bags and little Ruby her pug and awesome sidekick.  Cressida and Ruby take a stroll through the highlands, and her new job is soon derailed when the previous owner of Ayrton Castle, Hamish Glenkirk is found dead inside a locked room.  Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case but it will take him a while to get there.  Cressida, not just an interior designer but also  a super sleuth, decides she needs to begin solving the case and discovering who the murderer is, and fast.  As she narrows down the list of suspects, when one of the suspects and another victim is shot.  Time is running out and so is her list of suspects, she must solve the case before another body is found. 

Death in the Highlands written by author Fliss Chester was a wonderful cozy mystery.  This story had me reeling from beginning to end.  I had no idea who the culprit was until the very end.  I always know that Cressida Fawcett and her pug Ruby will take me on an adventure.  This lovely mystery is the third installment in the Cressida Fawcett Series.  I enjoyed everything about this story from the delightful characters to the amazing pug Ruby.  This story can be read as a standalone but I suggest reading this delightful series from the beginning.  I love this series and I highly recommend it.



Author:  Fliss Chester

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: June 22, 2023 
Pages: 312 
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There’s a dangerous killer lurking by this loch… and only canny Cressida can track them down.

Scotland, June 1925.  Socialite Cressida Fawcett has been invited to cast her interior design eye over the Stirling family’s new seat, Ayrton Castle, up in the Scottish Highlands. Thrilled to be spending the summer at the historic estate, Cressida fills her suitcase with this season’s hunting jackets – and some tartan for her little pug Ruby, of course!

But before the party is ready to tramp through the glens, shocking news puts paid to their plans. 
Hamish Glenkirk, former owner of Ayrton, has been found dead inside a turret room of the castle. The door was bolted from the inside, and the room is three storeys up, surrounded by impenetrable stone walls… How did the murderer get in? And out?

Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard at least a day’s journey away, Cressida knows she needs to get to the bottom of this case – and fast. There’s no end of suspects among the hunting party. Could it be the local doctor whose wife left him for a fling with the now-dead laird? Or is the gamekeeper hiding secrets under his kilt?

Just as Cressida is closing in on the truth, a blood-curdling scream echoes through the mist. Another member of the party, and one of the suspects, has been shot. With a wee dram in hand, 
can Cressida find the killer before the bagpipes play for another victim?


Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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