Sunday, July 30, 2023



Edinburgh, 1911:  Maud and her lady’s maid Daisy are back on the case when Daisy receives a phone call from her cousin.  Clara calls Daisy to tell her that not just one but two people in her  choir unexpectedly died.  Clara fears that they weren’t an accident.  Maud and Daisy immediately head to the Highlands to investigate.  They join the choir to see if they can identify any possible suspects.  The police decide the cause of death was a heart attack and a drowning, but Maud and Daisy aren’t convinced.  So, as they continue their own investigation, they receive a mysterious letter.  When another choir member is murdered Maud and Daisy must hurry to find the killer before another victim falls.  But time is running out and the song is about to end.

Mystery in the Highlands written by author Lydia Travers was a delightful cozy mystery.  I love the characters of Maud and Daisy.  They are an absolute delight with their witty comments and investigative sleuthing.  This enjoyable story was one that kept you on the edge of your seat wondering until the end, whodunit.  This is the third installment in The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency and I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and I highly recommend it.  A definite must read for all cozy mystery fans.



Author: Lydia Travers
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 26, 2023 
Pages: 331 

When members of a choir start dropping dead in the Highlands, Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid Daisy go undercover to discover the inharmonious culprit. But will they uncover the killer before another murder takes place?

Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud and Daisy receive a letter from Daisy’s cousin, Clara, sharing her fears that two sudden deaths in her local choir weren’t accidental, at first Daisy thinks her cousin is overreacting. But Maud’s detective senses tell her something is afoot, and so they make haste to the Highlands to investigate.

As soon as they arrive, Maud and Daisy go undercover in the choir to find potential suspects. But with one murder deemed a heart attack, and the other declared an unfortunate drowning, Maud and Daisy have their work cut out when it comes to persuading the local police that perhaps the choir isn’t as perfectly in tune as everyone thinks...

But finally they receive a clue in the form of an anonymous letter. Enclosed is a rhyme which they’re certain holds the key to the next murder…

With the clock ticking down to another death, they know they can’t miss a beat - but 
will Maud and Daisy solve the mysterious rhyming verse before another singer is silenced, or will this case lead to their own untimely swan song?


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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