Author: Josh Lanyon
Publication Date: April 23, 2018
Page Length: 250 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.
Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.
Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attraction toward John. As unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?
MURDER MYSTERY IN THE HIGHLANDS. This was, for the most part, an entertaining story. The story works on introducing us to the characters and a tour of Scotland, but it definitely picked up around the 60% mark. That is a bit to read before getting to the main part of the story that keeps you on your toes. It’s almost a shame it’s a one-off and not part of a series, because I would love to read more adventures with Carter and John. The story is told solely from Carter’s POV, so John is a bit of a mystery and nothing is really revealed about him until closer towards the end of the novel.
This story is about Carter Matheson, a librarian who is stubbornly on vacation in Scotland as part of a bus tour for fans of a mystery author. He had booked this trip months ago with his then-boyfriend and when they broke up, Carter was not giving up his chance of a vacation and his seat to his ex’s current boyfriend. So, this trip starts off pretty awkwardly for everyone involved when his ex DOES bring his current boyfriend with him and their relationship is flaunted in front of Carter the entire trip.
That also leaves Carter without a roommate, and he is stuck with a mysterious last-minute addition to the group – John Knight. His presence is a big question mark, because he seems to know stuff about the author the tour group revolves around, but not really enough. Because wouldn’t only the superfans be willing to pay the kind of money it takes to go on this trip and visit all the places that are mentioned in the author’s books? John is one big mystery, while there’s a more sinister mystery lurking around the tour group when people keep dying or disappearing from their tour group.