In Traci Hall’s Murder in a Scottish Shire, the USA Today bestselling author launches a new cozy mystery series set in a charming seaside town in Scotland. The intriguing book features a busy single mom, Paislee Shaw, owner of a specialty sweater shop, knitting enthusiast, and reluctant sleuth who must untangle a murderous yarn after discovering the body of a troubled employee.
Special Content from Author Traci Hall
Scottish Slang Terms
I first fell in love with Scotland back in 1991, when I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Visiting Scotland has remained on my bucket list ever since. In preparation for writing the Paislee Shaw Mystery series, I sacrificed hours of time to study Outlander over and over again. Truth be told, it was no hardship to watch Jamie and Claire fall head over heels in the lush, green Highlands.
I have a friend who lives in Inverness, and when I asked him to guide me in my use of all things Scottish, he readily and thankfully agreed. Turns out he was an extra in Outlander on multiple episodes and has promised to be my guide-in person. I chose Nairn (shire) to be the setting for the mystery series because of the community in a small seaside town. Add the history, and castles, and dolphins…Once we are free to travel again, Nairn, here I come!
A Few Scottish Words and Phrases
Dreich—drab and gray weather. Scotland is said to have gray (grey) skies most of the time. Nairn has more sunshine than the average Scottish town.
Haud yer wheesht—Be quiet, or shut up. Paislee would never actually say this to her son Brody, but Grandpa might.
Bein’ smart and no bein’ clever—Smart aleck. I’m sure Paislee let this one slip through—Brody is ten, after all.
Stunner—Gorgeous. This would apply to Paislee’s best friend, Lydia Barron.
Bonny—Pretty. This could mean a person or an object. Paislee knits, so she might say a bonny shawl.
Braw—Versatile word for wonderful. Braw day, braw meal, braw show on the telly.
Enough of yer cheek—Stop talking back. Aye, Paislee has definitely said this to Brody.
Cooker—Stove. Grandpa has turned out to be a braw cook with roasted tatties and neeps.
Mental—Crazy. Grandpa fears the police will think he’s gone mental when he tells them about his missing son, Craigh.
Dinna fash—Don’t worry. Paislee has a lot to worry about and doesn’t take this advice to heart.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Known as the Brighton of the North, Nairn is both a charming Scottish town and a popular seaside resort—but to Paislee Shaw, it’s simply home—unfortunately to a murderer . . .
For a twenty-eight-year-old single mum, Paislee has knit together a sensible life for herself, her ten-year-old son Brody, and Wallace, their black Scottish terrier. Having inherited a knack for knitting from her dear departed grandmother, Paislee also owns a specialty sweater shop called Cashmere Crush, where devoted local crafters gather weekly for her Knit and Sip.
Lately, though, Paislee feels as if her life is unraveling. She’s been served an eviction notice, and her estranged and homeless grandfather has just been brought to her door by a disconcertingly handsome detective named Mack Zeffer. As if all that wasn’t enough, Paislee discovers a young woman who she recently rehired to help in the shop dead in her flat, possibly from an overdose of her heart medicine. But as details of the death and the woman’s life begin to raise suspicions for Detective Inspector Zeffer, it’s Paislee who must untangle a murderous yarn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From contemporary seaside romances to cozy mysteries, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over fifty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite story for everyone. Mystery lovers, be on the lookout for her Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton. Whether it’s her ever popular By the Sea series or a fun whodunit, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida by living right near the ocean. Visit Traci at www.TraciHall.com.