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Hooked On Ewe by Hannah Reed
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I really enjoy Hannah Reed's Scottish Highlands cozy series, particularly for the setting. In Hooked on Ewe, Reed gives us a good look at a staple in the Highlands: sheep dog trials. Having seen them myself in the beautiful little village of Luss, I appreciated Reed's description. We're also treated to a bit of knitting, and Eden climbs aboard a boat and goes out into the Moray Firth.

The mystery is a good one, involving quite a chase around the suspect list, and Reed applies a strong dash of humor-- especially in the relationship between Inspector Jamieson and Constable Stevens. Jamieson prefers working solo, and since Stevens annoys the stuffing out of him, Jamieson is always dreaming up busy work for the constable to get him out of his hair. Constable Stevens is coming into his own a bit because he has a particularly funny scene all his own.

There's an added bonus in this series. Since Eden is an aspiring author, readers are treated to some of the creative as well as the nuts-and-bolts publishing processes in writing. However, as much as I enjoyed Hooked on Ewe, I did have a few problems with it. First of all, I cannot believe that any police force in Scotland would agree to give someone special constable status when she's on a six-month tourist visa that's half over. I was also a bit puzzled over the motivations of the dead woman, but I can't say any more because I'd have to divulge too much of the plot.

The third thing that bugged me was a point of geography, which won't bother readers who haven't traveled extensively in Scotland. I have, so when I read that a character's sister, who was returning to Glasgow from a holiday on the Isle of Skye, decided to swing past Glenkillen to pick up her Skein-of-the-Month package, it just didn't add up. People in the UK don't tend to drive long distances. If you had to pay what they do for gasoline, you'd understand why. The drive between Glasgow and Skye is long enough on its own-- and Glenkillen is in the exact opposite direction by more than just a few miles. I know. I'm being picky!

Geography aside, I enjoy the mysteries and the characters in this series. I look forward to my next visit. ( )
  cathyskye | Sep 15, 2015 |
American romance writer Eden Elliott is still in Glenkillen, Scotland, being inspired enough by the beauty of the countryside and a particular young Scot, Leith Cameron. But in Hooked on Ewe, Eden is helping on the welcoming committee for a fundraiser for the town’s hospice center Also on the committee is Isla Lindsey, a particularly obnoxious woman everyone in town tries to avoid. Of course, she’s murdered and Eden, newly named a volunteer constable, is helping the local police inspector question people who knew Isla and who interacted with her at the fundraiser.

Eden is living at the McBride farm with a friend, Vicky, whom she met on the flight from Chicago to Scotland. That family has issues of its own and by virtue of her physical closeness to the farm, Eden is sucked into their drama.

I don’t know how likely it is that an American ex-pat with no police experience would wind up being part of the police department in Scotland, but then realism isn’t why readers are attracted to cozy mysteries. Readers who can go with the flow and not look too deeply will be rewarded with a quick and fun read with Hooked on Ewe. ( )
  NewsieQ | Aug 22, 2015 |
Hooked On Ewe is the second book in A Scottish Highlands Mystery series.

This another enjoyable visit to Glenkillen, Scotland and the Sheepish Expression Yarn and Wool Shop.

Eden Elliott is beginning to settle in in this quaint little Scottish village. She has finished her novel and it has been sent off to her best friend, and she is taking some time to get to know the locals. She has volunteered to help with a sheep dog trial that is being held to benefit the local hospice center. Much to the displeasure of Kirstine MacBride-Derby, her half-sister Vicki is getting ready the first of her skein of the month deliveries. Eden, after taking as much as she could stand of Isla Lindsey and having helped get the booth set up heads off to meet up with DI Kevin Jamieson. At this meeting, Jamieson offers Eden the position of Special Constable, a position in name only, but she does get a warrant card. As the dog trials are winding down, it seems that Isla has been missing a while. Soon her body is found in Harry Taggert's van, with the yarn from one of Vicki' skein of the month packages tightly around her neck.

With her newly acquired warrant card and can of pepper spray, Eden sets off to help DI Jamieson with the investigation. Isla has alienated just about every one in the village, so it will be no easy task.

In addition to finding the murderer, they need to find the packages of the skein of the month that were supposedly mailed by Kirstine.

Another wonderful story from Hannah Reed and a wonderful cast of characters.

Definitely will be watching for the next book in the book to see what happens next with Eden and the residents of Glenkillen. ( )
  FredYoder | Jul 6, 2015 |
I didn’t read the first book in this series, OFF KILTER, but I am a fan of Hannah Reed’s Queen Bee Mysteries, so, when I was offered the chance to read this book, I was excited to read it, although I wasn’t sure I could get into a story set in the Scottish Highlands, but I found it to be a fun and refreshing change. It really showed that author Hannah Reed did her research into Scottland, something I’m sure she enjoyed as much as I did reading about it.

I liked protagonist, Eden Elliot right away. She’s a very dynamic character. I enjoyed getting to know the Chicago transplant as she herself was still adjusting to her new life in Glenkillen Scottland. I will be purchasing book one in this series, OFF KILTER, so I can read more about her move to a new country. I also quite liked the supporting cast of characters and look forward to learning more about them in future books.

This was an excellent mystery that captured my interest quickly and kept me turning page after page to eagerly read more. I was sorry to get to the end of the book. I can’t wait for the next exciting installment! ( )
  LisaKsBookReviews | Jun 23, 2015 |
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In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in...

It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen.

For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn.

Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400)

"Aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn't the only thing that's dramatic when a local woman is done in..."--Page 4 of cover.

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