Thursday, December 16, 2021

Murder at the Castle by M. B. Shaw -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Well, after botching last week's post, I have my act together this week! This time of year can scramble my brain. Between holiday prep and festivities, end-of-year office admin tasks, and regular work to get done, I end up feeling like one of Santa's elves trapped in Legally Blond

I need to finish my book club book before we meet for a our final 2021 get together next week. Then I plan to coast into Christmas week with this wonderful looking new holiday mystery, Murder at the Castle

How is your month going?


Iris Grey scanned the faces of the crowd milling around Aberdeen railway station, hunting for her driver.

-- Murder at the Castle by M. B. Shaw, new from Pegasus Books

This is the second book in M. B. Shaw's mystery series featuring portrait painter and amateur sleuth Iris Grey. The first book, Murder at the Mill, found Iris solving a murder that happened at a charming cottage during a Christmas Eve party. 

Murder at the Castle takes Iris north to a Scottish castle during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Baron Jock MacKinnon has commissioned Iris to paint the portrait of his fiancé, but plans go awry when a dead body turns up on the castle grounds.


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From Murder at the Castle:
"Don't you find that strange?" Iris probed, slowing her own pace, taking in the soft sensation of dropped pine needles like an eiderdown under her feet, and the rich, resinous smell of the trees. The combination of the dark, towering trunks and the cold tendrils of mist snaking around them gave the whole place a distinctly Tolkien-like, fantasy feel.

I can't wait to tuck in! But I'm such a completist that I want to start with the first book in the series so just ordered Murder at the Mill to read first. It will get here next week, right after book club. Perfect timing to enjoy it over Christmas Eve and this one during the week between Christmas and New Year -- just like the plots of both books! Hopefully without any foul play!



  1. Murder at the Castle looks so good!

  2. This sounds really good. I do love mysteries. Have a great weekend!

  3. Murder at the Castle does look like a fun read for Christmas! I do also insist on reading series in order, even if it isn't entirely necessary, ever since I got myself massively confused with the Inspector Lynley books! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. It sounds like a series I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing and adding to my TBR!

  5. Looks like a good book and series. Makes me think of Lady Darby in a more modern setting!


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