Molly MacRae – Thistles and Thieves

Out for a bicycle ride in the hills beyond Inversgail, Janet Marsh discovers the body of Dr. Malcolm Murray. The elderly Murray and his own bicycle went off the road and down a steep slope – hes sprawled in the burn at the bottom, his damaged bike in a patch of thistles on the bank. Tire tracks at the side of the narrow road suggest a vehicle might have been involved. But who would want the well-loved retired doctor dead?

A few days after the death, a box of vintage first editions is left on the doorstep of Yon Bonnie Books with a note: Please look after these books. Thank you. Janet and her crew at the shop are at first delighted, and then mystified – what exactly does look after mean? Are they free to sell them? And what are the odd notes penciled in the margins?

With a little digging, the women decide the books might belong to Malcolm Murray or his reclusive brother, Gerald. When Janet and Christine call at Malcolms house, they find his confused, angry sister and evidence of a burglary. When they go to Geralds modest croft house, they find the door ajar and Gerald dead inside, stabbed with a regimental dagger. While the police try to determine if the Murray brothers deaths are connected and whos responsible, Janet and the bookshop owners try to find out how and why the box of books ended up on their doorstep. The police are interested in those questions, too, and theyre more than a little suspicious. Are the Yon Bonnie women as good with burglar tools as they are with books – and at finding bodies?

Author: Molly MacRae
Narrator: Lucy Paterson
Duration: 8 hours 40 minutes
Released: 20 Jul 2001
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Language: English

User Review:

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Thistles and Thieves is a pretty good cozy mystery with engaging characters and a well written plot. I look forward to the next one in this series