This is the eleventh book in the long-running Key West Food Critic series by Lucy Burdette. You can always count on lots and lots of food and great recipes in these books, and Hayley was like a kid in a candy store with being able to go and eat Scottish food in this book.
I found myself really fascinated reading about the Falkirk Wheel in the book. Even though a death in the book occurred here, the author graciously pointed out in her Acknowledgments that this was just something from her own imagination. But I got curious about the Wheel and watched a couple of videos because my brain needed a demo of it, lol. Nothing like armchair travel and learning something new this way! Thanks to the author, I found something cool to research and was able to picture it even better as I read.
My Goodreads review:
Scotland was the perfect chance for a foodie and food writer like Hayley to eat her way through a few towns and still do her job while on her supposed-honeymoon. That part was sort of a laugh, and they all joked about it since Miss Gloria was along, and Nathan’s mom informed that she was coming. I did actually start to like Nathan’s mom Helen a little better from reading the last book when she and Hayley had their grand adventure.
From a poisoning to a guy falling from the Falkirk Wheel, this mystery unfolded and seemed like it didn’t make a lot of sense at first. Eventually, Hayley and Miss G put the clues together. Miss G always loved armchair sleuthing with Hayley and had her chance to do this firsthand now as well as see some of the places her ancestors would have fought at or been buried in, some of which were pretty troubling to her.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like Vera and William, but they grew on me especially toward the end when William was so kind to Miss Gloria. I had to giggle at Nathan’s last line in the book, but it’s so true!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.