What book-lover hasn’t had a least a fleeting dream of owning a bookstore? The idea for Plaid and Plagiarism and the Highland Bookshop Mystery series hatched and grew after I saw an article about a bookshop up for sale.

According to the article, the shop had a thriving business in lovely surroundings—on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. For me, that was two dreams in one. A bookshop! The Highlands!

I shared the article on Facebook and asked if anyone wanted to join me in a new venture. My question was, of course, tongue in cheek, but several friends and I had fun plotting and planning how we would make it work. The dreams ended up being so much fun, they were too good to waste, so I gave them to four new characters—four women—three Americans and a Scot who’d lived in the States for several decades and wanted to move home.

Years ago I did run a bookstore, and even more years ago I lived in Scotland. So I do have some background for writing this new series. My experiences lack dead bodies, and I’m not sure how I would handle discovering one in my garden shed. But, though felt just a bit bad planting a body where my four women would discover it, I think they acquit themselves reasonably well in their new business and in crime solving. For amateurs, anyway.

Where you can find Plaid and Plagiarism: Independent bookstores: Barnes & Noble: Amazon: Where you can find Molly: Website: Facebook: Pinterest: Twitter: @mysterymacrae


The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery.” In addition to writing the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, Molly is the author of the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries from NAL/Penguin and the stand-alone mystery novels Lawn Order and Wilder Rumors.

Molly’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990 and she’s a winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly and her family live in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children and books at the public library.

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