1911, Scotland. Maud McIntyre defies convention by setting up her own detective agency with her former maid Daisy Cameron. Their first case begins as a jewel theft but swiftly turns into a murder investigation…
The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency is the first book in a new series to feature Maud and Daisy as they establish themselves as female private detectives.
The Duchess of Duddingston is hosting a house party and she doesn’t want the notorious jewel thief to target her guests. She hires Maud and Daisy to attend the party but nobody expects a murder to take place. The pair seem to solve the case quite quickly and then move on to three new cases in Edinburgh (a missing bride to be, stolen letters and a vanished Pekingese).
I enjoyed the historical elements to the plot. The world is three years away from war, the suffragettes are campaigning for the vote, King George V has recently been crowned. Maud feels passionately about women’s rights and is determined to succeed in her own venture as a private detective despite the prejudice against her. The class and social norms also play a key role in the investigations.
The cases interconnect cleverly and I found myself rooting for Maud and Daisy to uncover the truth. They are both hugely easy to like although I did feel that the Scottish dialect was applied a little haphazardly. There is a wonderful frisson of romantic tension mixed with antagonism between Maud and Lord Urquhart over the course of the book.
The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency was a very enjoyable cosy murder mystery. I look forward to reading more about Maud and Daisy’s adventures in the future.
When Maud McIntyre sets up her own private detective agency, she never imagines her first case will involve murder… A mystery in the Highlands? The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency is on the case!
Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid, Daisy, form a detective agency, they never dream their first case will take place at a glamorous house in the Scottish Highlands. But when the Duchess of Duddingston, concerned that a notorious jewellery thief will target her lavish weekend party, employs Maud to go undercover as a guest to find the culprit, the agency has its first case to solve…
Undercover with Daisy as her maid, Maud follows a trail of clues across the Duddingston House estate. And as she meets the weekend guests, she hopes one of them will reveal themselves as the jewellery thief. But when one of the house guests is discovered dead, Maud and Daisy realise they’re not only hunting precious gems, but a murderer…
As Maud and Daisy investigate, they realise that a connection in Edinburgh might hold a vital clue that will help them solve the case. Travelling back to the city, Maud hopes that what she and Daisy uncover will help them piece together the mystery.
But when Maud receives a telephone call from the Duchess requesting urgent assistance, she realises that the murderer didn’t have just one victim in mind. Speeding down the drive to Duddingston House, Maud and Daisy hear gunshots ring out across the estate. Will they reach the Duchess in time to save her? And might they catch the murderer in the act?
A warm page-turning historical whodunnit, perfect for fans of the mysteries of Helena Dixon, Verity Bright, T.E. Kinsey and Catherine Coles.
Lydia Travers was born in London. She moved progressively north until settling with her husband in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has raised children, bred dogs and kept chickens; and for as long as she can remember has written for pleasure. A former legal academic and practitioner with a PhD in criminology, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation, sings in a local choir and is walked daily by the family dog.
Lydia also writes as Linda Tyler and her first novel under that name, Revenge of the Spanish Princess, won a 2018 Romance Writers of America competition for the beginning of an historical romance. Her second novel The Laird’s Secret was Commended in the 2021 Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Quaich competition for the beginning of a romantic novel. Mischief in Midlothian won the 2022 Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Silver Stag trophy. She has had a number of short stories published in magazines, journals and anthologies in the UK, the USA and Australia.