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When Reverend Annabelle Dixon is given the chance to fill in for the local minister on the tiny, storm-lashed Scottish island of Blodraigh, she sees it as an ideal opportunity to make the most of the trip and spend some time with her brother and seven-year-old niece who live there. What she doesn’t expect is to be drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that shows up ea When Reverend Annabelle Dixon is given the chance to fill in for the local minister on the tiny, storm-lashed Scottish island of Blodraigh, she sees it as an ideal opportunity to make the most of the trip and spend some time with her brother and seven-year-old niece who live there. What she doesn’t expect is to be drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that shows up each and every flaw of the tight-knit islanders. When a box of valuable jewelry is found and given to her for safe-keeping she stores it in the church, only for it to be stolen that very night. But something much worse is about to happen. Despite being hampered by a violent storm and the ineptitude of the local police, Annabelle is determined to uncover the source of the mysteries that threaten those she loves dearly and her own sense of justice. But what she finds is a community filled with suspicion and gossip, where behind every door lies another set of secrets and another suspect. Now time is running out for Annabelle as she searches for answers. Can she solve the crimes before the culprits strike again? Or before the islanders take matters into their own hands? Buy Horror in the Highlands today and prepare to be charmed.


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When Reverend Annabelle Dixon is given the chance to fill in for the local minister on the tiny, storm-lashed Scottish island of Blodraigh, she sees it as an ideal opportunity to make the most of the trip and spend some time with her brother and seven-year-old niece who live there. What she doesn’t expect is to be drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that shows up ea When Reverend Annabelle Dixon is given the chance to fill in for the local minister on the tiny, storm-lashed Scottish island of Blodraigh, she sees it as an ideal opportunity to make the most of the trip and spend some time with her brother and seven-year-old niece who live there. What she doesn’t expect is to be drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that shows up each and every flaw of the tight-knit islanders. When a box of valuable jewelry is found and given to her for safe-keeping she stores it in the church, only for it to be stolen that very night. But something much worse is about to happen. Despite being hampered by a violent storm and the ineptitude of the local police, Annabelle is determined to uncover the source of the mysteries that threaten those she loves dearly and her own sense of justice. But what she finds is a community filled with suspicion and gossip, where behind every door lies another set of secrets and another suspect. Now time is running out for Annabelle as she searches for answers. Can she solve the crimes before the culprits strike again? Or before the islanders take matters into their own hands? Buy Horror in the Highlands today and prepare to be charmed.

30 review for Horror in the Highlands

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Reverend Annabelle Dixon is on a vacation to a remote area of the Scottish Highlands. She's visiting her brother and her niece. She wants to enjoy her family. What she didn't expect was a murder and a mystery. Can she find who killed Harry Anderson? Annabelle is an interesting character who uses her keen mind and her powers of observation to solve crimes. She's warmhearted and I like her. I also enjoyed the touch of romance that Detective Inspector Mike Nicholls brings to the story. After all wh Reverend Annabelle Dixon is on a vacation to a remote area of the Scottish Highlands. She's visiting her brother and her niece. She wants to enjoy her family. What she didn't expect was a murder and a mystery. Can she find who killed Harry Anderson? Annabelle is an interesting character who uses her keen mind and her powers of observation to solve crimes. She's warmhearted and I like her. I also enjoyed the touch of romance that Detective Inspector Mike Nicholls brings to the story. After all who doesn't love a man who will fly to your side to make sure you're safe. Their flirtation is a perfect counterpoint to murder and mayhem. I can always count on Alison Golden to add quirky secondary characters to liven up the story. This setting is the perfect backdrop. There are plenty of suspects who wanted Harry dead. He wasn't a nice man. I wasn't sure which one of the suspects committed the crime until the very end. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for Reverend Annabelle to have another adventure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Vicar Annabelle is in Scottish Isles to be relief for the regular as well as visit with her brother and niece for a short time. While there she meets young and old in the village, is asked to keep safe a valuable box of jewelry, and locates a murder victim. It's the stormy season and there is no resident law enforcement on the island which makes everything more difficult! Good sleuthing, interesting characters, and enough red herrings to make it more exasperating. Loved it! I have the audio narr Vicar Annabelle is in Scottish Isles to be relief for the regular as well as visit with her brother and niece for a short time. While there she meets young and old in the village, is asked to keep safe a valuable box of jewelry, and locates a murder victim. It's the stormy season and there is no resident law enforcement on the island which makes everything more difficult! Good sleuthing, interesting characters, and enough red herrings to make it more exasperating. Loved it! I have the audio narrated by Julie Missen who is great!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    I chose to read this book and offer up a review. The Reverend Annabel Dixon takes a break from her parish to visit her brother and little niece on a remote Scottish Isle, it so happens that the regular Minister is also taking a break, so she agrees to cover his services. Simple, some relaxing time with the family and a few services at the local church. No problem. Who is she trying to kid? Murder and mystery has a habit of finding Annabel! It all kicks off when a child gives Annabel a jewellery bo I chose to read this book and offer up a review. The Reverend Annabel Dixon takes a break from her parish to visit her brother and little niece on a remote Scottish Isle, it so happens that the regular Minister is also taking a break, so she agrees to cover his services. Simple, some relaxing time with the family and a few services at the local church. No problem. Who is she trying to kid? Murder and mystery has a habit of finding Annabel! It all kicks off when a child gives Annabel a jewellery box for safe keeping. It is locked in the church safe but unfortunately it is stolen that very night! It is not long before the mystery deepens and someone is murdered! With a storm raging and the local police practically non-existent it is left to The Reverend to investigate before any evidence is lost to the storm. I found this to be an excellent story with a few unexpected twists and a satisfying conclusion. Annabel uses her powers of observation and quick wit to solve the crimes, along the way she interacts with some interesting characters, all with their own stories and idiosyncrasies which weave into the mystery in varying degrees leaving Annabel with a number of suspects. Who done it? Why? Annabel uncovers the reasons that resulted in such tragedy in her unique way. Alison writes with such beauty and explanation it brings the story to life. Can't wait to see where she takes Reverend Annabel next. A very good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Reverend Annabelle is combining a vacation and being a standin at a small kirk on a Scottish island. She will be able to spend time with her brother, Roger, and her niece, Bonnie. The island is a small one filled with people who are friendly and charming. There are American tourists who believe they own part of a castle, a former rock star who has an unusual interest in dead bodies and a pub owner who takes his bagpipes everywhere he goes. Annabelle is drawn into a wee mystery. Bonnie's friend, Reverend Annabelle is combining a vacation and being a standin at a small kirk on a Scottish island. She will be able to spend time with her brother, Roger, and her niece, Bonnie. The island is a small one filled with people who are friendly and charming. There are American tourists who believe they own part of a castle, a former rock star who has an unusual interest in dead bodies and a pub owner who takes his bagpipes everywhere he goes. Annabelle is drawn into a wee mystery. Bonnie's friend, Felicity, brings a box of expensive jewels to Annabelle. They need to find the owner. Shortly, things become much more serious. There is a dead body on the beach. And it turns out not everyone is friendly and charming. One of the islanders is a murderer. Ms Golden writes really lovely stories. Annabelle is a very entertaining heroine. I do find her tunnel vision off putting. She is unwilling and unable to see anything around her other than her main focus. When her policeman friend makes a fast trip to make sure she is safe, she ignores him except to pick his brain. I believe that someone who has gone into the ministry would be more interested in the people around her. This is a quick read and a well plotted mystery. The characters are well developed and within a few lines the reader knows exactly who they are as a person.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This latest instalment in the Rev Annabelle Dixon books takes place during a visit to her brother and niece in Scotland, on the tiny island of Blodraigh (hence the title), and brings a great freshness to the story's plot and characters. I'm not going to go into details about what happens (spoilers!) but with the requisite murder included - the islands first since the 1300s! - and no police force available to help, Annabelle starts investigating alone, and with no shortage of suspects. But it's t This latest instalment in the Rev Annabelle Dixon books takes place during a visit to her brother and niece in Scotland, on the tiny island of Blodraigh (hence the title), and brings a great freshness to the story's plot and characters. I'm not going to go into details about what happens (spoilers!) but with the requisite murder included - the islands first since the 1300s! - and no police force available to help, Annabelle starts investigating alone, and with no shortage of suspects. But it's the unexpected arrival of a friend that helps finally bring everything together and solve the crimes. I really enjoyed this book and found it a fun read. I especially liked the fact you got a map and a short glossary of Scottish terms you might encounter in the book at the start - an excellent inclusion! It was brilliantly written with a great story, some hilarious characters, and was so clear in my mind. I highly recommend it to any lovers of the Rev Annabelle series, and even to other murder-mystery lovers - you don't have to have read any other books in this series to understand this book. But I guarantee you'll fall in love with Bumble (Annabelle) and want to read the rest of the series. NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Another great adventure with the Vicar of Upton-St-Mary! This time, Annabelle travels to the island of Blodraigh, Scotland, to visit her brother and neice. With a name like Blodraigh, you know there's got to be trouble on the island. Annabelle is entrusted with a secret box of jewelry for safekeeping. Apparently, it wasn't so secret, because the jewelry is soon stolen. The small island has no police force, and a fierce storm has grounded all planes and ferries, preventing detectives from a neigh Another great adventure with the Vicar of Upton-St-Mary! This time, Annabelle travels to the island of Blodraigh, Scotland, to visit her brother and neice. With a name like Blodraigh, you know there's got to be trouble on the island. Annabelle is entrusted with a secret box of jewelry for safekeeping. Apparently, it wasn't so secret, because the jewelry is soon stolen. The small island has no police force, and a fierce storm has grounded all planes and ferries, preventing detectives from a neighboring island from arriving to help. As usual, Annabelle has to sift through local gossip, several suspicious residents, and delicious goodies, in order to solve the crime, and possibly uncover a deep family secret. The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery Series are great cozy mysteries, full of excitement and suspense, and the latest book is no exception. I've never been to Scotland, but I could experience Blodraigh's landscapes and that massive storm, in Horror in the Highlands. Actually, I think what makes all of Alison Golden's books so great is that each one has a great sense of place. I feel like if I were to visit the places where her books take place, they'd feel familiar and "remembered" from each of her three book series. An added plus: the books in this particular series always end with yummy recipes!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was just stunning! The best book by far of the series, and now I'm more than a little sad as the author is taking a break while she is battling cancer. :'( This time all the action occurs on the isolated island of Blodraigh, a part of Scotland and the scene of some epically c****y weather. Not only does Annabelle sleuth her way to finding a murderer on the police-less island but we are shown more background of her life when she visits her brother and niece for a holiday. Hmmm ..... will she This was just stunning! The best book by far of the series, and now I'm more than a little sad as the author is taking a break while she is battling cancer. :'( This time all the action occurs on the isolated island of Blodraigh, a part of Scotland and the scene of some epically c****y weather. Not only does Annabelle sleuth her way to finding a murderer on the police-less island but we are shown more background of her life when she visits her brother and niece for a holiday. Hmmm ..... will she receive help from a certain Detective Inspector? And what does the future hold for Annabelle? You shall have to read to find out!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colleendearborn

    I would give this book a 4.5 if GoodReads offered decimals. I loved Reverend Annabelle and the other characters. (Review To be Continued. . . . )

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Reverend Annabelle Dixon is off for a quiet visit with her brother and niece, on a little island off the coast of Scotland. It will be a time for rest and relaxation, with the only work being filling in for the village's regular vicar, who is taking a well-deserved vacation himself. Surely it won't be anything like the busy excitement Upton St. Mary's has experienced recently. Annabelle meets some interesting people, including an American couple who have purchased a lairdship on the island and wan Reverend Annabelle Dixon is off for a quiet visit with her brother and niece, on a little island off the coast of Scotland. It will be a time for rest and relaxation, with the only work being filling in for the village's regular vicar, who is taking a well-deserved vacation himself. Surely it won't be anything like the busy excitement Upton St. Mary's has experienced recently. Annabelle meets some interesting people, including an American couple who have purchased a lairdship on the island and want to see the three square feet of land that goes with it, a retired rock star, and Harry Anderson, the pub owner and bagpipe player who enlivens everything he can with his bagpipes. This is all within the range of the expected. What isn't expected is a theft from the church safe, followed by Harry's brutal murder. Clues lie with her niece Bonnie's young friend Felicity, Felicity's rather unpleasant aunt, Kirsty, and retired rock star, Pip Craven, who is suspected of being the source of the drugs suddenly circulating in the area. The American couple, Mitch and Patty, and their increasingly frustrating quest to meet the man who sold them the lairdship and see their tiny patch of Scottish land, is surely a distraction. It's a quaint, charming village peopled by quite real human beings. Golden gives us humor without laughing at her characters. It's warm and comfortable while being a mystery more than interesting enough to hold the reader's attention--very much what I want a cozy to be. Recommended. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    A fun romp through the Highlands with a mystery thrown in! Horror in the Highlands is a fantastic addition to the Reverand Annabelle Dixon Mystery series! What a fun cozy mystery with humor, a shy little romance and a great ending! I love Annabelle! She is so unassuming and brilliant in her approach to people as she so easily can get information out of them without them knowing exactly what they are doing, she is the Vicar after all. I absolutely loved how Inspector Mike showed up because he worr A fun romp through the Highlands with a mystery thrown in! Horror in the Highlands is a fantastic addition to the Reverand Annabelle Dixon Mystery series! What a fun cozy mystery with humor, a shy little romance and a great ending! I love Annabelle! She is so unassuming and brilliant in her approach to people as she so easily can get information out of them without them knowing exactly what they are doing, she is the Vicar after all. I absolutely loved how Inspector Mike showed up because he worries so much about Annabelle, and how he has such a huge crush on her and she on him! But neither will admit it, lol. The description of the Highlands is very vivid and Alison creates a wonderful picture while you read. Trying to get away for a visit to Annabelle's brother and niece, she is once again caught up in a murder mystery. We are left at the end with some unfinished business we think between Inspector Mike and Annabelle, what wonderful adventure do we have to look forward to next. The ending is a great surprise and the characters are quirky, real and wonderful! Needless to say, This is a great addition to the series and I look forward to the next adventure of the Reverand Annabelle! I received an ARC copy of this book but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Presler

    Annabelle is supposed to be on vacation, visiting her brother and neice on the island of Blodraigh, Scotland. She also agreed to fill in for Father Boyce, who is on holiday, by covering the Sunday church service. Following the Sunday service, Annabelle is shown a jewelry box that was found in an abandoned house. Unfortunately, there are no police on the island and with the weather turning nasty, the authorities from the mainland are unable to come to the island. Annabelle decides to lock the box Annabelle is supposed to be on vacation, visiting her brother and neice on the island of Blodraigh, Scotland. She also agreed to fill in for Father Boyce, who is on holiday, by covering the Sunday church service. Following the Sunday service, Annabelle is shown a jewelry box that was found in an abandoned house. Unfortunately, there are no police on the island and with the weather turning nasty, the authorities from the mainland are unable to come to the island. Annabelle decides to lock the box in the church safe until she can turn it over to the authorities. Almost immediately, the church is broken into and the box is stolen. The next morning, Harry Anderson, the owner of the local pub, is found dead on the beach. Are the two events connected? Where did the jewelry come from and why was it hidden in an abandoned house? Will Annabelle get any official help or is she on her own? Why was Harry killed and by whom? The descriptions of the island are quite vivid and the people are very realistic. The book takes place over a fairly short period of time, which makes it seem as if a lot is happening at once. This only adds to the mystery and makes the book harder to put down. I received a free copy of the book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I just finished reading HORROR IN THE HIGHLANGS BY Alison Golden.  I was given this book and I am not obligated to review it, but I want to.   This book is a delight! There are so many new surprises around every corner. The book is well-written and by that I mean it's easy to picture what is happening, to feel the weather, sense the danger. Something is always happening. Reverend Annabelle Dixon goes to northern Scotland to visit her brother and his daughter, but there is never a moment of peace. I just finished reading HORROR IN THE HIGHLANGS BY Alison Golden.  I was given this book and I am not obligated to review it, but I want to.   This book is a delight! There are so many new surprises around every corner. The book is well-written and by that I mean it's easy to picture what is happening, to feel the weather, sense the danger. Something is always happening. Reverend Annabelle Dixon goes to northern Scotland to visit her brother and his daughter, but there is never a moment of peace. The characters are colorful and believable in their roll in this story. I like the cozy mysteries because they aren't as dark and disturbing as the wonderful psychological thrillers. Depends on what I want, because I do thoroughly enjoy a good thriller. Back to Annabelle. She is very good at looking for clues and sorting the facts.   

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is the latest adventure for Reverend Annabelle Dixon, this time not in her beloved hometown of Upton St. Mary, but off on a visit with her brother and niece on the isolated Scottish island of Blodraigh. Trying to enjoy her visit, she is unfortunate enough to become involved with a mysterious discovery of jewelry, a theft, and then a murder. Can she solve these crimes without the assistance of Inspector Mike or will she find herself in danger from going it alone. I love this series and her i This is the latest adventure for Reverend Annabelle Dixon, this time not in her beloved hometown of Upton St. Mary, but off on a visit with her brother and niece on the isolated Scottish island of Blodraigh. Trying to enjoy her visit, she is unfortunate enough to become involved with a mysterious discovery of jewelry, a theft, and then a murder. Can she solve these crimes without the assistance of Inspector Mike or will she find herself in danger from going it alone. I love this series and her insightful ways into people, places and things. The setting was delightful and I enjoyed the interaction between Annabelle and her brother and niece, as well as with the various islanders. The murderer and motive remained elusive until the end. I am looking forward to more Annabelle (and Mike) adventures.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Not one of my favourites in the series An okay read. However it's not one of my favourites in the series. Not sure why. The plot was sound, the characters engaging but something seemed missing. Although it's nice to see the Vicar and the Inspector getting closer. Her yearly trip to the small Scottish island to see her widower brother and her niece has made her more than tired by the time she arrived. However this was soon forgotten as she made the rounds of the locals with her small niece and her Not one of my favourites in the series An okay read. However it's not one of my favourites in the series. Not sure why. The plot was sound, the characters engaging but something seemed missing. Although it's nice to see the Vicar and the Inspector getting closer. Her yearly trip to the small Scottish island to see her widower brother and her niece has made her more than tired by the time she arrived. However this was soon forgotten as she made the rounds of the locals with her small niece and her niece's BFF. Throw in a bagpipe playing publican who is killed by his bagpipes, stolen jewels found then stolen again, a jealous woman, no police present and the unexpected arrival of the Inspector. Will they find the killer and the jewels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Horror in the Highlands - a review by Rosemary Kenny Reverend Annabelle Dixon takes what should be a relaxing Highland holiday to Scottish Isle, by visiting her brother and niece there. But the, 'best laid plans of mice and men' are often 'gang agley' and so it proves, when first the local Kirk (church), is robbed and then a local islander is murdered! Who you gonna call? Reverend Annabelle, of course, seeing as - much like Father Brown or Murder She Wrote - our feisty lady is already on the scene Horror in the Highlands - a review by Rosemary Kenny Reverend Annabelle Dixon takes what should be a relaxing Highland holiday to Scottish Isle, by visiting her brother and niece there. But the, 'best laid plans of mice and men' are often 'gang agley' and so it proves, when first the local Kirk (church), is robbed and then a local islander is murdered! Who you gonna call? Reverend Annabelle, of course, seeing as - much like Father Brown or Murder She Wrote - our feisty lady is already on the scene of mischief, murder and mayhem, wherever she goes. Can Annabelle and Inspector Mike Nicholls, her beau, reveal and apprehend the miscreants? You betcha! How? You'll have to get yourself a copy of Alison Golden's Horror in the Highlands to find out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Annabelle goes to visit her brother and niece in Scotland. She meets an elderly couple who had purchased titles and three square feet of pasture of a castle on the isle from the internet. With the theft of some valuables from the church safe, and a murder that Might be connected to it. And no way for the police to get to the island because of a storm. Annabelle is up to her cassock in another investigation. Alison's story are great reads with descriptions of scenery that make you want to go and Annabelle goes to visit her brother and niece in Scotland. She meets an elderly couple who had purchased titles and three square feet of pasture of a castle on the isle from the internet. With the theft of some valuables from the church safe, and a murder that Might be connected to it. And no way for the police to get to the island because of a storm. Annabelle is up to her cassock in another investigation. Alison's story are great reads with descriptions of scenery that make you want to go and visit the places mentioned. This was a wonderful story that contained a little violence and some laugh out loud moments. I hope to see more of her brother and his family in future books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    LisaMarie

    If you love unique, little cozy mysteries then you'll absolutely love Horror in the Highlands by Alison Golden. Reverend Annabelle makes a return. This time she is visiting her brother and niece on an island in Scotland where the weather is rough and the islanders are even tougher. Annabelle is always finding herself smack dab in the middle of trouble. She must find out what a bagpipe playing pub owner, a retired rock star, stolen jewelry and her nieces best friend have in common. Picturesque scen If you love unique, little cozy mysteries then you'll absolutely love Horror in the Highlands by Alison Golden. Reverend Annabelle makes a return. This time she is visiting her brother and niece on an island in Scotland where the weather is rough and the islanders are even tougher. Annabelle is always finding herself smack dab in the middle of trouble. She must find out what a bagpipe playing pub owner, a retired rock star, stolen jewelry and her nieces best friend have in common. Picturesque scenery, quirky characters and light-heartedness in the middle of mayhem makes for a quick and enjoyable read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is the best Annabelle mystery yet! Jewels, murder, lies with just a touch of romance. This was great to see Annabelle in a different environment than Upton St. Mary and it was terrific to meet some of her family and to learn a bit more about her life. The scenery abounds with Highland beauty and savagery, giving this story even more of a thrill. Alison Golden has given us a treasure trove of murder that will keep you guessing and thrill you down to your toes. I highly recommend this book. E This is the best Annabelle mystery yet! Jewels, murder, lies with just a touch of romance. This was great to see Annabelle in a different environment than Upton St. Mary and it was terrific to meet some of her family and to learn a bit more about her life. The scenery abounds with Highland beauty and savagery, giving this story even more of a thrill. Alison Golden has given us a treasure trove of murder that will keep you guessing and thrill you down to your toes. I highly recommend this book. Even though it is a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I am telling you to get to know Reverend Annabelle. You won't be sorry.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Loveday

    Mystery in Scotland When Rev. Annabelle goes to a tiny island in Scotland to visit her brother and niece, you would expect a nice quiet time away from it all. After all, all An and niece, you would expect a nice quiet time away from it all. After all, all Annabelle has to do while there is cover for the local minister while he is on vacation. But this is Annabelle and things just seem to happen when she is around. This time it's stolen jewelry and murder. When she sends an email to her friend the Mystery in Scotland When Rev. Annabelle goes to a tiny island in Scotland to visit her brother and niece, you would expect a nice quiet time away from it all. After all, all An and niece, you would expect a nice quiet time away from it all. After all, all Annabelle has to do while there is cover for the local minister while he is on vacation. But this is Annabelle and things just seem to happen when she is around. This time it's stolen jewelry and murder. When she sends an email to her friend the Inspector, she never expected that he would come to her aid, but, he literally does - out of the blue. Another wonderful Cozy Mystery from Alison Golden

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Fricks

    For all you fans of Alison Golden's Annabelle Dixon you are in for a treat! In this story we are introduced to Annabelle's brother, Roger and niece, Bonnie along with a cast of new characters. Inspector Nichols makes an appearance and we get a snippet of a relationship (maybe?). I enjoy the writing of Alison Golden as much as the story development. She gives us a few new words to look up but not so much that we can't enjoy the story. Although I received this book for free for an honest review, t For all you fans of Alison Golden's Annabelle Dixon you are in for a treat! In this story we are introduced to Annabelle's brother, Roger and niece, Bonnie along with a cast of new characters. Inspector Nichols makes an appearance and we get a snippet of a relationship (maybe?). I enjoy the writing of Alison Golden as much as the story development. She gives us a few new words to look up but not so much that we can't enjoy the story. Although I received this book for free for an honest review, this is an author I buy from. Pick up this book or any of the Annabelle Dixon stories for an enjoyable mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    BEST OF THE SERIES!! Horror in the Highlands (A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Book 5) is the best of the series to date!! Our beloved Annabelle has traveled to the small island of Blodraigh to visit her brother Roger and niece Bonnie. While she's there, she is to fill in at their church, too. Their visit takes many twists and turns once a humongous storm rolls in and shuts them off from the outside world. Golden's continued character development of Annabelle is to be applauded! The plot i BEST OF THE SERIES!! Horror in the Highlands (A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Book 5) is the best of the series to date!! Our beloved Annabelle has traveled to the small island of Blodraigh to visit her brother Roger and niece Bonnie. While she's there, she is to fill in at their church, too. Their visit takes many twists and turns once a humongous storm rolls in and shuts them off from the outside world. Golden's continued character development of Annabelle is to be applauded! The plot is excellent, the scenery descriptions have you feeling as though you are caught in the storm, too, and the characterizations of the supporting characters are masterful. Truly a delightful read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Another cracking cozy mystery read from Alison Golden, I like the character of the Rev. Annabelle Dixon, and in this story she is again showcased in a great way, but in a very different location, the other end of the country from her usual south coast home, a north Scottish island. I have reduced this book from 5 to 4 stars because it is so unlikely that a detective from the south of England would be allowed to travel at a moment's notice to a small Scottish island to help his friend. Apart from Another cracking cozy mystery read from Alison Golden, I like the character of the Rev. Annabelle Dixon, and in this story she is again showcased in a great way, but in a very different location, the other end of the country from her usual south coast home, a north Scottish island. I have reduced this book from 5 to 4 stars because it is so unlikely that a detective from the south of England would be allowed to travel at a moment's notice to a small Scottish island to help his friend. Apart from this the plot is excellent and the various characters, some delightfully eccentric, are well developed. This is an excellent read, especially if the minor niggle above is ignored.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Toller

    Annabelle Dixon Series Annabelle goes to Scotland to visit her brother and niece for a week and is given some priceless jewelry and then a villager is murdered. When she gets an email from Inspector Mike Nichols she let's him know what is going on and he comes to the island to make sure she is safe. Annabelle and Mike discover the murderer and the story of the jewelry. Just before they leave they find out about a local growing marijuana in the local castle which helps the Fenbarra police close a Annabelle Dixon Series Annabelle goes to Scotland to visit her brother and niece for a week and is given some priceless jewelry and then a villager is murdered. When she gets an email from Inspector Mike Nichols she let's him know what is going on and he comes to the island to make sure she is safe. Annabelle and Mike discover the murderer and the story of the jewelry. Just before they leave they find out about a local growing marijuana in the local castle which helps the Fenbarra police close a case they were working on. A great mystery with well developed characters and a surprising ending. Highly recommend this book and the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Jr.

    I've been reading the Rev. Annabelle series in sequence, and so far this one's the best although all have been very good to excellent. The setting is very well described, the weather alone can be terrifying, and the characters are very interesting. The entire story is enhanced by the presence of two little girls who are major players in the events. I've been to Scotland although not one of the islands, and somehow this story evokes memories of the skirl of the bagpipes, the chill of the damp hig I've been reading the Rev. Annabelle series in sequence, and so far this one's the best although all have been very good to excellent. The setting is very well described, the weather alone can be terrifying, and the characters are very interesting. The entire story is enhanced by the presence of two little girls who are major players in the events. I've been to Scotland although not one of the islands, and somehow this story evokes memories of the skirl of the bagpipes, the chill of the damp highland air, and and the desolation of the moors. As a television commercial about a totally unrelated item once said, "Try it. You'll like it."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat Taylor

    Vacation into Murder You will seldom find caracters are vibrant and open as those found on the islands along either side of the northern Atlantic Scotland is one such place wich gives such amazing adventures to the cozey mystery's such as "Horror in the Highlands ".Once I started reading this vibrant mystery it seemed to be unfolding into intreage, humorous and an endearing ending. It is the ideal cozey to carry you away then gently bring you back to reality in hopes of more to come in another t Vacation into Murder You will seldom find caracters are vibrant and open as those found on the islands along either side of the northern Atlantic Scotland is one such place wich gives such amazing adventures to the cozey mystery's such as "Horror in the Highlands ".Once I started reading this vibrant mystery it seemed to be unfolding into intreage, humorous and an endearing ending. It is the ideal cozey to carry you away then gently bring you back to reality in hopes of more to come in another tail of the vicor Annabelle mystery..so aquier a copy and start enjoying the "Horror in the Highlands ".us much as I have. ☺😮🤔🙄😏😊 Kat

  26. 4 out of 5

    K B

    Horror in the Highlands: 5 stars I have purchased a copy of The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mysteries Book 5: Horror in the Highlands by Alison Golden and this review was given freely. Vivid descriptions, an eclectic group of colorful characters, and a series of oddities and mysteries fill the pages of this cozy mystery where Reverend Annabelle visits her brother Roger and niece Bonnie on the island of Blodraigh, Scotland where she finds herself having to solve the murder of pub owner Harry Ander Horror in the Highlands: 5 stars I have purchased a copy of The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mysteries Book 5: Horror in the Highlands by Alison Golden and this review was given freely. Vivid descriptions, an eclectic group of colorful characters, and a series of oddities and mysteries fill the pages of this cozy mystery where Reverend Annabelle visits her brother Roger and niece Bonnie on the island of Blodraigh, Scotland where she finds herself having to solve the murder of pub owner Harry Anderson without the help of the police while isolated on a small island in the midst of a severe storm. Things escalate when a chance email results in a surprise visit from Inspector Mike.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Another terrific book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Series. Annabelle goes to Scotland to visit her brother and, of course, crimes ensue. Annabelle reminds me of Jessica Fletcher, only much younger. Mike showing up was so sweet. I hope they quit dancing around each other soon. They make such a nice couple. I loved the descriptions of the Island of Blodraigh. It is so rugged but it sounds beautiful. I would love to visit. If you like well-written cozy mysteries with humor and heart, Another terrific book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Series. Annabelle goes to Scotland to visit her brother and, of course, crimes ensue. Annabelle reminds me of Jessica Fletcher, only much younger. Mike showing up was so sweet. I hope they quit dancing around each other soon. They make such a nice couple. I loved the descriptions of the Island of Blodraigh. It is so rugged but it sounds beautiful. I would love to visit. If you like well-written cozy mysteries with humor and heart, then read this wonderful series. You won't be disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paulette

    A trip to visit her brother and niece was supposed to be a quiet interlude for the Vicar Annabelle. Her only duty was to fill in on Sunday for The local minister. But after jewelry is stolen from the church safe and a dead body is found, Annabelle's duty changes to finding the killer. With a surprise visit from Inspector Mike, he and Annabelle work together solving the crime and perhaps learn a little more about each other and their slow budding romance. I was given a free copy of this book for A trip to visit her brother and niece was supposed to be a quiet interlude for the Vicar Annabelle. Her only duty was to fill in on Sunday for The local minister. But after jewelry is stolen from the church safe and a dead body is found, Annabelle's duty changes to finding the killer. With a surprise visit from Inspector Mike, he and Annabelle work together solving the crime and perhaps learn a little more about each other and their slow budding romance. I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Goutermont

    Horror in the Highlands is the latest Annabelle Dixon Mystery by Allison Golden. Rev Annabelle takes a break from the recent excitement of Upton St. Mary's to travel to a little island off the coast of Scotland to visit her brother and niece. While she is there she has agreed to take the place of the resident vicar during her stay. As expected, she must work her best magic...will she be able to catch Harry's killer. Who has a secret and what are they hiding. This is a well written book that is a Horror in the Highlands is the latest Annabelle Dixon Mystery by Allison Golden. Rev Annabelle takes a break from the recent excitement of Upton St. Mary's to travel to a little island off the coast of Scotland to visit her brother and niece. While she is there she has agreed to take the place of the resident vicar during her stay. As expected, she must work her best magic...will she be able to catch Harry's killer. Who has a secret and what are they hiding. This is a well written book that is a quick and fun read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marion Campbell

    This was an interesting cozy mystery. Reverend Annabelle is exactly the sort of minster I'd enjoy, feisty, curious, empathetic and very human. In this tale she is visiting her brother and niece on a small Scottish island without any police stationed on it and a number of odd characters living there. When events begin to happen that are odd, then fatal Annabelle can't stop her curiosity from causing her to become involved. I would recommend this book for a quiet afternoon and a cuppa or for bedti This was an interesting cozy mystery. Reverend Annabelle is exactly the sort of minster I'd enjoy, feisty, curious, empathetic and very human. In this tale she is visiting her brother and niece on a small Scottish island without any police stationed on it and a number of odd characters living there. When events begin to happen that are odd, then fatal Annabelle can't stop her curiosity from causing her to become involved. I would recommend this book for a quiet afternoon and a cuppa or for bedtime reading.

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