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A cold February morning in Scotland commences with the discovery of a body, as Chief Executive Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of his own distillery. D.C.I. Alex Warren needs to balance his own turbulent personal life while directing the hunt for the murderer. Their plentiful suspects have motives ranging from greed and nationalism to adultery and reve A cold February morning in Scotland commences with the discovery of a body, as Chief Executive Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of his own distillery. D.C.I. Alex Warren needs to balance his own turbulent personal life while directing the hunt for the murderer. Their plentiful suspects have motives ranging from greed and nationalism to adultery and revenge. A tartan noir thriller set in Glasgow, A Measure of Trouble is the second book in the Alex Warren Murder Mysteries series by Zach Abrams. This is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series. What readers are saying about A Measure of Trouble: - Great dialogue, unique plot and clever humour. A Measure of Trouble is a book with such a generous helping of twists that it make for a total page turner - Until Zach came around, I never actually read a mystery before. I'm so happy that my introduction to this genre was by this talented author - Abrams has a wonderful capacity to bring readers into the personal lives of Alex and Sandra, who are full-blooded and sympathetic characters struggling with issues - This novel is well written, well-structured and, what I really enjoyed about it, the plot develops on several levels and the characters and events are frequently presented with a dry sense of humour, which makes it hard to put this novel down


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A cold February morning in Scotland commences with the discovery of a body, as Chief Executive Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of his own distillery. D.C.I. Alex Warren needs to balance his own turbulent personal life while directing the hunt for the murderer. Their plentiful suspects have motives ranging from greed and nationalism to adultery and reve A cold February morning in Scotland commences with the discovery of a body, as Chief Executive Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of his own distillery. D.C.I. Alex Warren needs to balance his own turbulent personal life while directing the hunt for the murderer. Their plentiful suspects have motives ranging from greed and nationalism to adultery and revenge. A tartan noir thriller set in Glasgow, A Measure of Trouble is the second book in the Alex Warren Murder Mysteries series by Zach Abrams. This is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series. What readers are saying about A Measure of Trouble: - Great dialogue, unique plot and clever humour. A Measure of Trouble is a book with such a generous helping of twists that it make for a total page turner - Until Zach came around, I never actually read a mystery before. I'm so happy that my introduction to this genre was by this talented author - Abrams has a wonderful capacity to bring readers into the personal lives of Alex and Sandra, who are full-blooded and sympathetic characters struggling with issues - This novel is well written, well-structured and, what I really enjoyed about it, the plot develops on several levels and the characters and events are frequently presented with a dry sense of humour, which makes it hard to put this novel down

30 review for A Measure of Trouble

  1. 5 out of 5

    SA Krishnan

    Interesting mystery Alex Warren is called to investigate a murder which had taken place in a whiskey distillery. The murdered man was not liked by many and the suspect list just keeps growing through the investigation. While the mystery starts with that, the story goes to the past of the characters and it shows the events which lead up the present case. The plot was very complicated and had many layers. Each layer brought in different aspects of the case and had something new to add. Overall, the end Interesting mystery Alex Warren is called to investigate a murder which had taken place in a whiskey distillery. The murdered man was not liked by many and the suspect list just keeps growing through the investigation. While the mystery starts with that, the story goes to the past of the characters and it shows the events which lead up the present case. The plot was very complicated and had many layers. Each layer brought in different aspects of the case and had something new to add. Overall, the ending was unpredictable and it was a satisfying read. Liked it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Same again" I read and reviewed the first in the series recently. This is a different story line, but all the things that irked me last time appear in this book. Too many itemised meals, football matches and non-police procedural elements for my taste. "Same again" I read and reviewed the first in the series recently. This is a different story line, but all the things that irked me last time appear in this book. Too many itemised meals, football matches and non-police procedural elements for my taste.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M

    A Short, Scottish Police Procedural I enjoy reading murder mysteries set in Scotland, but I had a difficult time getting through this one. For me, the characters weren’t very memorable. At the beginning, I followed DCI Warren, but I couldn’t form a mental picture of him, so he was a cutout without unique or interesting characteristics. When I read a police procedural, it helps if I can feel a connection to the investigators. DS Sanjay Guptar seemed like a South Asian trope, DC Mary Mckenzie fulf A Short, Scottish Police Procedural I enjoy reading murder mysteries set in Scotland, but I had a difficult time getting through this one. For me, the characters weren’t very memorable. At the beginning, I followed DCI Warren, but I couldn’t form a mental picture of him, so he was a cutout without unique or interesting characteristics. When I read a police procedural, it helps if I can feel a connection to the investigators. DS Sanjay Guptar seemed like a South Asian trope, DC Mary Mckenzie fulfilled the country girl trope, and the Japanese businessman seemed unfinished—he has an anime/comic book-like surname of Yakimoto but no given name. After a while, the plot seemed naggingly similar to other mysteries set at wineries, breweries, and distilleries. I tried to persevere and ticked off boxes, but none of the suspects seemed a viable murderer. I skimmed through to finish the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Porter

    Murder at the distillery D. C. I. Alex Warren is called in when a body is found in suspicious circumstances in the cask room of a world renowned whisky distillery. It's murder, but as Warren begins his investigation he finds his suspect list growing daily. The victim was a woanising philanderer, and his fellow directors were at odds with him over his plsns to sell the family owned firm to a foreign company. Zach Abrams weaves a great story of what can happen when family passions and business inte Murder at the distillery D. C. I. Alex Warren is called in when a body is found in suspicious circumstances in the cask room of a world renowned whisky distillery. It's murder, but as Warren begins his investigation he finds his suspect list growing daily. The victim was a woanising philanderer, and his fellow directors were at odds with him over his plsns to sell the family owned firm to a foreign company. Zach Abrams weaves a great story of what can happen when family passions and business interests collide, while in the murky background of the investigation the patriarch of the family, who suffered a stroke two years ago, still seems to maintain an iron grip on matters affecting the distillery. And what is the secret behind the mysterious tunnel below the cask room? No spoilers from me, you must find out for yourselves as the author keeps you on the edge of your seats as the case suddenly spirals towards a surprising conclusion. I loved it. '

  5. 5 out of 5

    NRVOUTDOORSMAN

    Glad it was free This book started promisingly but devolved into a mish-mash of cliches and stilted dialogue. Worse, it's filled with padding, including endless descriptions if what the characters eating--in excruciating detail--and the physical aspects of their sex lives, the latter in less detail but equally boring. The murder is almost treated as an afterthought, and its resolution is not due to any information in the story, it just is "solved" by the beautiful lady detective just before she g Glad it was free This book started promisingly but devolved into a mish-mash of cliches and stilted dialogue. Worse, it's filled with padding, including endless descriptions if what the characters eating--in excruciating detail--and the physical aspects of their sex lives, the latter in less detail but equally boring. The murder is almost treated as an afterthought, and its resolution is not due to any information in the story, it just is "solved" by the beautiful lady detective just before she gets unconvincingly captured by the Bad Guy. Don't waste any time on this one. I wish I could have rated it higher but the author is no Pete Brassett or Reginald Hill.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bernie Gale

    Sadly I found this police procedural novel rather slow and boring. I had read the first book in the series and this one featured the same characters but nowhere near the same standard. I really have no interest in the characters shopping habits for food which added nothing to the story. The author fails to use some of the main characters having introduced and an issue of racial prejudice it was not discussed by the main characters. The main story was plodding and without real depth. Sadly its put Sadly I found this police procedural novel rather slow and boring. I had read the first book in the series and this one featured the same characters but nowhere near the same standard. I really have no interest in the characters shopping habits for food which added nothing to the story. The author fails to use some of the main characters having introduced and an issue of racial prejudice it was not discussed by the main characters. The main story was plodding and without real depth. Sadly its put me off seeking out other work by the same author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Berk Rourke

    This is an excellently done story which has a bit of a surprise ending. That is why I say READ, aside from the fact it is entertaining, provides a great pass time, and teaches you something every time you pick up a book. The characters spill over from a previous book so you have an acquaintance with them, but as usual they are excellently drawn, humanized so you almost believe them to be real. The story is impeccably constructed with lots of red herrings. I thoroughly enjoyed this second of the This is an excellently done story which has a bit of a surprise ending. That is why I say READ, aside from the fact it is entertaining, provides a great pass time, and teaches you something every time you pick up a book. The characters spill over from a previous book so you have an acquaintance with them, but as usual they are excellently drawn, humanized so you almost believe them to be real. The story is impeccably constructed with lots of red herrings. I thoroughly enjoyed this second of the Zach Abrams books I have read and I am sure you will as well. Five stars with no reservations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Griffiths-Jones

    When Hector Mathewson is found murdered at the distillery where he works, every family member comes under scrutiny from Alex Warren & his team. Written with an eye for detail, Abrams cleverly drops snippets of clues into each chapter & builds this solid murder mystery with expertise. As Warren tackles the case, he’s also juggling a new relationship which adds a touch of spice to this excellent novel. I’m really looking forward to book three in the series & to seeing how the detectives progress.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    A murder at a whiskey distillery is the basis of the who dun it. Alex Warren leads his team through interviews and evidence to uncover a killer. Its a long process, every one despite the victim, he had secrets of sexual exploits and he was selling the company. Who hated him the most to kill him, its just a matter of time before the clues lead to an answer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R. Key

    A lot of unnecessary words & details. For instance, and I'm paraphrasing, "there were six parking cubicles on X Street, all full. Therefore, Alex drove around to Y street to park before going into the bar to meet..." One would expect something significant to happen on Y Street, right? Nope. They're just words filling a page. A lot of unnecessary words & details. For instance, and I'm paraphrasing, "there were six parking cubicles on X Street, all full. Therefore, Alex drove around to Y street to park before going into the bar to meet..." One would expect something significant to happen on Y Street, right? Nope. They're just words filling a page.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine McNamara

    great story Although I figured how the killer early, I was.consumed by the steps taken, the story told and how the family of a scottish.whisky empire.came to be. There.was.Only one loose.end as I.could see and that was the fiance. I expected a wee but.more. Overall, a good read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Terry McGhee

    Spirit murder Interesting venue for a murder. Author does good job keeping reader 's interest with each new clue uncovered. Disappointed the one clue that solves the riddle was not given more investigative weight. Moves well in developing characters motives and keeps reader guessing.Recommend for afternoon read. Spirit murder Interesting venue for a murder. Author does good job keeping reader 's interest with each new clue uncovered. Disappointed the one clue that solves the riddle was not given more investigative weight. Moves well in developing characters motives and keeps reader guessing.Recommend for afternoon read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    J Barkess

    Poor A slight knowledge of police procedures might have helped There was more written about what everyone was wearing and what ty ate than a murder mystery, and several pages describing how our hero took his sons to swimming pool but it was too crowded so they went to another one ! ! Unbelievable

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of a distillery it is up to DCI Alex Warren and his team to investigate. And it doesn't take long to find quite a few motives. An enjoyable mystery . When Hector Mathewson is found dead within the cask room of a distillery it is up to DCI Alex Warren and his team to investigate. And it doesn't take long to find quite a few motives. An enjoyable mystery .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancie Lafferty

    Another murder of a not-very-nice Scot, this time at a distillery. Not as well-done as the first in this series, and the editing errors in the first chapter were very distracting. Thankfully, one officer is seeking a transfer in order to avoid romantic conflict at work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keith Withers

    Very interesting read I really enjoy detective based books and this one certainly didn't disappoint me. Well written, intriguing storylìne and an almost Agatha Christie styled sense of characers Very interesting read I really enjoy detective based books and this one certainly didn't disappoint me. Well written, intriguing storylìne and an almost Agatha Christie styled sense of characers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Edwin David

    A perfectly adequate murder mystery. It doesn't have much that sets it apart from the crowd, but the story is well plotted and the ending is unexpected. Basically, it's exactly what I want from this genre, without being particularly spectacular. A perfectly adequate murder mystery. It doesn't have much that sets it apart from the crowd, but the story is well plotted and the ending is unexpected. Basically, it's exactly what I want from this genre, without being particularly spectacular.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Guilfoyle

    Family problems I enjoyed the characters in the book and how they were interwoven with each other. I would have liked some closure with the Connolly family and the teacher who was wrongly accused. Perhaps a few more chapters would have tied everything up for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    George Bowser

    Good Scottish Mystery Good murder mystery with enough of a plot twist to keep you guessing. Good characters that you identify with and begin to care about. I'm looking forward to the next in the series to see how an ongoing issue is handled. Good Scottish Mystery Good murder mystery with enough of a plot twist to keep you guessing. Good characters that you identify with and begin to care about. I'm looking forward to the next in the series to see how an ongoing issue is handled.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul J

    Well written nicely complex A well done detective novel, complete with family intrigue, death, sex, misadventure and romance wrapped up in Scotland and surrounds....i just bought book 3 in the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara R. Cady

    Did the butler do it? Well, it seems everyone was a suspect! Good story. Takes a little getting used to the Scottish terms and slang but I enjoyed the book. At least this time the victim deserved it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    R.

    Overall a good read. This book has a good pace, it’s one that you want to keep going on. I like to characters, the storyline was good, and the author did a good job of keeping the killer a secret right up to the end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy L. Schott

    Murder, Love and family Not necessarily in that order. I enjoyed the characters relationships. It was easy to keep track of the good, the bad, and the innocent. Or were they innocent?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hughes

    A body found at a family owned distillery leads Chief Detective Alex Warren and his team to investigate who could have done the deed. It's a mangled mess of family intrigue, and a surprising outcome. Another good tale, from this author. A body found at a family owned distillery leads Chief Detective Alex Warren and his team to investigate who could have done the deed. It's a mangled mess of family intrigue, and a surprising outcome. Another good tale, from this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    A Measure of Trouble Very entertaining storyline following the characters from an earlier novel into new adventures in their law enforcement careers and personal lives.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

    Second in series and still good standard (in my opinion), keeps a nice tight, manageable cast even with more than one incident.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Vaughan

    Sweet An intriguing murder mystery set in a distillery. And a sweet office romance about to heat up. What more can I say?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Quite good! At first I thought there were some editing issues, but I figured out it's just the way they speak. The ending was excellent, & not expected by me. Quite good! At first I thought there were some editing issues, but I figured out it's just the way they speak. The ending was excellent, & not expected by me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and the plot is good. While I often can predict the ending of mysteries, I did not predict the ending of this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sondra Stark

    A great follow up The characters introduced in the first volume continue to be fleshed out in this second installment. Great story and played out well.

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