Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Tartan Shroud by Ken Dalton Tour & Giveaway!

A bulldozer unearths a young girl’s body on a golf course in Scotland but for some reason, Fergus Murray, the top crime officer in Tayside seems unwilling to pursue the case. Fergus contacts Willow Stone, his American cousin and pleads for help. Willow, Pinky’s favorite ex-wife, calls in all her chips and convinces Pinky, Bear, Flo, and Ettamae to go to the small Scottish town of Pitlochry to help her cousin find the killer. Along the way the American’s come across a forester with a wonky eye—haggis—the occasional bad weather spring day—various Scottish policeman all named McSomething—mutton pie—a near new, sixty-year-old Austin Taxi—a bathroom that could double for a freezer—the nearly indecipherable Scottish accent—many glasses of whiskey and beer—ancient records—a broadsword—and a real Duke! Ride with Bear, Flo, and Henry during their final mad dash across Scotland to try to stop the murderer before he kills again inside the hallowed halls of Blair Castle.

I've had the pleasure of reading Pinky and the Bear mysteries before and they are a treat! I was excited to read the newest caper - The Tartan Shroud.  There's belly laughs, suspense and more in this memorable book and reader's will clamor for the first three books in the series.

The Tartan Shroud can be read as a standalone book; Dalton does a great job of giving enough background information on the characters so you're not hopelessly lost.  The Scottish setting was mesmerizing and how the characters cope with parts of it are downright hilarious.  That's not to take anything from the sobering murder though of the young lady on the golf course or the eccentric characters that Pinky, Bear, Flo and Ettamae meet.

If you enjoy a great suspense with memorable characters, pick this series up! It's well worth the read!

The first three books in the series are The Bloody Birthright, The Big Showstopper and Death is a Cabernet.

Ken Dalton was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up with his parents, his older sister, Pat, and younger brother, Richard in Los Angeles. The year 1938 informs the quick reader that Ken’s older than a lot of people, but younger than some.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken.

At the end of World War ll, Ken’s family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer’s brat on a base called Fort Warren.

By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken’s luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.

In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.

With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.

Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.

Then, ten years ago, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.

After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.

Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world’s latest overnight sensation.

Ten lucky readers will win a copy of The Tartan Shroud with a personalized inscription from the author!

*USA only
*Ends January 31, 2013
*Enter on the Rafflecopter below

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Wendy, thanks for the review. Glad you liked the latest installment in Ken's mystery series :)

  2. Wendy:
    Thank you. Your review captures the essence my series—"Great suspense with memorable characters."

  3. enjoyed your review - ty!
    and for any other fans / readers of anything Scottish, I'm hosting the Reading Scotland Challenge for 2013 :) so having read this one already qualifies you at the Bairn level of 1 !

    You and your readers are most welcome to join ~ family friendly reads from now thru Nov 2013 ~ Welcome!


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave a comment. It's appreciated.