The Corpse Wore Tartan (Liss MacCrimmon Series #4)

The Corpse Wore Tartan (Liss MacCrimmon Series #4)

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by Kaitlyn Dunnett
     
 

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Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts? Normally Liss MacCrimmon, proprietor of Moosetookalook, Maine's one and only Scottish Emporium, would say no. But that's before one of them turns out to be murderous...

The bagpipes are blaring at The Spruces, Moosetookalook's finest hotel, reopened just in time to host the Burns Night Supper, an annual

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Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts? Normally Liss MacCrimmon, proprietor of Moosetookalook, Maine's one and only Scottish Emporium, would say no. But that's before one of them turns out to be murderous...

The bagpipes are blaring at The Spruces, Moosetookalook's finest hotel, reopened just in time to host the Burns Night Supper, an annual celebration of Scotland's beloved poet, Robert Burns. In the midst of the long Maine winter, the festivities are just the thing to give the hotel a much needed boost—and to bring fresh business to Liss's shop.

But when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society arrives on the scene, they bring more than a hunger for haggis and a passion for plaid. The quarrelsome group harbors their share of long held grudges, and the animosity only grows as the whiskey flows. Then a fierce blizzard hits, trapping everyone—angry Scotsmen, hapless hotel staff, and Liss herself—inside.

It's a situation with all the makings for mayhem, and sure enough, it isn't long before a body is discovered, face down in a storage room, covered in tartan—and blood.

Lucky for Liss, she's got some good friends alongside her to help sort out the facts: local police officer Sherri Willett, and Dan Ruskin, the man who's got Liss all tied up in Celtic knots. But they'll have to work fast, before another body goes as cold as the snowstorm keeping them cooped up with a killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Dunnett's bland fourth Liss MacCrimmon cozy (after 2009's A Wee Christmas Homicide), a major snowstorm disrupts the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society's annual Burns Night Supper, stranding the participants, including Liss, co-owner of the Scottish Emporium, and the staff of the Spruces, the Moosetookalook, Maine, hotel hosting the event. Before the snow gets too heavy, police officers Sherri Willett and Pete Campbell arrive at the Spruces to look into the theft of SHAS member Phil MacMillan's clan crest brooch, but they soon have a murder to deal with when someone slashes Phil's throat. In time-honored Agatha Christie fashion, the blizzard provides an inviting, insular crime scene bristling with suspects. While Liss and boyfriend Dan make a cute investigating couple as they race to catch a kilt-loving killer, Dunnett's vanilla prose and the unconvincing, underdeveloped plot produce a mystery as crumbly as a stale, underbaked scone. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews

Bad weather and bad blood taint several dozen kilt wearers.

The supper honoring Robert Burns is not without incident. One of the guests claims to have had his clan crest brooch stolen just before it. His twin brother antagonizes everyone at it. And a near-blizzard cuts out the electricity, the phones and all means of leaving The Spruces, the grand old hotel of Moosetookalook, Maine. Event coordinator Liss MacCrimmon (A Wee Christmas Homicide, 2009, etc.) and her beau Dan Ruskin rush about trying to placate the trapped revelers while Officer Sherri Willett and her guy Pete insist they can handle matters until the state police arrive with no help from amateur detectives, thank you very much. Still, Liss, who can't help but chat up the staff and the guests, learns that one twin's skean dhu, his ornamental dagger, may have been used to slit the throat of the other; that a discarded bagpipe may have been used to stun the victim first; that an ex-fiancée of one of them is wandering the halls; and that there are too many passkeys loose in the hotel and too many ungrieving suspects, including one twin's new widow. A snowshoe trek to town will help sort matters out, but not before both Liss and Sherri decide on the wrong killer and indeed misname the poor victim, and poor Dan is trussed up like a bit of haggis.

Woe betide the writer who dares people her plot with twins, a mystery cliché for years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758238795
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
Liss MacCrimmon Series, #4
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,233,265
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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