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 Moosetookalook's finest hotel, reopened just in time to host an annual celebration of Scotland's most beloved poet

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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 Moosetookalook's finest hotel, reopened just in time to host an annual celebration of Scotland's most beloved poet. 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—indoors.

It isn't long before a body is discovered face down in a storage room, covered in tartan—and blood. Now Liss will have to work fast to solve this crime before another body goes as cold as the snowstorm keeping her cooped up with a killer.

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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.

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Liss MacCrimmon Series, #4
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4.32(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.87(d)

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The Corpse Wore Tartan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Moosetookalook, Maine Liss MacCrimmon owns the Scottish Emporium where she sells items hat are Scottish from her store The Spruces Hotel Gift Shop. Her Aunt Margaret Boyd is the events coordinator for the hotel and currently oversees the annual Burns Night Supper hosted by the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society at The Spruces. The gala gets off to a bad start when Phil MacMillan complains that someone ransacked his room and stole a brooch. At the dinner, Phil's identical twin Phineas insults everyone at their table. Not long after dining, Liss finds Phil's corpse in a storage room in the basement. Officer Sherri Willet, who already is in charge of the theft case, takes the lead on the homicide because no one can leave or enter the hotel due to a blizzard that cut off power and stranded people at the Spruces. Sherri allows Liss to assist her on her investigation to keep the woman from running off on her own as she has done before (see A Wee Christmas Homicide and Scone Cold Dead). This is a terrific locked room (locked hotel is more descriptive) mystery due to the horrific snow and ice storm that has stranded everyone at the Spruces. Long simmering resentments are aired and people are confronted for alleged wrongdoing. Although the whodunit is a bit thin, Liss is a great heroine who remains determined to see justice prevails. Kaitlyn Dunnett provides another engaging amateur sleuth cozy starring a quirky cast locked inside an exclusive exquisite hotel during a monster storm. Harriet Klausner
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A_Very_Merry_Shakespeare More than 1 year ago
This latest book in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish mysteries takes all her fans back to the fantastic town of Moosetookalook, Maine. Liss is still working hard as the owner of the only Scottish Emporium in her neck of the woods, that she purchased from the original owner, her Aunt Margaret. But for this particular story, Liss is mostly spending her time at the newly renovated hotel, The Spruces. The grand re-opening of this magnificent building is being celebrated by hosting the Burns Night Supper (which is a tribute to the fantastic Scottish poet, Robert Burns), that is sponsored every year by the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society. Sounds fun, right? Well.let's just say that the members of the aforementioned Appreciation Society don't seem to appreciate much of anything; and Liss has to spend most of her time diffusing arguments and making sure that the men in "clan" kilts don't beat each other to death with their worthless bagpipes. Now Dan Ruskin's father (Dan is the man who Liss is falling desperately in love with) was the man who purchased The Spruces and has spent a whole heck of a lot of money to get it gorgeous and re-opened for the masses. In fact, if this weekend doesn't work, the grand re-opening may just be the final curtain on the whole project. After all the guests have arrived, a blizzard begins with such force that all the guests seem to know that they will be stuck inside for quite a while.and that's when the fun really begins. In the great building are the "leaders" of the Appreciation Society named the MacMillan's. Eunice MacMillan and her husband, Phil, are the leaders of this Scottish bunch and like nothing more than to snipe at Liss and tell her what they want and need that is most assuredly missing in the hotel. Phil has a twin brother named Phineas who is also a real pain in the kilt, and also likes to tell Liss and everyone around him that they're certainly not being treated like the royalty they believe they are. Soon, the MacMillan's are yelling because a family brooch with their clan crest has been stolen from their room and they want justice now! Liss calls in Sherri Willett - her friend from school and a local police officer - to come solve the crime. Was it stolen or was this just a joke being played against the MacMillan twins? Once the speech is made at dinner by one of the MacMillan brothers which becomes more of a Friar's Club Roast as he belittles almost everyone in the Society, all heck breaks loose. The power goes out, the blizzard knocks down the big spruces outside the hotel, and a body is found in a storage closet - dead in his kilt. Soon the elegant hotel begins to resemble the Overlook from The Shining fame, and everyone from the housekeeping staff on up is a suspect. The dialogue is so much fun, the puzzle is mystifying and quite impossible to solve until the very end - which is always a plus, and the author, as always, adds that touch of romance between Liss and Dan to cover all bases for all readers' interests. Enjoy!