A Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Series #3)

A Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Series #3)

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by Kaitlyn Dunnett
     
 

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Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Fortunately, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . .

Liss's brainstorm focuses on Tiny Teddies, the new "hot" toy of the season. Every store across the country is out of stock—

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Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Fortunately, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . .

Liss's brainstorm focuses on Tiny Teddies, the new "hot" toy of the season. Every store across the country is out of stock—except a few wee establishments in good ol' Moosetookalook.

The first sign of something amiss occurs when the last Tiny Teddy is summarily executed: shot through the heart in the display window of greedy toy store owner Gavin Thorne. But the Teddy's demise is just a precursor to the eerily similar murder of Gavin himself. . .

Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots terms, the Daft) Days of Christmas rapidly approaching, Liss has a plate full of things worse than haggis to contend with, starting with a stockroom packed with poultry (don't ask), and ending with a killer who'd like to see Liss's goose well and fully cooked. . .

"A picturesque location, a bit of romance, some suspense, and a cast of appealingly quirky characters."
Booklist

"The blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish."
Kirkus Reviews

"Perfect for the holiday season."
Romantic Times

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Liss MacCrimmon (Stone Cold Dead), proprietor of the Scottish Emporium in the Maine town of Moosetookalook, helps her fellow businesspeople drum up shoppers by launching a holiday campaign claiming their small community is the only place left to get this season's hottest stuffed toy. Someone gets greedy, however, and the toy store owner is murdered. Liss and a quirky cast of supporting characters start their own investigation. For cozy mystery aficionados.
Kirkus Reviews
A little Maine town is brought to its knees by the frenzied pursuit of a popular Christmas toy. Tiny Teddies are one hot item. One of the few stores in New England that seems to have any available is Moosetookalook's Scottish Emporium, the shop run by Liss MacCrimmon and owned by her aunt. Even after she becomes aware of their scarcity, Liss sells her bears at the normal price, while her greedy rival merchants Gavin Thorne and Marcia Milliken continue to raise their prices at a meteoric rate. The bear mania gives Liss an idea for promoting the whole town of Moosetookalook: to arrange a Twelve Days of Christmas celebration in the hope that frantic bear hunters will spread their money around town. When Gavin is found shot dead in his store, Liss's friend, police officer Sherri Willett, and Liss's sometime love interest, state cop Gordon Tandy, think the motive is robbery plain and simple, but Liss is sure that those bears are a motive. Despite objections from Gordon's romantic rival, Dan Ruskin, Liss can't help but stick her nose into the mystery. Her plan brings plenty of business to Moosetookalook, along with plenty of trouble and a death-defying chase that ushers in Christmas. Dunnett's third is a wee bit complicated (Scone Cold Dead, 2008, etc.). But the blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758216489
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Liss MacCrimmon Series, #3
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
295,745
Product dimensions:
0.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Series #3) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
ninjamom More than 1 year ago
This is the first Kaitlyn Dunnett book I've had the opportunity to read. I found it a little boring and just so-so. I think it's a good book for light reading but the characters are too easy to forget. I found myself going back through the pages to figure out who is who.
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Slow and boring read. I had to force myself to finish it so that I could move on to something else.
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MimiOh More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this Christmas mystery. Fairly quick and simple to read. Nothing to heavy here...I am more into Patricia Cornwell type crime novels but if you want something on the lighter side and fairly quick to read this would fill your needs nicely!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As small town mystery series go, it's OK. I like the Scottish angle, but how many people can get killed in such a small town before everyone dies or moves out?
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JKMac More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good read - no glaring typo errors. Would I read it again? Probably not, but I usually don't reread books anyway unless they are part of a series and I then "skim" the earlier books in the series to catch up.
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Although the story was kind of cute, it was very slow paced book.
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Good read, held my interest...funny...lots of twists...likeable characters.
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sharno22 More than 1 year ago
This is my first encounter with this series, and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading the rest of the series and recommending these books to my fellow cozy lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not a page turner. While it may not be the last in this series, it will be the last for me. The characters weren't interesting and the plot's pace was equal to that molasses being poured. The "must have" Christmas toy seemed like revenge of the beanie babies. There was definitely nothing cozy about this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes Liss is almost too head strong. But this is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was slow moving, my bookclub all guessed the murderer well before the main character, so the story really dragged after that point. The main character, with her two boyfriends was tedious and boring, not adding to either the story or plot.