16 January 2011

THE CORPSE WORE TARTAN: A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery - Kaitlyn Dunnett

From the back of the book: Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts? 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.
Don't you just love this cover? Oooooo! Cozy mystery in the classic sense...everyone is trapped in a big old hotel in a snowstorm that shows no sign of letting up, communication is lost with the outside world, and there's a dead body in the basement and it's....murder.
I will be looking for the rest of this series. I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by reading the fourth in the series before any of the others. It did whet my curiosity for the next in the series as well as starting at the beginning to see how everyone gets introduced. There are some interesting characters living in a place I want to visit or live. I really want to meet Liss and Dan and see this grand hotel and shop at the Scottish Emporium. That's a nifty thing when the author makes me want to live in the book.
Five when do we leave for Moosetookalook beans....


Sherri said...

Vickie, sounds like a good one! So does the Arson and Old Lace!

Aurian said...

Sounds like fun, I have read something like this before, in the Angelina Amalfi series.

Vickie said...

Sherri: It is a good one. I always hope so when I open a new to me author, I was glad to get this one from LibraryThing.

Aurian: I'll have to look up the Angelina Amalfi series. Thanks!