As a professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon has performed strathsprays and reels, jigs and Highland flings until a knee injury cuts her career short. Returning to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, she decides to help her aunt run her Scottish emporium.
Liss hasn’t been in Moosetookalook in over ten years, but the quaint little town, nestled in the hilly terrain of western Maine, looks exactly as she remembers it. But then her bliss soon turns to dread when she finds the dead body of her aunt’s nosy neighbor, Amanda Norris, under a bolt of Flower of Scotland fabric in the stock room. And if things weren’t bad enough, the state police hone in on Liss as the prime suspect.
Now Liss will have to do some fancy footwork to prove she’s innocent while avoiding becoming the killer’s next victim…
“A blithe and bonny mystery from Kaitlyn Dunnett! Cozy mystery readers should pour a cuppa and settle down to savor the flavor of the Highlands, the wee dram of Scottish folklore and the small town skullduggery that season this clever debut.”
--Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries
“Strong local color and a surprise ending will make this a hit with the cozy crowd.”
“A nice little debut with enough local color and romance to make a congenial addition to the cozy ranks.”
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(Wednesday, July 31, 2013)
Liss MacCrinnon's career as a Scottish dancer ends at the age of 27, when she lands poorly and does major damage to her knee. While at loose ends after her recovery, still trying to accept the end of her career, Liss returns to Moosetookalook Maine- her hometown- to care for her aunt's Scottish shop, while her aunt leads a tour in Scotland. However, instead of relaxing in the small town where she grew up, Liss finds the dead body of her next door neighbor in the stockroom of her aunt's shop. When the overbearing state detective shows up and Liss becomes the prime suspect for the murder, Liss has to figure out whodunit before she ends up in jail herself.
I enjoyed this book and I must say that the name of the town, Moosetookalook, jolted me out of the story the first time I read it (my favorite animal is the Moose so I loved the name of the town). I thought the characters were wonderful (both the primary character and the secondary ones), the plot was well thought out, the setting was great. Liss is not welcomed with open arms by everyone in the town and trying to reconnect is difficult after being gone for so long. Knowing this was the first in a series, it was fun to watch the author transform Liss from a footloose and fancy free dancer with no real ties into a full fledged member of the community who ends up happy to be there and glad she returned. I'm looking forward to reading more about Liss in this series