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The Corpse Wore Tartan: A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery

Kaitlyn Dunnett

ISBN 9780758238795
Publish Date 10/26/2010
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Categories Kensington, Cozy

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.

Praise for Kaitlyn Dunnett and Her Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries!

A Wee Christmas Homicide

“This cozy mystery has it all—a picturesque location, a bit of romance, some suspense, and a cast of appealingly quirky characters.” --Booklist

“With a cute mystery centering around holiday festivities, this novel is perfect for the holiday season.” --Romantic Times

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

Scone Cold Dead

“Enjoyable…vivid descriptions of Maine during mud season and a quirky cast of characters lift this cozy.” --Publishers Weekly

“This series has all the great elements that keep readers coming back; a feisty and resourceful heroine, a fresh premise and a picturesque location with colorful secondary characters.” --Romantic Times

Kilt Dead

“High-kicking fun with characters as colorful as the tartans…a delightful new series.” —Dorothy Cannell

“Strong local color and a surprise ending will make this a hit with the cozy crowd.” —Publishers Weekly

“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

“If you have an affinity for all things Scottish, this is the book for you.” —Deadly Pleasures

About Kaitlyn Dunnett:

Kaitlyn Dunnett first caught the Scottish heritage bug when her husband learned to play the bagpipes. Many Scottish festivals and parades later, and after a brief stint as bass drummer with a bagpipe band, she decided to combine her love of things Scottish with her love of writing. The Liss MacCrimmon mysteries are the result. Kaitlyn lives on a Christmas tree farm in the mountains of western Maine.

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A Whole Lot of Fun! (Thursday, November 4, 2010)
Reviewer: Amy Lignor, Book Reviewer

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!


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