Ho-Ho-Homicide: Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery
Kensington, Oct 28 2014, $24.00
In Moosetookalook, Maine, Gina Snowe asks her high school BFF Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin to look at the Christmas tree farm in New Boston she inherited from a late great-uncle to see if it is a feasible money-making enterprise. Owner of the successful Scottish Emporium, Liss agrees to help her Chicago-based lawyer friend though they had drifted apart several years ago. She and her husband Dan decide to check out the farm that is a couple of hours west of their home with a one week pre-holiday paid vacation.
However, the town and the farm residents lack the Christmas spirit as seemingly everyone demands the visitors leave. Liss learns of a corpse buried amidst a delivery to New York and the farm’s owner vanished. As Liss investigates the cold case incidents, the uncooperative locals, especially the cops, resent her inquiry, but one of them has a deadly vendetta.
The eighth Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery (see Vampires, Bones, And Treacle Scones; and Bagpipes, Brides, And Homicides and Scotched) is a pleasurable twisting Yuletide amateur sleuth. Although the Ruskin relationship is not quite as cozy as the detecting into the farm and town, this is a Merry Christmas tale.