Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ho-Ho-Homicide-Liss MacCrimmon-Kaitlyn Dunnett

Ho-Ho-Homicide: Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Kensington, Oct 28 2014, $24.00
ISBN 9780758292834

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.

Harriet Klausner

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