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A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

By Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is briefly provide because of a snowless wintry weather that is maintaining skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm makes a speciality of Tiny Teddies, the recent "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the nation is out of stock--except a couple of wee institutions in reliable ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy adequate to drum up acclaim for the belief of luring shoppers to city and retaining them there with a stockingful of latest England vacation allure. Liss's actual problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the US learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of whatever amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily done: shot in the course of the middle within the reveal window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's death is simply a precursor to the eerily related homicide of Gavin himself... the 2 males in Liss's existence wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling to blame for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's loss of life. in addition to, how can she forget about the long record of suspects, no longer the least of whom comprise Gavin's vindictive ex-wife, an unscrupulous selectman, a ski store proprietor with an awl to grind, and a rabid toy collector packing warmth in her purse..? Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots phrases, the Daft) Days of Christmas speedily drawing close, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to deal with, beginning with a stockroom filled with fowl (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd wish to see Liss's goose good and entirely cooked...

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Five months earlier, on Fourth of July weekend, Moosetookalook’s venerable old grand hotel, The Spruces, had reopened. Joe Ruskin had poured heart, soul, and every penny he had to spare—and some he didn’t—into renovating the place. He was convinced getting the hotel up and running was the key to putting Moosetookalook back on the map. Dan had to admit that things had started off well. Most of the rooms had been full during the summer and the hotel had held its own during leaf-peeper season. But ever since the trees went bare, they’d struggled to fill even half the rooms, and heating the place cost a small fortune.

TINY TEDDIES IN SHORT SUPPLY. Heart rate speeding up as she read, Liss skimmed the article. Then she took a good hard look at the small bear she still held in her other hand. Liss carried the newspaper to the section of the store her aunt had dubbed the cozy corner. It was furnished with two easy chairs and a coffee table. She settled into the more comfortable of the chairs, curling her legs beneath her. Then she slowly reread every word of the story. There was no mistake. S. The reporter who’d written the article believed there were no longer any to be had in the six New England states.

Dan, she’s working for the Moosetookalook Police Department. ” “Oh, for heaven’s sake. Will you listen to yourself? ” “That’s just it. He’s seen firsthand the kind of nasty situations a cop can get into. Domestic disputes, for one thing. Not to mention the—” “Of all the male chauvinist pig mentality! ” “Probably, but—” “I’ll just have to convince Mrs. Campbell to support us without her son’s help. ” Liss glanced at her watch. “I’ve got to call Rich Smalley. See if he’s got a partridge. ” Liss breathed a sigh of relief.

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