Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
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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