By Kaitlyn Dunnett
Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is briefly provide as a result of a snowless wintry weather that is conserving 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 hot "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the nation is out of stock--except a number of wee institutions in solid ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy adequate to drum up popularity of the belief of luring shoppers to city and maintaining them there with a stockingful of latest England vacation allure. Liss's genuine problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the USA learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of whatever amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily carried out: shot throughout the center within the show window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's dying 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 ended in Gavin's demise. in addition to, how can she forget about the long record of suspects, now not 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 swiftly imminent, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom filled with bird (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd prefer to see Liss's goose good and entirely cooked...
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He asked as he made his way slowly through the shop. He paused to look at several of the displays, including the one of kilt-hose stuffers. ” A sudden thought had Liss taking a closer look at Thorne. She saw a lumpy individual with hair the color of dry grass and eyes hidden behind small, round-framed glasses. Liss wasn’t sure how old the toy store owner was, but he was surely closer to Aunt Margaret’s age—fifty-nine—than her own twenty-eight years. Could Thorne have a personal reason for asking about her aunt?
Each evening they’d add a new “day” to the festivities. The twelfth would now fall on the twenty-first of December, the beginning of winter. That seemed appropriate. ” Betsy asked. ” He and Doug Preston of Preston’s Mortuary sat side by side on two more of Liss’s kitchen chairs. Laughter helped ease the tension but Stu wasn’t about to give up. While he continued to lobby for a consignment of bears and others tried to talk him out of his stand, Liss kept mum. Her gaze roamed over the rest of the gathered businesspeople.
It took a moment for Liss to realize that Graye was not talking to them. Shielded by the banister, Liss and Dan were well hidden. She lifted one finger to her lips, warning Dan not to speak. Careful to make no sound, she turned her head until she could see that two men stood in the shadow of the stairwell. “Came as soon as you called,” the newcomer said irritably. Graye clapped a hand on the other man’s shoulder and leaned in. He spoke too softly for Liss to catch a single word. She started to shift closer, but Dan caught her arm and shook his head.
A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett