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Title:
Ho-ho-homicide
Author:
Dunnett, Kaitlyn.
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Edition:
First Kensington hardcover editon.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
While spending a week at her friend's Christmas tree farm, Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin is drawn into a mystery involving a dead body in a shipment of Scotch pine, a series of "accidents, " and a strange maze of trees.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780758292834
Format :
Book

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Business is booming at the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin couldn't be happier--or busier. A romantic getaway at a rustic Christmas tree farm is just what she needs. But the property's mysterious past has her feeling less than merry. . .

Liss is surprised when an old friend from high school asks her to spend a week at the Christmas tree farm she recently inherited from a great-uncle. Realizing it would be the perfect chance for her and her husband Dan to get away from work, Liss happily accepts the offer and packs her bags for the tiny town of New Boston.

Upon their arrival, Liss and Dan are greeted by a ramshackle farmhouse and unfriendly townsfolk. It's hardly the idyllic vacation locale they'd hoped for, especially when needling neighbors start raising questions about the farm's dark history. Who was the man whose body was found neatly netted in a shipment of Scotch pine? Why did the owner vanish into thin air? And why are the trees growing so close together, forming a maze more twisted than a Celtic knot?

The rumors pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, and as Liss starts un-wrapping the truth, she discovers something even more scandalous than murder hiding beneath the town's humdrum façade. When a series of "accidents" strikes the farm, she'll have to spring into action faster than a Highland Fling to find the killer who's been lurking among the pines--before she ends up in a pine box herself. . .

Praise for Kaitlyn Dunnett and her Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries!

Vampires, Bones, And Treacle Scones

"Spooky. . .Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat." -- Publishers Weekly

Bagpipes, Brides, And Homicides

"Fans of Scottish lore or bookstore mysteries like Lorna Barrett's and Carolyn Hart's will enjoy this one." -- Booklist

Scotched

"A satisfying entry in the series." -- Booklist

"This well-plotted novel provides pure entertainment." -- RT Book Reviews

A Wee Christmas Homicide

"The blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish." -- Kirkus Reviews

Scone Cold Dead

"Enjoyable. . .vivid descriptions of Maine during mud season and a quirky cast of characters lift this cozy." -- Publishers Weekly

Kilt Dead

"If you have an affinity for all things Scottish, this is the book for you." --Deadly Pleasures


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In between leaf season and skiing season, Liss MaCrimmon Ruskin, owner of a Scottish-themed shop in rural Maine, falls for a request from a high-school classmate, Gina Snowe, now a Chicago lawyer, to spend a week evaluating the business prospects of the Christmas tree farm Gina has just inherited several hours farther north. Hoping for a relaxing week, Liss and her husband, Dan, head to the farm, which has been uninhabited since the unexplained disappearance of Gina's uncle, Simeon. Given a tour of the farm by the businesslike young woman who had been Simeon's assistant and now serves as caretaker, they learn that Simeon's disappearance isn't the only mystery. The last shipment of trees received before he disappeared included a dead body. Then Liss notices that the newest trees are planted as a maze, rather than in regular rows, and sinister coincidences accelerate, prompting her to seek answers. What she discovers rocks the small village. Fans of Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series will enjoy this Yankee version of a plucky shop owner.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the outset of Dunnett's enjoyable eighth Liss MacCrimmon Scottish mystery (after 2013's Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Stones), old high school friend Gina Snowe asks Liss to check out the Christmas tree farm that Gina recently inherited. As the owner of the Moosetookalook, Maine, Scottish Emporium, Liss feels qualified to judge whether the farm has a viable future. With husband Dan, she turns the trip into a pre-Christmas break, but the two soon realize that a pall hangs over the farm. Seven years before, a body was found in a shipment to New York, and the farm's owner disappeared. The engaging, level-headed Liss starts asking questions and raising police hackles. Could she and Dan be involved in solving a seven-year-old murder case? While the dynamic between Liss and Dan lacks spark, Dunnett (the pseudonym of Kathy Lynn Emerson) skillfully uses misdirection to keep the reader guessing to the end. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Liss is working at her store, the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, ME, when her high school friend Gina stops by. Gina asks if Liss and husband Dan would check out her recently inherited Christmas tree farm since she has to get back to her law firm in Chicago. Envisioning a quiet, romantic week with Dan, Liss agrees. When they arrive, however, they soon find that Gina neglected to tell them a few important details-such as the unexplained disappearance of the tree farm owner seven years ago and the body found wrapped up in a Christmas tree shipment. Liss can't resist asking a few questions around town, but it appears that someone is trying to silence her and Dan-permanently. VERDICT Dunnett's eighth series entry (Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones) is an enjoyable small-town Christmas cozy. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.