By Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief offer as a result of a snowless wintry weather that is preserving 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 kingdom is out of stock--except a number of wee institutions in stable ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy adequate to drum up popularity of the belief of luring shoppers to city and holding them there with a stockingful of recent England vacation appeal. Liss's actual 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 finished: shot during the middle within the reveal window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's dying is simply a precursor to the eerily comparable homicide of Gavin himself... the 2 males in Liss's existence wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling in charge 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 checklist 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 swiftly impending, Liss has a plate packed with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom jam-packed with fowl (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd prefer to see Liss's goose good and completely cooked...

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Retreating back into the office, recognizable as such only because it contained two battered army-surplus-style desks and an equally antiquated metal file cabinet, Sherri headed for the coffeepot. The glass was so streaked and spotted that it was difficult to tell what color the contents were, but what landed in Sherri’s cup had the consistency of sludge. She shuddered when she inspected the grounds. D. to collect all the mugs and cups scattered about and toss them into the suds. She hoped she wasn’t setting a bad precedent.

With each passing day, the hotel sank deeper into debt. ” Dan asked when they’d settled on a time for the members of the MSBA to gather at Liss’s house. “I’d appreciate it if you’d attend the selectmen’s meeting with me tonight,” Liss said. “Lend support to the cause. ” “You know the selectmen better than I do. ” She gave a small, humorless laugh. ” Dan quickly threw both arms up to shield his face as Liss raised her fists. “Kidding, Liss. ” A wicked grin overspread her face. ” “He was a Scot born in 1750.

To collect all the mugs and cups scattered about and toss them into the suds. She hoped she wasn’t setting a bad precedent. She might be Moosetookalook’s only female police officer, but neither making coffee nor cleaning house was part of her job description. She’d made that very clear to her coworkers when she’d started her last job and there had never been any trouble. Until recently, she’d been a corrections officer, dispatcher, and deputy—the three jobs were all one in rural Carrabassett County.

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