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Product Details

  • Series: Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758216440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758216441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This promising first in a new series from the pseudonymous Dunnett, aka Kathy Lynn Emerson (Face Down Beside St. Anne's Well), introduces spunky Liss MacCrimmon, a 20-something dancer forced into early retirement by a knee injury. Adrift and depressed, Liss returns home to Moosetookalook, Maine, to help her aunt run a small store specializing in Scottish kitsch. Soon after she learns that the Scottish Emporium is in precarious financial shape, she discovers one of her former schoolteachers dead in the shop. Suspicions that Liss did the deed herself only grow when, much to Liss's shock, she turns out to be the woman's sole heir. Meanwhile, her first cousin is telling fibs about his job, neighbors gossip about sparks flying between Liss and her old buddy Dan, and a shady real estate developer may be using underhanded tricks to snap up local properties. Strong local color and a surprise ending will make this a hit with the cozy crowd. (Aug.)
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The plot is WAY too slow, and could not keep my attention.
Heather Lynn Anderson
The main character should be interesting, but she becomes less believable by the chapter.
Sharon O. Norris
This is a good read for anyone who enjoys an intelligent cozy mystery.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Liss MacCrimmon is devastated when a knee injury ends her dream job as a Scottish dancer. With her future up in the air, she returns to her hometown, the small Moosetookalook, Maine. Her aunt has asked her to take care of her business while she is gone, a Scottish store. But instead of the relaxing refuge she hoped to find, Liss is caught up in murder. She discovers the body of her elderly neighbor in the storage room of the shop. It is hard to imagine who would want to kill the retired third grade teacher, even if she is by far the nosiest woman in town. Liss is drawn into the investigation to clear her name by finding the real killer.

Ms Dunnett is an experienced, professional author. She weaves the tartan plaid of suspense into a bolt of solid mystery bound by a strong character thread. Her setting is detailed and realistic (as makes sense since she she just has to step outside her door to see matching surroundings.) The small world of rural Maine lends itself well to the cozy genre. This is the first of what should prove to be a long running Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries. Ms Dunnett has created Liss as a character that can develop over time; she lays the foundation for Liss to grow and progress without skimping on her character's strength in this debut. First books in a planned series can often feel like just an advertisement for the future. Ms Dunnett has not done that, she has written a solid mystery that could stand alone if desired. She paces the action with a structured rhythm that draws the reader into the story from the introduction to the truly surprise ending without pause.

The second and third books in the series will be Scone Cold Dead in August, 2008 and A Wee Christmas Homicide in October, 2009.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Liss MacCrimmon is one of the few people who are ecstatically happy with her career. She is a professional dancer in the touring how Strathsprey and she knows every Scottish dance and each number in the show to perfection. Tragedy strikes when she injures a leg and the doctor tells her she can never dance again. She is depressed because her leg will work normally only as long she puts no extraordinary stress like dancing on it.

She returns to her child home of Moosetookalook, Maine where her aunt owns a store selling Scottish products. On the day she arrives, her aunt leaves for Scotland and Liss in charge during the Maine Highland Games. When Liss returns home from the fair, she finds the dead body of her third grade teacher, Amanda Norris in the stock room. The autopsy shows she was killed and state police officer LaVerdiere thinks Liss is the only suspect. Refusing to wait around to be arrested, Liss looks for other possible suspects, not knowing her actions could get her killed.

KILT DEAD is a delightful cozy, the first in what this reviewer hopes is a long running series. The heroine is feisty, determined, and strong-willed; when she believes she is right, she obstinately goes her own way and doesn't listen to the advice of others. The setting is a small quaint town in Maine (capital of American cozies) with a support cost of wonderful quaint characters. Mystery readers will welcome Kaitlyn Dunnett as a fresh author whose protagonist provides the audience with a delightful opening act.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2009
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After a career ending knee injury, Scottish folk dancer Liss MacCrimmon has returned home to Moosetookalook, Maine to run her aunt's store, the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium. It's only a temporary assignment since her aunt just needs the help while she is gone for three weeks. But Liss hopes this will give her time to figure out where to go with her life.

Her aunt has just left for her trip when Liss finds Mrs. Norris dead in the stock room. Mrs. Norris had been Liss' third grade teacher. The old woman was a bit nosey, but she certainly wasn't a danger. Or was she? When the police focus only on Liss as the suspect, she feels she must catch the real killer or do time for a crime she didn't commit. But why would someone want to kill Mrs. Norris?

Based on the title alone, I wanted to like this book. And I certainly did like the characters. Liss may be facing some uncertainty in her life, but she is still a strong woman. The potential boyfriend is another strong character as are another couple supporting characters introduced.

The problem comes in the plot. It's just too shallow and slow. I honestly would go pages where I felt like hardly anything was going on. Things definitely picked up in the final 80 pages, and I had missed several clues that pointed to the killer.

Will I give the next book in the series a try? Most likely. But it won't be as high on my reading list as I had hoped.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather Lynn Anderson on July 22, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I REALLY wanted to like this book. However, the main character is decidedly unlikable, and the other characters aren't much better. The plot is WAY too slow, and could not keep my attention. I finally gave up and skipped to the end. The end was certainly faster paced, but did not make sense. The final chapter (post script) was ridiculous. Unfortunately, I just can't recommend this book.
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