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A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

By Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is briefly provide because of a snowless wintry weather that is maintaining skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm specializes in 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 sturdy ol' Moosetookalook. it is simple adequate to drum up acclaim for the assumption of luring shoppers to city and conserving them there with a stockingful of recent England vacation appeal. Liss's genuine problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the USA learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly made up our minds shopaholics. the 1st signal of whatever amiss happens while the final Tiny Teddy is summarily finished: shot during the center within the reveal window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's loss of life 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 responsible for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have ended in Gavin's dying. along with, 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 forthcoming, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to deal with, beginning with a stockroom full of 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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They all had businesses to run or jobs to go to. Even Dan did a rapid disappearing act, escaping before Liss had the opportunity to thank him for his help. “Marcia, wait,” Liss called as the other woman made a beeline for the front door. She caught the sleeve of Marcia’s coat, drawing her back inside until everyone else had gone. ” “Why not? ” “Also a lot of hassle. You’ve got to make sure the buyers’ credit is solid. Then you have to ship and insure the merchandise. ” Marcia’s frown told Liss that her arguments were getting through.

In spite of their differences, Moosetookalook’s businesses were all desperate for customers. A second vote, much closer than the first, left the matter of displaying and pricing Tiny Teddies entirely in the hands of the three individuals who actually had supplies of the toy. That settled, everyone was in a hurry to leave. They all had businesses to run or jobs to go to. Even Dan did a rapid disappearing act, escaping before Liss had the opportunity to thank him for his help. “Marcia, wait,” Liss called as the other woman made a beeline for the front door.

Probably, but—” “I’ll just have to convince Mrs. Campbell to support us without her son’s help. ” Liss glanced at her watch. “I’ve got to call Rich Smalley. See if he’s got a partridge. ” Liss breathed a sigh of relief. She didn’t know what she’d been so worried about. The board of selectmen had given their approval with barely a moment’s hesitation. Even Jason Graye had supported her proposal. Doug Preston, whose mortuary was hardly likely to profit from the festivities, thought her plan was a stroke of genius.

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