The Corpse Wore Tartan Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries #4 õ EPUB BY Kaitlyn Dunnett – imagesclip.com
March Violets (Bernie Gunther, eGoodreads I won this book in one of their giveaways The Corpse Wore Tartan is the fourth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring Amaryllis Rosalie Liss MacCrimmon The series is written by Kaitlyn Dunnett Liss is a former professional Scottish dancer who because of a careernding injury has taken over her family s Zoete tranen emporium in Moosetookalook a small picturesue town in Maine The series supporting cast includes Liss aunt Margaret MacCrimmon Boyd her high school friend Sherri who is with the local police department Sherri s fianc Pete also with the police department and Dan Ruskin Liss boyfriend This mystery takes place at the newly renovated Spruces owned by Dan s father and invested in by Liss aunt during a blizzard that strands the major participants at the inn with the murder victim all the suspects and a murderer and the power goes out Okay the generator kicks in but they re conserving in case the storm lasts than a few days The mood isnhanced by unfinished rooms passages the cold the piles of snow and the storm Liss is an American of Scottish descent The Emporium stocks and sells Scottish items from clothing to knick knacks to specialty foods The Scottish theme plays into the story but only in that the group trapped at the inn is the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society Otherwise this hook allows the author to sprinkle her stories with bits of Scottish history and folklore which I thoroughly Water Music enjoy by the way Without spoilers I have to say that this was not a great mystery I knew a few pages in who would be killed and how the major plot of the story would finally unfold Of course I didn t know specific details but the mystery itself was not very mysterious As for the best part of cozy mysteries the cast of characters and their continuing interactions with one another I was again disappointed When reading these mysteries one has to like and care about the characters It s the only reason to return book after book the mysteries are secondary For whatever reason I didn t really care for the characters and their sub stories I found them to be shallow one dimensional and bland Liss is the pretty strong willed one who doesn t like to be told what to do She jumps into things head first much to the dismay of Dan and Sherri Dan spends his time trying to keep Liss from dangerous situations while wondering how to take their relationship to the next level He begrudgingly admits Liss is a good investigator Sherri is a single parent who doubts her professional capabilities She doesn t like Liss getting involved with police business but values her insights Pete doesn t seem to have a personality His main role seems to be propping up Sherri It s not that they re not likeable I just found them uninteresting I never really got to know anything other than their one dimension I thought this might be because this was the fourth book in the series and if I had read all the books I would know the characters better Usually series mystery writers provide little background summaries ofarlier stories and recaps of the characters so if you join the series a few stories in you re not lost There was a bit of
this of course but not a lot Liss had solved murders before Liss had been of course but not a lot Liss had solved murders before Liss had been dangerous situations and Dan didn t like that Revived etc Iven got confused when they mentioned situations and Dan didn t like that Student Research Projects in Calculus etc Iven got confused when they mentioned Gordon Tandy as someone Liss had been dating ongoing action for the past year I thought she was with Dan It turns out Gordon who is in law nforcement is away for training or on special assignment so doesn t play a part in this story Still it would have been nice to know that Liss had been dating both Gordon and Dan or that both had been competing for her affections I DIDN T FIND THIS OUT READING t find this out reading book but by going back to arlier books in the series I decided to hold judgment on this book until I read the others I found the Love for Imperfect Things earlier books Kilt Dead Scone Cold Dead and A Wee Christmas Homicide at the library and read them Though I don t particularly care for the main characters any than I did after book four at least I know something of their back stories And though the plots are all the same to the chagrin of Dan and Sherri and Gordon Liss gets involved with a murder Liss finds herself in dangerous situations again to the chagrin and annoyance of Dan Liss figures out who killed the victim case and book closed Injoyed the A Heart of Stone earlier books than this one Not because of the characters which still seemed one dimensional but because the mysteries were a bit involving But back to this bookif you re a fan of Kaitlyn Dunnett s Scottish Mysteries you ll probably like this If you re not and you re looking for something good to read I d pass on this in favor of somethinglse Though it attempts to be ngaging and nearly gets it at times the writing winds up being lackluster and ordinary than interesting The mystery and subplots are not involving and the characters never rise above If I had picked this up while perusing at the bookstore and sampled different sections I would have put it back on the shelf ven though I like the Celtic theme Hey Guys Today I m reviewing The Corpse Wore Tartan by Kaitlyn Dunnett It is the fourth in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery SeriesWe start our story only a couple of days after Christmas on the night of the Burns Festival Apparently a Scottish tradition where people drink and Language and Linguistics eat Haggis Liss aunt is working thevent but decides to go home Divertimento early when there is news of a storm The first in a line of badvents that happens is two of the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society are fighting over a bagpipe Liss stops their fight and asks Dan s pregnant sister the reception desk attendant to throw the bagpipe out on her way home Then Phil MacMillan and his wife Eunice greet Liss with a complaint that they forgot toothpaste at home and don t want to buy any from the gift shop Liss tell. Celebration of Scotland’s most beloved poet But when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society arrives on the scene they bring than a hunger for haggis and a passion for plaid The uarrelsome group harbors their share of long held grudges and the animosity only grows as the whiskey flows Then a fierce blizzard hi. Another fantastic book in this seriesI just love this series I ve become a huge fan in just a short timeLiss is a strong independent character who sees no harm in doing a little sleuthingThis time it s not Liss who is in harm s way but Dan the man who is determined to win her love and her heartWhen a body is found during a snow storm Sherri Pete Liss and Dan investigate since there is no one Love Is a Fairy Tale else to help The snow storm has caused power outages and downed trees and no one has access to help with the investigation Liss is determined to helpven though her help isn t Promise at Dawn exactly wantedThis is anntertaining series and fans of cozy mysteries will love this story Book review of The Corpse Wore Tartan by Kaitlyn DunnettA Liss MacCrimmon Scottish MysteryFrom goodreadscom Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts Normally Liss MacCrimmon proprietor of Moosetookalook Maine s one and only Scottish Emporium would say no But that s before one of them turns out to be murderousThe bagpipes are blaring at Moosetookalook s finest hotel reopened just in time to host an annual celebration of Scotland s most beloved poet But when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society arrives on the scene they bring than a hunger for haggis and a passion for plaid The uarrelsome group harbors their share of long held grudges and the animosity only grows as the whiskey flows Then a fierce blizzard hits trapping veryone angry Scotsmen hapless hotel staff and Liss herself indoorsIt isn t long before a body is discovered face down in a storage room covered in tartan and blood Now Liss will have to work fast to solve this crime before another body goes as cold as the snowstorm keeping her cooped up with a killer Leona s ReviewThere is a group called the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society SHAS holding a conference at The Spruces Hotel named for the beautiful trees Liss MacCrimmon is the part owner of the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium The first crime is the report of a stolen brooch that was taken from the room of Phil MacMillan The second is the death of one of the members of the groupPhil has a twin Phineas and a wife Eunice Some other characters are Joe Ruskin the owner of the hotel Sherri from the police Harvey MacHenry and Richardson Bruce who are members of SHASThere is some romance in the book with Liss and Dan Ruskin who is the son of the owner of The SprucesTo make matters worse there is a snow storm that cuts the lectricity and the people in the hotel are stranded This is my first read of the series of these books They are Kilt Dead Scone Cold Dead A Wee Christmas Homicide and The Corpse Wore Tartan The author became interested in Scottish heritage after her husband began to play the bagpipes I have to give this a 35 star rating Not a 4 star rating but also not a 3 star rating I wish there had been information about the Scottish heritage and customs I also wish there had not been so much fighting among the members of the group The book did keep the reader guessing The book could be read as a stand alone but I think it would help to have read the other books in the seriesThe opinions are my ownI won this book from the author and from goodreadscom Kaitlyn Dunnett signed the book and that was a nice thoughtKaitlyn Dunnett may be found at wwwkaitlyndunnettcom Leona Olsonhttpwwwmnleonablogspotcom Liss MacCrimmon runs a Scottish heritage store in remote Moosetookalook ME so she s the logical person to be liaison when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society holds its annual Robert Burns dinner the newly renovated local hotel Her Robert Burns dinner at newly renovated local hotel Her Sherri is called in when one of the guests says he s been robbed which is lucky because the town and hotel are hit by a ferocious snowstorm that leaves the hotel isolated from the outside world just before a body is discovered in a storage closet There are identical twins a medical Bangkok Wakes to Rain emergency a disappearing guest and a lot to keep Sherri on her toes not least the fact that nothing can stop Liss from trying to investigate the murder This was a very light fun read If you need a distraction that isn t hard to get through this book s for you It s the uintessential cozy mystery I had lost track of this series A fun concept interesting characters and a satisfying mystery Review The Corpse Wore Tartan Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mysteries HardcoverISBN 13978 0 7582 3879 5ISBN 100 7582 3879 7By Kaitlyn Dunnett Liss has started getting comfortable in a relationship with Dan the co owner of the newly renovated hotel The Spruces Dan is a hard working craftsman and has used his craft to spruce up the hotel and bring it back to its former glory Liss is working as a hotel liaison for the Scottish contingent that has come to the hotel for Robert Burn s day celebrations while stocking the hotel gift shop with merchandise from her Scottishmporium Dan is counting on this weekend to make his hotel a success and
in business Liss is working hard make the guests Scottish stay a success but the leaders of the group staying are difficult to work with Eunice Mac Millian and Phil her husband and his twin brother Phineas are sniping at other members of the group as they act like the hotel and others are not treating them like the royalty they believe they are When a storm brews and they are all trapped at the hotelOne of the members of the party are found murdered and it s up to Liss and her Ms Dunnett has created a story not unlike an Agatha Christie novelShe weaves The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery enough clues for the reader to follow along and try to solve the crime Anxcellent read MUCH better than 3This one had me guessing up until most of it was revealed there were plenty of red herrings and Liss was amazingly Darkmere enough WAY less whiny than she was in the previous one Injoyed this nough to keep reading which I never thought I would do after 3 Very good read First a big THANKS to. Can there be such a thing as too many men in kilts Normally Liss MacCrimmon proprietor of Moosetookalook Maine’s one and only Scottish Emporium would say no But that’s before one of them turns out to be murderousThe bagpipes are blaring at Moosetookalook’s finest hotel reopened just in time to host an annual. ,
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S them they have to buy a new one if they want toothpaste as there is nowhere nearby to buy some After their complaining they head back to their room Then we go into the kitchen where one of the SHAS members is complaining to the chef that the meal isn t traditional without sheep stomach lining for the Haggis The chef reminds him that outside of Europe it is considered a hazard to import Then we get a call to Liss and Dan as Phil and Eunice tell them their room had been torn apart and the brooch of the family crest missing The police are called in Sherri Willett is investigating the brooch and no one is allowed to leave the premises while uestioning is going on The mployees are particularly upset about this However a storm comes while the Burns Night Dinner is happening and knocks out the power so Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den everyone will have to stay anyways They are snowed in There are zero suspects for the missing brooch as mostveryone has an alibi Phineas MacMillan twin to Phil says a lot of upsetting things in his toast and riles people up After the power goes out Dan and Liss tell people where to get flashlights and such and to not run too much hot water or there won t be any since no one knows how long they will be snowed in for Also food will be on the house since this is an inconvenience This makes Dan worry about his father Joe due to him putting all his life savings into this hotel and it still hasn t paid off Liss is in the gift shop with Russ Tandy and his wife brother to Gordon Tandy Liss Scraps Of The Untainted Sky ex lover when Phineas shows up Russ starts fighting with him only to be told that he is actually Phil Phil then asks Liss the layout of the hotel so he can goxplore Later on in the night one of the housekeeping staff Sadie rushes up to Dan and freaks out She states there is a dead man in a supply closet in the basement Dan confirms that one of the twins has been killed He calls Sherri and Pete works as a police officer and is Sherri s fiance down They uarantine the scene Liss is upset for the hotel and that this The Eric Carle Gift Set event has turned deadly All of them travel upstairs to see which twin had been killed They find Phineas in his room meaning that it must have been Phil who was killed They go to Phil and Eunice s room since Phineas doesn t believe that Phil could be dead Eunice opens the door and refuses to believe it as well until she sees the body However there is a lack of remorse on both Phineas and Eunice s faces which sets me and Liss both off on a track of suspicion Everyone is uestioned once again as there is now a murderer on the loose Sherri tries to keep the news of murder from the public but people are gossips and it leaks out that one of the twins has been killed Most people wish it had been Phineas that died since he was a jerk at the supper Will MacHenry collapses at one point due to his heart condition and Liss and Dan must head out into the snow with snowshoes to the nearest doctor They reach him before night and ask him to head to the hotel on snowmobile Dan tells Liss he intends to propose to her at some point which kind of ruins a surprise moment But maybe with Liss that s necessary since she isn t a big fan of surprises in the love department She tells him she will have to think on it Liss spends the night at her house and looks at old photos and newspaper clippings from the SHAS That s where she believes she finds a break in the case One of the housekeeping staff Dilys used to bengaged to Phineas MacMillan Liss goes over to where Dilys is staying with her cousin and goes through her stuff She finds an article that tells of the SHAS having their annual Burns Night Supper at the hotel in Dilys room This seals the deal for Liss and I think to myself perhaps but it doesn t make much sense to kill Phil if you re upset about losing the Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century engagement She asks Eunice about Dilys and Eunice supplies info that Phil had given Phineas perhaps false information about Dilys cheating on him that lead to thengagement being called off due to the fact that if he got married he would get from the trust fund and Phil would get less That sets me on thinking that maybe Phil isn t dead He and Eunice were in financial trouble what better way to fix that then to get the trust from Phineas And if the insurance company thought it was murder they would get their payout there too Liss and several other people keep commenting though that Eunice would know the difference between the twins and that they have different mannerisms Dilys and Phineas disappear at some point and Liss Sherri Pete Joe Sam Dan s brother and Dan go on a search of the premises for them Liss and Sherri accidentally find Phineas walking about on the third floor and tell him to go to the main room for uestioning later They ask him if he s seen Dilys and he replies he didn t know she was here but that he had seen someone walk on snowshoes arlier outside But Liss has a hunch and instead they go into the closed off section of the hotel In a closet Liss finds Dilys and they take her for uestioningSpoilers AheadAs Liss finds Dilys and they take her for uestioningSpoilers AheadAs suspected Dilys was tied up by Phineas who actually turns
out to be phil the reason he killed to be Phil The reason he killed and decided to take his identity was for money I love when my twists turn out to be true Phil takes Dan hostage at the nd but Liss remembers a secret passage that will lead to where he is going to go out of the hotel so she bangs him over the head with a frying pan Phil is arrested by state police and then Liss accepts Dan s proposal YayAlright so what was great about this book Well Liss and Dan and Sherri and Pete Well truthfully all the characters They were a fun read This author always writes characters They were a fun read This author always writes characters depth Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, even small characters that leave halfway through the book or are only mentioned once Everyone has a great backstory This one had of a myster Not bad just burned out on this series I ll probably pick it up late. Ts trappingveryone angry Scotsmen hapless hotel staff and Liss herself indoorsIt isn’t long before a body is discovered face down in a storage room covered in tartan and blood Now Liss will have to work fast to solve this crime before another body goes as cold as the snowstorm keeping her cooped up with a kille.