By Kaitlyn Dunnett
Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief provide as a result of a snowless wintry weather that is retaining 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 hot "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the state is out of stock--except a number of wee institutions in strong ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy sufficient to drum up popularity of the assumption of luring shoppers to city and retaining them there with a stockingful of latest England vacation appeal. Liss's actual problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the US learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of whatever amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily carried out: 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 lifestyles wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling accountable for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's loss of life. along with, how can she forget about the long record of suspects, no longer the least of whom contain 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 speedily drawing close, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom filled with chicken (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd prefer to see Liss's goose good and completely cooked...
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The movement was fluid, causing only the faintest twinge and accompanied by a little early morning stiffness—both reminders that she’d had major knee surgery less than two years earlier. Liss did a few stretches to limber up, but nothing close to the routine she’d once gone through to start every day. Her career as a professional Scottish dancer had ended abruptly with an injury that, while it did not prevent her from leading a normal life, had put an end to doing high-impact jigs and reels as a way of making a living.
Domestic disputes, for one thing. Not to mention the—” “Of all the male chauvinist pig mentality! ” “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.
Liss waited, curious to hear what he’d say next. Thorne fiddled with the bear, smoothing one broad thumb over its tiny kilt and tugging at the itty-bitty hat to make sure it was securely attached. He inspected the minuscule manufacturer’s tag, which identified the company that had produced and distributed the toy. ” He glanced toward the closed door to the area where Liss processed mail orders and unpacked deliveries. ” In fact, Liss had been so taken with their Scottish regalia that she’d bought an entire case—an even hundred of the little bears.