Kilt Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett is the first book in the “Liss MacCrimmon” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, August 2007

As a professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon has performed strathsprays and reels, jigs and Highland flings until a knee injury cuts her career short. Returning to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, she decides to help her aunt run her Scottish emporium.

Liss hasn’t been in Moosetookalook in over ten years, but the quaint little town, nestled in the hilly terrain of western Maine, looks exactly as she remembers it. But then her bliss soon turns to dread when she finds the dead boy of her aunt’s nosy neighbor, Amanda Norris, under a bolt of Flower of Scotland fabric in the stock room. And if things weren’t bad enough, the state police hone in on Liss as the prime suspect.

With the help of Dan Ruskin, a neighbor and former high school classmate, Liss begins her own investigation that uncovers secrets about the residents of Moosetookalook-secrets she wished had stayed buried. Now Liss will have to do some fancy footwork to prove she’s innocent while avoiding becoming the killer’s next victim…

Having a career-ending injury, Amaryliss Rosalie MacCrimmon, Liss to her friends, heads home to Moosetookalook to help her aunt run her store. Little did she know that she would find her neighbor’s body, gain an inheritance and have her life in jeopardy by the killer. When she becomes a suspect and the cop shows no interest in finding the real killer, Liss dances around the clues and finds it hit a little closer to home than she realizes. This was a very good story and look forward to reading the next two books in the series. My rating: 3 stars

*new-to-me author

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