By Kaitlyn Dunnett
Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief offer because of a snowless iciness that is holding 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 couple of wee institutions in stable ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy sufficient to drum up popularity of the belief of luring shoppers to city and maintaining 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 decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of whatever amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily accomplished: shot throughout the middle within the reveal window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's death 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 to blame for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's demise. along with, how can she forget about the long checklist of suspects, no longer 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 impending, Liss has a plate choked with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom jam-packed with chicken (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd wish to see Liss's goose good and entirely cooked...
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He’d never expected to see her again. While Liss foraged in his refrigerator, Dan pondered the best way to help her with the board of selectmen. “You do know one of them,” he said when she handed him a can of soda. ” She made a face before proceeding to slather mayonnaise on white bread and slap lettuce, bologna, and cheese together between the slices. When she had three sandwiches ready—two for him and one for herself—she unearthed a bag of sour cream-and-onion-flavored potato chips to go with them.
When Lumpkin stayed put beside Liss’s chair, she reached down to scratch behind his ear. A deep, rumbling purr made his entire body vibrate. Meanwhile, Stu had progressed to waving his arms in the air as he expostulated. With one particularly emphatic gesture, his hand came within an inch of the end of Marcia’s nose. She sent a withering glance in his direction, but he didn’t seem to notice. “My toy store should be the only place to sell Tiny Teddies,” Thorne declared in a loud voice. ” Betsy snapped at him.
Then she took a good hard look at the small bear she still held in her other hand. Liss carried the newspaper to the section of the store her aunt had dubbed the cozy corner. It was furnished with two easy chairs and a coffee table. She settled into the more comfortable of the chairs, curling her legs beneath her. Then she slowly reread every word of the story. There was no mistake. S. The reporter who’d written the article believed there were no longer any to be had in the six New England states.
A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett