Friday, June 22, 2012

Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides -Kaitlyn Dunnett

Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides

Kaitlyn Dunnett

Kensington, Jul 31 2012, $23.00

ISBN 9780758272652

In Moosetookalook, Maine, Liss MacCrimmon wants a simple wedding ceremony when she marries Dan Ruskin on the same weekend as the Western Maine Highland Games. However, her mom demands a tartan celebration instead of vanilla as her daughter prefers.

Someone murders charming history professor Alfred Leon Palsgrave using the academic’s broadsword. Liss has solved homicides before (see The Corpse Wore Tartan and Scotched) but plans to stay out of this inquiry until she learns that her dad Donald is the prime suspect. Thus the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium manager investigates the homicide and finds plenty of people who wanted Palsgrave dead. However, if she wants her dad to walk her down the aisle in a black (or tartan) tux instead of pinstripes, Liss needs to find the culprit soon.

This is a superb amateur sleuth mystery with a deep look at Scottish history and culture especially in New England; as Liss discovers when she learns of the negative reaction of protestors to the late professor’s fifteenth century hypotheses. Fans will enjoy the latest Moosetookalook cozy starring a bride to be fighting her mother for who plans the wedding and fighting for her father to give her away at that wedding.

Harriet Klausner

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