Kilt at the Highland Gamesby Kaitlyn Dunnett

Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington

5 Stars

Synopsis: It’s July in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Scottish Emporium proprietress Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin is prepping her wares for the annual Celtic heritage festival. But as a sinister crime wave washes over the quiet town, this year’s celebration might prove a wee bit more eventful–and deadly–than tartan and bagpipes . . .

When a fire ravages the local bookstore late one evening, Liss immediately fears the worst for owner Angie Hogencamp and the two young children who live above the shop. After the terrible blaze dies down, however, the family is nowhere to be found among the ruins. It’s as if the three just vanished into smoke. Or even stranger–like they never existed at all.

Disturbed by Angie’s disappearance and suspecting arson, Liss counts on the weekend-long Western Maine Highland Games–complete with a parade and fireworks display–to offer a temporary distraction from the countless questions filling her head. But when the sound of a gunshot leads Liss to selectman Jason Graye’s dead body on opening day, she’s drawn into a full-blown homicide investigation like a moth to a flame.

Is Moosetookalook suffering from a streak of bad luck, or are the two grim incidents connected? Unable to shake the notion that new victims are being targeted around town–and despite her worried husband’s best protests–Liss races to nab the killer. And with her own life on the line, she’ll need to act swiftly. Because when it comes to this kind of game, somebody has to lose . . .


My Review: Kaitlyn Dunnett is a new author for me and I will definitely be looking for more of her books. Even though this is the 10th book in the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery series, I was not lost as there was enough information given from previous books that I could follow the story. I will however, go back to the beginning and read the series.

It’s July in Moosetookalook, Maine and they are hosting the Maine Highland Games. Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin, who runs the Scottish Emporium, is getting ready for the festival. When she is awakened at 3:35 in the morning, she smells smoke and by the time the alarm goes off, she realized it is the bookstore and apartment belonging to her friend Angie Hogencamp and her two children. When the blaze dies down, however, the family is nowhere to be found in the crowd or among the ruins. They seem to have vanished. The next day, Liss finds out the the post office has been vandalized and the mail gone through. On opening day of the Highland Games, on their way to watch the fireworks as part of the opening ceremony, Liss and her husband Joe hear a gunshot. When they follow the sound, they find the body of selectman, Jason Graye. Because they found the body, does that make them persons of interest?

Liss can not keep her nose out of the mystery. She is sure that all these crimes tie together in some way. She keeps saying she is not trying to catch a murderer, but she does not back off. Even though the culprit is revealed before the end of the story, the motive is not given right away. There is also suspense regarding the family of Angie and their safety. The characters in this book are multi-dimensional and very interesting. They have hidden strengths and talents that come out in this story. This is a well-plotted murder mystery with enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep the reader involved. I read this one very quickly as I wanted to find out whether I was correct in my guesses (I wasn’t). I also liked some of the Scottish information I learned in the story. I definitely recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.