By Kaitlyn Dunnett
Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief offer as a result of a snowless wintry weather that is conserving skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm specializes in Tiny Teddies, the recent "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 adequate to drum up popularity of the belief of luring shoppers to city and holding them there with a stockingful of recent England vacation allure. 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 anything amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily achieved: shot throughout the center within the demonstrate 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 existence wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling responsible for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have ended in Gavin's dying. along with, how can she forget about the long record of suspects, now not 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 quickly drawing close, Liss has a plate packed with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom filled with fowl (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd prefer to see Liss's goose good and entirely cooked...
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Sherri felt a slow grin spread across her face. “It looks as though the three of us may have the only supply of Tiny Teddies in New England. There are people everywhere who want them. ” Liss rubbed her fingers together in the universal gesture for money. ” Thorne’s aggression had vanished. He looked harmless again, even amiable, a short, middle-aged man with a sagging midsection and weak eyesight. “We make the customers come to us. ” Thorne looked skeptical, but he kept listening. Liss took out the lists she’d tucked into her coat pocket and ticked off each point in turn.
She was just leaving the post office with a handful of bills and advertisements and a letter from a friend in her old dance troupe, Strathspey, when she heard raised voices coming from the house next door. Since the combatants were standing on the porch of The Toy Box, it was impossible not to overhear. ” Gavin Thorne shouted. ” shrieked the woman squared off against him. “You greedy son of a bitch! I’m the one who ordered those bears. ” Thorne didn’t have to say a word. His attitude alone was apparently enough to infuriate his ex wife.
She had a better head for business than he did. ” she asked. ” His father was certainly desperate enough. Five months earlier, on Fourth of July weekend, Moosetookalook’s venerable old grand hotel, The Spruces, had reopened. Joe Ruskin had poured heart, soul, and every penny he had to spare—and some he didn’t—into renovating the place. He was convinced getting the hotel up and running was the key to putting Moosetookalook back on the map. Dan had to admit that things had started off well. Most of the rooms had been full during the summer and the hotel had held its own during leaf-peeper season.