Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Corpse Wore Tartan, by Kaitlyn Dunnett

The Corpse Wore Tartan
By Kaitlyn Dunnett

It seems these days that most mysteries have to be about something. Which, at first glance, seems like kind of a boneheaded statement. What I mean to say is that it seems that we've been beset these days with a veritable epidemic of mysteries that fit into various narrowly defined specialty areas (White House gardener, flower shop owner and so on).

Kaitlyn Dunnett's books are about Scottish culture and heritage, which is a fine enough thing to be about, I suppose, and not nearly as flaky as some of the specialty mysteries currently making the rounds. The twist is that her amateur detective Liss MacCrimmon is the proprietor of Scottish-themed shop located in the small burg of Moosetookalook, Maine.

This looks to be the fifth volume in this series and I selected it from among the others because it uses a favorite premise of mine - the old tried and true device of gathering a bunch of characters in a remote location, stranding them (in this case because of a blizzard) and introducing foul and nefarious deeds into the proceedings.

As the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society descends upon a nearby hotel for its annual meeting, one of a pair of twins gets himself knocked off and Liss and her cop friend Sherri Willett spring into action to try to figure out what happened. There's a key word in that last sentence that gives a pretty big clue as to how things are going to play out but that's as much as I'll say.

Not a bad one, all in all. I could have done with a little less of the romantic subplot, but that's just me.

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