13 February 2011

Just finished reading...

The Corpse Wore Tartan (Liss MacCrimmon #4) by Kaitlyn Dunnett.*

Liss is helping out her aunt Margaret, the new events coordinator at The Spruces hotel, by acting as liaison to the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society for their Robbie Burns Day dinner.

The job is definitely a challenge, as the SHAS representatives that she is dealing with (Phil MacMillan, his wife Eunice and his identical twin brother Phineas) are all exceptionally unpleasant people.

The melodrama begins when Phil complains that his clan brooch was stolen from his room, and local police officer Sherri Willett arrives to investigate. Coincidentally, Sherri is accompanied by her fiancé Pete Campbell who happens to be an off-duty County Sherriff's deputy.

Before dinner, SHAS president Phineas gives his opening address, which seems more like a roast than a toast, as he makes several none-too-subtle digs at the other members. So it's not a big surprise when Phineas is found later that night in a basement storage room, with his throat slit.

Since the hotel has been isolated by a severe blizzard that has cut power and phone lines and closed the roads, the guests and staff are forced to remain in the building, allowing the author to concoct a locked-house mystery. Dunnett does this very well drawing believable characters and situations.

Lovers of traditional mysteries rejoice!

*FTC Full Disclosure: I received copies of this book from Goodreads Giveaways and also LibraryThing Early Reviewers!

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