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By Kaitlyn Dunnett

After a knee damage forces specialist Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon to renounce her lifetime of appearing strathspreys, reels, jigs and Highland flings she returns to her homeland of Moosetookalook, Maine, the place she runs a Scottish Emporium. With one solved homicide case lower than her dance belt, Liss has no notion she's approximately to spiral into one other. . .

Liss nonetheless misses the lifetime of a certified dancer with Strathspey, the Scottish dance corporation she belonged to. So she arranges a reception for the troupe whilst they're on journey, entire with a Scottish topic that features a new spin at the vintage Scottish Scone.

Liss quickly realizes that existence within the crew is not all satisfied jigs and fancy stepping. Victor Owens, the corporate supervisor, has been making lifestyles depressing for everybody. yet she has no inspiration how depressing till Victor bites into one in all Liss's prized cocktail scones, collapses and dies. whilst the police set their attractions on Liss and her top buddies, it truly is as much as Liss to determine whodunit sooner than this culinary killer makes an encore. . .

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Tandy’s song and presents? ” “My brother’s position. ” His look strayed round the corner to Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium. “Ah. I must have guessed. You’re the little woman who used to win all of the dance competitions. ” Liss frowned on the “little lady” half as he moved previous her into the lobby. “And you’re one of many bagpipe-playing Tandy brothers. Small international. ” She studied him as he shrugged out of the ski jacket. She knew he needs to be at the very least a dozen years older than she was once, yet he didn’t glance it. He had the type of face that made humans imagine “boy round the corner” at any age. The physique wasn’t undesirable, both. Liss determined she has to be extra sleep disadvantaged than she’d idea if she used to be ogling an odd guy at this hour of the morning. That didn’t cease her from admiring the thick, reddish brown hair Tandy printed while he took off his hat. He wore it trimmed very brief, a superb fit for his nearly army bearing. certainly now not her kind! “This way,” Liss stated whilst she’d hung his coat and hat within the closet, and led find out how to the kitchen. Lumpkin, she spotted, was once nonetheless drowsing on best of the fridge. “Coffee? ” “That will be nice. thank you. ” His smile was once hot, and there has been anything in his eyes—so darkish a brown that they virtually seemed black—that made Liss imagine he may perhaps disagree with Dan’s opinion of how she appeared within the caftan. She came across the concept that he proposal her beautiful an agreeable one, yet suspected it used to be a fantasy brought on via loss of caffeine. “You’ll need to forgive me if I’m no longer too coherent yet,” she apologized as she reached for the coffeepot. “It was once a past due evening and I’m now not totally conscious. i've got houseguests. participants of the dance troupe. do you need to speak to them, too? ” “I’d prefer to ask you a couple of questions first. by myself. ” anything in his tone sounded ominous. Frowning, Liss stuffed one other mug and crowned off her personal. She gestured towards the desk, introduced the coffees over, and took a chair for herself. “Victor Owens’s dying was once now not an accident,” Tandy acknowledged once he used to be seated. Liss heard what he stated yet her brain refused to take it in. “He had foodstuff allergies—” “Yes. And that’s how he was once killed. there has been mushroom filling within the scone he was once consuming in advance of he died. ” Very slowly, Liss diminished her espresso mug. The small sip she’d taken had became to acid in her mouth. With an attempt, she swallowed. “That’s very unlikely. The cocktail scones Janice Eccles provided have been made with candy fillings. and she or he knew approximately Victor’s mushroom hypersensitive reaction. every body who provided nutrients for the reception knew. I informed them myself. None of them are idiots. They understand how cautious they must be approximately such things as that. ” “As I acknowledged, this wasn’t an coincidence. our greatest bet straight away is that somebody slipped a batch in their personal scones in with Mrs. Eccles’s creations. ” “You’re announcing an individual murdered him? ” “I’m announcing an individual murdered him. ” For a second Liss didn’t say a note, even supposing a number of unprintable ones have been whirling round in her head. Victor’s demise have been undesirable adequate, yet this .

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