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By Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief provide because of a snowless wintry weather that is protecting skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm makes a speciality of Tiny Teddies, the recent "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the state is out of stock--except a couple of wee institutions in strong ol' Moosetookalook. it is easy sufficient to drum up acclaim for the belief of luring shoppers to city and conserving them there with a stockingful of recent England vacation appeal. Liss's actual problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the USA learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of anything amiss happens while the final Tiny Teddy is summarily accomplished: shot in the course of the center within the exhibit window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's loss of life 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 in charge for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's dying. along with, how can she forget about the long record of suspects, no longer the least of whom comprise 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 speedily drawing close, Liss has a plate filled with issues worse than haggis to take care of, beginning with a stockroom choked with chook (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd wish to see Liss's goose good and completely cooked...

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She started to shift closer, but Dan caught her arm and shook his head. Reluctantly, she subsided. Graye’s demeanor piqued her curiosity, especially when she saw him pass an envelope to his companion, but she had no desire to be caught eavesdropping. The whispering continued for several more minutes before the two men broke apart. Graye headed back into the town office. The other fellow left through the fire station. No one would challenge him. Moosetookalook had a volunteer fire department. Both the garage doors and the exit on the far side of the municipal building were left unlocked for their convenience.

So they hadn’t progressed to the point he’d thought they would in their personal relationship. They were still friends. They had been since they were kids. It was a given that if Liss needed him, he would be there for her. With a sigh, he raked his fingers through his hair. Sending her a sheepish, apologetic look, he asked her to explain the situation to him again. The second time around it still didn’t make a lot of sense, but Dan was willing to take Liss’s word for it that a rare opportunity had just fallen into their laps.

The town fathers of Moosetookalook might be frugal, but they were nowhere near as miserly as the county commissioners. While a fresh pot of coffee brewed, Sherri resumed rambling. ’s closet-size third room. It probably had been a closet at one time, since it could only be reached through the office. ” she muttered to herself. ” Reversing course, she flung herself into the oversize chair behind one of the two desks in the larger room. The seat, which bore the permanent imprint of Jeff Thibodeau’s posterior, seemed to swallow her whole.

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