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Library Journal Review
Liss MacCrimmon (Stone Cold Dead), proprietor of the Scottish Emporium in the Maine town of Moosetookalook, helps her fellow businesspeople drum up shoppers by launching a holiday campaign claiming their small community is the only place left to get this season's hottest stuffed toy. Someone gets greedy, however, and the toy store owner is murdered. Liss and a quirky cast of supporting characters start their own investigation. For cozy mystery aficionados. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Using Tiny Teddies, highly collectible bears, to launch a Twelve Days of Christmas marketing ploy should be a totally benign means of attracting customers for the business owners of Moosetookalook, Maine, but Liss MacCrimmon's brainchild brings in a frenzy of bear hunters-and a crazed killer-in Dunnett's lively, clean-as-a-whistle third cozy to feature the co-owner of the Scottish Emporium (after 2008's Scone Cold Dead). When the supply of Tiny Teddies wanes, Liss is approached with an offer of a new batch of these impossible-to-acquire fur balls. Knowing to steer clear of anything illegally transported from Canada, Liss declines, apparently unlike Gavin Thorne, proprietor of the Toy Box. Thorne's demise soon follows an unknown assailant's shooting an overpriced bear to stuffings. Dunnett (the pseudonym of Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Lady Susanna Appleton historical series) stirs smugglers, lovers and thieves into a healthy helping of foul play. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
It is Christmas shopping season in Moosetookalook, Maine, but a lack of snow has kept skiers and potential shoppers away. Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan to change that. The hot toy this season is Tiny Teddies, and it just happens that several shops in town have an ample supply of the stuffed little dolls, even though other stores across the country are sold out. Liss convinces the business association to stage a village festival called the 12 days before Christmas. A massive advertising campaign alerts potential customers that Moosetookalook has a good supply of the bears. Improbable as it seems, they quickly put a festival together, and things seem to be going well until the last Tiny Teddy is shot through the heart in a showroom window. Then the owner of the shop is similarly executed, and Liss feels obligated to help solve the murder. This cozy mystery has it all a picturesque location, a bit of romance, some suspense, and a cast of appealingly quirky characters.--Coon, Judy Copyright 2009 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
A little Maine town is brought to its knees by the frenzied pursuit of a popular Christmas toy. Tiny Teddies are one hot item. One of the few stores in New England that seems to have any available is Moosetookalook's Scottish Emporium, the shop run by Liss MacCrimmon and owned by her aunt. Even after she becomes aware of their scarcity, Liss sells her bears at the normal price, while her greedy rival merchants Gavin Thorne and Marcia Milliken continue to raise their prices at a meteoric rate. The bear mania gives Liss an idea for promoting the whole town of Moosetookalook: to arrange a Twelve Days of Christmas celebration in the hope that frantic bear hunters will spread their money around town. When Gavin is found shot dead in his store, Liss's friend, police officer Sherri Willett, and Liss's sometime love interest, state cop Gordon Tandy, think the motive is robbery plain and simple, but Liss is sure that those bears are a motive. Despite objections from Gordon's romantic rival, Dan Ruskin, Liss can't help but stick her nose into the mystery. Her plan brings plenty of business to Moosetookalook, along with plenty of trouble and a death-defying chase that ushers in Christmas. Dunnett's third is a wee bit complicated (Scone Cold Dead, 2008, etc.). But the blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.