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(Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries #5)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  684 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Hundreds of the most creative minds in murder are assembling in the tiny town of Moosetookalook, Maine—and before the final page is turned, one of them will be writing in the past tense…

Liss MacCrimmon, purveyor of all things plaid at the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium, couldn’t be more pleased that her hometown is hosting the First Annual Maine-ly Cozy Con. The mystery
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published October 25th 2011)
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Dawn Michelle

I want to like these books [and I believe I have really liked at least one] and I do, to a certain extent, but sometimes, as with this one, the writing seems forced and the mystery is tepid [though the first one was good because, well, if you read it, you will know why], Liss was really annoying, and I don't know. Its just a weird meh book.
I WAS surprised at who the killer was and that made the book a little better, but it wasn't enough to bring the rating up to 4 stars.

I have the next
Kelly Roll
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I want to make it clear that this is not a review of the book per se but rather my reaction as a reader to the book. I had expected to really enjoy this particular cosy because of the cover. Yes, I did judge a book by its cover and with two cats and a pile of mystery books on the cover along with a quick blurb stating that our amateur sleuth runs a Scottish emporium I thought I’d be in for a treat. Let me explain a little: part of the appeal of cosies for me is that I generally learn a little so ...more
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The main character can be annoying to others around her, but that is part of what makes it so realistic. There are a large number of interesting supporting characters in this novel as well. This is the fifth book in the series, but the first one that I have read. While there are references back to events from previous books, I had no trouble coming in part-way through the series. I will be reading more from this author when I am in the mood for a cozy mystery.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best one yet and the only one that I didn’t figure out 1/4 of the way in. Actually, it was the final scene where the killer was revealed and quite well. Maybe anyone reading this series should start here, tho you would miss a lot of the backstory to the main characters.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I read the first book in this series five years ago with the comment in my review that I would like to read more about Liss MacCrimmon, the protagonist. Surprisingly, this book is the only other one I've read (#5 in the series). But I feel the same way. I enjoyed this mystery set in the small town of Moosetookalook, Maine (really an unfortunate name for a town in my opinion). Liss is engaged to be married, is proprietress of the Scottish Emporium, and assisting in the "Main-ly Cozy Con," a weeke ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars...mystery was OK. Setting in Moosetookalook, Maine, was nice. The cozy convention was a neat backdrop, too. I just couldn't get behind the protagonist. She kept interfering in police business, despite being told numerous times not to (and yet the people telling her not to know she's going to defy them and do it anyway, so were they really trying?). Maybe if I read this series from the beginning, Liss will grow on me, but somehow I doubt it.
Moosetookalook, Maine, is hosting the first an
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Scotched (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries #5) by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Set in a small town Moosetookalook, Maine Liss MacCrimmon is excited the town is hosting the annual Maine-ly Cozy Con. A group of Authors gathering together to discuss their work and sell books. This will benefit her (Liss) business as well, until someone ends up dead. Liss is determined to crack the case and solve the crime, before anyone else is in danger.

A fast paced cozy murder mystery with interesting characters and engaging plot. Li
Vicki Cook
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've read some of the other books in this series and really enjoyed them but this particular one was a thumbs down for me. Too many characters to keep track of but what really ruined the book for me was the MC. She was so annoying in this book - pushing herself into police business despite being told numerous times to keep her nose out of it or wind up in jail. And when the officer in charge actually lets her question the murderer? Too unrealistic. Also when she and her aunt use a passkey to get ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed the series - up to this book, but the deaths in this one were too periphery and it didn't make a whole lot of sense for Liss to get involved as a result. Combine that with the "end" "fight" scene and it was pretty over the top. Suspension of disbelief was pretty impossible for this one. I'll give the series one more book (since I already bought it), but if it's like this one, that'll probably be the end of the series for me and I'll take 5 & 6 off my shelves and stick 'em in ...more
Michael Brown
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
While this series has many good points, overall it is a simple read.
At Library take off shelf.
Read first three or four chapters.
Skip to middle and read another 2 chapters.
Go to ends and read last two chapters.
Will learn you had most of the bad guys picked correctly and why they did what they did. You have not been threatened and almost killed again. And you are surprised that Tess is still not in jail or crippled or dead.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Should be 3.5 stars. I continue to still enjoy the murder mysteries in this series and the overall coziness of it. I have two complaints that linger, the fact that Liss is a bit annoying and the lack of chemistry between her and Dan.

I will continue to read the series but tend to skim a bit at times...
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Still doing my read-a-thon of earlier books in the series and taking notes before I go back to work on the thirteenth Liss MacCrimmon mystery. Still enjoying the journey. It's been long enough since I wrote these that it's almost as if I'm reading someone else's book. I have no urge to revise. Good thing, since it's way too late to change anything. ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liss is happy that her town is hosting a mystery book conference with lots of authors and business for the town. Her new fiancé hotel is filled with their family so every looks good until a reviewer is found dead. Liss finds how many people are glad the reviewer is dead and has a hard time picking out who the murderer could be. Planning her wedding adds to the story.
Betty Torma
Intriguing mystery with surprises and a great ending

I really enjoyed this book because it had many red herring, but only one that pointed to the real killer, and even that was just a small mention. The characters were believe able and interesting. If you like cozy mysteries this is one to add to your shelf.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
So painful. I got this from the library as some basic mindless fodder. I got that, but this is so poorly written that I kept asking myself "where's my royalty cheque??" I honestly feel bereft of intellect. ...more
Sonjie Outlaw
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Name of a town with 14 letters

Moosetookalook, Maine! Sam y that 3 times. The First Annual Maine-ly Cozy Con for mystery writers. Liss has a habit of involving herself in mysteries. Such as murder. Good book
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve quite enjoyed the previous four books in this series but this one was, meh. Liss seems confused and unfocused, just running from place to place. I really didn’t care who threw the murderees over the cliff so I wasn’t really all that I tested in finding out. A pleasant read but umpfless.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. Left me giggling instead of worried.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Pretty good. Many layers of story.
Valerie R.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery

I didn't figure out who the killer was. I didn't spot any clues that would have led me to the solution.
Ann Babcock
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Mystery!! I didn't want to put the book down!! ...more
Bobette Meeter
Not bad

It wasn't too bad it's my first read with this author. May try another. Sometimes you need to get to know the author.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Another good book from author. Would recommend. Life in small town America.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Yup, now I remember why I quit this series. Liss is the problem. She's obnoxious. ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Love books about book fairs and conventions, though this was a little flat. Probably because I disliked the pushy investigative reporter.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
This was a good mystery - didn't catch what was going on until the end. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another mystery. Maybe I should read a......romance.......historical fiction.......history....who knows. Still a fun cosy.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
By: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Copyright November 2011
Publisher: Kensington

Hundreds of the most creative minds in murder are assembling in the tiny town of Moosetookalook, Maine—and before the final page is turned, one of them will be writing in the past tense. . .
Liss MacCrimmon, purveyor of all things plaid at the Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium, couldn't be more pleased that her hometown is hosting the First Annual Maine-ly Cozy Con. The mystery book conference promises to attract plenty of popu
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
Liss and her friends are back. This time at a mystery book convention, which is a great premise for us book lovers. The plot is more complicated than in the previous releases, mostly because of the two murders; a venomous blogger and a ghostwriter. That means multiple murder suspects, some more believable than others.

There are a huge number of secondary characters weaving their way in and out of each scene, almost too many too track off, so pay attention or you'll get confused. We do get to see
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Kaitlyn Dunnett is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries, the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet, and the award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, plus an assortment of other books.

As Kaitlyn she writes the Liss MacCrimmon series set in Moosetook

Other books in the series

Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Scone Cold Dead (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries, #2)
  • A Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries, #3)
  • The Corpse Wore Tartan (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries, #4)
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