This simply charming cozy mystery taking place in Moosetookalok, Maine, finds Scottish Emporium owner, Liss MacCrimmon organizing the town’s Halloween fundraiser. Still a newlywed, she and her new hubby along with other volunteers, take on fixing up the abandoned Chadwick mansion as one of the attractions for the town’s Halloween festivities.
But the folklore and rumors about the cache of wealth hidden in the mansion by long deceased Blackie O’Hare bring an abundance of real life frights with more ghastly characters than the local police can handle. Liss can’t help but get involved because there’s nothing like kicking off Halloween with the “real deal” – a dead body in the Chadwick mansion. And one dead body is bound to lead to another – that’s just what happens when folks don’t mind their own business and start digging around (literally).
The characters are well crafted and you’re never sure if they are who they say they are. All this adds to a flawless plot and twisty ending. Once you get into this book, you’ll feel like you personally know the hometown folks of Moosetookalok, for better or for worse.
You can bet I’ll be checking out more of Dunnett’s books in this delightful Scottish series. And by the way, I had no idea what a treacle scone was, so I did some research. While the recipes vary, cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses seem to be consistent ingredients in this traditional Scottish treat. So grab this book with a cup of tea and perhaps a treacle scone (if you can find one).
Also recommended for Halloween reading: Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine is my favorite Halloween mystery of all time. Part of her Jane Austen mystery series, this book is filled with spooks and kooks – and will have you laughing all the way into Thanksgiving!