Monday, August 5, 2013

Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town by Margaret MacCrimmon Boyd from the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Moosetookalook, Maine, located in the rural Western mountains, has a population of 1007. In recent years—ever since my niece, Liss MacCrimmon, returned home—in spite of it’s small size, it has turned into quite a tourist destination, so much so that it is hard to pick only five places to visit. I’ve narrowed the list down to my personal favorites.

Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium: How can I not mention this lovely little shop that sells all things Scottish, from tins of haggis to kilts to little pewter figurines of bagpipers? It’s been a MacCrimmon family business for generations. I ran it for many years and now it is Liss’s turn. She’s added Internet sales to walk-in traffic and mail orders and is actually turning a profit. Clever girl!

Angie’s Books: Angie Hogencamp sells new and used books and lives in the apartment above the store. When we held a mystery fan convention at the hotel, she hosted a book signing that was an enormous success and had a table in the dealers’ room, too.

Patsy’s Coffee House: Patsy is a real old-fashioned “Mainah” who makes her own donuts, sticky buns, and whoopie pies. I hear the coffee is wonderful, too, though personally I’m a tea drinker. Patsy’s is where folks from away can hang out with the locals.

The Spruces: This wonderful old hotel, dating from the early twentieth century, has been completely refurbished and modernized by my old friend Joe Ruskin. Then he hired me to coordinate special events. We’ve hosted everything from a Burns Night Supper to a Christmas toy auction, plus that mystery fan convention I mentioned earlier. Joe’s son Dan recently married my niece Liss, and their wedding, and the annual Scottish festival, also took place at The Spruces . . . at the same time.

The Old Chadwick Mansion: For Moosetookalook’s Halloween festival, Liss is turning this abandoned building, taken by the town for unpaid taxes, into a “haunted house.” It’s quite a place—built by a wealthy family who may not have come by their fortune all that honestly and later the property of a mob hit man from Boston. There are rumors of treasure, and maybe a few bodies, buried on the premises.

Kaitlyn Dunnett is the author of the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries, starting with Kilt Dead, when Liss returns to her home town of Moosetookalook, Maine after a career-ending knee injury. She used to be a professional Scottish dancer. Now she runs Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium. Just out (July 30, 2013) is the seventh entry in the series, Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones, in which the Old Chadwick Mansion plays a central role. As Kathy Lynn Emerson, she wrote two historical mystery series and the Agatha-award-winning nonfiction book, How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and will be Guest of Honor at Malice Domestic 26 in 2014. As Kate Emerson she writes non-mystery historical novels.
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