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Driving on an icy road on a truly dark and stormy night, Liss swerves her car when something darts out in front of it. She braves the weather and discovers a Scottish terrier shivering in the snow. Relieved that the dog survived their run-in, Liss sets out in search of her owner, unaware that the Scottie is actually a tiny celebrity--or that she was dognapped.
Liss soon sniffs out the pup's owner, a well-heeled woman named Deidre Amendole, who is ecstatic to be reunited with her furry friend. Deidre and her Dancing Doggies recently won Variety Live, and the trio is slated to appear in the reality show's "champion of champions" competition. But for Deidre, the contest is over before it's begun when she turns up dead. . .
Deidre's daughter asks Liss to help find out what happened to her mother--and to take Deidre's place on the upcoming show. Before Liss can tell her she's barking up the wrong tree, she finds herself ensnarled in the strange world of reality competitions and hot on the trail of a deadly dognapper. And just as she starts pawing at the truth, Liss realizes she could be next on the murderer's list. . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In Dunnetts uneven ninth Liss MacCrimmon mystery (after 2014s Ho Ho Homicide), Liss, the owner of the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, becomes a contestant on Variety Live, a national TV show. One stormy night on an icy mountain road, Liss rescues a Scottish terrier, which she succeeds in reuniting with its owner, Deidre Amendole, whos scheduled to compete on Variety Live with her dog act. When elderly Deirde dies suddenly of unknown causes, her daughter persuades Liss to fill in. During the shows filming at an upscale ski resort, destroyed props and other acts of sabotage suggest that someone will go to any lengths to win. Dunnett (the pseudonym of Kathy Lynn Emerson) deftly sketches the secondary characters, though theyre an unpleasant lot, full of petty jealousies and given to backbiting. The mischief fails to generate much tension, and the action builds to a contrived denouement. Still, readers should enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at the TV show. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.)