Cover image for X marks the Scot / Kaitlyn Dunnett.
X marks the Scot / Kaitlyn Dunnett.
First Kensington hardcover edition
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.

Physical Description:
278 pages ; 22 cm
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1 Bob Harkins Branch DUN Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction

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The old Chadwick mansion on the edge of Moosetookalook, Maine, has been shrouded in mystery for generations--until Scottish Emporium owner Liss MacCrimmon uncovers a forgotten family secret. But she never imagined that a little curiosity would lead her into such deadly territory . . .

While perusing auction items from the Chadwick estate, Liss purchases a painting of a bagpiper to add to her collection. Her interest shifts from art to sleuthing upon a strange discovery--what appears to be a treasure map tucked behind the canvas. She's even more intrigued when she links the scroll to an early Chadwick who smuggled goods across the Canadian border.

So during a business trip to Canada, Liss arranges a meeting with an archivist in hopes of pinning down the truth about the map and the Chadwick bloodline. Before her quest moves forward, however, she finds the archivist's murdered body at a local genealogical society. One thing is certain--Liss isn't alone on this treasure hunt . . .

Liss returns to Moosetookalook, terrified that the killer may have followed her home. With her life in real peril and the map at risk of being stolen, she launches into full-scale investigation mode. But as she deciphers clues and inches toward the dangerous culprit, Liss quickly realizes she's only a step away from ending up like the Chadwick clan--permanently wiped out.

Author Notes

KAITLYN DUNNETT first caught the Scottish heritage bug when her husband learned to play the bagpipes. Many Scottish festivals and parades later, and after a brief stint as bass drummer with a bagpipe band, she decided to combine her love of things Scottish with her love of writing. The Liss MacCrimmon mysteries are the result. Kaitlyn lives in the mountains of western Maine and can be reached through her website at

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Publisher's Weekly Review

At the outset of Dunnett's well-paced 11th Scottish mystery (after 2016's Kilt at the Highland Games), Liss Ruskin (née MacCrimmon), the owner of the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, successfully bids for an 18th-century portrait of a bagpiper at an auction held at the Chadwick mansion. When Liss drops the painting while loading it into her car, the wooden backing breaks, revealing what appears to be a treasure map behind the canvas. Research reveals that the map has a link to the Chadwick family in Canada, where Liss and her indomitable aunt, Margaret, soon travel to hunt for Scottish items for the emporium and for possible treasure. The stakes rise when the women call on the town historian of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, at the Chadwick Historical and Genealogical Society and find him murdered. Those expecting local maritime-province color will be disappointed; on the other hand, Dunnett plays fair with the reader, dropping clues to the killer's identity along the way to the surprising denouement. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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