When Liss MacCrimmon is driving home during an ice storm she sees a small dog run out in front of her car causing her to spin out on the icy roads. Liss finds the Scottish terrier limping and immediately takes her to the vet and then searches for an owner.
Liss finds out the dog belongs to Deidre Amendole and is part of an act on a reality television competition known as Deidre and her Dancing Doggies. Unfortunately after returning Dandy to Deidre Liss gets a call from Deidre’s daughter that her mother has passed and since Liss mentioned being a former dancer and the dogs seemed to listen to her, Deidre’s daughter wants Liss to fill in for Deidre in the competition. Liss soon finds that there have been several attempts to sabotage the various acts and Deidre’s death may not have been accidental.
The Scottie Barked At Midnight is the ninth book in the Liss MacCrimmon series but it’s the first of which I have read and seemed to read fine as a standalone novel. A great little cozy mystery with some lovely characters and a couple of too cute canine companions.
Liss seemed like an every day character that just happened to get caught up in an ongoing investigation. She didn’t go out and investigate or act as if she was an amateur detective, she just questions everything and tries to keep herself safe and decide who she can trust while being involved in the show which I enjoyed.
The setting being a live reality television competition adds a pretty crazy group of secondary competitors/suspects. Also, a bit humorous going behind the scenes of this “live” show.
Overall, would definitely recommend if you enjoy a cozy mystery.
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, receiving a free copy in no way reflects upon my review and all thoughts are my own.