is the sleuth in Kaitlyn Dunnett's mystery series,
set in modern-day Maine.
Liss had been earning her living as a professional Scottish dancer with a company called Strathspey (think Riverdance, only Scottish) but a career-ending knee injury sends her back to her home town, Moosetookalook, Maine, to recover. There, since this is a mystery series, she soon comes face-to-face with murder.
The name MacCrimmon is an important one in Scottish history. The MacCrimmons were a famous family of bagpipers. Depending on who you believe, they originally came to Scotland from Cremona in Italy, or from Ireland. I thought this would be a particularly appropriate name for a character in a series that has a Scottish heritage theme running through it. As for the first name Liss (not Lisa as some of the online bookstores have it), it is short for Amaryllis. Her mother, Violet, named her Amaryllis Rosalie MacCrimmon.
The books the series are
Scone Cold Dead
A Wee Christmas Homicide
The Corpse Wore Tartan
Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides
Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones
The Scottie Barked at Midnight
Kilt at the Highland Games
X Marks the Scot
Overkilt (coming in 2018)
Above is the inspiration for one of the most important continuing characters in the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series, Lumpkin the cat. Although described in the books as "a big yellow tom," in reality he is buff-colored. He doesn't weigh quite as much as his fictional counterpart, either, although he's making every effort to reach that point!
Dan Ruskin is also an important continuing character in the series. Liss has known Dan since they were kids together. As Kilt Dead opens, he owns the house she grew up in, works in his father's construction business, and is a custom woodworker on the side. Most importantly, he's there to help out when she needs him.