Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: Scot Free by Catriona McPherson

Kerry Hammond is here today with a review of one of her favorite authors.

Catriona McPherson has started a new series and I just had to check it out. I’m a big fan of McPherson’s historic Dandy Gilver series, as well as her strange and atmospheric standalone novels. I pick up a book with her name on it and I know that I am guaranteed to be entertained, and sometimes super creeped out. She never disappoints and I was pleased to see that she was branching out into a more cozy, contemporary series with her latest book Scot Free, released on April 8 by Midnight Ink.

In Scot Free we’re introduced to Lexy Campbell, marriage counselor. Oh where to begin in describing Lexy. She’s from Scotland and recently moved to the US, specifically California, to marry a man she thought had swept her off her feet. Turns out it was a bad move and a big mistake. Her whirlwind marriage has ended in divorce and her plans to move back to Scotland are waylaid when her client is arrested for the murder of her husband…..Lexy’s other client.

McPherson delivers up a great deal of humor in this series. She even manages to take a scene involving the identification of a body at the morgue and make it funny.

The more I looked around, the more of sorts it got. The floor drain didn’t help. The rotary saw sitting on the side didn’t spark thoughts of bunnies making daisy-chains either. But worst of all was that some of the equipment was draped in sheets. My mind boggled. What were they covering if they let us see the saw?

Lexy has been drawn into the investigation of her client and feels the need to clear her of the murder charges that are plaguing her. This isn’t an easy task and she must deal with some strange characters along the way.

The book is a fun and funny new series. I really enjoyed following along with Lexy and her new friends, a motley crew of interesting people and quirky characters. I can’t wait to see what future mysteries this cast encounters.

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