Scot Free (Last Ditch Mystery #1) by Catriona McPherson #bookreview #mystery

Title: Scot Free

Author: Catriona McPherson

Publisher: Midnight Ink

Publication Date: April 8, 2018

Page Count: 290

My rating:   3 stars

About the book:

Lexy Campbell fell in love and left her native Scotland for a golden life in California—hitched to a hunk, building her marriage counseling practice, living the dream. Six months later she’s divorced, broke, and headed home. There’s just one last thing. Lexy’s only client—sweet little old Mrs. Bombarro—is in jail for murdering her husband with a fireworks rocket. Lexy knows the cops have got it wrong; all she needs is a few days to prove it and somewhere cheap to sleep at night. But checking into the Last Ditch Motel leads Lexy to a whole new cast of characters with troubles of their own.

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Scot Free by Catriona McPherson is the first book in the new cozy Last Ditch Mystery series. Lexy Campbell is the new leading lady is this cozy series. She’s originally from Scotland but had married and moved to California where she’s been working as a marriage counselor.

Unfortunately for Lexy though her own marriage has failed and she plans on returning to Scotland right after meeting with a couple she has been counseling. Instead of the couple turning up at the meeting though the police are at her door with questions when the husband is found murdered.

When Lexy finds out that her sweet little client, Mrs. Bombarro, is in jail for the crime she puts her own plans on hold to help her out. Lexy believes that the police are on the wrong track with her aging client and helps her bond out of jail but with no place now to stay after postponing her trip she finds herself at the Last Ditch Motel.

One thing I always hope to find in a cozy mystery is some unique and quirky characters that bring humor to the book, Scot Free is full of quirkiness and humor but with this one it brought to mind the saying of too much of a good thing for me. The book felt a bit scattered at times and I had a hard time reminding myself the main character was a therapist with her a bit all over the place. If this one gets tightened up a bit it could grow into a series I’d love but so far this was only an Ok beginning to me.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Catriona McPherson (Davis, California) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of multi-award-winning standalones for Midnight Ink, including the Edgar-shortlisted The Day She Died and the Mary Higgins Clark finalist Quiet Neighbors. She also writes the Agatha-winning Dandy Gilver historical mystery series (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books). McPherson is the past president of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

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