“Scot and Soda” A Last Ditch Mystery By Catriona McPherson: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book and the first book in the series Scot Free at the end of the review and links to purchase the new one.

Born in Scotland, Lexy Campbell now lives in the U.S. at the Last Ditch Motel. Actually, not in it but outside, on a houseboat on the “ditch,” a waterway behind the motel. She meets counseling clients there and hosts her friends for potluck and drinks. Not a bad life, all in all.

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Of course, nothing ever stays the same. At her Halloween party, thankfully no recipes provided although details give the gist, the case of beer is at the end of a rope, dangling in the water to chill. Unfortunately, when it’s time to drink, more than beer comes to the surface. It seems a dead man of undetermined age, a Halloween toupee stapled to his head, has tangled with the rope holding the beer.
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When the detective in charge is less than a fan, it’s sure that she’ll think Lexy had something to do with the dead guy. With Lexy’s options being to listen to a client whine about not being included in her daughter’s every moment or investigating a murder, well, there’s no choice really. With her collection of odd friends, Lexy is on the trail of the killer.

As with dead bodies, secrets will rise to the top and be discovered, usually at the worst time possible.

This is the eighth book in the series. Lexy is a fun character as she explains Scottish words and sayings and questions all things American. Readers will have no trouble understanding the meaning of the Scottish phrases and may pick up one or two to use themselves. A number of characters make up the usual cast and the suspects add more. Pay attention at the beginning, and they’ll all sort themselves out in the long run.

Try to keep up with Lexy as she follows the clues to find a killer, counsel her clients, and keep her friends in line, no easy task, but certainly fun to read about.

McPherson also writes the Dandy Gilver mysteries, twelve so far. For a change of pace, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Last Ditch Motel and tagging along with Lexy.

To enter to win a copy of Scot and Soda and Scot Free, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "scot,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 27, 2019. US residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. And if entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.


  1. Being of Scottish heritage myself I think I'd really enjoy this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  2. This is a new author to me. Sounds like a great book.

  3. Sounds like a good read. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Looking forward to reading this one. The first was a hoot - in a Scotish sort of way :)

  5. Sounds fun


  6. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. Sounds an interesting premise for a new series. ritarippetoe(at)hotmail(dot)com


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