Scot & Soda

Midnight Ink. (Last Ditch, Bk. 2). Apr. 2019. 312p. ISBN 9780738754123. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738755540. M
OrangeReviewStarIt's Halloween, and Scottish-born therapist Lexy Campbell is hosting her first American holiday for her friends at the Last Ditch Motel. It's a fun time until they try to lift the keg that's chilling in the water in the slough where Lexy's houseboat is anchored. Instead of beer, they pull up a dead body. Because he's dressed as a Scot, everyone assumes the death is associated with Lexy. But all bets are off in this convoluted mystery that finds Lexy and her friends driving around Cuento, CA, hunting for clues related to the ghost story "Tam O'Shanter." Only a Scottish therapist with a shaky grasp of American colloquialisms could manage to tangle up a ghost story, a 50th class reunion, and a search for a cat groomer.
VERDICT McPherson stands apart in her ability to tell a hilarious tale while balancing the ramifications of crime. The author follows up Scot Free with another riveting cozy starring Lexy and her quirky yet fiercely loyal friends. This time, however, the deadpan humor is countered by a somber resolution and a story about consequences.
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