Hop Scot
by Catriona McPherson

It’s all aboard for a Campbell Clan Christmas! Lexy swaps cinnamon lattes for boiled sprouts when the Last Ditch crew travel from California to an idyllic Scottish village for the holidays, but something very unmerry is lurking below the surface . . .

Lexy Campbell is long overdue a trip to Scotland to see her parents, and an unexpected death in the extended Last Ditch Motel family makes Christmas in a bungalow in Dundee with nine others seem almost irresistible.

But when Lexy and the Last Ditch crew hop across the Atlantic, there’s been a change of plan and they’re whisked off to Mistletoe Hall in the pretty village of Yule, where the surprises continue. The news that a man disappeared from the crumbling pile sixty years ago, along with an unsettling discovery in the bricked-up basement, means that Todd, Kathi and Lexy – Trinity for Trouble – must solve another murder.

Deadly secrets, berry rustlers, skeletons and a snowy Christmas Eve in the booze aisle at Tesco: the Last Ditch crew won’t forget their Scottish holiday in a hurry!


“A rollicking mystery”

Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging plot, eccentric characters, plenty of humor”

Booklist on Scot in a Trap

“Darkly amusing . . . McPherson keeps the laughs and the action rolling along”

Publishers Weekly on Scot in a Trap

“Wildly funny”

Kirkus Reviews on Scot in a Trap

“Clever turns of phrase and witty observations fuel this fast and funny novel”

Publishers Weekly on Scot Mist

“Plenty of suspects and mordant humor against a background of pandemic paranoia”

Kirkus Reviews on Scot Mist

“The banter among the various characters will draw Janet Evanonvich fans to this engaging, not-quite-a-locked-room mystery”

Booklist on Scot Mist

“McPherson’s witty third Last Ditch mystery has a line on every page to provoke a smile. Anyone who appreciates a good mystery told with nimble, sure-footed humor will have a ball”

Publishers Weekly on Scot on the Rocks

“Hilarious … A compendium of unusual characters and odd circumstances guaranteed to make you laugh out loud”

Kirkus Reviews on Scot on the Rocks

Catriona McPherson

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Catriona McPherson left Edinburgh University with a PhD in Linguistics and worked in academia, as well as banking and public libraries, before taking up full-time writing in 2001. For the last ten years she has lived in Northern California with a black cat and a scientist. In 2020 she has been shortlisted for a third Mary Higgins Clark Award, for Strangers at the Gate, and won a Left Coast Crime 2020 Lefty Award for the Best Humorous Mystery for Scot and Soda.

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Hop Scot by Catriona McPherson is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978144831451527th August 2024144 X 222mm336$38.99
Hardback - Large Print978144831451527th June 2024144 X 222mm336£23.99
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