“Scot on the Rocks” is Lexy Campbell’s story; it is told from her point of view, so readers get to know her well. She talks directly to readers, “Hear me out;” but mostly, she scrutinizes herself, “In retrospect, I could have picked a different thing to say.” She is sarcastic and humorous with a “take no prisoners” attitude. As a marriage and family counsellor at Trinity Solutions Therapy Clinic, she helps others with identity crises of every shape, size, and cause. However, her own relationships are inconsistent to put it mildly. She likes her men like she like her coffee — average but with free refills.
Into this pleasingly wacky atmosphere, a little “rain” falls; actually a giant social thunderstorm occurs when an historic statue is stolen from the city square, and a ransom is demanded. If that were not traumatic and bewildering enough, the first ex-wife and current third wife of Lexy’s ex-husband, her being ex-wife number two, is either been kidnapped or has gone off to a spa somewhere, never to return. Certainly not wanting to miss an opportunity to serve the public and to make more money, “Trinity for Life” adds “Trinity for Trouble” to its title, thus expanding services to include finding anything and anyone from long-lost loved ones to stray cats.
McPherson created an entertaining, even hilarious, group of characters who are not detectives, but certainly could go to a costume party as detectives if someone provided the raincoats and fedoras. The book is easy to read and filled with lots of laughs, a little mystery, and many unexpected plot turns. I received a review copy of “Scot on the Rocks” from Catriona McPherson and Severn House Publishers. There was comedy on every page, and to quote Roger, “You can’t stay angry all the time; it’s bad for the digestion.”