An American in Scotland Book Review

An American in Scotland Book Review

Title: An American in Scotland
Author: Lucy Connelly
Published: April 4, 2023, Crooked Lane Books
No. of Pages: 298
Cover Price: $25.10 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle

An American in Scotland is the first novel in the Scottish Isle Mystery series by Lucy Connelly. These cozy mysteries are delightful, and this first novel introduces the characters and makes readers fall in love with the Scottish setting.

Dr. Emelia McRoy has just moved to the small town of Sea Isle in Scotland after being hired as the new town doctor. On her first day, she meets a very unsavory character named Smithy, and later finds him murdered. As she investigates (after finding that in her contract she is also the coroner who is required to look into suspicious deaths) she finds herself in danger and may not survive to fulfill her contract. She meets several supporting characters that readers will fall in love with.

Connelly is an excellent writer and storyteller, and weaves a fun story that is upbeat, albeit the negative happenings during her first weeks of being the town doctor that create a mystery that readers will enjoy as the suspense builds. The author also does an excellent job of developing her characters, and readers will immediately love Dr. Emelia, as well as her friends, Angie, Maura, and others. Laird Ewan Campbell, who is also the constable is frustrating, and he and Emelia have plenty of conflict.

All told, this is the beginning of an excellent cozy series, and readers of all ages will look forward to the subsequent installments to come.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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