How far would you go to unmask a killer hiding in plain sight?
That’s the question at the heart of the new Elle Cunningham Mackay mystery by our own Liam Ashe. Sequel to the popular Thou Shalt Not Kilt, Off Scot Free picks up only a few months later. As before, Elle finds herself trapped in the middle of a convoluted murder investigation.
Five years ago, handyman Duncan Scott was convicted of the brutal murder of single mother Shona Mackay. After his unexpected release from prison throws his sleepy North Carolina hometown into an uproar, threats of violence follow, and Duncan’s newfound freedom is quickly cut short by a competition pitchfork stolen from the Highland games.
When researcher and historian Elle Cunningham Mackay’s ex-husband—Shona’s oldest son—is implicated in what appears to be a clear case of small-town justice, she jumps into action to protect his reputation and ensure his daughter Paige doesn’t lose her father. Elle’s ex may be a philanderer, but he’s no murderer. As she begins diving into the family’s past to uncover the truth, she finds clue after clue that leads to an uncomfortable conclusion: Duncan was innocent.
Then, another suspicious death hits close to home, making it clear that someone in their community will go to any extreme to keep the truth buried. Will Elle uncover the shocking secret that connects these murders, or will she risk alienating herself from the town she loves—and becoming the real murderer’s next target—to exonerate a convicted killer?
While the long-awaited follow-up is already available for pre-order on Amazon, you have two ways to get your hands on a copy.
You can purchase a digital (Kindle) copy on Amazon. The book will be available for download once it drops on September 27. This will give you access to your copy on the actual launch date and will help the book’s ranking on Amazon’s list of best-selling mysteries.
If you would like a physical (paperback) copy inscribed to you by the author, you can place your order now here on our County Argyle site. Just note how you’d like it signed in the comments section of your order. Your book will ship by the first week of October.