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Catriona McPherson

Scotland (b.1965)

aka Catriona McCloud

Catriona McPherson was born in South Queensferry. After finishing school, she worked in a bank for a short time, before going to university. She studied for an MA in English Language and Linguistics at Edinburgh University, and then gained a job in the local studies department at Edinburgh City Libraries. She left this post after a couple of years, and went back to university to study for a PhD in semantics. During her final year she applied for an academic job, but left to begin a writing career.

These days, McPherson lives with her husband on a farm in the Galloway countryside, where she spends her time writing, gardening, swimming and running.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Mystery
New and upcoming books
December 2023

Hop Scot
(Last Ditch Mystery, book 6)
June 2024

Deep Beneath Us
Dandy Gilver
   1. After the Armistice Ball (2005)
   2. The Burry Man's Day (2006)
   3. Bury Her Deep (2007)
   4. The Winter Ground (2008)
   5. The Proper Treatment of Bloodstains (2009)
   6. Unsuitable Day for a Murder (2010)
   7. Bothersome Number of Corpses (2012)
   8. Deadly Measure of Brimstone (2013)
   9. The Reek of Red Herrings (2014)
   10. The Unpleasantness in the Ballroom (2015)
   11. The Most Misleading Habit (2016)
   12. A Spot of Toil and Trouble (2017)
   13. A Step So Grave (2018)
   14. The Turning Tide (2019)
   15. The Mirror Dance (2021)
   16. The Witching Hour (2024)
Last Ditch Mystery
   1. Scot Free (2018)
   2. Scot and Soda (2019)
   3. Scot on the Rocks (2020)
   4. Scot Mist (2021)
   5. Scot in a Trap (2022)
   6. Hop Scot (2023)
   Growing Up Again (2007) (as by Catriona McCloud)
   Straight Up (2008) (as by Catriona McCloud)
   As She Left It (2013)
   The Day She Died (2014)
   Come to Harm (2015)
   The Child Garden (2015)
   Quiet Neighbors (2016)
   The Weight of Angels (2017)
     aka House. Tree. Person.
   Go to my Grave (2018)
   Strangers at the Gate (2019)
   A Gingerbread House (2021)
   Quiet Neighbours (2021)
   In Place of Fear (2022)
   Deep Beneath Us (2024)
Non fiction show
Omnibus editions show
Catriona McPherson recommends
Hurt Mountain (2024)
Angela Crook
"Thrilling, tender, and highly original, Hurt Mountain combines an exploration of love and loss with a shiver of slow-burn menace. Angela Crook's first hit has knocked it out of the park."
The Greenleaf Murders (2022)
(Historic Homes Mystery, book 1)
R J Koreto
"If you love houses and puzzles - which I do - you will be captivated by THE GREENLEAF MURDERS, the first in Richard Koreto's new series. Equally sure-footed in the gilded age of the mansion's heyday and the contemporary world of its decline, Koreto has woven a pretzel of a plot, introduced a charming new heroine, and whetted appetites for more grave deeds and grandeur."
Dead Men Don't Decorate (2022)
(Old Town Antique, book 1)
Cordy Abbott
"Anyone with a lifelong bestie will recognise the sparks and snarks of Camille and Opal in Cordy Abbott's delightful series debut. But the real treasure in Dead Men Don't Decorate is how the antiques business (with a side of design) is stitched right into the twisty plot, fascinating and authentic. A winner!"

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Catriona McPherson
California Schemin' (2020)
Bouchercon 2020 Anthology
(Bouchercon Anthology)
edited by
Art Taylor
Shattering Glass (2020)
A Nasty Woman Press Anthology
edited by
Heather Graham

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