The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #1)

craccover74007-mediumAuthor: Paige Shelton

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Mystery Novel

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Blurb: Wanted: A bold adventurer who wants to travel the world from a comfortable and safe spot behind a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes. A humble book and rare manuscript shop seeks a keenly intelligent investigator to assist us in our search for things thought lost, and in our quest to return lost items to their rightful owners.

Never an adventurer, no one was more surprised than Delaney Nichols when she packed her bags and moved halfway across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine, a bookshop located in the heart of the city. Her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime, albeit a cryptic one, and Delaney can’t wait to take her spot behind the desk.

The Cracked Spine is filled with everything a book lover could want, each item as eclectic as the people who work there; the spirited and lovable Rosie, who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An extra bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his cobalt eyes, and a gentle brogue―and it doesn’t hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt.

But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered. Never did Delaney think that searching for things lost could mean a killer, but if she’s to keep her job, and protect her new friends, she’ll need to learn the truth behind this Scottish tragedy.


Review: What a gorgeous beginning to a mystery series– I can’t wait for the next one! The Scottish accent that I can hear in the dialogue, the perfect job, and if course-the smell of paranormal activity alongside a handsome Scot? Perfect!

Delaney lost her job at the museum in Kansas and took a wild shot in the dark by following up on an interesting ad in the help wanted section. Something about an adventure? Next thing she knew she was flying to Edinburgh, Scotland to work in a bookstore. But not just a bookstore based on the collection in the warehouse.

Unfortunate timing has her boss’s sister turning up murdered a few days after she arrived. There’s also a missing priceless artifact that’s disappeared. Now bookshop proprietor Edwin is torn up, the other people who work at the bookshop are also devastated, and somehow Delaney gets dragged into the investigation.

Swoon-worthy scenery, amicable co-workers, and a job doing what she loves has got Delaney spinning like a top, but until this mystery is solved, nothing’s going to go back to normal. Maybe she can help?

I really enjoyed this mystery novel and cannot wait for the next!

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