Review: The Stolen Letter
Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5
Published by Minotaur Books on April 7, 2020
The Stolen Letter is the fifth book in the cozy Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. Our intrepid sleuth is Delaney, an American who’s moved to Scotland. She works at her dream job at The Cracked Spine, a used and antiquarian bookstore.
Paige Shelton uses the comfortable cozy tropes of eccentric yet always helpful
supporting characters to delightful effect.
Newly married Delaney is back from her honeymoon and returning to work at the bookstore where she’s met with a couple of mysteries. One is a customer with an uncanny resemblance to Delaney. The twist being that this woman believes herself to be the reincarnation of Mary, Queen of Scots.
More seriously, Delaney and her coworkers discover that the city council plans to close The Cracked Spine and demolish the building. No one remembers seeing notification of the closure or even an inspection. The two events turn out to be tangled together when someone is murdered and Delaney and company vow to solve it and save the bookstore.
My thoughts The Stolen Letter
This book, like the preceding ones in the series, is a charming cozy of a mystery. It’s populated with Delaney’s colorful friends and coworkers and a lovely sense of Edinburgh and its history.
Reading the other books in the series isn’t necessary. But there’s a charm to watching Delaney’s friendships and romance develop throughout the series.
I adore cozy mysteries set in bookshops and libraries. What’s your favorite cozy mystery setting? Tell me in the comments below.
Read about the start of Delaney’s adventures in Scotland with The Cracked Spine, the first book in the Scottish Bookshop mysteries.
If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, try the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay. Sprinkle with Murder is the first book. Read my review of Pumpkin Spice Peril, the most recent book in the series.
Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the DRC.