Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #6
Published by Minotaur Books on April 6, 2021
Also by this author: The Stolen Letter
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Deadly Editions
Deadly Editions, Paige Shelton’s sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery, sees Delaney at work in The Cracked Spine when she receives a mysterious invitation. Delaney’s invited to participate in an unusual scavenger hunt by eccentric Shelaigh O’Connor. The winner receives Shelaigh’s extensive and valuable personal library. But then a murder happens and Shelaigh goes missing. Is she the murderer or another victim? It’s up to Delaney and her usual cast of accomplices to discover.
Since Shelaigh’s a fan of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Deadly Editions is full of intriguing facts about the classic book and its author Robert Louis Stevenson.
My thoughts about Deadly Editions
This series is one big bit of dreaminess. Delaney, a transplanted American, has the perfect job working in a rare bookshop set in Edinburgh. Tom, her gorgeous husband, works nearby at his pub. Their coworkers and friends are all charming and quirky, always ready with the exact bit of information that Delaney needs to solve a mystery.
Read my review of The Stolen Letter, the previous Scottish Bookshop Mystery.
Paige Shelton brings The Cracked Spine to life with descriptions of its sights and smells. We get glimpses of Delaney’s quirkiness when her intuition speaks to her as the voices of characters in the books surrounding her. The detailed descriptions of Edinburgh and its history make me want to visit. Of course, I’ll need a cab driver with a fabulous accent to show me the sights.
If you’re in the mood for another book-related mystery, try Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz. It’s a contemporary mystery wrapped around a very British historical mystery for a double dose of whodunit. Read my full review.
Looking for another cozy? Read Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmaline Duncan, the first in a new series. Amateur sleuth Sage is just as passionate about coffee as Delaney is about books.
If you’re looking for a cozy mystery that’s a gentle read with a likable amateur sleuth and bookshop adventures, this is the perfect series. There’s even a bookshop dog for extra cuteness.
Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC.