I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
Length: 8 hours
Published by Minotaur Books on March 29th 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie
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Also by this author: Of Books and Bagpipes, To Helvetica and Back, Lost Books and Old Bones , The Loch Ness Papers , The Stolen Letter
In need of a good adventure, Delaney Nichols takes the leap and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine. She doesn't know much about what she's gotten herself into, other than that the work sounds exciting, and that her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime. Edwin has promised that she'll be working with "a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes," and Delaney can't wait to get started.
When she arrives, she meets her new Scottish family; also working at the Cracked Spine are Rosie, perpetually wrapped in scarves, and 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 unexpected bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his piercing eyes, and a rolling 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 -- a previously undiscovered First Folio of Shakespeare's plays -- goes missing, and Edwin's sister is murdered, seemingly in connection to the missing folio. Delaney decides to do some sleuthing of her own, to find out just what the real story is behind the priceless folio, and how it's connected to the tragic death, all without getting harmed herself.
What I thought of this book.
Ah, is there anything better than a Scottish Bookstore! 🙂 I really enjoyed this one!
Delaney didn’t know exactly what she was getting into when she accepted a position at a Scottish bookstore that deals in rare and antique books. The best part was getting to live in Scotland and be around all those great books. Shortly after she gets there her bosses sister is murdered and she was suppose to be taking care of a folio that was very rare.
Delaney doesn’t know a lot about her boss and coworkers to know if they are trustworthy but she does know that she hopes none of them had anything to do with the murder. The police suspect that maybe Hamlet, a young Shakespearean actor, might have had something to so with it.
Delaney gets wrapped up in trying to figure out what happened to the folio and Edwin’s sister and meets some very interesting characters along the way.
I really like Delaney, she is a little unusual and I guess that makes her perfect for the kind of work she does. It seems she has always heard the voices of book characters in her head since she was young. I thought she was brave to head off to a new country not knowing anyone to take a job. She is quickly adopted by a cab driver and his wife and it seems that everyone warms up to her pretty quickly.
I loved all the secondary characters, especially the cab driver and his wife. Hamlet and Rosey were great as well and well I can’t wait to get to know more about Kilt wearing Tom. 🙂
The mystery was great as well as I didn’t figure out who done it!
I can’t wait to listen to the next book in this series and if you love cozies then I am sure you will enjoy this one. 🙂
Carrington MacDuffie, now with that name it sounds like she should be good with a Scottish accent and she is! 🙂 This is my first time listening to this narrator and I really enjoyed it. I am always a bit worried when narrators have to do accents but I so enjoyed listening to this and didn’t want it to end…lol.