Triple Threat Reviews ~Catching up on a cozy series

May 21, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 3

Triple Threat Reviews ~Catching up on a cozy series

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.

Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
Length: 8 hour and 49 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on April 3, 2018
Pages: 307
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Susan Boyce
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A delightful new mystery featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols, set in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at The Cracked Spine in the heart of town. She’s recently befriended a few medical school students after they came into the shop to sell some antique medical tomes. But when one of the students’ friends is found murdered outside in the alley, Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice.
During her investigation, Delaney finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse—she finds out that they belonged to a long-dead doctor, whose story might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in danger herself.

Also by this author: The Cracked Spine, Of Books and Bagpipes, To Helvetica and Back

TripleThreatReviewToday I have three books from the Scottish Bookshop mysteries. I read this for May’s Can You Read a Series in a Month hosted by Michelle and Berls at Because Reading.

In Lost Books and Old Bones Delaney has befriended some medical students after they came into the bookshop to sell some old medical tomes.  Later they are all out at a pub and the students started talking about their classes and teachers and how tough they could be. One of the ladies seemed interested in knowing if the secret warehouse that her boss has is really real and then Delaney finds her dead in the warehouse (or close by I can’t remember) and they also find some antique scalpels and wonder if it has anything to do with what happened.

There is a reporter nosing around who seems to make things look like Delaney might have had something to do with it. Mainly she is just a bit jealous because Tom use to go out with her and now he is with Delaney. That said Delaney takes it on to try and figure out what happened and if the discovery of the scalpels have anything to do with the murder.

I really like this series and I love the progression it has made in a short time since this is only book three as the to the relationship between Delaney and Tom. Normally it takes forever for the MC in a cozy to latch on to her man…lol. I really like both Delaney and Tom and think they make a cute couple. I also love the others that work at the bookstore, Rose is so sweet and Hamlet he sounds so cute and nerdy.

It had a great mystery and I love the Scottish setting and it makes me want to go there!

Triple Threat Reviews ~Catching up on a cozy series

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 Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton
Length: 9 hours and 2 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on April 2, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Susan Boyce
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Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is―and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters.
Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine―a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney's life could be straight out of a fairy tale―at least it would be, if the pastor meant to perform the wedding ceremony hadn't recently passed away. Outside the church where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval's obsession has moved from monsters to murder.
With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly valuable book, Delaney's plate is full to bursting, but she can't abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets deeply, but Delaney is determined to dig them up―whether Nessie likes it or not.

Also by this author: The Cracked Spine, Of Books and Bagpipes, To Helvetica and Back

The Loch Ness Papers combines some fun lore along with a great mystery as Delaney befriends an older gentleman whose spent his whole life trying to find proof his father was taken by Nessy. He wants Delaney to take over his work but she isn’t sure that is something she would want to do but continues to take interest in things.

Not only is she dealing with that but she has to find a new minister because the one they had for her wedding to Tom recently passed away. Then add in a murder and a bit more Loch Ness lore surrounding some papers the old man has and him being a suspect and you know that Delaney is going to be involved. Tom knows that she won’t be happy and wouldn’t be able to concentrate on wedding things till she proves the old man didn’t do it.

This one was a lot of fun because I have always loved the lore of the Loch Ness monster and in this one I like the way the author sort of has the characters really curious and wondering if it’s real or not as they look through information that the old man has and a video they find among his things.

I also loved that Delaney gets married in the bookshop! So cool and a perfect place for a wedding. 🙂 It has a really good mystery that I only half guessed right.

Triple Threat Reviews ~Catching up on a cozy series

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 Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on April 7, 2020
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Susan Boyce
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New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton returns with the next installment of The Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, The Stolen Letter
Delaney Nichols is confident she’s doing what she loves—case in point, just one day after returning from her fabulous European honeymoon, she’s eager to get back to the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works. But as she disembarks her bus and hurries toward the shop she and another woman collide, sending a stack of books the woman is carrying to the ground.
Delaney’s hapless victim’s name is Mary, and the two women can’t help but notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to one another. According to Mary, they both also look like the long-beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. Even stranger, Mary believes she is the reincarnation of the Scottish queen. But peculiar as Delaney’s doppelganger is, she doesn’t have time to dwell on it: on her arrival to the bookshop, she learns the Edinburgh city council wants to close the Cracked Spine, citing code violations, and she’s determined to stop them.
But when Mary’s husband dies in a car explosion—and Delaney learns he was the very member of city council who proposed that the city take a closer look at the bookshop’s construction—she starts to wonder if her meeting with Mary wasn’t an accident. Edinburgh has become as filled with intrigue and deception as any European court, and Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of this royal mystery.

Also by this author: The Cracked Spine, Of Books and Bagpipes, To Helvetica and Back

In The Stolen Letter Delaney and Tom have comeback from their honeymoon to find out that the Cracked Spine might have to close down. This upsets Delaney something fierce and she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to try and shut them down. She also meets a woman who looks exactly like her but older and this lady, Mary, claims to be Mary Queen of Scots reincarnated. Mary invites Delaney and Tom along with Rosie to her house for dinner and the next day Mary’s husband is killed in a car bomb. Delaney can’t believe what happened as she thought the older gentleman a nice man, then she finds out he could have been the reason the store was closing and that puts her boss and her as potential suspects.

Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of things and why the council is trying to shut them down. She believes it has something to do with a item that is in the bookstore or the warehouse and that it might be also why Henry was killed. As quirky as Mary is Delaney really hopes that she didn’t have anything to do with her husband’s death and Delaney sets out to prove it was someone else.

I enjoyed the history of learning a bit about Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, though I don’t believe in reincarnation I did think Mary was an unusual and fun character. Of course I loved Delaney, Tom and the gang from the bookshop! This was just a fun one and it had a pretty decent mystery.

Recommend this series a bunch! 🙂

Narrator

Susan Boyce narrated all three of these and she did a pretty decent job. I think the narrator from before had a bit better Scottish accent but Boyce is one of my favorites so I found it enjoyable.

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3 Responses to “Triple Threat Reviews ~Catching up on a cozy series”

  1. Katherine

    I have the first book you mention here and really need to read it. I’ve enjoyed other books by Shelton so I really need to try this series.

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