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.Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton
Length: 8 hours and 9 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on April 4th 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie
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Also by this author: The Cracked Spine, To Helvetica and Back, Lost Books and Old Bones , The Loch Ness Papers , The Stolen Letter
Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it’s become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an “Oor Wullie,” in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated.
While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle’s ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot’s owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he’s wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It’s not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder.
Here is what I thought
Delaney has settled into life in Scotland and the little bookshop. She has made friends with all of those that work there and even has a boyfriend though everyone tells her to be careful cause it seems Tom dates a lot. She don’t mind as she thinks it’s better to take a chance than not.
Edwin her boss is still full of all sorts of secrets and a big one comes to light in this as the man Delaney was suppose to meet ends up dead and one that Edwin thought was dead is still alive and it stirs up a past that Edwin would rather forget. Delaney on the other hand can’t let it stand like that she wants to know why the man was killed and digs up lots of things Edwin would soon forget.
I like Delaney she is different because the books talk to her. Quotes from books are always popping into her head and I think it gives this series a little uniqueness. I like her and Tom together so I hope he is in it for the long haul and he seems to really like her. I really like everyone at the bookshop and the couple in the village, the man drives her around some times and kind of tries to keep an eye on her.
I thought the mystery was very well done because I had no clue who it was and I like that. I like to be kept guessing and wondering.
If you love cozies set in Scotland (and just who doesn’t…lol) then you will enjoy this series.
Carrington MacDuffie is just great for this series. She is really good with the Scottish accent. 🙂
Audio rating: 4.5