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Today I am featuring Paige Shelton’s new Scottish Bookshop Mystery,
Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Scottland
Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 6, 2021)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B08BYDZJ33
A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery.
It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the ’70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges.
But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelagh’s vast library, and all participants will earn a large sum of cash.
The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelagh’s old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelagh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Shelagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain.
Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery while trying to evade the killer’s clutches. But it’s hard to know who to trust when around every corner, a new monster could be lurking.
We return to Edinburgh on a snowy morning. Delaney Nichols loves her job but is a little leery about a message inviting her to meet with socialite Shelagh O’Conner. Shelagh is known for her fantastic library but she also has a questionable past that includes misdeeds and murder. She was cleared of the murder but as a fan of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, her hijinks still give people pause. Delaney does attend the meeting and is intrigued by Shelagh’s plan for a treasure hunt culminating in a winner take all prize that includes all the books in her library and a large cash award. The quest is to find a unique first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Delaney agrees to take part and is excited to search for the treasure.
Meanwhile, several Edinburgh homes have been robbed similar to those in Shelagh’s past. Is she up to her old tricks or is there a copycat? A murder takes everything up a notch especially because the deceased is connected to Shelagh. Then Shelagh is kidnapped.
So Delaney with the help of her husband Tom, friends Elias, Aggie, and co-workers Rosie and Hamlet are busy trying to decipher treasure hunt clues while trying to find Shelagh and catch a killer all while not becoming the next victims.
I enjoy each visit to The Cracked Spine and catching up with Delaney, Rose, Hamlet, and sometimes Edwin. Edwin trusts his staff and has taken a step back from his business. Aggie and Elias are staying with Tom and Delaney while work is being done on their cottage. The two couples get along famously and it nice to see them all together. All these characters are so well-developed and engaging.
The new characters introduced are a diverse bunch. Shelagh’s backstory was very interesting and her home was a unique place. The other characters are all connected to her in some way and many become worthy suspects.
I found the treasure hunt part of the story very entertaining. Visiting the different pubs searching for clues was fun. The pubs ranged from traditional to modern and all the descriptions provided crystal clear images. Other settings were also wonderfully described. I love Tom and Delaney’s home including their new library reading area. I am sure they will spend many hours there as would I if I had such a fantastic place.
The kidnapping and murder mysteries are very well-plotted. The plot and subplots are all intricately woven together. The tie-in to Jeckyl and Hide really added something unique to the story. Twists upon twists lead up to an exciting reveal that kept my eyes glued to the pages. Delaney’s unique “bookish voices” always make me smile as she tries to figure out what they are trying to tell her.
Paige Shelton writes stories that are so easy to escape right into. Deadly Editions was no exception. I was captivated from the first page to the last. As soon as I turned the final page I was already missing these characters. Until next year, Ms. Shelton. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next Scottish Bookshop Mystery.
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About The Author
Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com
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