Apr 20, 2020

The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing “The Stolen Letter” by Paige Shelton the 5th instalment in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery" series. I really enjoy this series and have bought the previous books.
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.

The Stolen Letter is the 5th book in the Scottish Book Shop Mystery series. Once again I was transported to Edinburgh, Scotland and the Cracked Spine book shop. The story is full of quirky characters, a beautiful setting, and an interesting plot. I liked how this time we were exploring the idea of past lives, as with Delaney I’m not a non believer.

There are several possible murderers, and kept me guessing for quite a while. I was drawn into this story right away and did not want to put it down, even if my eyes were drooping and my kindle smacking me.

Overall, I found it to be a very entertaining read that made me long to visit Scotland and read more on Mary Queen of Scots. I highly recommend this to my fellow mystery lovers.
My Rating
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

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