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    Fun and Interesting Read

    Delaney Nichols is one very, very busy young lady. A bit over a year ago, she was laid off from her job at the museum and had decided that what she really needed was an adventure. When she saw the advertisement from Edinburgh, Scotland – someone wanted to hire someone with just her skills – she was ready to pack up and leave Kansas. She’s now been in Edinburgh for a year, she’s acquired a wonderful set of friends she calls her ‘Scottish family’ and she will be getting married in a few days. Her family, mother, father, and brother will even be in Edinburgh in just a few days. On top of all that, the officiant that was to perform the wedding ceremony has died and she has to find another one – with only a week left until the wedding. It is raining cats and dogs and Delaney is heading into the church to speak to an officiant recommend by her future father-in-law. As she dashes in toward the red door, she smacks into an old man, Norval Fraser. For some reason, she feels drawn to Norval as she helps him right himself. Then, after he departs, she notices something lying on the ground – obviously, it belongs to the old man. He certainly seemed an odd, blatherskite sort of fellow. He’s obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and wants Delaney to take over his research and prove that Nessie really exists. A couple of days later Delaney encounters Norval awaiting her outside the bookstore where she works. It is barely 5:30 AM and Norval says he’s been waiting for some time. He’s worried about his nephew who doesn’t answer his phone. Delaney doesn’t understand the fierce worry but agrees to accompany Norval to his nephew’s home – where they find him deceased -stabbed in the back. The police believe Norval is the murderer because of the knife and fingerprints – but – those can be misleading. Delaney doesn’t believe that Norval is capable of that kind of violence, but then she doesn’t know him that well. At any rate, she’ll do what she can to help find the killer and prove Norval innocent. Now, in addition to all of the other things she has to do, Delaney has to find a killer. Enter a long, tall Texan dressed in black and you just add another layer to the mystery. Who is he really and why is he trying to return a book that the bookstore never owned? The book is a very, very valuable one about King Arthur and the round table, but there is just something fishy about both the man and his story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope you will as well. The characters are wonderful as you’ll know if you have read the series from the beginning. If you haven’t, I’d suggest you read the previous book because you’ll love them. The book is well-written and tightly plotted with multiple mysteries, new characters added to the series and a really lovely romance. What more could you ask for? I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Great blend of mystery and history

    When the story started I thought it might focus around King Arthur and then maybe the Loch Ness Monster. But of course then there was a murder and let's not forget the wedding. I do not want to give any spoilers so let's just say it all comes together nicely in the end. I really enjoyed the history/mythology aspect of this story and it has unique twists that will make you think twice. There are characters you'll want to root for and others you'll want to get to know better. This is the fourth book in A Scottish Bookshop Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Great read!

    myths-legends, Scotland, Loch Ness, law-enforcement, books, wedding, family, friendship, murder, cosy-mystery What do the beautiful Nessie, a father's disappearance from Scotland during WW2, an old man's obsession with Nessie, and an extremely valuable copy of Malory's Le Morte d'Artur have in common? Enter Delaney Nichols who investigates the personal history of the old man with the Nessie obsession and the murder of his less than honest nephew. Her friends at the bookstore, her soon to be groom, her family from America, and the overworked police inspector work together to make sense of why the life's work of the elderly man might have real bearing on the murder of the nephew. This entertaining tale is filled with interesting characters, plot twists, red herrings, and Nessie history. Well worth the read! This is the first book I've read in the series, but that didn't detract at all. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
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    Modern twist on an old mystery

    Delaney Nichols is heading to the alter with her Scottish fiancé and a week before the nuptials she needs to find a new minister to perform the ceremony. As she is visiting the prospective pastor she literally runs into an older gentleman that brings intrigue, and murder, into the week leading up to her wedding. Intrigue in that he believes in Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, and murder when his nephew is found murdered and he is the main suspect. Even with less than a week to go before her wedding, and the wedding shop with her dress suddenly closes and disappears along with her dress, Delaney is certain about two things: Tom IS the man for her and the elderly Norval Fraser did NOT murder his nephew. She’s still on the fence about Nessie though. This delightful story brings an American midwestern farm girl to Edinburgh and it’s quite an enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed the spin on Nessie and even the nod to my neck of the woods here in the US, Oklahoma City. I seem to be drawn to books based in Scotland and this one found it’s way to my notice and I am glad it did. While the first book I have read in this series, it was just fine as a standalone, though I want to read the prior entries. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Delaney, Tom and the gang at The Cracked Spine.
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    The Loch Ness Papers

    Perfection! Pure and simple. Now I must wait for the next adventure.
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