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AuthorPaige Shelton
PublisherSt Martin's Press
Publication Date42837
Book DescriptionDelaney Nichols has eased into her new life in Edinburgh and doesn't miss her old life in Kansas at all. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specialises in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is going swimmingly. One day, Edwin MacAlister, Delaney's boss, sends her to Castle Doune, an hour outside the city limits. There she is to meet a contact and pick up a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an "Oor Wullie." While taking in the sights from the castle's ramparts, Delaney sees a sandal-clad foot. That foot is attached to a man in an old-fashioned costume, and he matches the description of man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. He's dead, but there are no visible reasons as to why or how. As Delaney goes to call the police, she spots some papers fluttering around a side wall. When she discovers that it's the Oor Wullie, she can't fight the urge to take it and hide it under her jacket. It's not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realises just how complicated this story is; she endeavours to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, but not before putting herself in danger.
Editorial Review"With an endearing heroine, a cast of eccentric Scots and colorful Edinburgh descriptions, The Cracked Spine offers a pleasant puzzle... [and] promises considerably more than a wee dram of satisfaction in future installments." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "This spotlessly clean, fun-filled read takes plenty of twists and turns on the way to the satisfying ending." --Publishers Weekly "Move over Claire Fraser; American bibliophile Delaney Nichols is about to take Scotland by storm!" --Ellery Adams "Readers who appreciate bookseller sleuths such as Dido Hoare or Claire Malloy will welcome this new cozy series... The feisty Delaney is an appealing protagonist." --Library Journal "A perfectly twisty-turny puzzler of a mystery... Full of wit and whimsy, with a clever plot and delightful characters, this mystery is a fantastic read!" --Jenn McKinlay "A foolproof plot, endearing characters, and prose that immediately transports readers to enchanting Edinburgh ... and leaves them eager for a return trip." --Lucy Arlington "A great read for book lovers, mystery seekers, and anyone who enjoys a determined new heroine. Sure to be a winning series." --Erika Chase
About the AuthorPAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood as her father's job as a football coach took the family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City where she thought she'd only stay a few years, but she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After a couple of decades in Utah, she and her family recently moved to Arizona. She is the author of Of Books and Bagpipes.
Number of Pages320