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The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

on May 11, 2016

The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #1)The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton was an interesting read. I enjoyed the mystery in a bookshop and picked up the book based on the title and description. It seemed to flow pretty well and I ended up liking the characters and wanting to know what happened next.

However, I didn’t like how the story was almost over before getting to who committed the crime. I was worried it wouldn’t be revealed and I would have to wait until the next book in the series came out in 2017 to find out who was the suspect. I also thought it was a little far-fetched that a young woman from Kansas would be able to come over to Scotland, find herself in the middle of a crime and solve it within a few weeks of moving to Scotland. The bookshop owner involved Delaney pretty quickly into his family crisis. We didn’t get to find out what was in the warehouse beyond a few sentences on it. Nor did we find out how her job evolved. It went right into solving the mystery without any details on her job.

I enjoyed learning a few Scottish words and seeing how they were integrated into the dialogue. I could imagine being in Scotland and hearing the characters talk. It was also interesting to learn about the voices Delaney heard in the bookstore coming from the books but it was never really explained. I hope the next book sheds more light on Delaney’s job and how the voices started talking to her from the books.

Overall, a good book, I am looking forward to the next one.

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One response to “The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

  1. I love cozies – I’ll have to check this one out.

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