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Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is―and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters. Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine―a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. Wit Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is―and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters. Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine―a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney's life could be straight out of a fairy tale―at least it would be, if the pastor meant to perform the wedding ceremony hadn't recently passed away. Outside the church where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval's obsession has moved from monsters to murder. With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly valuable book, Delaney's plate is full to bursting, but she can't abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets deeply, but Delaney is determined to dig them up―whether Nessie likes it or not.


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Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is―and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters. Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine―a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. Wit Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is―and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters. Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine―a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney's life could be straight out of a fairy tale―at least it would be, if the pastor meant to perform the wedding ceremony hadn't recently passed away. Outside the church where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval's obsession has moved from monsters to murder. With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly valuable book, Delaney's plate is full to bursting, but she can't abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets deeply, but Delaney is determined to dig them up―whether Nessie likes it or not.

30 review for The Loch Ness Papers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    The Loch Ness Papers is the 4th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I enjoy this cozy series. It has a nice mix of humor and mystery. The setting is awesome and the characters are fun and quirky. This time around, book enthusiast and seller Delaney Nichols meets and befriends an elderly man who is a local expert on the Loch Ness Monster. Norval Fraser is obsessed with the monster. and has been researching it for decades since the disappearance of his father. Norval firmly believes Ness The Loch Ness Papers is the 4th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I enjoy this cozy series. It has a nice mix of humor and mystery. The setting is awesome and the characters are fun and quirky. This time around, book enthusiast and seller Delaney Nichols meets and befriends an elderly man who is a local expert on the Loch Ness Monster. Norval Fraser is obsessed with the monster. and has been researching it for decades since the disappearance of his father. Norval firmly believes Nessie took his father. When the old man becomes a suspect in the murder of his great-nephew, Delaney steps in to help prove his innocence. This book is a fun read. I love the fact that the Loch Ness Monster figures into the story. Who doesn't love Nessie? Norval is an interesting character. I found myself wondering as much about his notes and information on Nessie as I did about the murder mystery. Wouldn't it be so cool to read through someone's notes and observations on a cryptozoological mystery as famous as Nessie? I enjoyed the plot. The mystery moved along at a nice pace with plenty of suspects and sleuthing. Although the ending wasn't a big surprise for me, I liked this story from start to finish. I will definitely be reading more of this series. I love the characters and the setting. **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Is Nessie, the Loch Ness monster real or just a folk tale people love to repeat? Either way, she is at the center of THE LOCH NESS PAPERS by Paige Shelton. This is the forth in the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries and my first read of the series. The mystery stands alone and is a complete story within this book. The characters and setting are engaging and I want to go back and read the books from the beginning as I expect that although the mystery is complete, there are some relationships and charac Is Nessie, the Loch Ness monster real or just a folk tale people love to repeat? Either way, she is at the center of THE LOCH NESS PAPERS by Paige Shelton. This is the forth in the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries and my first read of the series. The mystery stands alone and is a complete story within this book. The characters and setting are engaging and I want to go back and read the books from the beginning as I expect that although the mystery is complete, there are some relationships and character development that have grown over the series. I think I would have enjoyed experiencing relationships grow and change as they developed. Still, that in no way diminished my enjoyment of this book. Delaney Nichols, the central character in this series, has emigrated to Scotland from Kansas and in this novel is preparing to marry her fiance when she gets drawn into the world of Norval, a somewhat mentally challenged older man who is apparently obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster. While Delaney isn’t interested in continuing his research, which is what he wants, she is curious to learn more about Nessie and the truth behind the stories of a monster living in the loch. As she begins to get acquainted with Norval, his nephew is murdered and there is a possibility Norval will be arrested for the crime. Delaney is certain that Norval may have some challenges, but he is not a murderer. She begins to fear for his well being and involves herself in solving the murder. Side stories for this novel include the arrival of Delaney’s family from Kansas to join in the wedding festivities, the appearance of a Texan in possession of a rare book on King Arthur and the people who inhabit The Cracked Spine, the shop where Delaney is employed as a researcher. Rounding out Delaney’s world are Elias and Aggie, her landlords and, in Elias’ case, the cab driver who ferries her around Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. The characters in this book who make up Delaney’s world are warm and wonderful. They come across as individuals you would love to meet and hopefully include in your circle of friends. In addition, Scotland is a minor character in the beauty of its people and the stories of the Loch Ness Monster. The book moves as a good pace, pulling you through to the end but not so fast that you don’t get to enjoy the surrounding people and places of each chapter. This is an excellent entry into the cozy genre of mystery novels. There is murder, but not so graphic as to be off-putting. The side stories and characters are engaging and enjoyable to experience, leaving you perhaps wishing you could at least schedule a trip to Scotland if not consider emigrating yourself. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, this is one not to be missed, although I will say you might want to start the series with the first book so as to get the full flavor of all the secondary characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Reading this story makes me want to explore every nook and cranny of The Cracked Spine Bookshop, and follow Delaney’s footsteps as she sleuths the streets of Scotland. Danger, love, mystery, history, and myth all unite to create a story so memorable and mesmerizing I didn’t want it to end! I’d rate it 10 stars, if I could. The plot grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last word. I’ll think about this story for a long time to come. I was emotionally moved by elderly Norval Fras Reading this story makes me want to explore every nook and cranny of The Cracked Spine Bookshop, and follow Delaney’s footsteps as she sleuths the streets of Scotland. Danger, love, mystery, history, and myth all unite to create a story so memorable and mesmerizing I didn’t want it to end! I’d rate it 10 stars, if I could. The plot grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last word. I’ll think about this story for a long time to come. I was emotionally moved by elderly Norval Fraser’s endless quest to prove the Loch Ness monster exists. I never doubted the protagonist, Delaney Nichols would step right into the fray surrounding Norval and the past that haunts him while planning her wedding to Tom. The ending is fantastic in more ways than one! I highly recommend this exciting cozy mystery to readers. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press. Thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Delaney Nichols is living the good life in Scotland. She's engaged to a man she loves and she enjoys her job at The Cracked Spine. She also occasionally acts as an amateur sleuth when mysteries pop up around her. In this book, a local Loch Ness monster enthusiast, and recent friend of Delaney, is accused of murdering his nephew. Of course, Delaney steps up to help find the killer. Though Delaney is curious with the mystery, she has other things going on... she is getting married, and her family Delaney Nichols is living the good life in Scotland. She's engaged to a man she loves and she enjoys her job at The Cracked Spine. She also occasionally acts as an amateur sleuth when mysteries pop up around her. In this book, a local Loch Ness monster enthusiast, and recent friend of Delaney, is accused of murdering his nephew. Of course, Delaney steps up to help find the killer. Though Delaney is curious with the mystery, she has other things going on... she is getting married, and her family is in town for her wedding. The 4th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series by Paige Shelton. Delaney moved from the US to Scotland to work at The Cracked Spine, a rare books shop. Soon after moving to Scotland, she met Tom, and they fell in love. In each book, Delaney has a new mystery to solve. A light and entertaining series for fans of cozy mysteries. I recommend reading them in order, as it helps understand the characters better. This book has Delaney helping a new friend... who is obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Lots of talk about Nessie. Not much talk about The Cracked Spine, which, from previous books, sounds like an amazing book shop. Even though Delaney's family is visiting from Kansas, but she mostly focuses on the mystery, and not on her family and upcoming wedding. I'll admit, this is not a very exciting book. Personally, I like the characters and can handle the mostly predictable stories. If you like easy reading cozies, and Scotland appeals to you, then it's worth picking up. A delightful addition to the series. I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Delaney and Tom’s wedding is just a couple of weeks away and they are in need of a new pastor to perform the ceremony after their original one passes away. On her way into the church to meet a potential replacement, she meets Norval Fraser, a man who has researched the Loch Ness Monster his entire life. Delaney finds herself drawn into the man’s obsession and they become fast friends. He is very protective of all of his papers and wants to be sure someone will continue his wo Dollycas’s Thoughts Delaney and Tom’s wedding is just a couple of weeks away and they are in need of a new pastor to perform the ceremony after their original one passes away. On her way into the church to meet a potential replacement, she meets Norval Fraser, a man who has researched the Loch Ness Monster his entire life. Delaney finds herself drawn into the man’s obsession and they become fast friends. He is very protective of all of his papers and wants to be sure someone will continue his work after he is gone. He had hoped his nephew would take the mantle but when the nephew is killed and police believe he is responsible he reaches out to Delaney for help to find the murderer and to protect his papers. Delaney already has her hands full with her upcoming wedding and her family arriving from Kansas but she can’t say no to this man. Believing the truth will set Nordal free she jumps in with both feet to find it. But she may be up against the beast itself before she can get there. I loved absolutely everything about this story! A wedding, a priceless book, Americans visiting Scotland for the first time, and Nessie featured throughout it all. Who has not heard the tale of the Loch Ness Monster? It was about time Delaney paid the creature a visit to see for herself if their really something residing in the Loch. Nordal’s vast amount of papers and his stories really pushed her desire to see if the monster really exists. The man is clearly haunted by his memories and Delaney realizes he needs someone to pay attention. It was heartwarming the way she took this man under her wing, especially because she herself is so new to Scotland. Her need to prove his innocence overtakes almost everything else, including her wedding but her hunky pub owner fiance completely understands. That leads me to the romantic side of this story. Delaney has found the perfect mate in Tom and we see it abundantly in this story. He takes care of her but trusts her and gives her the freedom to pursue her endeavors. He is ready to step in when she needs him but knows when to back off. She supports him thoroughly too. I am excited about their future. This installment brings her adopted Scotland family, the staff at the bookstore, her landlords, Tom and his father together with her biological Kansas family to celebrate their upcoming nuptials. Delaney gets sidetracked with the murder and her new friend, so I was so pleased the way the two families got along. Meeting her folks and her brother gave us a clearer picture of the protagonist I have grown to love over the course of this series. Again, Paige Shelton’s words deliver her readers to Scotland. The town, the countryside, the rain, and the infamous loch. We follow Delaney each and every step of the way. Ms. Shelton paints such vivid imagery. You will find myth, a rich history, mystery and love within these pages. The ending left me breathless. Such fantastic storytelling took me away. The reality around me seemed to disappear as I became immersed in a tale I couldn’t put down. In fact, I sad when the story ended. My virtual escape ended much too soon. I just was not ready to leave Scotland behind. This book will be on my list of best reads of 2019 for so many reasons. It can be enjoyed on its own but to experience the character development and the passage of time I strongly encourage reading the series from the start. This story receives my Paradise Rating! 10 stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Paige Shelton and the Loch Ness Monster? It didn’t take anything else to sell me on this book! Author Paige Shelton truly knows how to transport a reader. After reading THE LOCH NESS PAPERS, I feel my passport should have a stamp for Scotland. The entire Scottish Bookshop Mystery series makes me feel as though I have spent a fair amount of time in that beautiful land. Protagonist, Delaney, has a lot going on in her life in this story. She’s juggling wedding plans, a visit from her family, a murde Paige Shelton and the Loch Ness Monster? It didn’t take anything else to sell me on this book! Author Paige Shelton truly knows how to transport a reader. After reading THE LOCH NESS PAPERS, I feel my passport should have a stamp for Scotland. The entire Scottish Bookshop Mystery series makes me feel as though I have spent a fair amount of time in that beautiful land. Protagonist, Delaney, has a lot going on in her life in this story. She’s juggling wedding plans, a visit from her family, a murder mystery, and perhaps one of the great mysteries of all time, the Loch Ness Monster. Through the brilliant writing of author Paige Shelton, Delany manages to keep all her balls in the air. Okay, most of them. I really enjoyed this book. The whodunit may have been a bit predictable, but I’m okay with that. Sometimes I like guessing who the bad guy/gal is. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction when I get to the reveal. And what a reveal it was! Even though I wasn’t surprised with the killer, there was action and angst, and a twist so unlike any other I have read in a cozy, it left me grinning from ear to ear. Thank you, Paige Shelton for bringing back that excited kid feeling I always get when reading about Nessie. And for sharing with us the wonderful mystery of, THE LOCH NESS PAPERS.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    3.5/4 stars In this 4th installment of author Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, we find our stalwart Kansas born bookseller and heroine, Delaney Nichols, walking on cloud nine. She's made friends and her home in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland and is about to marry her handsome Scottish pub-owner, Tom Shannon. Everything was on track; that is until Father O'Brien passed away a week ago and Delaney needs to find another officiant, post haste. At Tom's father's recommendation, she tra 3.5/4 stars In this 4th installment of author Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, we find our stalwart Kansas born bookseller and heroine, Delaney Nichols, walking on cloud nine. She's made friends and her home in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland and is about to marry her handsome Scottish pub-owner, Tom Shannon. Everything was on track; that is until Father O'Brien passed away a week ago and Delaney needs to find another officiant, post haste. At Tom's father's recommendation, she travels over to Dean Village in search of Reverend Nisa Bellows who hopefully can step into the breach. Just as she's about to reach the church's side door, she bumps shoulders with a doddering old gentleman who had apparently dropped something, which was not immediately noticed. When Delaney tries to catch up to him to return it, he is no where in sight. After a short visit with Reverend Nisa, who had just met with the old man, Delaney offers to bring the lost item to the man's flat. When Delaney meets dear old Norval, there is almost an immediate bond created between two curious souls. Reverend Nisa had shared with Delaney Norval's obsession with all things, "Nessie" (The Loch Ness Monster). Obsession was no understatement as Delaney notices all the Nessie trinkets and piles of research in Norval's flat. He shares with Delaney his eagerness to pass along his life-long research project on Nessie to someone who will carry on after he's gone. Would she be willing to do it? Not wanting to dash the man's hopes, Delaney says that she'll think about it. There's a knock on the door. It's Norval's great-nephew, Gavin MacLeod. Gavin's quite brusque with Norval and with her. When Gavin's dead body is found the next day, it is Norval who is held on suspicion of murder and Delaney will do whatever it takes to exonerate her new friend. Mind you, all of this is done while planning for next weekend's wedding. This is a delightful and charming cozy mystery. There's humor and tenderness shared among the characters. The descriptions of the magnificent Scottish landscape are rich, atmospheric and rather painterly. It is heartwarming to imagine ordinary people doing extraordinary things, such as the actions of our dear Delaney. It's no wonder that she makes quite an impression on everyone whom she meets. If a feel good cozy mystery, with an exquisite Scottish tableau and lots of red herrings appeals then this could well be a book for you. I am grateful to St. Martin's Press for having provided a free Uncorrected Digital Galley of this book via NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really liked this cozy mystery set in Scotland, near the famous Loch Ness where Nessie is reported to live. Nessie is central to the story, and I liked the way the author includes her in the finale. I loved the bookshop and all the people that worked there, and the romance between the lady from Kansas and the man from Scotland was great. A really fun read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I have decided to revisit this book as I have the next one to read and then the newest one from NG to read. I am hoping that my dislike of this book was just me and that this time around it will be a better experience for me. Read 3.10 - 3.12.2021 [2nd time] 4 Stars What a difference three years and an audiobook [though the audiobook is the weak link here and I eventually abandoned it towards the end because I wanted to get done with the book quicker, but more on that later] makes. I am not sure w I have decided to revisit this book as I have the next one to read and then the newest one from NG to read. I am hoping that my dislike of this book was just me and that this time around it will be a better experience for me. Read 3.10 - 3.12.2021 [2nd time] 4 Stars What a difference three years and an audiobook [though the audiobook is the weak link here and I eventually abandoned it towards the end because I wanted to get done with the book quicker, but more on that later] makes. I am not sure what or why [even with my review below me] it was about this book or the time frame that made me NOT like this book. It might have been going from listening to them on audio to have to read it and make up the voices myself, it might have been the time of year, it might have been mercury in retrograde. WHO KNOWS? All I know is that apparently I was in a very bad mood when I read this and didn't want to see the magic [though there IS less of that fun magic feel in this one, I will admit], and then just wanted to ignore the rest of the fun magical realism of the book. I don't really know. I will admit that Delaney NEEDING to go to Loch Ness with her jet-lagged family bothered me, but the rest did not. I admire her for staying in this mystery because to be honest, if a odd little old man wanted me to take "his papers and continue on his research" after only one meeting, I might have run for the hills [or not, because ultimately, I am inherently nosy]. And this time around I had a lot more sympathy for Norvill and the events that shattered his reality and a LOT less sympathy for the killer, who had the option to be open and honest and chose murder and mayhem instead. My biggest complaint is the audiobook narrator; I really despise when then change narrators mid series. It just throws everything off. And this narrator is currently the narrator of THREE other series I read and she does the same voice for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I tend to get confused as to which book I am in at times. Even with a "Scottish" accent, I often thought I was in a cupcake shop in Arizona and NOT in Scotland. NOT really enjoyable tbh. I am glad that I re-read this in prep for the next two. It was good to revisit this and to find that it was better than I had remembered. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Read 3.28 - 3.31.2019 2 Stars This book took me four days to finish. F O U R. That alone should explain the 2 star rating. But in case it doesn't, I will try and break it down for you here. First, let me say, I loved all the previous books. Totally and completely loved them and the stories and the mysteries. Delaney is one of my favorite book characters right now and I was so excited that there was going to be a fourth book. I like the bookshop The Cracked Spine and all its workers and I love the story of how Delaney ended up in Scotland. In fact. there really isn't a character in these books that I didn't like. So when I started this, I expected it to be a one day, only put it down to pee, kind of read. I was wrong. Oh. So. Very. Wrong. I am not sure what happened, but all the magic disappeared with this book. *POOF* and it was gone. And this should have been a magical one. Delaney and Tom are getting ready to get married and her family is coming. Magical right? Well, not when there is murder and fraud and the possibility of The Loch Ness Monster being real. And even if you can find magic in all of the, the writing [strangely enough] was tepid. And I just didn't care about anyone. Or the story. Or who the murderer was [and when it was revealed and the why, not only didn't I really care, I wasn't surprised at all]. It all just fell tremendously flat for me. And that, when you love a series as much as I loved this one, is a horrible disappointment. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    I thought this was a relaxing, and a quickly-read cozy mystery. I was interested in the plot regarding Delaney’s quest into the existence or the myth of the elusive Loch Ness monster. Delaney works in a book, artifact and curiosity shop in Scotland. She is romantically attached to the devastatingly handsome Tom, a man who is also kind and supportive. Their wedding is approaching and her happy family arrives from Kansas for the ceremony. Complications arise when the inquisitive Delaney’s minister I thought this was a relaxing, and a quickly-read cozy mystery. I was interested in the plot regarding Delaney’s quest into the existence or the myth of the elusive Loch Ness monster. Delaney works in a book, artifact and curiosity shop in Scotland. She is romantically attached to the devastatingly handsome Tom, a man who is also kind and supportive. Their wedding is approaching and her happy family arrives from Kansas for the ceremony. Complications arise when the inquisitive Delaney’s minister for the wedding dies, her wedding dress goes missing and she meets an elderly gentleman Norval, which interrupts her preparations for her upcoming marriage with a mystery she feels compelled to solve. Norval is obsessed with the Loch Ness monster, and has years of research on the subject. He wants to leave his vast collection of papers and photos in Delaney’s care and for her to carry on his work. His nephew who seems to want the research and is found murdered. Suspicion of murder falls on Norval and Delaney is determined to prove his innocence. Back at the bookshop, a mysterious Texan has arrived with a valuable, antique book about King Arthur and has a suspicious story of how it was obtained. I regret that I didn’t find the plot more compelling. The characters were easy to like but I found them dull. The story failed to draw me in and I felt it didn’t convey a sense of suspense and failed to thrill me. I did enjoy the search for truth about the mythical Loch Ness creature. I thought that when the nephew’s killer was revealed his ending made little sense. All ended happily with the marriage ceremony which gave the story an overly sweet ending. Despite my reservations on this book, I think many readers will love it, and should not be dissuaded by my criticisms. Thanks to NetGalley And St. Martin’s Press for an advanced reader’s copy of this cozy mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Delaney falls into another intriguing mystery as her marriage to pub owner, Tom Shannon, is about to take place! Paige Shelton’s The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4) has so much happening in a very short period that one almost needs a partner ‘to keep score’. Delaney Nichols, an employee of The Cracked Spine, a bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, is marrying her love, Tom, and as the date approaches, the pastor, who was to marry them, passes away. Delaney must find another one. On he Delaney falls into another intriguing mystery as her marriage to pub owner, Tom Shannon, is about to take place! Paige Shelton’s The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4) has so much happening in a very short period that one almost needs a partner ‘to keep score’. Delaney Nichols, an employee of The Cracked Spine, a bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, is marrying her love, Tom, and as the date approaches, the pastor, who was to marry them, passes away. Delaney must find another one. On her way to meet with a new pastor, Delaney meets Norval who has completed much research about Nessie, the Loch Ness ‘monster’. From this meeting, Delaney is involved with Nessie, a murder, her wedding dress, her family’s visit for her wedding, and a book delivered by a smooth-talking Texan. It is a delightful wild ride. 5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Scottish Bookshop Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 4/2/19 Number of Pages: 320 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 s Series: Scottish Bookshop Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 4/2/19 Number of Pages: 320 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop series and a delightful addition to this series. Delaney and Tom are getting married and Delaney's family is coming to visit from Kansas. While trying to find a new minister to officiate the wedding, Delaney meets Norval Fraser. He's a Loch Ness monster enthusiast who has been researching the monster for years. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing draws the reader into Edinburgh and the characters. Having read the prev The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop series and a delightful addition to this series. Delaney and Tom are getting married and Delaney's family is coming to visit from Kansas. While trying to find a new minister to officiate the wedding, Delaney meets Norval Fraser. He's a Loch Ness monster enthusiast who has been researching the monster for years. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing draws the reader into Edinburgh and the characters. Having read the previous books in the series, I've come to feel like Edwin, Rosie, Hamlet, Tom and Delaney have all become friends. I love spending time with them and enjoying the sights, history and stories of Scotland and Edinburgh. I also liked that Ms. Shelton included Nessie's history and the possibilities of her existence into the story. The plot moved swiftly with very few suspects and enough twists to keep me guessing. However, this time I did feel somewhat of a disconnect with Delaney. She got so involved with the murder, Norval and the mystery American that I felt like she neglected her family and her wedding. All in all it was a good read and I'll definitely be looking for more in this series. 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    A new author for me and the fourth installment of this series. I will read her again especially this series. Delaney Nichols is planning on marrying her boyfriend Tom Shannon. The pastor who was to officiate at the ceremony has died. While looking for a new one she meets Norval Fraser, an elderly man who has a passion for the Loch Ness monster. He wants Delaney to take over his work looking for Nessie. He claims his father was taken by Nessie and feels finding he will locate his Father. The next A new author for me and the fourth installment of this series. I will read her again especially this series. Delaney Nichols is planning on marrying her boyfriend Tom Shannon. The pastor who was to officiate at the ceremony has died. While looking for a new one she meets Norval Fraser, an elderly man who has a passion for the Loch Ness monster. He wants Delaney to take over his work looking for Nessie. He claims his father was taken by Nessie and feels finding he will locate his Father. The next his Great-nephew is stabbed to death and Norval is arrested for the murder. Angus Murdock shows up at the Cracked Spine with a valuable book on King Arthur and his Knights. He says his Grandfather stole 20 years ago. There is no record of a lost book. Delaney 's family arrived in Edinburgh for the wedding. The various themes are woven together to form the tale. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: Thanks to St Martin's Press for a through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars In the newest addition of this cozy mystery series, Delaney Nichols, has her plate full. Not only is she marrying her hunk of Scottish Pub owner, Tom, but her family has arrived from Kansas and wants to be entertained. Then to add to the mix, she gets involved in trying to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. A man she meets wraps her up into the investigation of the Monster and then his nephew is murdered and he is arrested for the crime. No matter that she has a wedding and 3.5 stars In the newest addition of this cozy mystery series, Delaney Nichols, has her plate full. Not only is she marrying her hunk of Scottish Pub owner, Tom, but her family has arrived from Kansas and wants to be entertained. Then to add to the mix, she gets involved in trying to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. A man she meets wraps her up into the investigation of the Monster and then his nephew is murdered and he is arrested for the crime. No matter that she has a wedding and out of the country family visiting, Delaney throws everything aside to investigate the murder and the secret of the Monster. The one thing that drives me crazy is the random use of Scottish pronunciations. She always substitutes tae for the but that just gets annoying. Occasionally she drops in an aye or a wee but just make up your mind. Either write it all in Scottish or not. Stop the tae's. It's just annoying. Other than that it's a cute cozy mystery that has my two favorite things, Scotland and a book store. It's a delightful combination.

  16. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Delaney Nichols of Kansas in America is about to marry her hunky Scottish pub owner boyfriend at the bookshop where she works surrounded by friends and family. The only problem is the clergyman who had agreed to officiate the ceremony has unfortunately died. Delaney seeks out a new officiant and in doing so becomes involved in an elderly man's Loch Ness Monster conspiracy theory. and a new murder investigation. Sensing a mystery and naturally curious, Delaney digs deep to find some answers about Delaney Nichols of Kansas in America is about to marry her hunky Scottish pub owner boyfriend at the bookshop where she works surrounded by friends and family. The only problem is the clergyman who had agreed to officiate the ceremony has unfortunately died. Delaney seeks out a new officiant and in doing so becomes involved in an elderly man's Loch Ness Monster conspiracy theory. and a new murder investigation. Sensing a mystery and naturally curious, Delaney digs deep to find some answers about Norval Fraser's long lost father and solve the murder case. Delaney's boss, Edwin, has a mystery on his hands too when a larger than life Texan returns a rare and valuable book he claims his grandfather stole from The Cracked Spine. Edwin can't remember the book or the grandfather! Perhaps Delaney can solve this mystery too. The Loch Ness Monster is not something I'm interested in or necessarily believe in. I'd have to see her to believe in her and the way she is presented in this novel is massively corny. I really disliked the ending to the mystery. I would have preferred a little more mystique. I figured out who the murderer was quickly. With only a small cast of characters it has to be one of the new characters. Which one seemed fairly obvious but I wasn't 100% positive. I did love the "cozy" part of this story. It was great meeting Delaney's family and getting to know them better. Her parents are lovely people and her brother may not want to settle down and marry, he's a great guy and a loving son and brother. It would have been more fun to see them interact more with Aggie and Elias. I didn't like how Delaney kept ditching her family to investigate Nessie and Norval's mystery. I love how solid Delaney and Tom's relationship is. They've discussed the important issues and though they don't agree on the number of children they want to have (I say it's her choice), they have a clear path for their future. I'm not sure how Delaney can work at The Cracked Spine, solve murder mysteries AND help run the pub but if anyone can do it cheerfully, she can. Central to the mystery is an elderly man named Norval Fraser. Norval is a Loch Ness Monster fanatic. His passion goes deeper than most people's interest because he claims Nessie stole his father long ago when he, Norval, was a wee lad. Norval is determined to find the monster and discover his father's remains to prove his father "didna" run off and abandon his family. Oh Norval! My heart breaks for him. His story is so tragic. His father's disappearance clearly traumatized him, especially since it was during World War II and the other men of the village were away fighting and couldn't provide Norval with a surrogate Da. Leonard Fraser's disappearance shaped Norval's adult life and now everyone thinks Norval is crazy. Delaney fears Norval has mental health issues that should be taken care of. She genuinely likes the old man and I do too despite crazy theories about monsters stealing men. I was surprised by the truth of the story. That wasn't what I was expecting. Norval's great-nephew Gavin is not interested in Nessie or ant crazy conspiracies. As far as he is concerned, finance is king. He does not seem like the nicest of men but I believe he does care for his great-uncle enough to not want to see his uncle robbed or taken advantage of. Gavin did not deserve to be murdered. Later, we meet Norval's sister Millie, the last surviving member of the family and learn just how devastating the impact of losing Gavin will be on both Norval and Millie. It truly is a sad situation. Other new characters important to the story include Reverend Nisa. I didn't care much for her blunt manners or her super freaky neatness. Sometimes she seems like she's hiding something and is a bit mysterious. Of course I don't want her to be a murderer because then Delaney and Tom's wedding might be delayed. I don't think a woman of the cloth would commit murder but she may know more than she reveals. Angus Murdoch is a larger-than-life Texan who fulfills every stereotype. He had a great relationship with his grandfather and I understand how much he must miss his grandfather but his grief is a bit excessive. 20 years have passed! His story about the book is interesting but is it true? Edwin doesn't remember a lot of things so it could be. Minor newcomers who may be murderers are Albert Winsom, an apothecary and Loch Ness Monster fanatic. Albert is worse than Norval because Norval at least has his father's stories and the trauma behind his obsession. Albert likes to collect trinkets and stories and would like to continue Norval's work but for some reason they had a falling out. Could Albert have killed Gavin over Norval's crazy papers? The other suspect is Brodie Watson, a celebrity author who once did a good turn for someone at The Cracked Spine. Brodie was furious with Gavin for reasons having nothing to do with Nessie and threatened to kill the man. What makes a man mad enough to kill and would Brodie be able to do it? The regular characters are all here in a very minor capacity to support Delaney and Tom. I really like the way Delaney's mind works. She really does seem to resemble a certain archivist I know in her love of books and her thought processes. Edwin may have some shady business dealings sometimes but he's a good and mostly honest man. He's like an uncle to Delaney. Rosie is not motherly but she keeps the stories and shares them when it's important and I like that. Hector is the sweetest little dog! I am in love with him. Hamlet is a good brotherly friend and translator. I wish he had more of a role in this story. Elias, as ever, is Delaney's staunch defender. He serves as her father away from home and I think her real dad likes knowing she's protected. Finally, there's hunky Tom who is prepared to forsake his womanizing ways and marry Delaney. They've been through a lot in the last year and I think they make a good couple. It was nice to finally see them marry. I still enjoy this series even if this one was a little too corny for me. I hope there will be more in spite of the changes in Delaney's life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    More of a 3.5 star. Love this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    I'm kinda crazy about this series, and this book was great fun! Is Nessie real? Lots of people who should know think she is, and it was fun to sort through the plot. Loved meeting Delaney's family, too! Now it's on to the next book! I'm kinda crazy about this series, and this book was great fun! Is Nessie real? Lots of people who should know think she is, and it was fun to sort through the plot. Loved meeting Delaney's family, too! Now it's on to the next book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Bunnell

    I'm a sucker for anything related to the Loch Ness Monster, books in Scotland, cozy mysteries, so this is right up my alley. Liked the bookstore and the characters. The setting was delicious. The mystery was predictable. I'm a sucker for anything related to the Loch Ness Monster, books in Scotland, cozy mysteries, so this is right up my alley. Liked the bookstore and the characters. The setting was delicious. The mystery was predictable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I really enjoy this series. It's a nice little cozy series with a good set up and good characters. It also does a lot more character development than your average cozy. This one had to do with our favorite Scot, Nessie! Well, only indirectly. Blaming a imaginary (or not) beastie for your father leaving home and maintaining that belief all the way into extreme old age is a bit delusional, but it does lead to poor Norval's death. I'm afraid I kinda figured out whodunnit early on, but I don't read I really enjoy this series. It's a nice little cozy series with a good set up and good characters. It also does a lot more character development than your average cozy. This one had to do with our favorite Scot, Nessie! Well, only indirectly. Blaming a imaginary (or not) beastie for your father leaving home and maintaining that belief all the way into extreme old age is a bit delusional, but it does lead to poor Norval's death. I'm afraid I kinda figured out whodunnit early on, but I don't read this series for the complexity of the crime. I read it for the characters and the setting!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Delaney is working at a rare bookstore and planning her wedding. She has her parents coming over from America for the wedding. She becomes friends with an old man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. When his nephew is found dead and he is blamed Delaney starts looking for the answer. This book just seemed to drag.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    The Loch Ness Papers is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. Delaney Nichols is scurrying to meet with Rev. Bellows to see if she will be able to marry her and Tom Shannon when she bumps into Norval Fraser coming out of the church. As Delaney is about to enter the church she notices a deck of cards on the ground with a picture of the Loch Ness Monster on the cards. After meeting with Rev. Bellows Delaney goes across the street to where Norval lives and returns the cards. When The Loch Ness Papers is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. Delaney Nichols is scurrying to meet with Rev. Bellows to see if she will be able to marry her and Tom Shannon when she bumps into Norval Fraser coming out of the church. As Delaney is about to enter the church she notices a deck of cards on the ground with a picture of the Loch Ness Monster on the cards. After meeting with Rev. Bellows Delaney goes across the street to where Norval lives and returns the cards. When she enters Norval flat, she notices papers and books piled all over. Norval explains that he has been researching Nessie since he was young, believing that Nessie does exist and taken his father when he was a young boy. Norval tells Delaney that he would like to give the papers to someone who will continue his work and not sell the papers. One morning when as Delaney arrives at The Cracked Spine she finds Norval waiting for her. He wants her to go with him to his great-nephew Gavin’s home. Norval says he has been trying to call him but he doesn’t answer. When they arrive they find the dead body of Gavin, having been stabbed. Evidence found at the scene leads the police to consider Norval as a person of interest. Delaney with the help of the staff at The Cracked Spine set out to clear Norval’s name. Another mystery that comes to Delaney’s attention happens when a good looking man from the states come to the bookstore with what appears to be a very valuable book that he claims to have found in his grandfather’s house. He says that his grandfather left a note in the book where he claims to have stolen the book from The Cracked Spine and would like for his grandson to return it one day. Edwin MacAllister, owner of the bookstore has no recollection of ever having the book. Something doesn’t ring true about his story and Delaney wants to know if the story is true. And as if Delaney didn’t have enough on her plate, her parents and brother have arrived for their daughter’s marriage. Fortunately, Elias and Aggie McKenna, Delaney’s landlords are more willing to show the family around Edinburgh. Another well-written and plotted story and most all the previous cast of enjoyable character are back to help tell the store. Ms. Shelton almost had me convinced that there is really a “Nessie”. I will be watching for the next book in this wonderful series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery, and although it can be read as a standalone, I recommend you read this series in order to get the full history of the series and the character development that has occured. In this outing, Delaney and Tom are planning their wedding. They have had a few setbacks in their plans so Delaney is visiting a church to see if the Minister will consider performing the wedding. While there she bumps into an elderly Loch Ness enthusiast, who has coll This is the fourth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery, and although it can be read as a standalone, I recommend you read this series in order to get the full history of the series and the character development that has occured. In this outing, Delaney and Tom are planning their wedding. They have had a few setbacks in their plans so Delaney is visiting a church to see if the Minister will consider performing the wedding. While there she bumps into an elderly Loch Ness enthusiast, who has collected many papers and information about sightings and proof of its existence. When his nephew turns up dead, he is the main suspect and Delaney can't believe he could be a murderer. She puts her skills to work trying to prove his innocence. I enjoyed the plot involving the existence of Nessie. It was a fun plotline that will capture the interest of many. The characters were a bit quirky and their was some subtle humour that I have come to expect from Paige Shelton. Although the mystery is about the murder, the papers and what they could prove was also something that had me thinking and wondering. Norval was a great character, with his quirkiness, yet his absolute belief that Nessie is real. There was some sadness as well, knowing that his father abandoned the family when he was young, yet he believed that Nessie had taken his dad. The mystery moved along at a nice pace with plenty of suspects and with Delaney busy asking questions and investigating. She was extremely busy with the mystery, planning her wedding and getting ready for her family arriving from the US. She also had her job and was investigating a book that had been brought to them from a loud, somewhat obnoxious Texan. The final reveal was not a total surprise, but it tied up loose ends very well. I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I especially love the setting. It is not an action packed cozy series, but it is an enjoyable one that I recommend, especially if you like stories set in Scotland. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Delaney is excited for her upcoming wedding not only are her parents coming to town but she gets to spend the rest of her life with the man she loves. Learning that she needed a new officiant for her wedding she heads out to the church to ask a reverend that was recommended if they would be available for her wedding. While heading to the church she runs into an elderly gentleman named Norval that she has an immediate connection with. She finds a pack of cards and realizes that Norval must have d Delaney is excited for her upcoming wedding not only are her parents coming to town but she gets to spend the rest of her life with the man she loves. Learning that she needed a new officiant for her wedding she heads out to the church to ask a reverend that was recommended if they would be available for her wedding. While heading to the church she runs into an elderly gentleman named Norval that she has an immediate connection with. She finds a pack of cards and realizes that Norval must have dropped them. She finds out where he lives to return the cards and learns that he is a Loch Ness monster enthusiast. Delaney befriends Norval and he asks her to continue on in his search for the illusive creature. Delaney agrees to think it over and continues on with her everyday life. When Norval shows up at the shop worried about his nephew Delaney goes with him and finds the young man murdered. Who could have killed him and why? Did it have something to do with Norval's research or could it have been one of his many investors? The police are looking at Norval and although she hasn't known him long Delaney doesn't believe he could have done it. Follow along as she tries to clear his name but with all the she has going on will she be able to? With her family in town, a lost dress, and an American with a book and story to tell will she be able to find the time to be of some help to Norval? This was a great read that truly transports you to Scotland. I've never been there but when I read a book from this series I feel as if I'm there. I look forward to being transported again with the next book in the series!!! I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Paige Shelton's fourth Scottish Bookshop mystery, The Loch Ness Papers, was one of my favorites in the series. Eccentric characters, a very unusual bookshop, and a wedding, all in an atmospheric setting, bring so much to this book. Bookseller Delaney Nichols has to find a minister for her wedding. She's rushing into a church to talk to one when she bumps into an older man going out of the church. He drops a pack of cards showing the Loch Ness Monster, and, naturally the curious Delaney is intrigu Paige Shelton's fourth Scottish Bookshop mystery, The Loch Ness Papers, was one of my favorites in the series. Eccentric characters, a very unusual bookshop, and a wedding, all in an atmospheric setting, bring so much to this book. Bookseller Delaney Nichols has to find a minister for her wedding. She's rushing into a church to talk to one when she bumps into an older man going out of the church. He drops a pack of cards showing the Loch Ness Monster, and, naturally the curious Delaney is intrigued. She finds out where he lives, and returns the cards. She feels an immediate connection to Normal Fraser who is obsessed with Nessie, and invites Delaney to take over his project, his collection of papers about the monster. She turns him down, but she's intrigued with his stories. However, when Norval's great-nephew, Gavin, drops in, Delaney doesn't trust him. Unfortunately for Norval, Gavin is murdered and the police suspect the eccentric collector. Even though her family is arriving for the wedding, Delaney is determined to prove Norval isn't a killer, just a man with an unusual obsession. When Delaney's family arrives from Kansas, they're just as delightful as readers would expect. There are amusing scenes as they struggle with jet lag. The stories and legends of Scotland and the mystery of Loch Ness add to the magic of this book. And, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a wedding between two characters who have become favorites in the course of a mystery series. A little magic, a little mystery, and the magic of romance. Readers might yearn for Edinburgh and Scotland after reading The Loch Ness Papers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    It feels like forever since I was able to read the current new release from the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I was thrilled with the story, writing, and characters. Not only did the Characters feel as though I had just read book #3, I instantly remembered all the story lines and where they had ended. It had been a year. With all the books I read, this was amazing to me. So, if you find yourself liking murder mysteries, a setting in Scotland, tales of Nessie (of the Loch Ness fame,) or King Arthur It feels like forever since I was able to read the current new release from the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I was thrilled with the story, writing, and characters. Not only did the Characters feel as though I had just read book #3, I instantly remembered all the story lines and where they had ended. It had been a year. With all the books I read, this was amazing to me. So, if you find yourself liking murder mysteries, a setting in Scotland, tales of Nessie (of the Loch Ness fame,) or King Arthur's tale of the Round table, you will love this novel. If you are attracted by gentle romance, weddings, Cowboys from Texas, and families from Kansas, you will love this novel. Ms. Shelton has really outdone herself and I'm not counting the days until, hopefully, I get to read book number five! This really should have been given ten stars, in my opinion. I Loved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Interesting but not fantastic. It's a nice read, but it's also a typical one with a flat narrative. Much more development all around would have been great. Interesting but not fantastic. It's a nice read, but it's also a typical one with a flat narrative. Much more development all around would have been great.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kayt18

    Fun read Of you are a fan of a good legend, great characters, a dreamy setting, and well written mystery you have found the perfect book. A feel good cozy that was a pleasure to read. Loch Ness never seemed so entertaining.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bon

    DNF at 24%. A little TOO cozy for me, I got bored 😅

  30. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    THE LOCH NESS PAPERS, the fourth book in the Scottish Book Shop Mystery series by Paige Shelton, transports the reader to a land full of mystical intrigue! I’ve always been fascinated by myths and legends of other countries and loved the way the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) is central to this tale. Ms. Shelton weaves in information on some “historical” sightings making me think just perhaps this mythical beast might actually exist… the hallmark of a great storyteller! She also captures the charmin THE LOCH NESS PAPERS, the fourth book in the Scottish Book Shop Mystery series by Paige Shelton, transports the reader to a land full of mystical intrigue! I’ve always been fascinated by myths and legends of other countries and loved the way the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) is central to this tale. Ms. Shelton weaves in information on some “historical” sightings making me think just perhaps this mythical beast might actually exist… the hallmark of a great storyteller! She also captures the charming atmosphere of Scotland and the Scottish people. I love how she imbues her characters with brogues, providing authenticity to the setting. Between the Cracked Spine Book Shop, Edinburgh, and Loch Ness, the reader will feel like they are on a delightful vacation. I was especially drawn to her description of the protagonist’s visit to Urquhart Castle situated next to Loch Ness, since I had the pleasure of visiting the location many years ago. It brings back fond memories of watching a bagpiper climb the castle ruins and play his haunting music! Protagonist Delaney Nichols is an American transplant to Edinburgh, Scotland and is preparing for her wedding to pub owner, Tom. She connects with Norval Fraiser, an elderly Nessie enthusiast, who has devoted his life to researching the Loch Ness monster. Delaney gets pulled into researching the death of his great-nephew after Norval is accused of murder. Ms. Shelton’s portrayal of the obsessive/compulsive elderly man is treated with sensitivity and she pulls the reader in as she peels back of the layers of the man’s life to figure out his obsession. The subplots intertwined with the main murder mystery contribute to a page turner that, at times, had me on the edge of my seat. With plenty of suspects mixed in with twists and turns, I was breathless as I read the exciting conclusion. Ms. Shelton has once again proven she can bring exciting suspense to a charming setting with delightful results! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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