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A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in Paige Shelton's Deadly Editions, the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery. Bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious cloaked visitor one evening at the Cracked Spine Bookshop. He presents to her an even more perplexing note: an invitation to an exclusive treasure hunt hosted by e A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in Paige Shelton's Deadly Editions, the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery. Bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious cloaked visitor one evening at the Cracked Spine Bookshop. He presents to her an even more perplexing note: an invitation to an exclusive treasure hunt hosted by eccentric socialite Shelaigh O'Connor. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelaigh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the '70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges. But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelaigh's vast library, and an unspecified sum of cash. The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelaigh's old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelaigh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Sheilagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain. Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery, while trying to stay out of the killer's clutches. For she, it seems, is his next target.


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A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in Paige Shelton's Deadly Editions, the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery. Bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious cloaked visitor one evening at the Cracked Spine Bookshop. He presents to her an even more perplexing note: an invitation to an exclusive treasure hunt hosted by e A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in Paige Shelton's Deadly Editions, the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery. Bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious cloaked visitor one evening at the Cracked Spine Bookshop. He presents to her an even more perplexing note: an invitation to an exclusive treasure hunt hosted by eccentric socialite Shelaigh O'Connor. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelaigh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the '70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges. But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelaigh's vast library, and an unspecified sum of cash. The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelaigh's old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelaigh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Sheilagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain. Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery, while trying to stay out of the killer's clutches. For she, it seems, is his next target.

30 review for Deadly Editions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. What could be more fun than a treasure hunt? And what if the prize was a marvelous private library collection? And what, if in addition to that, all the contestants were all going to be awarded a large sum of money just for playing? Tempting?? Well, Edinburgh bookshop owner Delaney Nichols received an invitation to participate in this treasure hunt af Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. What could be more fun than a treasure hunt? And what if the prize was a marvelous private library collection? And what, if in addition to that, all the contestants were all going to be awarded a large sum of money just for playing? Tempting?? Well, Edinburgh bookshop owner Delaney Nichols received an invitation to participate in this treasure hunt after it was delivered, out of the blue, by a mysterious delivery person. Delaney was one of four people to get such an invitation by the elderly, eccentric and wealthy Shelagh O’Connor. Once she arrived at the O’Connor estate she was overwhelmed by the size of the library, as well as the object of the treasure hunt – a rare edition of Robert Lewis Stephenson’s classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. O’Connor, a spinster, is obsessed with this book, so much so that in her youth she used to dress up and prowl the streets of Edinburgh as Mr. Hyde. It got her in hot water once, but will the present imitate the past? Once the hunt begins a “New Monster” seems to begin roaming the streets of Edinburgh and there are Monster sightings, a rash of burglaries, and even a death. Who is to blame, who is the monster and is Shelagh O’Connor a prime suspect due to her past eccentricities? Delaney is on the hunt for the clues to the treasure hunt, and each clue seems to lead to a different pub in the city. Along the way she begins to uncover clues about O’Connor’s past until one day O’Connor is kidnapped, and her cousin is left a bloody mess by the attacker. Now the police and Delaney shift into high gear in their search for clues and to unlock the mystery identity of the Monster. Despite the treasure and the cash prizes, the race is on to find Shelagh and hope that the Monster has not taken the life of another victim. The police are baffled, the clues seem to be impossible to follow, and all the while every person who knew or worked for O’Connor is a possible suspect. This is a well written novel, one that keeps the reader guessing until the very end of the book and makes us wonder if there is not a little of Mr. Hyde in all of us. The book features the pubs of Edinburgh, believable characters and a very interesting plot. While being the 6th in the series, this certainly can be read as a stand-alone mystery and is an enjoyable novel for all mystery fans. This review was previously published on www.mysteryandsuspense.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The sixth installment of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries reunites readers with the wonderful cast of employees at the Cracked Spine in Edinburgh, Scotland. Goosebumps may crawl up your arms once you realize how protagonist Delaney Nichols has been set up as she and close acquaintances surge forth on a treasure hunt planned by an eccentric wealthy woman named Shelagh O’Conner who is obsessed with the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The story is thoroughly engrossing as Delaney and friends work a The sixth installment of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries reunites readers with the wonderful cast of employees at the Cracked Spine in Edinburgh, Scotland. Goosebumps may crawl up your arms once you realize how protagonist Delaney Nichols has been set up as she and close acquaintances surge forth on a treasure hunt planned by an eccentric wealthy woman named Shelagh O’Conner who is obsessed with the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The story is thoroughly engrossing as Delaney and friends work as teams by searching local pubs in the area surrounding the Grassmarket in order to decipher the nifty clues leading to the treasure. It also becomes evident a psychopath is masquerading as Mr. Hyde. Readers will need to delve deep to figure out this murder mystery! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    What fun! A cozy mystery treasure hunt through the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Present day. Edinburgh, Scotland. Paige Shelton’s Deadly Editions (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #6) finds Delaney Nichols newly married and back at her job at The Cracked Spine, an intriguing bookshop where Delaney works with other characters such as Rosie, Hamlet, a student, and Hector, a miniature Yorkie who watches over all who work at The Cracked Spine. When I am reading each book in this series, I get very comfortable and feel right at home as I have been to Edinburgh about 6 times. Lucky me! Present day. Edinburgh, Scotland. Paige Shelton’s Deadly Editions (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #6) finds Delaney Nichols newly married and back at her job at The Cracked Spine, an intriguing bookshop where Delaney works with other characters such as Rosie, Hamlet, a student, and Hector, a miniature Yorkie who watches over all who work at The Cracked Spine. When I am reading each book in this series, I get very comfortable and feel right at home as I have been to Edinburgh about 6 times. Lucky me! It is a fascinating historical city. On this day Delaney receives by messenger an invitation to an “eccentric socialite” Shelagh O’Conner’s treasure hunt that promises as grand prize an extremely valuable “ first edition copy” of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In addition, the winner will be gifted Shelagh’s huge library. Everyone who ‘plays’ in this treasure hunt will get a sizable amount of cash. Delaney definitely wants to participate, but she is only interested in the books in Shelagh’s library. Delaney is a consummate book lover. At the first meeting at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Delaney meets the other players. Delaney and I both like a new character, Birk Blackburn, who becomes Delaney’s teammate which pleases Tom, Delaney’s new husband, because Delaney will not be alone in this endeavor. This treasure hunt includes some pub crawling, interpreting various clues, and trying to stay alive. A ‘new monster’ appears which brings out one of the groups’ past. Is the monster emulating Mr. Hyde? Then there is a death. Is this death connected to the hunt? The author throws in some other bad behavior which begins to scare the people of Edinburgh. And parts of Edinburgh can be very frightening! I thoroughly enjoyed ‘my’ trip back to Edinburgh. I always enjoy Delaney’s ‘bookish voices’. These are quotations from books she has read, and she often ‘hears’ them when she is in a spot of trouble. When she figures out just what the voices are saying, they often save the day and Delaney too. The author’s writing enables the reader to have vivid images of Edinburgh. As it is winter, Delaney looks out the window of the bookshop and says “I was living in a real-life snow globe again.”. When you visit Edinburgh, please do not forget the haunted pubs such as The Banshee Labyrinth- Scotland’s Most Haunted Pub. Aye! 😱5 stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I love cozy mysteries and I love Scotland too, so this is a series made for me! This book is everything I was hoping for! A bookstore, an owner who loved following clues, and a whodunit well worth reading! I love treasure hunts, so this was an added bonus. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press-Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review this book. I love cozy mysteries and I love Scotland too, so this is a series made for me! This book is everything I was hoping for! A bookstore, an owner who loved following clues, and a whodunit well worth reading! I love treasure hunts, so this was an added bonus. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press-Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Deadly Editions is the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop mystery series. The main character, Delaney, is an American woman who relocated to Scotland to work in a unique bookshop, the Cracked Spine. Delaney occasionally helps solve mysteries. Deadly Editions starts with Delaney on a treasure hunt, but leads to her looking for a killer. I recommend starting with the first book in this series, The Cracked Spine. Each book in the series has a unique mystery, but the relationships between the charac Deadly Editions is the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop mystery series. The main character, Delaney, is an American woman who relocated to Scotland to work in a unique bookshop, the Cracked Spine. Delaney occasionally helps solve mysteries. Deadly Editions starts with Delaney on a treasure hunt, but leads to her looking for a killer. I recommend starting with the first book in this series, The Cracked Spine. Each book in the series has a unique mystery, but the relationships between the characters grows throughout Delaney’s time in Scotland. Deadly Editions is a delightful cozy mystery. The characters are likable and the story is entertaining. Light, fun, and quirky. A good read for fans of cozies. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Ms. Shelton's Deadly Editions is the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop series and was another entertaining and intriguing read from beginning to end. I love visiting Edinburgh and seeing Delaney and the characters that inhabit her world. Tom, Elias, Aggie, Rosie and Hamlet all have a part to play in this book and add a richness to the story. These characters are so well developed now that I feel like I'm visiting with old friends when I open one of these books. The plot moves swiftly as Delaney Ms. Shelton's Deadly Editions is the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop series and was another entertaining and intriguing read from beginning to end. I love visiting Edinburgh and seeing Delaney and the characters that inhabit her world. Tom, Elias, Aggie, Rosie and Hamlet all have a part to play in this book and add a richness to the story. These characters are so well developed now that I feel like I'm visiting with old friends when I open one of these books. The plot moves swiftly as Delaney must go on a treasure hunt through different pubs of Edinburgh. I loved visiting all of the different pubs as Ms. Shelton described them. A limited number of suspects, twists, red herrings and a dramatic reveal kept me turning the pages until, with a satisfied sigh, I reached the end. It's going to be a long year to wait for the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martins Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    3 1/2 stars. I love treasure hunts so this was already a hit with me. Well then a bookshop. And Edinburgh. Plus a visit through some of the pubs. Could you go wrong? The author didn’t. I have read other entries in this series and enjoyed the characters so this was a nice visit with old friends. The book moved a long quickly and even though I guessed who the culprit was there were enough twists to keep me satisfied. Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays a pivotal role in th 3 1/2 stars. I love treasure hunts so this was already a hit with me. Well then a bookshop. And Edinburgh. Plus a visit through some of the pubs. Could you go wrong? The author didn’t. I have read other entries in this series and enjoyed the characters so this was a nice visit with old friends. The book moved a long quickly and even though I guessed who the culprit was there were enough twists to keep me satisfied. Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays a pivotal role in this story. Delaney probes the psychological implications of the story and it’s possible parallels to people and events in the story. It adds some substance that you don’t find in the average cozy. I enjoyed the book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam Sigelakis-Minski

    Loved the treasure hunt and the Jekyll and Hyde references, but felt like this was a bit fillery. Rtc. UPDATE: Full review on my blog, Sam's Beach Reads. What I Loved: The Bookish References. In the Scottish Bookshop Mystery books, there is usually a bookish theme that helps the reader immerse themselves into the mystery. In Deadly Editions, the book in question was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is one of my favorites, for many of the same reasons Shelaigh loves it: it is a fascinating Loved the treasure hunt and the Jekyll and Hyde references, but felt like this was a bit fillery. Rtc. UPDATE: Full review on my blog, Sam's Beach Reads. What I Loved: The Bookish References. In the Scottish Bookshop Mystery books, there is usually a bookish theme that helps the reader immerse themselves into the mystery. In Deadly Editions, the book in question was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is one of my favorites, for many of the same reasons Shelaigh loves it: it is a fascinating study of human nature. Shelaigh even goes as far as dressing up as Mr. Hyde to see for herself the different ways she would be treated. What was even better about Deadly Editions was all of the facts that Shelton throws in and how she incorporates them into her characters, like how Robert Louis Stevenson was neighbors with a man who brutally killed his wife after being a mild mannered person, then that man’s great grandson is now Shelaigh’s caretaker. I love the past and the present coming together like this. The Treasure Hunt. I have never been particularly good at riddles, but I love reading about other people who are. Birk and Delaney teaming up to solve Shelaigh’s riddle and inherit her book collection was the most fun I’ve had reading in a while. It leads them on a wild chase through some of Edinburgh’s best and most haunted pubs – how can you beat that?! It also creates a great opportunity for Delaney and Bridget the sassy reporter to bond, and it was gratifying to see Delaney with another woman her own age. One thing this series does lack is good female bonds beyond the mothering type. The Mystery. What I love about the Scottish Bookshop books is that the murder mysteries are very “Christie-esque” in that the cats of characters is limited to a small group of people per book, there is usually a red herring, and the person you least expect is the killer / kills in a novel way. Some people find this trope to be tired, but I enjoy it so much more because I rarely solve the murder before the end. Deadly Editions was no exception. I didn’t guess the killer or the motive, and it was thrilling to get to the big reveal. What Didn’t Work for Me: The Bookish Voice “Big Reveal.” All her life, Delaney has heard bookish voices in her head that are either a portent to the future or a helpful guide to solving murder mysteries. The first couple of books hinted that it was supernatural, but the series has backed away from that and basically chalked it up to Delaney’s personal brand of intuition. She is so in tune and well read, she harkens to quotes from books she has read. Either way, it caused her quite a bit of problems when she was a child, and is generally a closely held secret. So when Delaney decides to tell Tom, her new husband, about the voices, I was prepared for a certain level of drama. Would he accept her? Will he help her find out the origin of the voices? Instead, Tom is as cool as a cucumber and the matter is just… dropped. I don’t even consider this a spoiler because Shelton treated this reveal as such a non-issue. For dedicated lovers of the series, this is a letdown. The Pace. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, but the pacing was frankly all over the place in Deadly Editions. The treasure hunt was well-paced, but then solving the mystery interspersed along with being stalked by the new Monster created some extremely fast moments followed up languishing pages of sipping coffee and chatting about bygone romantic drama. Be prepared to be bored and at the edge of your seat in the course of 10 pages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts We return to Edinburgh on a snowy morning. Delaney Nichols loves her job but is a little leery about a message inviting her to meet with socialite Shelagh O’Conner. Shelagh is known for her fantastic library but she also has a questionable past that includes misdeeds and murder. She was cleared of the murder but as a fan of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, her hijinks still give people pause. Delaney does attend the meeting and is intrigued by Shelagh’s plan for a treasure hunt culmin Dollycas’s Thoughts We return to Edinburgh on a snowy morning. Delaney Nichols loves her job but is a little leery about a message inviting her to meet with socialite Shelagh O’Conner. Shelagh is known for her fantastic library but she also has a questionable past that includes misdeeds and murder. She was cleared of the murder but as a fan of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, her hijinks still give people pause. Delaney does attend the meeting and is intrigued by Shelagh’s plan for a treasure hunt culminating in a winner take all prize that includes all the books in her library and a large cash award. The quest is to find a unique first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Delaney agrees to take part and is excited to search for the treasure. Meanwhile, several Edinburgh homes have been robbed similar to those in Shelagh’s past. Is she up to her old tricks or is there a copycat? A murder takes everything up a notch especially because the deceased is connected to Shelagh. Then Shelagh is kidnapped. So Delaney with the help of her husband Tom, friends Elias, Aggie, and co-workers Rosie and Hamlet are busy trying to decipher treasure hunt clues while trying to find Shelagh and catch a killer all while not becoming the next victims. I enjoy each visit to The Cracked Spine and catching up with Delaney, Rose, Hamley, and sometimes Edwin. Edwin trusts his staff and has taken a step back from his business. Aggie and Elias are staying with Tom and Delaney while work is being done on their cottage. The two couples get along famously and it nice to see them all together. All these characters are so well-developed and engaging. The new characters introduced are a diverse bunch. Shelagh’s backstory was very interesting and her home was a unique place. The other characters are all connected to her in some way and many become worthy suspects. I found the treasure hunt part of the story very entertaining. Visiting the different pubs searching for clues was fun. The pubs ranged from traditional to modern and all the descriptions provided crystal clear images. Other settings were also wonderfully described. I love Tom and Delaney’s home including their new library reading area. I am sure they will spend many hours there as would I if I had such a fantastic place. The kidnapping and murder mysteries are very well-plotted. The plot and subplots are all intricately woven together. The tie-in to Jeckyl and Hide really added something unique to the story. Twists upon twists lead up to an exciting reveal that kept my eyes glued to the pages. Delaney’s unique “bookish voices” always make me smile as she tries to figure out what they are trying to tell her. Paige Shelton writes stories that are so easy to escape right into. Deadly Editions was no exception. I was captivated from the first page to the last. As soon as I turned the final page I was already missing these characters. Until next year, Ms. Shelton. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next Scottish Bookshop Mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    DEADLY EDITIONS, the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series by Paige Shelton, is another terrific addition to one of my favorite series. The reader is treated to the enchanting city of Edinburgh, Scotland as seen through the eyes of American transplant, Delaney Nichols. I especially enjoyed how the plot revolved around pubs in the area and Ms. Shelton’s strong descriptions brings their quaint charm to life on the pages. I also think that Delaney has just about the best job in the wor DEADLY EDITIONS, the sixth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series by Paige Shelton, is another terrific addition to one of my favorite series. The reader is treated to the enchanting city of Edinburgh, Scotland as seen through the eyes of American transplant, Delaney Nichols. I especially enjoyed how the plot revolved around pubs in the area and Ms. Shelton’s strong descriptions brings their quaint charm to life on the pages. I also think that Delaney has just about the best job in the world working as a bookseller/buyer for the Cracked Spine Bookshop and I would dearly love to spend time in such a place. She’s surrounded by a cast of delightful, well-developed characters who each contribute to the appeal and it’s been a pleasure getting to know them over the course of the series. It’s been gratifying seeing them grow and develop relationships, including a marriage between Delaney and Scottish pub owner, Tom. Delaney also has a unique gift in that she can hear “bookish voices” – quotes from books that provide clues to assist in solving a problem or a mystery. It adds to the focus of books and bookshops, and while I’m not familiar with the quotes used, I appreciate the addition. In this newest release, the plot revolves around the theme of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. I loved how the author wove complex intrigue involving this classic dark tale into both an exclusive book treasure hunt and into a long ago unsolved murder and a current day murder. At the center of these crimes is eccentric wealthy Shelaigh O’Connor, owner of a vast book collection. Besotted with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Shelaigh created a scandal in her teen years by emulating some of the elements of the dark book. When a copycat appears and Shelaigh disappears, many wonder if she’s to blame for the crimes committed. As Delaney hunts for the treasured book and for Shelaigh herself, she uncovers clues to who had reasons to murder Shelaigh’s friend. As the multifaceted threads of the story came together, Ms. Shelton pens a suspenseful reveal that had me on the edge of my seat, turning pages faster and faster. My only regret was not savoring it longer since I’ll have to wait another year for the next book in the series. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “Deadly Editions” is the 6th instalment in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series by Paige Shelton. I loved visiting Edinburgh, Scotland and the Cracked Spine book shop again. The story is full of quirky characters, a beautiful setting, and an interesting plot. I liked how this time we were exploring the tale of Jekyll and Hyde as well as a treasure hunt. There were several possible suspects, and kept me guessing for quite a while. I was drawn into this story right away and did not want to put it “Deadly Editions” is the 6th instalment in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series by Paige Shelton. I loved visiting Edinburgh, Scotland and the Cracked Spine book shop again. The story is full of quirky characters, a beautiful setting, and an interesting plot. I liked how this time we were exploring the tale of Jekyll and Hyde as well as a treasure hunt. There were several possible suspects, and kept me guessing for quite a while. I was drawn into this story right away and did not want to put it down. Overall, I found it to be a very entertaining read that made me long to visit Scotland and read more about author Robert Louis Stevenson. I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Minotaur Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    I've been waiting not so patiently for this book, and it certainly did not disappoint. From the beginning, the start of the scavenger hunt, I was hooked. Fairly quickly, I realized that I had forgotten so much about Jekyll and Hyde that I went back and reread it half way through this book, just a bit of a refresher. Also looked up Deacon Brodie, a new acquaintance. I loved tagging along with Delaney and Co. as they worked to unravel the mystery, and I found myself wanting to visit all of the his I've been waiting not so patiently for this book, and it certainly did not disappoint. From the beginning, the start of the scavenger hunt, I was hooked. Fairly quickly, I realized that I had forgotten so much about Jekyll and Hyde that I went back and reread it half way through this book, just a bit of a refresher. Also looked up Deacon Brodie, a new acquaintance. I loved tagging along with Delaney and Co. as they worked to unravel the mystery, and I found myself wanting to visit all of the historic pubs they visited. There was less of the regular bookshop crew in this book, and I missed them, but thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Tom is willing to go with Delaney on her adventures. It's going to be a long wait, but I'm ready for my next trip to The Cracked Spine.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    This starts off as an interesting Book Scavenger Hunt for Delaney. However, it turns quickly when someone is murdered and also items are being stolen once again. On to of this the person who started the Scavenger Hunt is now missing. There are several twists and the interesting part is the Scavenger Hunt when Delaney is going to different Pubs to find clues along with Birk. Delaney is trying to be careful but does get kidnap by the Monster. Will Tom or the group from Cracked Spine be able to loc This starts off as an interesting Book Scavenger Hunt for Delaney. However, it turns quickly when someone is murdered and also items are being stolen once again. On to of this the person who started the Scavenger Hunt is now missing. There are several twists and the interesting part is the Scavenger Hunt when Delaney is going to different Pubs to find clues along with Birk. Delaney is trying to be careful but does get kidnap by the Monster. Will Tom or the group from Cracked Spine be able to locate her in time?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    Not my favorite in this series. I usually love these books but this one seemed a bit too outlandish for me. Also, the usual cast of characters didn't have as much involvement in this story. Of course, I still enjoyed Delaney and Tom and the Edinburgh setting, but I just really couldn't love this story. However, I still look forward to the next book. Not my favorite in this series. I usually love these books but this one seemed a bit too outlandish for me. Also, the usual cast of characters didn't have as much involvement in this story. Of course, I still enjoyed Delaney and Tom and the Edinburgh setting, but I just really couldn't love this story. However, I still look forward to the next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The 6th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series is just as entertaining as the previous ones. Delaney is involved in a treasure hunt and of course there's murder and even a kidnapping. The storyline is well done and I'm really enjoying the characters and their development. Also, what's not to love about Edinburgh?! The 6th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series is just as entertaining as the previous ones. Delaney is involved in a treasure hunt and of course there's murder and even a kidnapping. The storyline is well done and I'm really enjoying the characters and their development. Also, what's not to love about Edinburgh?!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    I really love this series, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. The treasure hunt seems ridiculous, and the totally random nature of the clues was baffling to me. Also, I love cooperation, but several of the treasure hunters working together and nobody trying to outdo each other just seemed weird. I like Delaney so much, but I found this title less engaging than the others in this series. I hope the next one is back up to the usual high standards. Review copy provided by the publisher via Ne I really love this series, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. The treasure hunt seems ridiculous, and the totally random nature of the clues was baffling to me. Also, I love cooperation, but several of the treasure hunters working together and nobody trying to outdo each other just seemed weird. I like Delaney so much, but I found this title less engaging than the others in this series. I hope the next one is back up to the usual high standards. Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Twists, check. Great characters, double check. Interesting bit of history and a plot that moves at an excellent pace - check to those, too! I've loved this series since the first book, and the new one is just a fun! If you haven't tried this series yet, I recommend it - but start with Book 1 to get the full enjoyment! Twists, check. Great characters, double check. Interesting bit of history and a plot that moves at an excellent pace - check to those, too! I've loved this series since the first book, and the new one is just a fun! If you haven't tried this series yet, I recommend it - but start with Book 1 to get the full enjoyment!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol Deegan

    This book was full of twists and turns, but I could not seem to get into the story. There were a lot of characters to keep track of throughout the book. I received an arc of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Harrington

    I loved Deadly Editions it was another fun mystery with the Cracked Spine group! The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has Delaney curious. This one has a treasure hunt, Murder, and is full of secrets. I was swept away to Edinburgh along for the adventure. This series is one of my all time favorites and I can’t wait for the next adventure! #deadlyeditions#netgalley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna Huber

    A good mystery. I enjoyed the characters. A great book for a lazy afternoon of reading. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads. A good mystery. I enjoyed the characters. A great book for a lazy afternoon of reading. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads.

  22. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Darcy is happy to still be in Edinburgh in spite of the winter weather starting to settle in. She and Tom are happily settled in their new house, currently sharing with Aggie and Elias while their home is undergoing renovations. It's cozy and homey to be all together. When a mysterious messenger drops off a note for Darcy asking her to come to a meeting with philanthropist and rare book collector Shelagh O’Conner, Darcy is surprised and confused. At the meeting Darcy meets several other interest Darcy is happy to still be in Edinburgh in spite of the winter weather starting to settle in. She and Tom are happily settled in their new house, currently sharing with Aggie and Elias while their home is undergoing renovations. It's cozy and homey to be all together. When a mysterious messenger drops off a note for Darcy asking her to come to a meeting with philanthropist and rare book collector Shelagh O’Conner, Darcy is surprised and confused. At the meeting Darcy meets several other interesting people from a bar tender to Shelagh's French cousin and a school librarian. Her old friend Birk is also in attendance and none of them know why they're there. The four book people have been gathered to join a treasure hunt in search of Shelagh's favorite book, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror. Shelagh plans to award her library to whoever finds her treasure. She'll also give a very generous amount of money to all participants for solving the clues. Darcy has a lot of questions for her fellow book lover but before she can ask them, a murder has been committed, Shelagh's past odd behavior has been brought to light and she's hauled away for questioning by the police. When Darcy next drops in, there's been an intrusion and attack and now Shelagh's gone missing! Darcy must team up with her nemesis, Brigid O'Brien and her friend Birk to solve the clues and figure out what happened to Shelagh. Meanwhile, a mysterious monster lurks in the streets of Edinburgh, robbing and wreaking havoc. Is life imitating art? This is a weird, creepy story based on an early horror novel/moral tale. I really liked all the rare book things in the plot. This author mostly knows her stuff. Sorry to say, I don't believe there IS a second edition of Persuasion as Jane Austen was dead by the time her publisher brought it out in a set with Northanger Abbey and a biographical notice by her brother. Not even a first edition would be signed. That was a rare misstep for Paige Shelton. She usually gets it right. I learned a lot about Jekyll & Hyde and the novella's place in Scottish literary history. I didn't realize it was part of the national consciousness or so important. I've read it, of course, and seen the Broadway musical (purists pass on it) so I know the basic plot outline and a little about Stevenson and how the book came to be written. I do love novels that teach me something in a fun way. The treasure hunt was a fun idea and I couldn't solve any of the clues. I had a very hard time putting the book down. I had to break for real life though. I WANTED to read this in one sitting because it was so thrilling. Where is the book and what happened to Shelagh? That actually wasn't a huge surprise but the villain's motive was and there were a few other twists I didn't see coming. What I did not like was the convoluted ending. Darcy seems like an action hero and the whole escapade seemed farfetched. I also wasn't crazy about the overall creepy, dark vibe but it matches the tone of Jekyll & Hyde. I love Darcy and I wish I had her job. I'm happy she explained her bookish voices but it's still a bit weird when it happens. I've read at least as much as she has and I don't hear bookish voices in my head. I've never really warmed up to Tom but he did something special for his bride that made me squeal and swoon with delight. (Hint: it involves books). Now I want to visit them! I'm still not crazy about Tom but his level headedness balances out some of Darcy's impulsiveness. Rosie plays a big supporting role here providing clues and assistance but Hector steals every scene he's in. He's just SO ADORABLE! I want Hector kisses! We could all use a little Hector right now. Hamlet is sweet and awkward. I hope things work out for him. Edwin is mostly absent, busy with his lady friend and moving towards retirement. I do wish I could work for him. No budget to buy a rare books library? OMG! DIE! (That doesn't happen in real life). Elias and Aggie provide nourishment and companionship. Elias comes along for the hunt as usual to keep Darcy safe. I don't know what he can do to protect her but he feels better if he tags along and she is happy to keep him busy. Aggie also gets in on the mystery solving, providing a few clues. Brigid O'Conner, Darcy's sometimes nemesis and sometimes friend is back. She's pushy and single-minded but apparently she's a great writer. She seeks out offbeat stories and searches for the truth behind legends and rumors. This time she's focused on Shelagh's past and how it may be affecting the present. While Brigid appears intense and thoughtless at times, I think she means well. Birk is very kind but he just throws his money at good causes without being actively involved and I don't think that's the mark of a good philanthropist. How badly does he want Shelagh's library? He seems to be on Darcy's side in searching for the truth but is he really? Shelagh is an eccentric older lady. She has an overactive imagination and too much money. Those things got her into trouble in the past. Some see her as a kind benefactor and others see her as lying and manipulative. I think she means well but she's tone deaf and doesn't understand how her fancies appear to other people. She can be bossy too at times. I like her for the same reasons Darcy does. I can relate to her imagination and her passion for books. Everyone has that one book that spoke to them and captured their imagination. Hers just happens to be a 19th-century horror novella. I'm not sure how she escaped spoilers even in the 60s. Tricia Lawson and Jacques Underwood round out the treasure hunters. I want to like Tricia because she's a public school librarian and REALLY could use the money for her library. School libraries are the best and so important. Yet, I can't quite like her. She has an unusual obsession with Shelagh's past, digging up facts no one else knew and she likes to keep herself to herself. Jacques is some relative of Shelagh's from France. He seems to truly care about her and is worried about what happens to her. I don't quite trust him though because he doesn't care about the books! GASP! Darcy thinks he's genuine and she's usually right so I guess we have to trust her. Ritchie John, a bartender Darcy meets briefly and really likes is a mysterious figure. He sounds like a wonderful person and very kind and caring. He didn't deserve anything that happened to him. He may have once known Louis Chantrell, Shelagh's assistant. Why can no one put the two together? Louis who is very devoted to Shelagh. He seems nice enough but a little bit sinister at times. Does he really have no idea where the book is? Wouldn't he be a part of the planning of the hunt? Plus Darcy uncovers something about his family that may point to him as murder suspect. What she finds is certainly creepy. A better candidate for murderer or sinister person is Findlay Sweet, an old acquaintance of Tom's and Shelagh's chauffeur. Findlay is kind of weird and gives Darcy the heebie jeebies. Maybe she's projecting and he's harmless or maybe he wants revenge on Tom for something Tom did to him YEARS ago. No it wasn't any of Tom's business to do what he did but it shows what a great guy Tom really is. This is another wonderful entry in a great series. Now I have to wait forever for the next one! BOO HOO! (The downside of reading an e-book right away and not waiting for the library to get in the print edition).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne, Unfinished Woman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER ALERT I am not very drawn to cozy mysteries and I found this to be slow until past the middle, though I do love books about books. Delaney Nichols, now married to Tom Shannon, is a transplanted Kansas girl, working at her dream job at the Cracked Spine bookstore. In this story, she is invited to participate in a sort of treasure hunt, looking for a rare first signed edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The owner of the book Shelagh O'Conner, h SPOILER ALERT I am not very drawn to cozy mysteries and I found this to be slow until past the middle, though I do love books about books. Delaney Nichols, now married to Tom Shannon, is a transplanted Kansas girl, working at her dream job at the Cracked Spine bookstore. In this story, she is invited to participate in a sort of treasure hunt, looking for a rare first signed edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The owner of the book Shelagh O'Conner, has prepared clues to the find, pledging her large library of rare and valuable books, as well a monetary reward for just participating. She has always loved the story and has hundreds of editions of the book. There are four individuals invited: Delaney, Birk Blackburn (a friend of Delaney's and Edwin's), Jacques Underwood (a nephew of Shelagh's) and Tricia Lawson (a school librarian). They meet for the introduction of the hunt at Deacon Brodie's Tavern. They each then are given a tour of the library, Delaney the only one show the secret room where the most valuable books were kept. As they converse it is revealed that Tricia is not interested in working with anyone else, and is odd, and Jacques really doesn't want to participate at all. He says he just wants his aunt back. However, research shows that Shelagh had no relatives, so Jacques is not her nephew. Shortly thereafter Shelagh is abducted. She is known for her bizarre behavior, beginning when she was a teenager, and took on the persona of a beggar, to do good works, and perform pranks. At the time her beau, Oliver McCabe was killed, and the person responsible never found. Now neither the police nor Delaney know whether the abduction is a prank or the real thing; that is, until it goes on for many days. And until Ritchie John is murdered. Delaney and Birk connect up to solve the clues, each of which leads to another pub: the White Hart Inn where they are each given an envelope, The Tolbooth Tavern, where a set of mugs with the motto "Good to the Last Drop" is painted, Whistle Tinkies where there a poster with the next clue, and Starbar where the last clue leads to the "most haunted pub" Banshee Labyrinth, where the precious book is in the owner safe. They take possession of the book, again bringing the police up to the current situation. Then Delaney remembers the secret room. It appears that Shelagh had been held there for a time. There are multiple suspects, and each much be investigated: Shelagh's driver, who had had a run in with Tom years before, Findlay Sweet; the man who takes care of Shelagh's horses, who she suspected of drinking on the job, Winston; Louis Chantrell, Shelagh's advisor and friend, who is a descendent of a criminal. Ritchie John had been the bartender at the meeting, but it is determined he had been working for Birk at his substantial stables for years, having quit only weeks before. Brigid McBride gets heavily involved as she attempts to get information about the hunt. She had written a story about Shelagh only months before, never revealing her early life. Having been called a Monster, there is now a person being identified as The New Monster, who is stealing from homes, and may be the one who killed John. As Delaney toward the end thinks of a new address for a couple of the suspected individuals, she takes a bus to just look, vowing to return with help. However, she sees Shelagh in the window of the building, and gets off the bus, only to be abducted herself by The Monster. She has lost her phone on the bus. It turns out to be Jacques, aka Jack John, Ritchie's son, who killed his father. He is the brother of Darcy John who knows Hamlet from University. He puts her in with Shelagh. He wants her money and to bring her to ruin. He has told her there are people watching the building, and the door is wired with a bomb. Delaney does not believe it, forces the door and they begin an escape. Then Tricia appears. She is not a librarian and she is partnered with Jack. Delaney kicks the knife Tricia has away and she and Shelagh get out the door, then are helped by a couple doing a drug deal. The man helps them by knocking Tricia out, and loaning Delaney his phone, telling her to destroy it after (this was a stretch). The police come. Case solved. The story of Jekyll and Hyde, dark versus light, is the main theme of the story. A person who is not what they seem. There are extensive descriptions of the museums and laboratories of Chantrelle, that are preserved but not available to the public. Delaney's friend at the University provides her with special tours. The in depth discussion of the Stevenson story and his life makes the story more provocative. But the author does not provide a conclusion of the central activity, the hunt, which was frustrating and disappointing. A final statement of Delaney to Tom "Let's always be the Jekylls to each other's Hydes." was snarky!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #6 Publication Date: 4/6/21 Number of Pages: 304 ** 3.3 Stars ** Delaney Nichols moved to Edinburg from Kansas just a bit over a year ago – and what an exciting year it has been. She’s made many new friends, including a police inspector, and she’s gotten married to a handsome-as-sin pub owner named Tom. Life just couldn’t get much better – until she’s invited to a meeting concerning a treasure hunt. The prize? The entire library owned by the very eccentric Shelagh O Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #6 Publication Date: 4/6/21 Number of Pages: 304 ** 3.3 Stars ** Delaney Nichols moved to Edinburg from Kansas just a bit over a year ago – and what an exciting year it has been. She’s made many new friends, including a police inspector, and she’s gotten married to a handsome-as-sin pub owner named Tom. Life just couldn’t get much better – until she’s invited to a meeting concerning a treasure hunt. The prize? The entire library owned by the very eccentric Shelagh O’Connor goes to the person who manages to find the final treasure in the hunt. The exceedingly wealthy Shelagh has quite a colorful background and an obsession with Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The four treasure hunters must follow the obscure clues to find an original copy of the Stevenson book. Delaney’s three competitors are Birk Blackburn (a recurring character), Jacques Underwood a distant relative of Shelagh’s, and Tricia Lawson who is a librarian at a local school. As the hunt ensues, the city is plagued by sightings of the monster (Hyde) who is committing robberies – and murder. Then Shelagh disappears from her home leaving behind a disordered library and a bloody handprint on the door. Is the monster responsible for all of it? Did the monster appear because of the treasure hunt or is it a coincidence? Will they be able to find Shelagh before she is harmed? Or, did Shelagh stage her own disappearance? Can Delaney figure it all out and solve the case? You’ll just have to read the book to find the answers. I have enjoyed each book in this series, but I just couldn’t get into this one. There were too many people running in too many directions and no coherent plan at all. Delaney doesn’t seem to do any real investigating – she just seems to fall into things. Then there are her normal ‘bookish voices’ but she doesn’t understand what they are trying to tell her or she doesn’t have time to think about them. Those voices just seem superfluous if they serve no purpose. I just couldn’t come to care about any of the characters (those non-recurring ones), and the recurring characters just didn’t even seem to reach out and grab me. I really wanted to love it and given the book blurb, I should have loved it. At any rate, this is my least favorite of the books in this series, but I am totally looking forward to the next one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Deadly Editions is the 6th book in the Scottish Bookshop cozy mystery series by Paige Shelton. Released 6th April 2021 by Macmillan on their Minotaur imprint, it's 304 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. All of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Deadly Editions is the 6th book in the Scottish Bookshop cozy mystery series by Paige Shelton. Released 6th April 2021 by Macmillan on their Minotaur imprint, it's 304 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. All of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries are self contained and as such work well enough as standalones. The characters' interrelationships have developed over the course of the books, so there will be some missing backstory, but the author is adept at giving the necessary information, so readers who choose to pick up this one first won't likely experience any problems with keeping the story straight. For lovers of very light bookstore cozies, these will likely be a good fit. This outing sees Delaney and crew on a scavenger hunt with the prize being a wealthy and eccentric bibliophile's priceless library collection. There are four people in-it-to-win-it (with generous cash grants to the ones who don't take home the grand prize). The stakes get higher when the benefactress is kidnapped, and everyone is scrambling to rescue her and solve an old murder mystery from her past. All in all, it's a diverting, very light, readable cozy mystery with a whimsical ensemble cast. Some of the plot setups and developments are a bit over the top, but I strongly suspect that's a big part of why bookshop cozies are wildly popular. A strong suspension of disbelief is required. The language and content are chaste and perfectly safe for commute or work reading. Four stars. The author is a talented and capable storyteller, and I do love bookstore cozies. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton is the 6th novel in A Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. We return to Edinburgh, Scotland on a snowy day as Paige begins her day at The Cracked Spine. Delaney is surprised when she receives a missive from wealthy Shelagh O’Connor inviting her to a pub that afternoon. Delaney along with three others are invited to participate in a treasure hunt. They must decipher the clues to find a valuable copy of The S Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton is the 6th novel in A Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. We return to Edinburgh, Scotland on a snowy day as Paige begins her day at The Cracked Spine. Delaney is surprised when she receives a missive from wealthy Shelagh O’Connor inviting her to a pub that afternoon. Delaney along with three others are invited to participate in a treasure hunt. They must decipher the clues to find a valuable copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The winner will receive Shelagh’s entire book collection and each participant also receives a cash bonus. Delaney cannot pass up this opportunity. Things take a dark turn when robberies begin happening by someone who dresses as Shelagh did in the 1970s and then Shelagh is kidnapped. It is a pleasure to catch up with Delaney, Tom, Rosie, Edwin, Aggie, Elias, and Hamlet. The characters are well-developed and friendly. We meet some new people that are involved in the treasure hunt. Shelagh is a unique character with a beautiful home and a gorgeous library (I wanted to win it). The treasure hunt was interesting. They visit various local pubs searching for unique clues. The author provided vivid descriptions that brought them alive for me as well as Edinburgh. It was great learning about Edinburgh and Robert Louis Stevenson. There are interesting facts about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The mystery was thought out. I like how everything tied together in this intricate whodunit. Delaney’s bookish voices added another level to the story. While I found the mystery complex, the solution was not. I kept hoping there would be a twist to surprise me. I also found the pacing to be a little slow at times. I liked the cozy moments with Tom and Delaney as well as her time spent with co-workers and their friends (and temporary houseguests) Aggie and Elias. I just loved Delaney’s attic library. It sounds like a cozy and special place. Deadly Editions is an intriguing cozy mystery with a tricky treasure hunt, clever clues, a large library, a valuable volume, and popular pubs.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog

    3.5 Stars Deadly Edition is a fantastic addition to the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries! Treasure hunts and books what more could a person want. Delaney Nichols is all about the books but when a mysterious message about taking part in a treasure hunt is delivered by a mysterious source has our bookstore owner a little leery. One of four people to receive this unexpected invitation by eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Connor. After attending the meeting Delaney is intrigued by the treasure hunt and the pri 3.5 Stars Deadly Edition is a fantastic addition to the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries! Treasure hunts and books what more could a person want. Delaney Nichols is all about the books but when a mysterious message about taking part in a treasure hunt is delivered by a mysterious source has our bookstore owner a little leery. One of four people to receive this unexpected invitation by eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Connor. After attending the meeting Delaney is intrigued by the treasure hunt and the prizes. The quest is to find a rare first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Shelagh has a questionable past and as this treasure hunt begins it seems some of those questionable acts are resurfacing. Homes get broken into, a murder turns things up a notch and the eccentric socialite is kidnapped. Delaney puts her nose to the page and finds the clues to start figuring out what is actually going on. Deadly Edition is a mystery within a mystery and I absolutely enjoyed it. Visiting Edinburgh with Delaney is always a treat. From the snowy setting that starts off the story to the big part the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays within the story is absolutely enjoyable. Paige Shelton hits this one home big time. The story is absolutely engaging. She has a way of making you think while getting lost within the story. The characters are what make me come back each and every time. Page is amazing but she is who she is because of those she hangs out with. Her husband Tom, friends- Agee, Rose, hamlet and Elias all play a big part in the story and add so much personality and dimension to it. Not only was this a treasure hunt but it was also like a pub crawl too. I love the descriptions of each of them. With a handful of suspects, a few really good twists and a jaw-dropping moment makes Deadly Editions an enjoyable read from beginning to end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sunsettowers

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself. In a bookstore in Edinburgh, Delaney Nichols, bookseller, is presented with a unique opportunity-an invitation to join a literary treasure hunt. The person making the offer may be a bit mysterious and even suspicious, but it's hard to resist the promise of not only a first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but the guarantee of be I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself. In a bookstore in Edinburgh, Delaney Nichols, bookseller, is presented with a unique opportunity-an invitation to join a literary treasure hunt. The person making the offer may be a bit mysterious and even suspicious, but it's hard to resist the promise of not only a first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but the guarantee of being gifted the organizer's entire library of highly valuable books. But when events from the past seem to be repeating themselves, Delaney has more than one mystery to solve. I absolutely love Edinburgh, I've visited there twice now, so the location had me hooked from the start. Shelton made me want to travel back to Edinburgh right away and hit up all the bookshops and pubs. Delaney is a likable character, a smart and geninually kind book lover who makes a great team with her husband, pub owner Tom. The characters that surround them are unique and interesting, and all add to the story. The mystery was a really fun one, especially as it was woven around the characters and ideas of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a book I love. I definitely did not see the ending coming, but it made sense looking back, which is always a plus for me. The only thing I wasn't crazy about is that Delaney's intuition comes to her in the form of book characters and authors talking to her inside her head at important moments. I liked the integration of story and author quotes, but it just felt strange and out of place. Granted, I have not read the other books in this series, so it may be this would make more sense to me if I started from the beginning. This was a fun, charming book with a fantastic setting, fun characters, and an enjoyable mystery. If the rest of the series is just like this entry, it's a world I would like to revisit.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton is the newest tome in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series and opens with Delaney receiving a handwritten, hand delivered invitation to discuss Ms Shelagh O'Connor's vast collection of valuable books. Well, of course, who could turn down that invitation? As it turns out it was much more than an invitation, is was an announcement of a contest, of sorts, to win the library upon the death of Ms. O'Connor, a treasure hunt with one of the four people present to be the Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton is the newest tome in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series and opens with Delaney receiving a handwritten, hand delivered invitation to discuss Ms Shelagh O'Connor's vast collection of valuable books. Well, of course, who could turn down that invitation? As it turns out it was much more than an invitation, is was an announcement of a contest, of sorts, to win the library upon the death of Ms. O'Connor, a treasure hunt with one of the four people present to be the winner. Of course, it turned into more. An interesting group of four, however, as were Ms. O'Connor and her assistant, Mr. Chantrell. Delaney recognized one of the four as a member of Edwin's small circle of friends who bid and won valuable items brought to them for that purpose. Then there was Ms. O'Connor's nephew, and a middle school librarian, as well as Delaney, herself. Delaney is a good character, well-rounded and more in depth with every book. She and her new husband, Tom, were now living in their own seaside cottage, and Elias and Aggie were staying there as well during some renovations taking place at their cottage. Tom has given up his bachelor ways and settled into being a wonderful and supportive husband. Aggie and Elias are always supportive of Delaney, in more ways than one. A lot of secrets were uncovered during this story, as secrets to tend to mount up as one advance in years. As usual, Shelton has put together an intriguing story, made more so by its locale and its interesting cast of permanent characters. She is an accomplished writer and this book certainly can attest to that. It gets my highest recommendation. I was invited to read a free ARC of Deadly Editions by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #deadlyeditions

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    From Amazon: "It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop, when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O'Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the '70s. She was even once suspected From Amazon: "It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop, when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O'Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the '70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges. But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelagh's vast library, and all participants will earn a large sum of cash. The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelagh's old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelagh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Shelagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain. Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery, while trying to evade the killer's clutches. But it’s hard to know who to trust when around every corner, a new monster could be lurking." I absolutely love this series! There are very few book series I collect, but this series is one of them. To see my full review, please go to FreshFiction.com Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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