THE LOCH NESS PAPERS
Book 4 in the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries
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.
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.
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