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The Loch Ness Papers

The Loch Ness Papers

A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

A Scottish Bookshop Mystery (Volume 4)

Paige Shelton

Minotaur Books

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Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Loch Ness Papers is the fourth in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series by Paige Shelton.

What do The Cracked Spine and the Loch Ness monster have in common?

Delaney Nichols loves working at the Cracked Spine among stacks of hard-to-find volumes and literary artifacts. With her great job and engagement to devastatingly handsome pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney’s expat life in Scotland is straight out of a fairy tale. But the plot thickens when Delaney befriends Norval Fraser, a charming old man who is oddly obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. When Norval’s nephew is found dead and the police name him as a prime suspect, it becomes Delaney’s job to learn what really happened. . . and find the truth about what’s lurking beneath the surface.

“The perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day.” —BookPage

Is “Nessie” involved in this murder somehow? Delaney has her work cut out for her in getting to the deep, dark bottom of this mystery. Now, with a wedding to plan, her Kansas family in town, and the arrival of a wildly valuable book from Texas, Delaney enters a desperate race to clear her new friend’s name—even if that means digging up a dangerous secret as old as time itself. . .

“Delightful…one of the most enjoyable installments in the series.” —Library Journal (starred review)

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The rain fell in sheets and the clouds grumbled angrily. I sought cover under a narrow brick awning, but the few moments I’d spent in the downpour had soaked me enough that my hair was sure to poof when it dried. I wrapped...

Praise for The Loch Ness Papers

"The intriguing Scottish bookshop and wedding details will satisfy fans of Amanda Flowers' "Magic Garden" mysteries. Readers who relish eccentric characters and bookstores, as seen in Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes" bookshop series, will savor this fourth entry in an atmospheric series."—Library Journal (Starred)

"Framed with its lovingly described Scottish setting and the fascinating details about both the monster and King Arthur, Shelton's mystery mixes atmosphere, crime, and characters effectively."—Booklist

"Agreeable...Shelton stocks her tale with appealing characters and intriguing Nessie lore. Cozy fans will be rewarded."—Publishers Weekly

"The warm relationships among characters—and Delaney's gift for finding the best quote from the right author to direct her forward—make this the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day."—BookPage

Praise for the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries:

"A complex plot, a cast of amiable characters, an array of suspects and an enchanting Scottish setting combine to create a clever entry in a capital series, one that provides multiple pleasures, whether or not accompanied by a single malt."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on Lost Books and Old Bones

“Move over Claire Fraser; American bibliophile Delaney Nichols is about to take Scotland-and legions of cozy mystery readers-by storm! As warm and inviting as a cup of tea and a serving of fresh-from-the-oven shortbread. Readers will fall in love with The Cracked Spine.”—Ellery Ad… More…

"The intriguing Scottish bookshop and wedding details will satisfy fans of Amanda Flowers' "Magic Garden" mysteries. Readers who relish eccentric characters and bookstores, as seen in Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes" bookshop series, will savor this fourth entry in an atmospheric series."—Library Journal (Starred)

"Framed with its lovingly described Scottish setting and the fascinating details about both the monster and King Arthur, Shelton's mystery mixes atmosphere, crime, and characters effectively."—Booklist

"Agreeable...Shelton stocks her tale with appealing characters and intriguing Nessie lore. Cozy fans will be rewarded."—Publishers Weekly

"The warm relationships among characters—and Delaney's gift for finding the best quote from the right author to direct her forward—make this the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day."—BookPage

Praise for the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries:

"A complex plot, a cast of amiable characters, an array of suspects and an enchanting Scottish setting combine to create a clever entry in a capital series, one that provides multiple pleasures, whether or not accompanied by a single malt."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on Lost Books and Old Bones

“Move over Claire Fraser; American bibliophile Delaney Nichols is about to take Scotland-and legions of cozy mystery readers-by storm! As warm and inviting as a cup of tea and a serving of fresh-from-the-oven shortbread. Readers will fall in love with The Cracked Spine.”—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author of the Books By The Bay Mysteries

“Shelton pens a perfectly twisty-turny puzzler of a mystery in The Cracked Spine. With the engagingly bookish, amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols leading the way around the richly detailed city of Edinburgh, the reader is fully immersed in her world as she tries to expose the lies and deceptions that hide the brutal truth behind a murder. Full of wit and whimsy, with a clever plot and delightful characters, this mystery is a fantastic read!” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries

“A great read for book lovers, mystery seekers, and anyone who enjoys a determined new heroine. Sure to be a winning series.” —Erika Chase, nationally bestselling author of Read and Buried

“Kilts, killers, and a keen sleuth ... oh my! Ms. Shelton has crafted a foolproof plot, endearing characters, and prose that immediately transports readers to enchanting Edinburgh ... and leaves them eager for a return trip. Readers will be delighted with this new series.” —Lucy Arlington, New York Times bestselling author of the Novel Idea Mysteries

“With a wee bit of the brogue, Paige Shelton weaves a Scottish tale of mystery and intrigue filled with a quirky cast of characters, including the clever Delaney Nichols, an American fish-out-of-water who believes in the magic of books. You will want to make repeat visits to The Cracked Spine.” —Daryl Wood Gerber, nationally bestselling author of The Cookbook Nook Mysteries

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Paige Shelton

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood, as her father's job as a football coach took her family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City. She thought she'd only stay a couple years, but instead she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After many decades in Utah, she and her family moved to Arizona. She writes the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series and the Alaska Wild Series, which begins with Thin Ice. Her other series include the Farmers’ Market, Cooking School, and Dangerous Type mystery series. Find out more at paigeshelton.com

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