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Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery | Paige Shelton
Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it s become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an Oor Wullie, in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated.While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle s ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot s owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he s wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It s not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder."
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myellenbee
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I really liked this book. It was an intricate mystery with a good ending explanation. Delaney is an American working as a researcher at an antique bookstore in Scotland. She finds a dead body on a errand to pick up a book. There is a lot of Scottish history and atmosphere. Turns out it is book 2 in a series so I'm starting The Cracked Spine book 1 now🙂. Ironically on my wish list is book 4 before I even tried this author.

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booksandsympathy
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I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in the series. It took me a while to read it through the chaos of moving, but I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. Looking forward to the next book.

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booksandsympathy
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Going to read this book next. I enjoyed the first one, so hopefully I'll like this one too.

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cobwebmoth
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@Sarah83 Thank you for this lovely selection of goodies! I love it! I'm excited to try the new coffees.🤗❤☕

Sarah83 So glad it arrived 😍 14mo
julesG The Wiener Melange is quite good. Haven't tried the other ones yet. 14mo
Soubhiville That book sounds fun! 14mo
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Fortifiedbybooks
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It took me most of the day, but I finally got my kitchen island put together while listening to the 2nd book in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery" series.

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amrsprout
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Interesting mystery.

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melissanorr
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A solid second book in the series. I didn't guess the killer and there were some unexpected twists but it seemed like a little too much going on at times. I do enjoy the secondary characters a great deal but Edwin sometimes irritates me more than a little.

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melissanorr
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Finally got my hold from the library! I very much enjoyed the first book in this cozy mystery series so I can't wait to settle in and read this second one.

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Grrlbrarian
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All right, Littens: let's play! Finish this sentence, post an image, and tag me, please. "When I'm not reading, I'm _____________." Unless your love life is the answer, in which case - less graphic photos happily accepted! ? In my case: if I'm not reading, I'm making a stunning racket on these beauties!

Texreader Wow!! That's awesome!! 2y
Grrlbrarian Pretty sure the neighbors would beg to differ, @Texreader 😂 But thanks! 2y
RealBooks4ever I LOVE bagpipe music! We have our own http://www.unipiper.com here! 💜🎼 2y
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queerbookreader There was a big issue in the next town over about a guy who practiced his pipes in his backyard and his neighbor called the cops on him for being a "public disturbance" it was dramaaaaaa ? 2y
Grrlbrarian I can believe it, @lemonlime799 😏 I try to be really careful about when I practice! 2y
RealBooks4ever If I'm not reading, I'm snuggling with my cat & can't reach a book! 😻 2y
Grrlbrarian Got to creep on your feed to see these kittehs, @RealBooks4ever - my daughter is allergic so I just enjoy other people's 😸 2y
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johnnie_cakes
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I debated whether this was a pick or a so-so. I opted for so-so, because while I enjoyed it, there were too many characters that had info but wouldn't divulge it, despite the murder investigation, and everyone just accepts that. And while I like Delaney a lot, I was annoyed with how she constantly puts herself in harm's way. It's just a little too ridiculous even for an amateur sleuth.

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johnnie_cakes
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Hotel room reading, while my boo gets ready. Enjoying some quiet time before we head to church to see my nephews get confirmed.

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Joe_Jones
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Another book I finished and forgot to comment here. Book two in a new cozy series sure to warm the heart. Great characters and setting even if the plot gets a little farfetched. And yes, I found myself quickly hearing the dialog in a strong Scottish brogue in my head again. This series rekindled my love of cozies.

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Joe_Jones
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The sequel to The Cracked Spine! I just started this and already hear a strong Scottish brogue in my head as the characters talk 😀

Lindy I love hearing dialect in my head as I read. 😊 3y
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