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The Cracked Spine
The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery | Paige Shelton
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Wanted: A bold adventurer who wants to travel the world from a comfortable and safe spot behind a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes. A humble book and rare manuscript shop seeks a keenly intelligent investigator to assist us in our search for things thought lost, and in our quest to return lost items to their rightful owners. Never an adventurer, no one was more surprised than Delaney Nichols when she packed her bags and moved halfway across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine, a bookshop located in the heart of the city. Her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime, albeit a cryptic one, and Delaney can’t wait to take her spot behind the desk. The Cracked Spine is filled with everything a book lover could want, each item as eclectic as the people who work there; the spirited and lovable Rosie, who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An extra bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his cobalt eyes, and a gentle brogue—and it doesn’t hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt. But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered. Never did Delaney think that searching for things lost could mean a killer, but if she’s to keep her job, and protect her new friends, she’ll need to learn the truth behind this Scottish tragedy.
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Sharpeipup
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Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 fun photo! 5mo
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Sharpeipup
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Calling it a night. @24in48 #24in48 #readathon

8 hours
3.5 books read

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Sharpeipup
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1. Just started The Cracked Spine #book2
2. Ravenclaw
3. New Amsterdam
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
#24in48 @24in48

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BookFrog
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Pickpick

I absolutely adored this book! The characters, the setting, the story...🥰. Delaney is a perfect main character for this book. I love the mystery, romance, history, and the books! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes a mystery. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookFrog
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My reading buddies as I enjoy this mystery about books.📚🥰

AJones Cute pix! 💙 🐶 🐈 5mo
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BookFrog
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Finished book one of the new year and starting on book two, tagged.

Kaye Good job ! 👍🏼 6mo
BookFrog @kaye Thanks! 6mo
Crazeedi Looks intriguing ! 6mo
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Loric
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Mehso-so

This cozy mystery had all the elements to interest me, a mystery, a bookstore, an amateur sleuth and Scotland, but just fell short. While I enjoyed the quirky characters, much of the story was too far fetched, not at all believable. I believe this is the authors debut so for that I give credit. I am not sure I will read the others in this series, at least not now. Overall 2.5 stars from me

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Meh. Not entirely sure why I finished this, I didn‘t particularly enjoy the way the author portrayed Edinburgh or its residents. But I‘ve now got one book under my belt for #24in48 with nearly 5 hours of reading done.

9/13 for #13books13weeks

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janeycanuck
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Why yes, I will sit outside with dinner and my book, thank you.

Hooked_on_books What a cool little stand you have for your ereader! 11mo
Joe_Jones That was such a fun book as was the sequel! 11mo
janeycanuck @Hooked_on_books it‘s called a stump stand and it‘s fantastic. It‘s rubber, has three angles you can put things at, and it‘s heavy so it stays in place. Highly recommend. 11mo
janeycanuck @Joe_Jones gonna have to disagree with you there. The story may be fine but her “interpretation” of Edinburgh and its residents is... disappointing. 11mo
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cobwebmoth
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@bookish_wookish Thank you so much for all of the wonderful coffee gifts! *hugs* @Mommamanzi Thanks for organizing #coffeebeanbookclub! It's been fun!❤☕

whatshesreadingnow 😍☕️ 12mo
bookish_wookish Yay! Glad it made it to you! 12mo
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Kshakal
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This book was a mixed bag for me... it was a definite first book in a series but it has the potential to get better and better as the series continues. I loved the setting and all of the secondary characters (I mean who doesn‘t love a Scot in a kilt!). Overall, a cute cozy!

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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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We are celebrating our anniversary a week early, and had a fun weekend! This is how we ended our day today and all of these were bargain priced except the mystery. ❤️ (Books-A-Million)

Cinfhen Happy early anniversary 🥂 14mo
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Cinfhen Thank you!!! 😘 14mo
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Kshakal
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My mom and are spending some quality time reading while waiting to go to a school event!!!

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mabell
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Mehso-so

Ok, but I didn't like it enough to be a pick. I found the characters endearing, and the situation shaping up to be interesting as the series goes on. My main issue was with the MC. Likable, but too pushy and probing - going places and asking questions that were really none of her business - to the point it was rude and unreasonable.
The reader did well, but as @drokka commented, a speaker with a native Scottish accent would have been preferable.

LeahBergen There wasn‘t enough about BOOKS in this mystery. It drove me crazy! 😠 1y
mabell @LeahBergen Just because she went to work in a *book* store, doesn't mean the storyline would at all relate to BOOKS ... clearly your expectations were too high 😂 1y
LeahBergen @mabell 😂 Right? She was supposed to be this “book whisperer” type of character and don‘t EVEN get me going on the Shakespeare First Folio stuff. 1y
mabell @LeahBergen Now I want to hear about the first folio stuff! 😂 1y
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mcipher
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#allthebooksof2017
#firstreadoftheyear
I forgot about this book! I didn‘t really enjoy it so it was an inauspicious bookish beginning to the year (but things got better).

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stacybmartin
Mehso-so

This was a light and fluffy (well, as fluffy as a murder mystery can be) cozy mystery - perfect setting of a Scottish bookstore. The characters just weren‘t very well-developed - apparently it‘s the first of a series so maybe they get better?

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stacybmartin
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Next up on #labsoundtrack - a cozy mystery!

SilversReviews Love the cover. 2y
Cathythoughts Great cover 👍 2y
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Soubhiville
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Hooked_on_books Congrats on your win! 2y
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amrsprout
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Pickpick

Simple little silly mystery with books and kilts. Perfectly wonderful.

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BookishJess
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And #bookhaul number 2! 😬 Two cozies, two classics, and one by Anne Lamott.

josie281 Anne 💕 2y
minkyb I really enjoy Anne too @josie281 ! 2y
BookishJess @josie281 @minkyb I have only read a little bit of Bird by Bird by her and I was curious about her memoirs that deal more with spirituality and faith. Hope to get to it soon! 2y
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josie281 Her Twitter and IG feed are great as well. Little doses of happy. 2y
Lmstraubie Love Anne Lamott!!! It's also great to listen to her books because she narrates them. 2y
BookishJess @josie281 I'll have to check that out! 2y
BookishJess @Lmstraubie Good to know! I'll have to see if my library has any of her books on audio. 2y
UwannaPublishme Listening now to my first Anne Lamont book-Grace Eventually. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
BookishJess @UwannaPublishme I hope you're liking it! I'll be looking for that one too. 2y
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johnnie_cakes
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All I need from a good cozy is some endearing characters, and a smile on my face when I finish. This one delivered on both accounts. Who wouldn't want to run off to Scotland for an adventure? Delaney was a little flaky, but that didn't bother me. I really did finish this with a big smile on my face, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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johnnie_cakes
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The store book group meets tonight, so I get to sit in a corner and read while they discuss their selections. And I'm wearing my @outofprint HP shirt.

todd Love it! 2y
LeahBergen Perfect! How is that book? I've had my eye on it. 2y
johnnie_cakes @LeahBergen I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm only a 1/3 of the way into it, but the characters have really charmed me. 2y
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MeikyuuAgeha
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If there was ever a Job Ad like this I would jump on it so fast! Loving this book!

melissanorr I really enjoyed that one and am looking forward to reading the second in the series! 2y
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mcipher
Mehso-so

Finished this morning and I was glad to be done with it. I liked the feeling of evoked - sort of a Nancy Drew nostalgia, but the bumbling heroine being repeatedly rescued and also how annoying she was just didn't work for me. Plus it was just so pat - everything fell into place perfectly for her, she just happened to solve the mystery.. Finally, "whodunnit" was just lame ?.

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mcipher
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So this isn't getting me closer to my "read non-fiction" goal, but I'm almost done with book 1 of my ? ? 2017 goal. ?

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PatienceFortitude
Bailedbailed

Not even fond memories of Edinburgh bookstores could keep me reading. Too twee! I bailed almost before the body.

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mcipher
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Starting this cozy bookstore mystery tonight. I haven't read any of that genre in a while!

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cobwebmoth
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Taking a break from my other book to read something shorter. Got to keep up the momentum! #readathon

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drokka
Mehso-so

The story had potential, but the only characters I enjoyed were the taxi driver and his wife. Everyone else seemed to be their against their will. Now for a list of pet peeves:
American characters and their dread of 'driving on the other side of the road'. Seriously? It's no different, just a mirror image. Narrations set in Scotland should be done by a Scot, especially when only one major and one very minor characters are the only non-Scots.

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Jess_Read_This
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🍴📖Lunching with a new friend... #lunchwithbooks

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JulieHartman419
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More Outlander references? "Fraser's Gently Used Furniture and Reupholstering Services"

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JulieHartman419
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I wonder if these are Outlander references in the prologue to capture and familiarize the reader. So far, so good.

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RandomBookMuses
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Mehso-so

Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/zzCvi0

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