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review 2019-05-09 06:56
The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
The Cracked Spine - Paige Shelton

Scottish Bookshop Mystery #1:  The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton


A cozy mystery set in Edinburgh.  This novel starts of rather slowly, followed by somewhat erratic pacing throughout.  I also found the main character's (Delaney) sudden desire to investigate the murder of someone she has never met, in a foreign city she knows nothing about, rather illogical.  It seemed to be out of character.  Some other aspects of this novel were also a bit silly or not particularly believable, in my opinion. On the other hand, there is a bookshop, a mysterious room and a Shakespear First Folio.  A cute story to pass the time on a rainy evening.

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review 2018-07-16 08:26
Lost Books and Old Bones (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #3)
Lost Books and Old Bones - Paige Shelton

Eh.  Not great, but not bad.  The MC, Delaney was pushy - I'd have gotten really shirty with her had I been one of the other characters.  Very woman-with-a-mission; even though it wasn't of the 'I can do the police's job better' variety, it was still overbearing and unrealistic.


I did like the Burke and Hare theme though, and I thought they mystery itself was well plotted and a little diabolical, even if part of it didn't work.


The murder suspect is accused of killing three patients on the table - the first one is called a botched appendectomy.  So if he isn't the murderer, how did the real murderer kill three of his patents in surgery while making it look like his fault?  If they happened post op, it was never specified.

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I usually like these for the ambiance (Edinburgh), this history sprinkled throughout and the setting of a bookshop with an attached room of treasures, collected over time by the owner.  I'll keep reading them, unless Delaney continues to be pushy and overbearing.  

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review 2018-04-03 08:10
Comic Sans Murder (Dangerous Type, #3)
Comic Sans Murder - Paige Shelton

I always enjoy Paige Shelton's cozies.  She write a great backdrop, mostly interesting characters, if sometimes a little, tiny bit wooden, and generally plots a decent mystery.  This is the third series of hers I've read, I think, and though I liked the characters in her ghost series better, the setting for this series is my favorite so far.  A shop that focuses on all things related to traditional printing: a replica Gutenberg press, bespoke stationary, book and typewriter repairs.  Set in a ski resort town in Utah.  It just sounds like an amazing way to earn a living.


The mystery in this one should have been obvious to me, but somehow it wasn't.  I might not have been paying attention, or it might've been just good writing on Shelton's part.  I'm inclined to give her the credit.  A solid, dependable series in the cozy genre.

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review 2018-03-18 00:11
A Christmas Tartan
A Christmas Tartan - Paige Shelton

Magical! I can't imagine how hard it would be to write a whole book and it must be even more difficult to squeeze a whole book into fewer than 100 pages! I loved the hint of magic and wonder injected into the story, making the story both surreal and real. A perfect short and sweet read for the holidays, I just might make this one a tradition.

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review 2018-03-17 16:06
Lost Books and Old Bones
Lost Books and Old Bones - Paige Shelton

For me, this one was just...okay. There was virtually no context to introduce the new characters and I just didn't connect with them. It was an great plot, lots of twists and turns and the very creepy Dr Eben. I enjoyed the history (The Burke & Hare story is always fascinating) and of course, the little bookshop and its treasures, both human and inanimate, are a big draw for me but I found it was difficult to hold my interest and I struggled to finish it. Still, this is a great series and there's a lot to love for cozy mystery fans.

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