The Stolen Letter Book Review
|Title:||The Stolen Letter|
|Published:||April 7, 2020, Minotaur Books|
|No. of Pages:||304|
|Cover Price:||$16.99 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle|
The Stolen Letter, the fifth in A Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series, finds Delaney Nichols, a newlywed, just back from her honeymoon excited to finally be back to work at The Cracked Spine, a bookstore she loves to be at. However, as she is hurrying to her bookstore, she runs into a lady who has a stack of books. As Delaney bends down to help the woman pick up the books, she glances at her and finds she looks exactly like her – 20 years younger, but almost identical. As they talk on their way Delaney gets to know Mary and Mary invites Delaney to dinner that evening, along with others in the bookshop. Delaney learns that according to Mary, they both look a lot like Mary Queen of Scots who was beheaded centuries ago, and then that Mary believes she was Mary Queen of Scots in a past life. Unfortunately, the Cracked Spine is scheduled to close soon due to councilmen saying the building doesn’t stand up to code, and when Delaney finds out that Mary’s husband (who was just killed in a suspicious car explosion) was the one pushing for it, she becomes suspicious and starts to investigate.
Delaney is a delightful character, and while from the US, has become happy in her new home in Scotland. Shelton does a good job of developing her, as well as the others from the bookshop and Mary and her friends. There is a lot of Scottish language, and it almost seems readers will feel like they are in Scotland. It makes it fun and adds charm to the novel. While Delaney doesn’t get into too much trouble, there is suspense which builds throughout.
Shelton is a good writer, and makes this series fun. Most readers will want to read the others in the series because they are well-written fast reads.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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