The Loch Ness papers

by Shelton, Paige,

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Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is--and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters.

Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine--a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney's life could be straight out of a fairy tale--at least it would be, if the pastor meant to perform the wedding ceremony hadn't recently passed away. Outside the church where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval's obsession has moved from monsters to murder.

With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly valuable book, Delaney's plate is full to bursting, but she can't abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets deeply, but Delaney is determined to dig them up--whether Nessie likes it or not.

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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Delaney Nichols, an American living and working in Edinburgh, is in the midst of finalizing plans for her upcoming wedding to a local pub owner when she meets elderly Norval Fraser, a man who has spent a lifetime obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster. Drawn to Norval, Delaney becomes involved in a murder investigation when the two find Norval's great-nephew dead, and Norval is the chief suspect. Believing the possibly mentally ill Norval to be innocent, Delaney investigates other suspects as well as delving into Norval's past, while learning more about the Loch Ness Monster. Complicating matters, Texan Angus Murdoch comes to the Cracked Spine, the bookshop where Delaney works, to return a priceless book of King Arthur tales that he claims his grandfather stole from the shop years ago. 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 character effectively.--Sue O'Brien Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of Shelton's agreeable fourth Scottish Bookshop mystery (after 2018's Lost Books and Old Bones), American Delaney Nichols, who works at the Cracked Spine Bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, is soon to be married. But weddings seldom go off as planned, and Delaney's is fraught with complications. First, the minister dies, leaving Delaney scrambling for a replacement; the tailor shop folds, leaving her dressless; and finally her new friend, Norval Fraser, a sweet, eccentric old man who's obsessed with the Loch Ness monster, is accused of murdering his greedy nephew. Delaney's wedding plans take a back seat as she tries to prove Norval innocent and find the real killer. Delaney's friends and her family, who have traveled to Scotland from Kansas, are amazingly forgiving about being ditched while she investigates the murder. The killer's motivation is a bit of a fizzle, but Shelton stocks her tale with appealing characters and intriguing Nessie lore. Cozy fans will be rewarded. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Shelton, Paige. Scottish bookshop mystery series.
Subjects Americans -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Booksellers and bookselling -- Fiction.
Women booksellers -- Fiction.
Edinburgh (Scotland) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Sequel to: Lost books and old bones.
Description 310 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781250127815
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