Release Date: Apr 6, 2021
Series: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Sometimes extraordinary offers come with loads of complications. For Delaney Nichols, an unexpected offer, joining a select few in a “friendly” treasure hunt for a very valuable book, turns into a murder-mystery, that then turns into a kidnapping, which then turns into a copy-cat case, or is it something else, entirely? Author, Paige Shelton, takes you on an engaging and detailed search for clues, while the players make alliances, and the mystery unravels. This is the sixth book in the A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by author Paige Shelton.
There was a lot to take in, in this detailed multiple-mystery and murder story. Although, a bit particular, the author is very thorough with the background narrative of each character. I enjoyed the quiet pace and the circumstantial state in which the mystery found itself most of the time. Mainly, I was guessing at the who and the why, throughout the book. Regardless, of the pace and the long narrative, I found the story to be interesting and exciting.
There are many interesting characters in this story. The main character Delaney Nichols, bookish and astute, drives the story with her unwavering search for the truth. Her drive and dedication were the reasons she was selected to participate in the select group included for the treasure hunt. All the participants in the group were chosen for their particular attributes by character Shelagh O’Conner, an eccentric and well-known book connoisseur, known for her vast collection of rare and collectable editions. And just as eccentric as her flawed character, is her obsession with the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is the main focus of the mystery revolving this case. But not all is what it seems, and as the mystery resolves, you realize that it was organized just so, from the very beginning.
I found this book to be calculating in its delivery of clues and direction. Purposeful, in captivating my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed the mindful, mental exercise and I deliberately read it slower than other mysteries. I liked how this book tricks the narrative and holds you till the very end.