Lost books and old bones

Paige Shelton

Book - 2018

Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town... When her new friends, also students at the medical school, come to the shop to sell a collection of antique medical books, Delaney knows she's stumbled across a rare and important find indeed. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, agrees to buy the multivolume set, perhaps even to keep for his own collection. But not long after the sale, one of ...Delaney's new friends is found murdered in the alley behind the Cracked Spine.

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Series
Shelton, Paige. Scottish bookshop mystery series.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
306 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250127792
1250127793
Main Author
Paige Shelton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kansan Delaney Nichols works as an appraiser at the Cracked Spine, a rare-book and -manuscript shop in Edinburgh. She's settled into life in Scotland with a boyfriend, pub owner Tom, and new friends, medical students Sophie and Rena, when a third medical student, Mallory, is found murdered in the alley outside the bookshop. When reporter Bridget Carr publishes an article intimating that Delaney may be involved in the murder, Delaney becomes determined to find Mallory's killer. Perhaps the murder is connected to a group of physician friends—one of whom was a murderer who has been missing for years—or even to the nineteenth-century of William Burke and William Hare, men who murdered to provide Dr. Robert Knox with corpses for dissection. Delaney interviews suspects who all have something to hide, but she ultimately uncovers the truth while almost losing her life. Background on the rare-book business and the Burke and Hare case is woven through the story, which boasts an engaging cast and multiple plotlines. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Delaney Nichols is enjoying drinks with a group of Edinburgh medical students who had come to the bookshop where she works to sell some antique medical texts. By the next morning, someone has tried to break into the Cracked Spine, and one of the students is found murdered in the alley. Delaney is sure the crime can be traced to the previous night's conversation about scalpels owned by a notorious 19th-century doctor who had bought corpses for dissection from murderers William Burke and William Hare. When she finds the scalpels in the bookshop's warehouse, she is determined to find the killer. Once again, as in Of Books and Bagpipes, Delaney is caught up in a mystery filled with Scottish history. The spirited unconventional amateur sleuth at times overshadows the other characters with her impulsiveness, rashness, and aggressiveness in inserting herself into the police investigation. VERDICT Shelton's atmospheric Scottish bookstore lacks its usual charm in this weak third series entry. Fans of quirky bookstore cozies may want to try Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes Bookshop" mysteries.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Deceit and misdirection abound in Shelton's diverting third Scottish Bookshop Mystery (after 2017's Of Books and Bagpipes). Kansan Delaney Nichols is finally feeling at home in Edinburgh, thanks largely to her job at the Cracked Spine, a mysterious bookstore specializing in rare manuscripts and historical objects. Delaney is fascinated when medical student friends tell her of their "wee bit odd" professor who's obsessed with Burke and Hare, 19th-century killers who sold the corpses of their victims to Dr. Robert Knox for dissection in his anatomy classes at Edinburgh University. But when one of the students is found dead in the alley behind the bookstore with a human skull placed next to her body, Delaney vows to discover who did it. Could the murder have to do with artifacts in the bookstore that may have belonged to Dr. Knox? Impulsive Delaney rushes thoughtlessly into danger, and the intricate plot becomes confusing in places. But Shelton's lovely depictions of Edinburgh, its denizens, and its bookshops will enchant lovers of cozies with a Scottish setting. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a medical student who was one of several new patrons selling her antique medical tomes is found murdered in her store's alley, Edinburgh bookseller Delaney Nichols follows leads to the story of a long-dead doctor before discovering that she has been targeted by the killer herself.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a medical student who was one of several new patrons selling her antique medical tomes is found murdered in her store's alley, Edinburgh bookseller Delaney Nichols follows leads to the story of a long-dead doctor before discovering that she has beentargeted by the killer herself.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lost Books and Old Bones is a delightful new mystery by Paige Shelton, featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols. Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town. The shop is a place filled with curiosities and surprises tucked into every shelf, and it’s Delaney’s job to research the rare tomes and obscure artifacts that people come to buy and sell. When her new friends, also students at the medical school, come to the shop to sell a collection of antique medical books, Delaney knows she’s stumbled across a rare and important find indeed. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, agrees to buy the multivolume set, perhaps even to keep for his own collection.But not long after the sale, one of Delaney’s new friends is found murdered in the alley behind the Cracked Spine, and she wonders if there is some nefarious connection between the origin of these books and the people whose hands they fell into. Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice. During her investigation, Delaney she finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse—she and discovers that they belonged to a long-dead doctor whose story and ties to the past crimes of Burke and Hare might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in a victim on the slab herself.