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The Stolen Letter: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

(Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  165 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton returns with the next installment of The Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, The Stolen Letter

Delaney Nichols is confident she’s doing what she loves—case in point, just one day after returning from her fabulous European honeymoon, she’s eager to get back to the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works. But as she disembark
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Published April 7th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Paige Shelton Hi, Leslie - no, not the end. DEADLY EDITIONS publishes next year, and the publisher recently bought two more after that one. Thanks for asking.
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Susan Johnson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
It's not often you find a cozy mystery featuring Queen Mary of Scotland and both Elizabeth I and II. It's hard to get that much royalty in one place. And it turns out that our heroine, Delaney, is a look-alike to Mary Stewart. Life for a mid West USA girl transplanted to Edinburgh, Scotland doesn't get much better.

Back from her honeymoon, Delaney discovers some city council people are trying to close The Cracked Spine bookstore. She and her co-workers attempt to stop the closure. She meets a w
This is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop mystery series. The main character, Delaney, is an American woman who relocated to Scotland to work in a unique bookshop, the Cracked Spine. Also, Delaney occasionally helps solve mysteries. She comes across a murder mystery to solve in The Stolen Letter.

I recommend starting with the first book in this series, The Cracked Spine. Each book in the series has a unique mystery, but the relationships between the characters grow throughout Delaney's time
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

New York Times bestselling
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Delaney Nichols travelled from Kansas to Edinburgh, Scotland to work for wealthy, mysterious Edwin MacAlister at The Cracked Spine bookshop. She made fast friends with her landlords and fellow employees, and just married Pub owner, Tom Shannon, the love of her life.

The thrilling fifth installment of this outstanding cozy series has Delaney and her friends winding through the historical path of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a modern Mary look-a-like who believes she’s the dead Queen reincarnated. Whe
The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton has Delaney Nichols heading back to work after her honeymoon with her new husband, Tom. As she heads towards The Cracked Spine, Delaney runs into a woman carrying a large number of books. After helping retrieve the volumes, Delaney introduces herself to Mary who looks remarkably like her. Delaney is to learn from Mary Stewart that they both look like Mary, Queen of Scots, and Mary states that she was the Queen of Scots in a past life. Mary then invites Delaney, ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5
Publication Date: 4/7/20
Number of Pages: 304

I thoroughly enjoyed this complex, intricately woven, fun story. I love that there is just the tiniest tad of the paranormal in the series – not enough you’d hardly notice, but it adds a fun bit to the story. I’ve loved Delaney from the beginning when she was in the US and found the intriguing advertisement for a position at a lovely Scottish bookshop – and the series was off and running. This can certainly be read a
Kate Baxter
3.5 / 5.0 stars

This sixth book of the Scottish Book Shop mystery series, is a charming and delightful addition. The writing is solid and clever, the language clean and the corpse modestly described. What more could one ask for in a cozy?

Our stalwart Kansas born bookseller and heroine, Delaney Nichols, has just returned to Edinburgh after her honeymoon with pub owner, Tom Shannon. They're still in the process of navigating their new normal and everything is anything but. On her way to the Cracked
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cozies & Scottish royal history.
Could not put it down! Paige Shelton’s The Stolen Letter (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5) is enthralling, thwarting, and great fun. The protagonist, Delaney Nichols, returns to Edinburgh after spending two glorious weeks on her honeymoon, but she is ever so anxious to return to her job at The Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she loves her work. As Delaney rushes to work, she literally runs into her ‘doppelgänger’ with books flying everywhere, but Delaney is unaware of the massive problem she wil ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry in The Scottish Bookshop series. It was fun to visit with Delaney and the rest of the bookshop staff. Every time I read a book in this series, I want to visit Scotland.
Fresh from her honeymoon, Delaney Nichols returns to work at The Cracked Spine bookstore in Scotland. On her way in, she literally bumps into a woman so startling like herself, it shocks them both. That they are headed to the same shop is even more odd. But then it gets more so. This twin claims to be the reincarnated Mary, Queen of Scots.

And so the story goes. The uncanny resemblance, the soon friendships, the dinner date, then the murder. Then again, the bookstore is a connecting factor.

Delaney Nichols returns from her honeymoon in a rosy glow. So far married life is going great and she looks forward to returning to her place at the Cracked Spine. On her way to work one morning, Delaney bumps into a woman who bears an uncanny likeness to herself! This woman, Mary Stewart, claims to be a reincarnated Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Um OK. Delaney doesn't NOT believe but she doesn't believe believe either. Still, she likes Mary a lot and so does Rosie, who does believe. Delaney even ...more
Nancy Baker
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this series goes beyond fiction and causes me to delve into history and legends.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall the storyline as far as the plot was OK but I did not want to read a history book and that’s what it is!
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Delaney Nichols has returned from her honeymoon and can’t wait to get back to work at The Cracked Spine. But she is waylaid and she collides with a woman carrying a large stack of books. As she helps the woman. Mary, pick up the books she realizes the woman could be her doppelganger. Their resemblance is remarkable and the woman was also on her way to The Cracked Spine. Mary tells Delaney that they both resemble Mary Queen of Scots and that she firmly believes she is a reinca
K.A. Davis
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE STOLEN LETTER is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series by Paige Shelton. In this newest release, I love how the tragic historical figure of Mary, Queen of Scots, is woven into a current day murder mystery. It is obvious that the author did considerable research on the beheaded queen, yet the way the information is presented is anything but a dry history lesson. I was captivated with how she uses Mary Stewart, a woman claiming reincarnation of the long-ago queen, intertwined ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton was another excellent entry into this series. Ms. Shelton's writing is so descriptive that it always makes me feel as if I am visiting Delaney, Rosie, Edwin, Hamlet and Tom in Edinburgh.

The plot in this one is complex,quickly paced with enough twists and turns to keep me totally engrossed in the story. Ms. Shelton added some indepth historical information regarding Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, which is woven into the plot as well as a character's belief in rein
Jena Henry
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the pleasure of recommending a cozy mystery that is new to me, but is not new to many other readers and fans. The Stolen Letter is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series and a beguiling book it is. No worries if you are like me, and start the series with this book- it’s a charming story and easy to get in to.

All right then, to Edinburgh we go! Delaney Nichols is a sweet and good-nature young woman, but she can be plucky and persistent when she needs to be. She works at h
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this series and I will continue but this may be my least favorite of the series. At work we would call this a high 3 when rating the work to be done. So I have rounded up to a 4. I love the setting and the history. I've learned more about Scotland from this series than I would have otherwise. ...more
Diane Hernandez
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Stolen Letter is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. The book successfully blends a cozy mystery plot, British royalty, and many paranormal elements like reincarnation and book characters that give advice. And it has more plot than a bushel of other cozy mysteries. Yet the author somehow makes it work. The conclusion skillful weaves all the plot threads into a fine and coherent tapestry.

American Delaney works as a manager and researcher in an old bookshop called The Crack
Delaney Nichols is returning from her honeymoon, on her way back to her dream job as as an archivist at The Cracked Spine in Edinburgh, when she literally runs into herself -- or, if not herself, exactly, an older near-twin. Mary Stewart just happens to be on her way to that very bookstore to sell a pile of books about Elizabeth I.

While Rosie, Delaney's co-worker, begins to examine the boos, Delaney excuses herself to make some coffee in the ancient warehouse next to the historic bookstore. She
Joy Gerbode
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! The characters are so endearing (made even more so by their lovely Scottish accents) and the setting is Scotland, AND a bookstore (what an amazing combination)! And I enjoy the way the author works through the mysteries, although they can sometimes be a bit far-fetched. Not sure I was quite so in love with the "former lives" aspect ... but did thoroughly enjoy being back with these friends for another mystery to solve! ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Is it possible that Delaney Nichols has a doppelganger, and more than one? In this enjoyable cozy mystery by Paige Shelton, enjoy Delaney's experiences as she seeks to discover what is really going on.

Extended review to come.
Joy Gerbode
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scotland and books

What could be a better combination? Love the setting and the characters and she weaves a wonderful mystery as well.
Amanda Wilcox
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get through these books fast enough because I love the way they are written and the characters but at the same time I wish I could show down and enjoy it even longer. This installment was another fantastic adventure with Delaney and crew. I can't recommend this series enough! ...more
JJ Lehmann
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful bookshop mystery. This series is definitely brain candy and that is why I love them, plus how can you not love Scottish turns of phrase.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stolen Letter is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series.

Delaney and Tom have returned from their honeymoon and she is excited about being back at her dream job at The Cracked Spine Bookshop. As Delaney is about to enter the bookshop she bumps into a lady also heading for the store. Once they catch themselves, they are both surprised at how much they look like each other. Once inside, the lady introduces herself as Mary. Mary goes on to say that she feels she is the reincarnat
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A happy newlywed couple, a quaint bookshop, British royalty lookalikes, a murder, valuable antiques, castles, multiple mysteries.. all in a gorgeous Edinburgh, Scotland setting. What is it NOT to like?

I read this book in less than 24hrs, which is highly unusual for me. I adored it!

I particularly enjoyed:
1. the loving characters such as Delaney Nichols, the female lead: a strong, smart, confident, young female, with a good head on her shoulders, loves her job, loves her husband Tom Shannon, has
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton is the 5th installment of the truly wonderful Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I have read, and own, every single book from this series thus far, and I truly feel that it just keeps getting better and better with each book.

Even though I have read the previous four books, I still feel that someone could jump into the series with this book alone and still enjoy the journey. (However, one should definitely not miss out on the series as a whole. It is too good to
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Delaney is back from her honeymoon and excited to get back to work doing what she loves working at The Cracked Spine, a bookstore unlike others. While on her way in she runs into a woman who is the spitting image of herself, just older. She soon learns the woman's name is Mary and she just happens to be heading to the bookstore to sell off some books. The two get to chatting and Delaney soon learns that not only do the two resemble Mary Queen of Scots, but Mary actually thinks she was her in a p ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
In The Stolen Letter Delaney and Tom have comeback from their honeymoon to find out that the Cracked Spine might have to close down. This upsets Delaney something fierce and she doesn't understand why anyone would want to try and shut them down. She also meets a woman who looks exactly like her but older and this lady, Mary, claims to be Mary Queen of Scots reincarnated. Mary invites Delaney and Tom along with Rosie to her house for dinner and the next day Mary's husband is killed in a car bomb. ...more
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