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The Stolen Letter

(Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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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
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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 shes the dead Queen reincarnated. When
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
Barbara Rogers
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 youd hardly notice, but it adds a fun bit to the story. Ive 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 as a
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
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
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The history of Mary, Queen of Scots, woven throughout the story is interesting. I also liked the characters, the way they interact with each other. I enjoyed the mystery of both who killed Henry and why the bookstore was being targeted and most of the missing letter. I didn't guess who the killer is nor about the rest. #TheStolenLetter #NetGalley
Lisa Morin
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delaney has returned from her honeymoon and is excited to return to work at The Cracked Spine. Upon arrival, she bumps into another person, sending a pile of books spilling to the ground.
Delaney finds out the woman is Mary Stewart, and she has quite a story to tell.
There is a lot going on in this story that will leave the reader anxiously turning the pages until the very end.

This is a great series that touches on a bit of history and intrigue.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

I have quite enjoyed this series but I don't think this is one of the stronger entries, and for readers unfamiliar with it, probably not a great one to start with.

Having said that, I always enjoy the quirky and mysterious world of American Delaney Nichols and her Scottish friends at the Cracked Spine bookstore in Edinburgh. There is a slightly other-worldly feel about these books which is well-presented and intriguing. The Cracked Spine is not just a bookstore -- owner Edwin is a
Bobbie Kirkland
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of THE STOLEN LETTER (Book 5 of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries) by Paige Shelton in exchange for an honest review. Delaney Nichols loves her job, her boss, her coworkers, and her life at the Cracked Spine Bookstore in Edinburgh, Scotland. One day, Delaney bumps into a stranger on the street who looks uncannily similar to Delaney. The woman, Mary Stewart, is in search of the Cracked Spine, so Delaney is happy to direct her to the bookshop. After spending some time at the ...more
Jena Henry
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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- its 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
Carol Evans
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Stolen Letter is the fifth of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. Ive read all of them, and while you could jump in at this one, youd miss seeing Delaney, our amateur sleuth, starting her adventure, new in town, to finding a second family at the bookshop, falling in love, and really making her dreams come true. This time around she meets Mary Stewart, a woman who looks almost exactly like her, but 20 years older. Mary believes shes a reincarnation of Mary, Queen of Scots. I loved how the Queens ...more
Pam Walker
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in the series a while back and really enjoyed it so was excited for the opportunity to receive and ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. I love books about bookstores and the Cracked Spine in Scotland is a unique one. Delaney is returning from her honeymoon and anxious to get back to work when she runs into a woman who looks eerily like her. As they proceed to the bookstore, she finds out the ladies name is Mary. When she gets to the bookstore, she is dismayed to find ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the latest installment of the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, Delaney is back from her honeymoon and excited to be back to work at the Bookshop. Unfortunately, the shop is in trouble...according to the city council, their building is in danger of collapse and they must close immediately. None of them remember seeing an inspector and they never received any notifications before this last warning that they would be closed after the final vote.
Delaney and all her friends begin the search for
Kathleen Gray
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I've missed this delightful series! Delaney, an expat in Edinburgh, works at the Cracked Spine Bookshop, which she's just learned might be closed due to alleged code violations. Oh, and she's also met her doppelgänger- Mary- who is the spitting (almost) image of Mary Queen of Scots. She invites Delaney and her dishy new husband Tom to dinner where she speaks at length about the Queen,. And then-!- Mary's husband is murdered by a car bomb. There are dual threads here, the murder ...more
Sharon Mensing
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delaney Nichols returns from her honeymoon to Edinburgh, Scotland and her beloved job at the Cracked Spine bookstore in this 5th in the series. Shortly after, she (literally) bumps into a woman who look so like her that it is uncanny. Moreover, this woman turns out to believe that she is the reincarnated Mary, Queen of Scots. As if that weren't enough, Mary's husband seems hell-bent on closing down the Cracked Spine.

Delaney's kilt-wearing hunk of a husband joins her as she struggles to save the
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoy this author, but this book is not the best in this series. The characters from the earlier books are there and play their roles, but the story here feels contrived and unbelievable. The primary conflict of the bookstore's future is almost secondary to the sub-plot that involves the murder. Except for the main cast of characters the others are not well realized. The resolution felt like an add-on. Even re-reading the end did not feel as
Mar 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton 3.5 stars

This is the 5th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery following the Loch Ness Papers. I enjoyed last years the Loch Ness Papers a lot more than this excursion. I thought the mystery started a bit slow, but it got better towards the end of the book. I will say that there were some interesting bits - the local color and characters - and I like the interaction between Delaney and Tom. Series tend to have their ups and downs and I enjoyed this series too
Cynthia Moore
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the previous books in this series and enjoyed seeing the next adventure of Delaney in Scotland. I find the descriptions of Edinburgh and Scotland to be quite interesting and they add flavor to the book. I like the character developments and their interactions. You can really imagine these people. The book kept moving at a good pace. The only thing that I felt was a bit hard to take in was the actual why and how of the mystery. I felt that it was grasping at straws to make it work ...more
Lori Bonkoski
Delaney and Tom are back from their honeymoon. She heads into work and runs into a woman who is her doppelganger. Rosie has bad news when Delaney gets to work, The Cracked Spine is supposed to close! Can she figure out what is happening? Her doppelganger claims to have been Mary, Queen of Scots in another life. It will take all of the bookstore and friends to uncover exactly what is going on. Another great addition to this series. Great plot, interesting background on Mary and a good mystery.
Rima Aiello
Mar 07, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This series has really hit its stride and this latest installment is such a great compliment to it. Doppelgängers, murder, and a threat to the beloved bookstore will keep you turning the page in anticipation of what the author as in store next. The scenes the author paints make the reader feel like they are walking the streets right along with the characters. Every book in this series is a journey the reader will not want to come back from.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delaney Nichols returns to her beloved bookstore after her honeymoon to find the store is in jeopardy of being condemned and closed for good. No one can remember an inspector visiting nor was any formal communication received, just a call saying it was happening very soon. But Delaney and The Cracked Spine gang wont give up without a fight.

Another great entry in this series with an American in Scotland that will keep you turning the pages.
April Morin
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the English queens and love history as well. The Stolen Letter combined English queens, history and current times into a unique book. I loved the characters and the settings. A large part of the book takes place in an old bookstore. I don't want to give away any spoilers - so I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved how Paige Shelton combined the past and present together.
Andrea Johnson
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such an entertaining series! I love the many characters and their supportive relationship at the bookshop. This installment brings in a Delaney look-alike who is certain she was Mary Queen of Scots in a past life. Lots of little things add up to a quirky and Complex mystery. Love the setting in Edinburgh! Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC.
Susan Burlew
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
An enjoyable mystery set in a Scottish bookshop. Someone is trying to get the Cracked Spine condemned. There's a woman named Mary Stewart who believes she was Queen Mary Stuart in a former life. The main character Delaney works at the shop and tries to figure it all out. This is the fifth book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading the others. Recommend!
Although this had some interesting historical information and lovely descriptions of Edinburgh, the plan to condemn the Crooked Spine bookstore by the local council was based on a thin motive. The murder of one of the characters because of the plan to close the bookstore was driven by a truly sick mind. I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed others in this series.
Joe Jones
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another super fun outing in this cozy mystery series! By this point it is like visiting old friends when each new book comes out. Once I start reading it is like I am right back with them even up to the point where I keep hearing their parts in my very bad Scottish brogue. I hope we keep getting more in this series!
Karen Fan
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very solid entry to the series! Enjoyed the twists and it was definitely different to have the past life and doppelgänger twists!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent new book in a solid series. The descriptions of Scotland alone make the book worth reading. Add in a murder and reincarnation and you have a delightful cozy mystery.
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