The Poison Pen: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery (Hardcover)

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The ninth installment in the cozy mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols, set in a specialty bookshop in Edinburgh called The Cracked Spine.

When Delaney's boss's friend claims to have found something on her property, an estate in the village of Roslin, Edwin sends Delaney out to investigate. Could Jolie possibly have in her possession a priceless relic, a Crusader Sword? But when Delaney arrives at Jolie's estate, she is greeted by a legal team with a vested interest in the property. Delaney and Jolie manage to remove the intruders, but as they're examining the antique sword, they hear a scream, and meet a much less welcome discovery: a body.

As Delaney digs deeper, she discovers Jolie's own fascinating history. Jolie's mother had long claimed that her daughter was the rightful heir to the throne, not Elizabeth II, because of an affair she claimed to have with King Edward VIII. The only evidence, however, is in the form of a journal that one of Edward’s secretaries kept. The puzzles become more confusing when a connection is uncovered between this far-fetched story and the murdered man. And shortly thereafter, the journal goes missing. Delaney will have to read between the lines to put together the pieces...or become history herself.

About the Author

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood, as her father's job as a football coach took her family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City. She thought she'd only stay a couple years, but instead she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After many decades in Utah, she and her family moved to Arizona. She writes the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series and the Alaska Wild series. Her other series include the Farmers’ Market, Cooking School, and Dangerous Type mystery series.

Praise For…

Praise for the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series:

"Entertaining....This is armchair tourism at its best, with a dash of murder for spice. Bibliophiles and cozy fans alike will be enchanted." —Publishers Weekly on Fateful Words

"A satisfying cozy framed by interesting details concerning Edinburgh and the history and lore of books and collectibles." —Booklist on Fateful Words

"Suspenseful....Shelton easily keeps us turning pages." —New York Journal of Books on The Burning Pages

"Danger, intrigue, and adventure combine in this quirky-fun whodunit!" —Woman's World (best new books) on The Burning Pages

"Historical Burns references add spice to a complex series of intertwined mysteries." —Kirkus Reviews on The Burning Pages

"Engrossing....Cozy fans will be enchanted." —Publishers Weekly on The Burning Pages

"Boasts numerous plot twists, appealing characters, and a lovingly described setting." —Booklist on The Burning Pages

"Captivating...Ghostly pubs and blustery winter scenes help create a suitably sinister atmosphere, while distinctive characters and judicious use of Scottish dialect add to the story's appeal." —Publishers Weekly on Deadly Editions

"Filled with literary references that will tickle bibliophiles." —Kirkus Reviews on Deadly Editions

"Vivid descriptions of Edinburgh enhance the well-crafted plot. Cozy fans will look forward to the further adventures of smart and intuitive Delaney." —Publishers Weekly on The Stolen Letter

"Shelton stocks her tale with appealing characters and intriguing Nessie lore. Cozy fans will be rewarded."
Publishers Weekly on The Loch Ness Papers

"Shelton’s lovely depictions of Edinburgh, its denizens, and its bookshops will enchant lovers of cozies with a Scottish setting." —Publishers Weekly on Lost Books and Old Bones

"The history Delaney fascinating and nicely woven into the tale." —Booklist on The Stolen Letter

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250890603
ISBN-10: 1250890608
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery