Bookseller Delaney Nichols befriends a Loch Ness monster enthusiast; when he stands accused of murder she'll do whatever it takes to learn who the killer is—and whether Nessie herself is really lurking in the Scottish waters.
Delaney Nichols is delighted with her life in Edinburgh, working at The Cracked Spine—a shop that specializes in hard-to-find books and artifacts. With a job she loves, and her fast approaching marriage to devastatingly handsome Scottish pub-owner Tom Shannon, Delaney's life could be straight out of a fairy tale—at least it would be, if the pastor meant to perform the wedding ceremony hadn't recently passed away. Outside the church where Delaney is searching for another reverend, she stumbles across Norval Fraser: an elderly man obsessed with the Loch Ness monster. Always attracted to the interesting and unusual, Delaney befriends Norval. But when his nephew is found dead, the police decide Norval's obsession has moved from monsters to murder.
With a wedding to plan, her family arriving soon from Kansas, and the arrival of an over-the-top Texan with a wildly valuable book, Delaney's plate is full to bursting, but she can't abandon her new friend. Determined to help Norval, she sets out to learn the truth. The Loch Ness buries its secrets deeply, but Delaney is determined to dig them up—whether Nessie likes it or not.
Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Loch Ness Papers is the fourth in the Scottish Bookshop series by Paige Shelton.
Loch Ness Monster and Murder
I always look forward to the beginning of the year because it almost always means a new Scottish Bookshop Mystery is about to come out! This is by far one of my favorite cozy mystery series because it has all the brilliant aspects you need to enjoy a mystery. Books, bookish voices, delightful characters, Scotland, and Hector :)
The Loch Ness Papers has become my new favorite book in the Scottish Bookshop Series. This is book four in the series, which originally started with The Cracked Spine. The Loch Ness Papers has the perfect mix of folk lore, murder, and family/friends. I truly enjoyed the journey that intertwined Scottish History and the crime at hand. Scotland has so many great stories, but the Loch Ness Monster might be one of the most magical. It’s a joy to be able to read a book and be transported to a place you’ve never been. I’ve always wanted to see Scotland and the area surrounding Loch Ness, and now I’ve at the very least, experienced it!
I loved meeting the new characters and learning their stories. Delaney was completely relatable as she worked through the details of her big day on top of her already curious mind to help solve a murder. I love her determination to help those in need and help bring closure to every case. The relationship between her and Detective Winters is fun to read because now he knows now that she has a knack for solving crime. I loved getting to know Delaney’s family this time too. It’s amazing to see how much her character has grown even though we didn’t read about her growing up, I can see it through her family that she’s become the person she’s always meant to be. Which I think is everyone’s dream. To be where you’re meant to be and doing what you love to do. Is Scotland calling you yet?
I’m already looking forward to (hopefully) next years release and my next Scottish Adventure! Thank you, Paige Shelton for this incredible read.