Library Journal Review
In her second Scottish outing (after The Cracked Spine), American Delaney Nichols is running an errand for her bookshop boss Edwin MacAlister to pick up a rare comic book, when she stumbles upon the body of the seller. Once again, she is on the trail of a crime in Edinburgh, with links to Edwin's mysterious past. Shelton's breezy cozy series may interest readers who enjoy Sheila Connolly's "County Cork" mysteries.-LH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
In Shelton's enjoyable second Scottish Bookshop cozy (after 2016's The Cracked Spine), Edwin MacAlister, owner of the Edinburgh bookshop the Cracked Spine, dispatches his American assistant, Delaney Nichols, to Castle Doune, a well-preserved ruin in the countryside, where she's to meet a mystery man with a 1930s comic book to sell, Oor Wullie. Atop the battlements, Delaney finds her contact lying dead, dressed in medieval costume. Spotting the copy of Oor Wullie near the body, Delaney impulsively hides it in her jacket. The victim turns out to have a complicated link to Edwin's past and the four members of a secret society from Edwin's college days. But who would kill over a comic book, and what's its connection to Edwin and his college chums? Delaney once again turns sleuth, putting her life in peril in a way she could never have imagined before moving from Kansas to Scotland. Fortunately, handsome pub owner Tom Fletcher is on hand to provide some romantic interest amid the dark doings. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
American Delaney Nichols works in an Edinburgh bookstore, Cracked Spine, which sells old books, rare manuscripts, and artifacts. Her boss, Edwin MacAlister, asks her to go to Castle Doune to pick up a comic book. When she and her landlord, Elias, get to the battlements where the meeting is supposed to take place, they find their contact, Billy Armstrong, dressed as William Wallace and quite dead. Edwin is stunned by the murder, and Delaney becomes involved in the investigation when she realizes that Edwin is not telling her the truth, or at least not the whole truth, about events that occurred in the distant past that may be connected to Armstrong's murder. Interviewing Edwin's former friends as well as a group of William Wallace reenactors, and with help from her boyfriend's father, a librarian, Delaney ferrets out the truth while endangering her life. The Edinburgh and greater Scotland settings are lovingly woven through the story, which includes details of literature and Scottish history. In this first-person account, Delaney is a bright, sympathetic figure surrounded by well-drawn secondary characters.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2017 Booklist