Tuesday, March 28, 2023

ARC Review: Fateful Words by Paige Shelton

Fateful Words

Paige Shelton
Series: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery (Book 8)
Publication: Minotaur Books (April 4, 2023)

Description: In Fateful Words, the eighth Scottish Bookshop Mystery from beloved author Paige Shelton, bookseller Delaney Nichols stakes her reputation―and her life―when a literary tour turns deadly...

When Edwin, Delaney’s boss at the Cracked Spine bookstore, leaves town on secret business, Delaney is called upon to guide his yearly literary tour around Edinburgh. But on the first night of the tour, at the inn where the tour group is staying, the inn manager falls―or is pushed―off the roof of the inn, and killed. Then, one of the tour members disappears, leaving a trail of puzzles in her wake.

In a race against the clock, Delaney sets out on the expedition of her life, following clues around Edinburgh to get to the bottom of this mystery. Exploring sights from Greyfriars Bobby to the Royal Mile to the Sir Walter Scott Monument, she'll have to put the pieces together quickly, or the bookstore's survival could be on the line...as well as her own.

My Thoughts: Delaney is stuck with leading the annual personalized tour of Edinburgh when her boss Edwin has to leave on some sort of secret business. She's nervous and very worried about Edwin.

Things don't start off well when the manager of the inn where the tour guests are staying falls, or is pushed, off the roof and the counter girl is attacked and is in a coma. Things get even worse when one of the four tour guests disappears. 

Delaney is not going to investigate on her own and is constantly on the phone with her police contact since more and more unexpected things keep happening. 

This was an engaging episode in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I especially liked all of the tourist attractions that Delaney showed off for her guests. 

Favorite Quote:
Geoff bit his bottom lip and took a deep breath as if to steel himself. "Ms. Nichols, there was ...I need to let you know that there was an issue with Edwin's card. I've been trying to reach him."

I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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