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.)
Reviewed on: 02/13/2017 Release date: 04/04/2017 Genre: Fiction
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