Review: The Cracked Spine



Wanted: A bold adventurer who wants to travel the world from a comfortable and safe spot behind a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes. A humble book and rare manuscript shop, seeks a keenly intelligent investigator to assist us in our search for things thought lost, and in our quest to return lost items to their rightful owners.

Never an adventurer, no one was more surprised than Delaney Nichols when she packed her bags and moved halfway across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine, a bookshop located in the heart of the city. Her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime, albeit a cryptic one, and Delaney can’t wait to take her spot behind the desk.

The Cracked Spine is filled with everything a book lover could want, each item as eclectic as the people who work there; the spirited and lovable Rosie, who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An extra bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his cobalt eyes, and a gentle brogue—and it doesn’t hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt.

But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered. Never did Delaney think that searching for things lost could mean a killer, but if she’s to keep her job, and protect her new friends, she’ll need to learn the truth behind this Scottish tragedy.

Rating: 5 stars


The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton is an absolute must read for all book lovers. A young woman is soon dismissed from her current position due to a lack of funds. She is now waiting for a job that will prove to be one great adventure. Little does she that one ad will give her a job that leads to an adventure of a lifetime. A job that is located out of states and into Scotland. A bookshop to be more precise. Once in Scotland, Delaney meets a wonderful cab driver who introduces her to new people. People who soon become a family to her. However, a mysterious job brings out a stolen object and soon murder. Delaney finds herself buried deep into a tragedy that she needs to solve or die trying to…

Paige Shelton’s most talked about novel, The Cracked Spine, is everything that I thought it would be. Adventure, suspense, romance, and murder…all in one brilliantly well-written book. Every page brings readers closer to the who, what, and why of the cases at hand. Can both the robbery and murder by tied and if so how? The Cracked Spine allows readers to travel far across the world to one of the world’s most fascinating places of all, Scotland. So much history and intrigue lies, within this beautiful country. Readers can tell that a novel this stunning took a lot of research, dedication and love. Paige Shelton’s writing is addictive. Her characters are fascinating and the scenes come, to life. Overall, I highly recommend this new mystery to readers who would love to travel without ever having to leave their home.


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