From the publisher about this book:In need of a good adventure, Delaney Nichols takes the leap and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine. She doesn't know much about what she's gotten herself into, other than that the work sounds exciting, and that her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime. Edwin has promised that she'll be working with "a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes," and Delaney can't wait to get started.
When she arrives, she meets her new Scottish family; also working at the Cracked Spine are Rosie, perpetually wrapped in scarves, and 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 unexpected bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his piercing eyes, and a rolling 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 -- a previously undiscovered First Folio of Shakespeare's plays -- goes missing, and Edwin's sister is murdered, seemingly in connection to the missing folio. Delaney decides to do some sleuthing of her own, to find out just what the real story is behind the priceless folio, and how it's connected to the tragic death, all without getting harmed herself.
1 out of 5 stars
*The sweet tea: The writing is in good form and in the end there is a mystery solved, but there's definitely more bitter than sweet with this story. I'm rating this story one star, because I'm sure that the great detail (information dumping) involved with this book could appeal to a specific audience, it's just not me.
The bitter tea: There is a lot of detail in this book that I'm sure was supposed to be used for something other than fulfilling a word count. For example, Delaney hears voices...or better yet, she audibly hears book quotes during random times throughout the book. How awesome would it be, if it helped the story along somehow, but it doesn't. There is a lot of Scottish dialect, which took away from the story to me, because after reading the various adjectives used to describe the book store, I didn't want to take more time, trying to sound/read what the characters were saying. It was boring for me and took me about three weeks to finish it. I'm sorry, but I would not recommend it.
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