Thursday, January 27, 2022

Books from the Backlog - The Cracked Spine

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Blurb:  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.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf: I've read a couple of the more recent books in this series and enjoyed them to various levels but I have a feeling they would have made SO much more sense if I had started here.


  1. I'm a cover snob and I love that cover! I would love to own a bookstore that looked like that.

  2. Always makes more sense when you get some of the back story, has a great title too.Hope it will be good when its off the shelf.

  3. That is an adorable cover. I really want to give this series a try.

  4. This was an enjoyable mystery! I need to reread it, though, because I want to continue the series, and I have forgotten too much of the first book.

  5. Yes, it would make more I love this series!