MYSTERY
The Loch Ness Papers
Minotaur: St. Martin's. (Scottish Bookshop, Bk. 4). Apr. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781250127815. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250218858. M
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OrangeReviewStarBookseller Delaney Nichols is rushing into church to prepare for her wedding when she bumps into an older man leaving. He drops a pack of cards showing the Loch Ness Monster. Delaney returns the cards and feels an immediate connection to Norval Fraser, who is obsessed with Nessie. He invites Delaney to take over his collection of papers about the monster. She's fascinated by his stories, but doesn't trust his great-nephew Gavin. When Gavin is found murdered, the police suspect Norval. Although her family is arriving from Kansas for the wedding, Delaney feels obliged to prove Norval isn't a killer. The delightful characters, immersive Scotland setting, and the mystery of Loch Ness combine for one of the most enjoyable installments in this series.
VERDICT The intriguing Scottish bookshop and wedding details will satisfy fans of Amanda Flower's "Magic Garden" mysteries. Readers who relish eccentric characters and bookstores, as seen in Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes" bookshop series, will savor this fourth entry (after Lost Books and Old Bones) in an atmospheric series.

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