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Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist in the seventh Scottish Bookshop Mystery, The Burning Pages, from beloved author Paige Shelton.... One winter's night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She's perplexed by the invitation, but intrigued. The Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist in the seventh Scottish Bookshop Mystery, The Burning Pages, from beloved author Paige Shelton.... One winter's night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She's perplexed by the invitation, but intrigued. The dinner takes place at Burns House itself, a tiny cottage not far from the Cracked Spine bookshop but well hidden. There, it becomes clear that Delaney and Hamlet were summoned in an attempt to make amends between Edwin, Delaney's boss, and one of the other invitees, who suspected Edwin for burning down his own bookshop twenty years ago after a professional disagreement. But after the dinner, there’s another fire. The Burns House itself is burned to the ground, and this time there’s a body among the ruins. When Hamlet is accused of the crime, Delaney rushes to prove his innocence, only to discover that he might actually have a plausible motive...


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Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist in the seventh Scottish Bookshop Mystery, The Burning Pages, from beloved author Paige Shelton.... One winter's night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She's perplexed by the invitation, but intrigued. The Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist in the seventh Scottish Bookshop Mystery, The Burning Pages, from beloved author Paige Shelton.... One winter's night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She's perplexed by the invitation, but intrigued. The dinner takes place at Burns House itself, a tiny cottage not far from the Cracked Spine bookshop but well hidden. There, it becomes clear that Delaney and Hamlet were summoned in an attempt to make amends between Edwin, Delaney's boss, and one of the other invitees, who suspected Edwin for burning down his own bookshop twenty years ago after a professional disagreement. But after the dinner, there’s another fire. The Burns House itself is burned to the ground, and this time there’s a body among the ruins. When Hamlet is accused of the crime, Delaney rushes to prove his innocence, only to discover that he might actually have a plausible motive...

30 review for The Burning Pages

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    3.5 stars rounded up for an entertaining mystery set in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is book 7 in the series, and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had started with book 1. Previous books probably explained why an American, Delaney Nichols, ended up in Scotland, far away from Kansas. She is now married to a Scot, Tom, a pub owner. She works in a Bookshop. She is invited to join a Robert Burns book group, even though she doesn't know anyone in the group. Subsequently, the site of the meeting 3.5 stars rounded up for an entertaining mystery set in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is book 7 in the series, and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had started with book 1. Previous books probably explained why an American, Delaney Nichols, ended up in Scotland, far away from Kansas. She is now married to a Scot, Tom, a pub owner. She works in a Bookshop. She is invited to join a Robert Burns book group, even though she doesn't know anyone in the group. Subsequently, the site of the meeting is burned out and 1 of the members is killed. This series follows a familiar theme, i.e., an amateur sets out to solve a mystery, doing a better job than the police. I thought that the plot moved along well and the characters were believable. My wife thought that the book was boring and rated it 3 stars. Delaney does solve the murder, and she keeps the police informed of her efforts. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books for sending me this eARC through NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    This story was amazing! I love these characters soooo much. Author Shelton is a phenomenal weaver of words and the pages flew by as I became completely swept up in Delaney Nichols life in Edinburgh, Scotland via her work at The Cracked Spine bookshop. Emotional, action-packed, surprising twists and turns, and unexpected revelations! Awesome, multi-mysteries entwined with a satisfying conclusion. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur. My opinions This story was amazing! I love these characters soooo much. Author Shelton is a phenomenal weaver of words and the pages flew by as I became completely swept up in Delaney Nichols life in Edinburgh, Scotland via her work at The Cracked Spine bookshop. Emotional, action-packed, surprising twists and turns, and unexpected revelations! Awesome, multi-mysteries entwined with a satisfying conclusion. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur. My opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Burning Pages by Paige Shelton may be the seventh book in this series but it's not flagging in originality or gotten stale from repeating the same old story lines. Ms. Shelton has weaved an intricate plot woven with clues and red herrings that work to trick the reader into guessing "who done it". I do enjoy Delaney and her "bookish voices". She has made herself at home Edinburgh, Scotland and created a family of friends while away from her USA home. The creative twists and turns along with s The Burning Pages by Paige Shelton may be the seventh book in this series but it's not flagging in originality or gotten stale from repeating the same old story lines. Ms. Shelton has weaved an intricate plot woven with clues and red herrings that work to trick the reader into guessing "who done it". I do enjoy Delaney and her "bookish voices". She has made herself at home Edinburgh, Scotland and created a family of friends while away from her USA home. The creative twists and turns along with some startling revelations made this a book that I didn't want to put down until I reached the end. I voluntarily reviewed a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Pretty good. Part of a series about an amateur sleuth. Reminds me of Murder She Wrote for some reason. Not my cup of tea really. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think the story would be much more fulfilling with at least 1-2 other stories behind you. Be that as it may, I did keep going and quickly realized that I kept getting images of Angela Lansbury popping into my head. This book is geared to amateur sleuth lovers and lovers of books. It’s a fun and interesting twist of plots that I seemingly dived int Pretty good. Part of a series about an amateur sleuth. Reminds me of Murder She Wrote for some reason. Not my cup of tea really. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think the story would be much more fulfilling with at least 1-2 other stories behind you. Be that as it may, I did keep going and quickly realized that I kept getting images of Angela Lansbury popping into my head. This book is geared to amateur sleuth lovers and lovers of books. It’s a fun and interesting twist of plots that I seemingly dived into. Shelton tells a whimsical story set in Scotland in the perfect setting for a Roberts Burns celebration. With the highly detailed settings and colorful imagery that carries you away, the plot is complex and winding. I did get lost a few times as we tried to find the murderer and arsonist of several different fires over the years. There are multiple characters to keep you on your toes and I got lost in there a time or two as well. Overall, the story is entertaining, with plenty of bends and curls to keep you guessing to the end. Shelton has a great following with this series and The Burning Pages looks to be a winner addition! Just not a favorite for me. * copy received for review consideration * full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-burning-...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A cozy mystery set in Scotland. This is the 7th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery. I've read several of these and enjoyed them. This one involves an arsonist and a murder, and I have to say it kept my attention. Delaney Nichols and her co-worker Hamlet, booksellers at the Cracked Spine bookshop, were invited to a Burns night dinner (celebrating the famed poet Robert Burns). It is an exclusive group and Delaney can't figure out why she was invited. At the dinner it becomes clear that she was t A cozy mystery set in Scotland. This is the 7th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery. I've read several of these and enjoyed them. This one involves an arsonist and a murder, and I have to say it kept my attention. Delaney Nichols and her co-worker Hamlet, booksellers at the Cracked Spine bookshop, were invited to a Burns night dinner (celebrating the famed poet Robert Burns). It is an exclusive group and Delaney can't figure out why she was invited. At the dinner it becomes clear that she was tricked into coming to alleviate a long-term beach of friendship between her boss, Edwin, and one of the invitees who thinks Edwin burned down his bookshop twenty years ago after a disagreement. These two had once been best friends. Delaney and Hamlet leave, and later find that the Burns House, where the dinner was held, burned down after they left and a body was found there. Hamlet is accused of the crime and Delaney is determined to prove his innocence. There turns out to be several mysteries here and it makes for a fun read trying to solve them (which I didn't). There were some red herrings and surprise revelations, all leading up to the final reveal. The pacing was good and the characters were interesting. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published April 5,2022.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    The Burning Pages is the 7th book of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I have read this series from the beginning with The Cracked Spine. This story takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Delaney Nichols is the main character of the story along with all the others that were in the book from the beginning as well as the supporting characters that add to the story. Delaney works as manager of the bookstore owned by Edwin MacAlister along with Rose and Hamlet who work there. She is married to Tom who o The Burning Pages is the 7th book of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I have read this series from the beginning with The Cracked Spine. This story takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Delaney Nichols is the main character of the story along with all the others that were in the book from the beginning as well as the supporting characters that add to the story. Delaney works as manager of the bookstore owned by Edwin MacAlister along with Rose and Hamlet who work there. She is married to Tom who owns a pub in the neighborhood. She is invited to attend a dinner at the Robert Burns supper club by Clarinda Creston who is a solicitor. Delaney has asked if she could bring a guest. She brings Hamlet, a young boy who works at the bookstore. There are two parts of this story, the first being the supper club and it's members and the second, Hamlet's family history. The dinner did not go as planned and Delaney and Hamlet leave abruptly. Later that evening the cottage that they had dinner in burns to the ground and one of their members, Neil Watterton is found in the ashes. The police question all that attended the party and are very interested in Hamlet. When Delaney goes to work she discovers that Hamlet has not shown up for work. She and the others that work at the store are quite concerned. This is where the book takes Delaney in two directions trying to find Hamlet and who killed Neil Watterton. The book twists and turns with suspense and intrigue and leads the reader to the surprise conclusion. I enjoyed this book and look forward to finding out what adventure Delancey, Edwin, Rose and Hamlet participate in. Thank you NetGalley, Minotaur Books and St. Martins Publishing Group for this ARC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating: 3.75 🐻🐻🐻🐻 Author: Paige Shelton This is book seven in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. This is the first book in the series I’ve read and I enjoyed it. However, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more about the characters/settings because I would have felt more invested. That is a me problem and not a book problem! The author did a great job of describing the characters for new readers so I never felt confused. This was a fun cozy mystery with a likable main character. She Rating: 3.75 🐻🐻🐻🐻 Author: Paige Shelton This is book seven in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. This is the first book in the series I’ve read and I enjoyed it. However, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more about the characters/settings because I would have felt more invested. That is a me problem and not a book problem! The author did a great job of describing the characters for new readers so I never felt confused. This was a fun cozy mystery with a likable main character. She immediately took charge to help solve the murder. I loved that this book took place in Scotland because I don’t typically read many books that do. I can’t say too much without giving anything away but know if you enjoy a cute cozy mystery then you will probably enjoy this one. The writing was well done, it was well paced, and it had me guessing till the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Edinburgh, Scotland. Nearing Robert Burns Celebrations Everywhere in Scotland. Present Dsy. Paige Shelton’s The Burning Pages (Scottish Bookshop Mysteries #7) opens with Delaney attempting to understand the invitation that she had received to join a local Burns Society and have the Burns dinner with these people on the night that all would be celebrating the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Delaney, late of Kansas, USA, had arrived in Edinburgh a while ago to take a job at yummy bookstore, The Crack Edinburgh, Scotland. Nearing Robert Burns Celebrations Everywhere in Scotland. Present Dsy. Paige Shelton’s The Burning Pages (Scottish Bookshop Mysteries #7) opens with Delaney attempting to understand the invitation that she had received to join a local Burns Society and have the Burns dinner with these people on the night that all would be celebrating the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Delaney, late of Kansas, USA, had arrived in Edinburgh a while ago to take a job at yummy bookstore, The Cracked Spine. Yummy describing the bookstore is used because this bookstore always seem much more than a bookstore to me. A section of this bookstore is behind a triple lock door. Delaney spends a good portion of each day in this section as it is her job to find places for all the owner’s treasures that are in this part of store, and the treasures include much more than valuable/not valuable books! Now, Delaney, though having a responsible position in the bookstore and married to the pub owner, Tom, of the smallest pub in Scotland which is located an the Royal Mile, is learning about her adopted country, the Scots people, and their language, but she still has a long way to go. Robert Burns work is often written in the Scots language. So again Delaney wonders why she received an invitation to join a Burns Society?! She is uncomfortable about it, but things are only going to become more ‘uncomfortable’ for all! The author does a bang-up job. I had trouble putting the book down even for a second. Then the solution presents itself, and I felt a let down approaching. Yup, a let down. It is great until the last few pages. At least for me. Thus only a 4 star rating. I was hoping for a 5,

  9. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Delaney is invited to a Burns Night dinner at an exclusive Burns club. She's surprised by the invite. Sure she loves Burns as much as the average American ex-pat but not to the level the Scots ADORE him! Delaney is also suspicious because her contact person can't tell Delaney who suggested the invitation and when Delaney asks to bring a plus one, she's met with some resistance. After refusing to attend unless she can bring backup, Delaney is granted permission to bring a guest this once. Her boo Delaney is invited to a Burns Night dinner at an exclusive Burns club. She's surprised by the invite. Sure she loves Burns as much as the average American ex-pat but not to the level the Scots ADORE him! Delaney is also suspicious because her contact person can't tell Delaney who suggested the invitation and when Delaney asks to bring a plus one, she's met with some resistance. After refusing to attend unless she can bring backup, Delaney is granted permission to bring a guest this once. Her bookish voices lead her to select Hamlet instead of her brother Wyatt, who is in Edinburgh on business. Hamlet is eager to attend but Edwin worries they're being set up to get to him by a former friend turned bitter foe. Delaney's intution tells her to be on her guard but little does she dream inviting Hamlet sets off a chain reaction of events that have deadly consquences. When Hamlet is questioned for muder and subsequently disappears, Delaney is worried. She fears his disappearance may have something to do with a mysterious birth certificate she discovered in a filing cabinet in her office. Can she connect the clues, find Hamlet, see justice done without implicating her friend and solve the mystery of Hamlet's missing birth mother? This story is not the most engaging of the series thus far. I liked it enough to keep reading, mainly to find out what happened to Hamlet but I was able to put it down and sleep without dreaming about it. I did pick it up early the next morning to finish the last third. I was able to connect some of the dots and figure out the mystery when the clues were dropped, before Delaney thought it through. One subplot is a red herring and felt shoved in there for no reason. The ending is too abrupt and I wanted more resolution. What happens after the mystery is solved? I guess we have to wait for the next book? The focus on Robert Burns is too narrow. I want more Edinburgh and more of the people who currently live there and their history. Burns' poetry is reflective of his time and place and I appreciate how he wrote in Scots, it's unintelligible for a modern American reader, the main audience for this novel. I like Delaney a lot and wish I could have her job. In this book her sleuthing seems a bit far-fetched, even for a cozy mystery. Random people open up to her that I doubt would even let her near them. Such is the hallmark of a cozy mystery though so I'll let it go. Delaney means well and really wants to find and help Hamlet. That mystery is none of her business and it's not up to her to decide if Hamlet NEEDS to know his biological parents or not. That's his decision. She should have spoken with him first and not Edwin and Rosie. Of course they know more of the story than Hamlet remembers and realizes. It was fun seeing Delaney sleuth with her brother, Wyatt. Wyatt is a sweet man. I don't know what "a big lug" means either but he's kind, caring and sees what people need. There doesn't seem to be a selfish bone in his body. Even so, he's superfluous and Delaney should be investigating with Elias. Elias is Scots and Aggie is a Burns lover, plus they're elderly and may be able to better connect with the unhoused/squatter/transient people Delaney wants to speak with. That would make more sense. Even Tom would be a better choice. There's not enough Tom in this story! He's sexy for sure but I've never felt their relationship and am still not feeling it. Snooze fest. Hamlet has always been my favorite character in this series. He's sweet, caring and bookish. There's no way he would murder someone. I feel bad for him because of his past but he's been able to overcome it. There are some things he doesn't share with even Rosie and that's OK. He reserves the right to his privacy. He should, however, tell the police where he was, who he knows and why. New characters connected to the mystery include Neil Waterton, a member of the Burns society Delaney is invited to join. He loves Robert Burns and reenacting scenes from the poet's life. Neil was a nerdy librarian, mild-mannered, kind enough but perhaps naive? I hate it when the archivist is the victim or the killer! Don't kill archivists! He was a good guy and did not deserve to die. Still, what was his connection with Hamlet? I can guess what research he helped Hamlet with but other than that, I don't know why they seemed wary of each other or acted like they hadn't met. Was it Hamlet who went back to the wee house in Cowgate after the dinner party dispersed? Did Hamlet kill Neil and set a fire to cover up what Neil might have learned about Hamlet in the course of his research assistance? Or was it someone else Neil knew? I think the evidence pointing to Hamlet is flimsy. How many young men of Hamlet's build with a ponytail are there in Edinburgh? He can't be the only one! Charles Lexon, a businessman and Burns fanatic also seems like a nice man but rather naive. Clarinda Creston is Delaney's contact at the Burns society. At the Burns society she seems rather scatterbrained. She comes across as literary and maybe poetical. Clarinda is OBSESSED with Burns. She seems nice and cheerful enough but a stickler for rules and protective of who enters the wee house. Maybe a bit too protective? By day, Clarinda is a defense solicitor and has recently helped free a murderer based on bungled police procedure. At work she's tough- all business and not friendly but I don't see why Delaney is so hard on Clarinda. Clarinda has said she doesn't know what happened and wasn't involved in inviting Delaney. Did Clarinda know Delaney was going to invite Hamlet? No. Is her former client a murderer? Apparently at least of two fishermen but what about Neil, a member of the Burns society? Did Donald Rigalee kill Neil and set the fire at the Burns club? What motive does he have unless he's a serial killer? I would think he would be grateful to Clarinda and not want to do anything to harm her club or friends. Malcolm Campbell is a cranky, narcissitic man. He thinks everything is about HIM and his personal drama. He used to be Edwin's best friend. They shared a passion for books and enjoyed discussing books all the time over coffee. They were both used bookstore owners and worked a lot. Edwin thought if Malcolm moved closer they'd be able to hang out more. Before that could happen, Malcolm's life took a downward turn. First, his wife left him and took everything, then his shop was burned to the ground by an arsonist. For some reason he believes Edwin burned his shop for personal dramatic reasons that make no sense to any sane person. Malcolm has held a grudge for 20 years and Edwin even had to take out a restraining order against his former friend. This Malcolm dude can really hold a grudge. For 20 years he has harbored resentment towards his ex-wife and towards Edwin. I don't see why. Edwin did the right thing but Malcolm only listens to the crazy in his head. Could he have taken his resentment of Edwin so far as to set fire to the Burns society builing hoping to kill Hamlet to get back at Edwin? Does he think Edwin owns the building and the arson has nothing to do with murder? I think he's involved somehow. I don't trust this guy. Also, while everyone seems to believe his ex, Maria, is in San Francisco, he claims she never left Edinburgh. Is he lying? I think so. No one has seen her in 20 years and I would think if she were still around, someone would have recognized her and told Malcolm or at least Edwin! Everyone tries to hint to Delaney that there's a dark side to Edwin. She's aware of this but doesn't let on that she knows. That's between her and Edwin. He's mellowed though as he's aged and become more self-aware. He feels remorse for things he did in the past and tries to be a good person. Sometimes his passion for collecting rare historical objects still gets the better of him. I do NOT think he would have burned down a bookshop though! Especially not after pushing his friend to move to the same street so they could hang out, have coffee and discuss books. Edwin LOVES books! Rosie is as lovely as ever and it was good to learn more about her past even if it was rather sad. Hector is adorable but doesn't get to do much comforting in this novel. The mystery of the mysterious birth certificate involves a family of female fortune tellers named Strangelove. Letitia, the matriarch of the family, makes a living telling fortunes to people in a back alley. She has had a tough and tragic life, if she's telling the truth. She might be eccentric but I think she comes across as harmless enough. Her daughter, Wilma, on the other hand... is she really dead? She hated men. HATED them. Mother and daughter seemed to have no use for men. What happened there? Wilma had a daughter, Dora, who was also a fortune teller and Dora MAY be Hamlet's birth mother. Dora had a little boy who disappeared 20 years ago. If he is alive, he would be the same age Hamlet is now. Dora also disappeared and no one has seen or heard from her since. Or at least Letitia has not. Perhaps others have seen or heard from her? Maybe she just doesn't want to be found. She abandonned her little boy for whatever reason and that had to have been difficult and perhaps, if she is alive, she doesn't want to face the past or have him see her shaped by her difficult life. I don't think it's Delaney's job to search for this woman. Inspector Winters is fair but his hands are tied by procedure. Other people think Hamlet is guilty and even though Winters feels Hamlet is innocent, he has to follow the rules. Delaney, as an amateur sleuth, can go places and talk to people who won't normally open up the police. It's good of her to report everything she finds to him and he's good enough to share information in his search for Hamlet and let Delaney bend the law a bit while she tries to track down her friend. This make a nice change from the stupid police latching on to the heroine/her friend/her family members and not searching for another suspect. It's also refreshing not to read about a silly heroine running around accusing people of murder willy nilly trying to thwart the police. If you aren't into amateur sleuths, I ask why are you reading this? Don't read cozy mysteries then! Fans of this series will probably enjoy this one but might miss the regular cast of characters aside from Hamlet. I wouldn't recommend reading this as a standalone. You won't have a connection to the characters and their growth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    This seventh book in author Paige Shelton's, "Scottish Book Shop" mystery series, is a wonderful and charming addition. As a cozy mystery, it holds a touch more seriousness than many and a heaping dollop of concern from and for friends and family. Delaney Nichols, rotagonist and Edinburgh's "The Cracked Spine" bookstore manager, has received a curious invitation to a local Burns supper in celebration of illustrious Scottish poet, Robert Burns' birthday. Even though her brother is visiting from K This seventh book in author Paige Shelton's, "Scottish Book Shop" mystery series, is a wonderful and charming addition. As a cozy mystery, it holds a touch more seriousness than many and a heaping dollop of concern from and for friends and family. Delaney Nichols, rotagonist and Edinburgh's "The Cracked Spine" bookstore manager, has received a curious invitation to a local Burns supper in celebration of illustrious Scottish poet, Robert Burns' birthday. Even though her brother is visiting from Kansas, Delaney takes heed of her bookish voices and asks Hamlet, the young bookstore employee and Burns afficionado, if he'd like to accompany her. It turns out that her boss and bookstore owner, Edwin MacAllister, originally started the Burns club and had a falling out with one of the members some years back, after which Edwin left the club. This makes the dinner invitation somewhat curious and possibly nefarious. Tensions are heightened, yet Delaney and Hamlet agree to attend. At the dinner, there was a bit of a kerfuffle and our beloved duo quickly leave the dinner. Later that night, the club burned down...with a body found within. At one point, dear sweet Hamlet, becomes a person of interest and he's not being forthcoming with what he knows. Meanwhile, Edwin too has his secrets. Delaney, though respectful of her colleagues, is still eager to disperse any and all accusations made against Hamlet. If only Hamlet would come clean with what he knows, and trust her and their colleagues. Through all the twists and turns there were many a red herring. We readers tagged along through the streets, parks and buildings of Cowgate and Holyrood, which Ms. Shelton so adeptly described. The writing is good with excellent character development and scene painting. The references to the works of Robert Burns were informative and illustrative. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I eagerly await the next installment in this wonderful series. I am grateful to Minotaur books for having provided a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Robert Burns is known as the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night is celebrated around the world with Burns Suppers on the poet’s birthday. This year Delaney Nichols is invited to a local Burns Night Supper being held at the Burns House and she takes her friend and coworker Hamlet along as her guest. Unsure why this small group offered her the invitation she and Hamlet arrive cautiously at the event with Elias waiting outside in the car in case they wish to make a hasty exit Dollycas’s Thoughts Robert Burns is known as the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night is celebrated around the world with Burns Suppers on the poet’s birthday. This year Delaney Nichols is invited to a local Burns Night Supper being held at the Burns House and she takes her friend and coworker Hamlet along as her guest. Unsure why this small group offered her the invitation she and Hamlet arrive cautiously at the event with Elias waiting outside in the car in case they wish to make a hasty exit. This is exactly what happens when they learn their invitation was only extended to make an effort to get their boss and another member of the group to reconcile a long-running feud. The member thought Edwin was the person responsible for burning down his bookshop twenty years ago and still believes so today. Later that night a dead body is found when a fire burns the Burns House to the ground. Hamlet was seen back at the house shortly before the fire and becomes the prime suspect in the blaze and the murder. Delaney soon is on the case to prove his innocence but when some secrets are revealed she sees that is not going to be an easy task and she may need some extra help. All my favorite characters return and they are joined by Delaney’s fabulous brother Wyatt in the seventh installment of this wonderful series. These core characters all continue to grow but the focus this time is truly on Hamlet when Delaney finds something surprising on the dark side of The Cracked Spine. Delaney’s discovery is twisted up with the Robert Burns celebration and Edwin’s past connections to the local group. Readers are introduced to the small group including high-profile defense attorney Clarinda Creston and it is clear the woman is hiding something. To clear Hamlet Delaney must investigate the past and more twists and secrets take the story in several directions. I recall the moment the light bulb when off in my head as to who the real guilty party was but I wasn’t able to nail down everything until the very end. This author does an excellent job of misdirection. Let’s face it, Delaney has a dream job in a dream location. I was so happy she was able to share it with her brother Wyatt and that he was able to help her in her sleuthing even if it meant just staying at the bookshop and keeping Rosie company. I loved the way they found a fast friendship and the way he found a place quickly within the group. I am so happy he agreed to visit again soon. The Burning Pages was a sensational read. I love the way Paige Shelton tells a story and I really enjoyed the Robert Burns theme. She penned a complex story with multiple mysteries that kept me totally engaged from beginning to end. Her descriptions took me right in the middle of every scene and into Delaney’s exciting life. Again, the author has given me A Perfect Escape. Until next year, I can hardly wait.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Delaney is a good character and while I enjoyed the book, I did find a few parts that tended to lag. Delaney is invited to a dinner to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, and after the event, a series of unfortunate events take place. Overall not a bad read, just a little stale at times. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    I received an advance copy via NetGalley. In this 7th volume in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, Delaney Nichols is invited to a Burns Night supper under suspicious circumstances. Later that night, the building she went to catches fire--and there's a body found inside. When the co-worker who attended the supper with her becomes the prime suspect, Delaney investigates what really happened that night and discovers more about beloved poet Robert Burns and as well as the roles of other fires lon I received an advance copy via NetGalley. In this 7th volume in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, Delaney Nichols is invited to a Burns Night supper under suspicious circumstances. Later that night, the building she went to catches fire--and there's a body found inside. When the co-worker who attended the supper with her becomes the prime suspect, Delaney investigates what really happened that night and discovers more about beloved poet Robert Burns and as well as the roles of other fires long-since burned. I haven't read any previous books in this series. With many other mystery series, that isn't a problem. Here, I struggled more to track who was who, as there were many names and not many other details to help me. The mystery itself if an intriguing one, and greatly enjoyed the theme of Robert Burns. Some plot elements felt way too contrived, though, such as why she took this particular co-worker to the supper to begin with. The setting of Edinburgh delighted me as I recognized many places I'd visited in a trip there in 2019. In all, a good read, and I'd be willing to read more in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #7 Publication Date: 4/5/22 Period: Contemporary Edinburgh Number of Pages: 304 I have read and loved each new release in this series, and this was no exception. I have come to love transplanted American Delaney Nichols and her adventures in Edinburg. She has a fascinating host of supporting characters – from her co-workers at the Cracked Spine to her pub-owning husband Tom and his father, right on to Detective Inspector Winters of the Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #7 Publication Date: 4/5/22 Period: Contemporary Edinburgh Number of Pages: 304 I have read and loved each new release in this series, and this was no exception. I have come to love transplanted American Delaney Nichols and her adventures in Edinburg. She has a fascinating host of supporting characters – from her co-workers at the Cracked Spine to her pub-owning husband Tom and his father, right on to Detective Inspector Winters of the Edinburg Constabulary. Delaney makes friends wherever she goes and just cannot pass up solving a mystery. In case we didn’t all know it already, Robert Burns is a really big deal in Scotland. So, when Delaney is unexpectedly invited to a Robert Burns dinner at one of the local Burns organizations, she is a tad skeptical but decides to go. She doesn’t want to go alone, so she invites her young friend and co-worker, Hamlet, to go along with her because he is a huge Burns fan himself. After there is a confrontation at the dinner – one that makes Delaney really uncomfortable – she and Hamlet leave. The next morning, they learn that there was a murder and a fire at the dinner location sometime after they’d left. Of course, Inspector Winters needs to question both Delaney and Hamlet – but Hamlet’s tale doesn’t seem to be quite right. There are several interconnected mysteries to solve during the course of their investigation. Some mysteries are decades old and some, like the murder and arson, are very recent. When arson continues – and it affects the Crooked Spine – Delaney is more determined than ever to find the murderer, the arsonist, and to solve whatever mystery is going on with Hamlet. Oh! What a tangled web we weave. 😊 Delaney’s entire crew – including her brother who is visiting from America – is pulled into the investigation, you know it can’t be long before the entire thing is solved – or can it. It is quite a tangled tale with Fortune Tellers, Burns fanatics, arsonists – well, you name it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope you will as well. The character growth and development from book to book is excellent and the writing is outstanding. I mean – who doesn’t love Scotland and all of those beautiful accents. Of course, in Scotland, it is Delaney with the accent and not the Scots. :) I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Delaney has been invited to a Burns Night dinner and asked her coworker Hamlet to attend with her. She is u sure why she was given an invite but also intrigued nonetheless. The dinner will be served at the actual Burn House and the pair is excited to get a look inside. Not long after the dinner starts it becomes apparent why Delaney was invited. One of the members had a falling out with her boss and would like to become reacquainted with him. She doesn't care for the subterfuge the pair leaves t Delaney has been invited to a Burns Night dinner and asked her coworker Hamlet to attend with her. She is u sure why she was given an invite but also intrigued nonetheless. The dinner will be served at the actual Burn House and the pair is excited to get a look inside. Not long after the dinner starts it becomes apparent why Delaney was invited. One of the members had a falling out with her boss and would like to become reacquainted with him. She doesn't care for the subterfuge the pair leaves the dinner immediately. The next day she learns that the Burns House burned down later that evening and with someone inside it. Hamlet soon becomes a suspect, a witness saw him there shortly before the fire. Delaney can't let the young man be railroaded and is determined to figure out just what happened after the two left the party. Follow along and see what clues she finds and where they take her. Will she figure things out in the end?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carlymor

    This is a really great series and I have enjoyed every one. Each mystery is it’s own entity but I recommend reading these in order so you can understand Delaney and her “bookish voices” which help her solve the mystery. I also like that each one focuses on something that has to do with Scottish history or mythology. In this case, Delaney is invited to a Robert Burns dinner, something celebrated by many Scots on the famous poet’s birthday every year. A murder happens at the end of the night and D This is a really great series and I have enjoyed every one. Each mystery is it’s own entity but I recommend reading these in order so you can understand Delaney and her “bookish voices” which help her solve the mystery. I also like that each one focuses on something that has to do with Scottish history or mythology. In this case, Delaney is invited to a Robert Burns dinner, something celebrated by many Scots on the famous poet’s birthday every year. A murder happens at the end of the night and Delaney once again beats the police in solving the murder and also helps her bookstore coworker—who’s also a suspect in the murder—find out about his past. I truly enjoy this series and love the descriptions of Edinburgh.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Marie

    Amazing read! This series never disappoints. I found this mystery to be very interesting and the reveal was super exciting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I just love the setting and gothic feel of this book. Also, it is fun to have the MC Delaney be a bookseller that is an amateur sleuth. This is my first book of the series and I can usually toss myself into a series and have no problems, but this book I don't feel like that is the case. I feel like I should have read the first few books so I could connect with the characters because that would have helped with the last two thirds of the book. The beginning of the book felt like an informative mu I just love the setting and gothic feel of this book. Also, it is fun to have the MC Delaney be a bookseller that is an amateur sleuth. This is my first book of the series and I can usually toss myself into a series and have no problems, but this book I don't feel like that is the case. I feel like I should have read the first few books so I could connect with the characters because that would have helped with the last two thirds of the book. The beginning of the book felt like an informative murder mystery, but afterwards it felt like a general fiction novel where you need to enjoy the characters mundane life. Thanks Netgalley and publisher for the digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

  19. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    THE BURNING PAGES, by Paige Shelton, is the seventh book in the charming Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I’ve so enjoyed this series and delight in each book’s theme. In this newest release the poet Robert Burns is showcased. I loved the peek into the historical aspect of his life and the ways he’s been celebrated since 1848 with Burns Night dinners. While I’m not very familiar with the majority of his works, I was much surprised to find out that Robert Burns is the author of Auld Lang Syne! Lest y THE BURNING PAGES, by Paige Shelton, is the seventh book in the charming Scottish Bookshop Mysteries. I’ve so enjoyed this series and delight in each book’s theme. In this newest release the poet Robert Burns is showcased. I loved the peek into the historical aspect of his life and the ways he’s been celebrated since 1848 with Burns Night dinners. While I’m not very familiar with the majority of his works, I was much surprised to find out that Robert Burns is the author of Auld Lang Syne! Lest you think this isn’t a cozy mystery, it is… Ms. Shelton skillfully weaves the famous poet into a modern-day crime along with a colorful cast of characters. The protagonist, Delaney Nichols, and Hamlet, her young coworker at The Cracked Spine Bookshop in Edinburgh, are invited to attend a Burns Night dinner. This sets the stage for long ago grievances to be brought to the foreground and a deadly retribution to occur. When Hamlet becomes a suspect and then disappears, Delaney knows she needs to get to the bottom of the crimes, past and present, and prove her friend’s innocence. As she delves deeper into the mystery, she begins to find pieces of Hamlet’s tragic past. I truly loved getting to know Hamlet better and the author does an admirable job weaving in his heartbreaking backstory into the present-day mystery. The pace of the mystery was spot-on and there were enough suspects to keep me guessing as I turned the pages faster and faster. Delaney is a delightful character, full of care for those she meets. I’m also quite intrigued with her gift for hearing “bookish voices”, i.e., quotes from various books she comes across, which provide enigmatic clues that don’t always make sense right away. An American transplant to Scotland, Delaney is married to a Scottish pub owner. Rounding out the core cast of charming characters is her mysterious boss, Edwin, bookshop employee Rosie and her adorable dog, Hector, and her former landlords, Elias and Aggie. I thoroughly enjoy the attention to detail and the authenticity of the country, the brogue language, and food (haggis anyone?!) that the author brings to the story through these characters. It’s like taking an armchair vacation while playing armchair detective all at the same time and has me impatiently waiting until the next book becomes available! I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Delaney Nichols is invited to attend a Burns Night dinner at a local Robert Burns Society to celebrate the poet’s birthday. Delaney is not sure why she was invited, but she is intrigued. She invited co-worker, Hamlet to attend with her. Edwin, Delaney’s boss, learns of the invite and warns Delaney that one of the members could be trying to get to him through her. During the dinner, it soon becomes apparent that Edwin’s suspicions were correct. One of the members had accused Edwin of burning down Delaney Nichols is invited to attend a Burns Night dinner at a local Robert Burns Society to celebrate the poet’s birthday. Delaney is not sure why she was invited, but she is intrigued. She invited co-worker, Hamlet to attend with her. Edwin, Delaney’s boss, learns of the invite and warns Delaney that one of the members could be trying to get to him through her. During the dinner, it soon becomes apparent that Edwin’s suspicions were correct. One of the members had accused Edwin of burning down his bookshop twenty years ago. After giving the members a piece of her mind, Delaney and Hamlet depart. Later that evening, the building where the dinner was held is ablaze. When the fire is put out, they find a body inside. It turns out to be one of the Robert Burns Society members. Hamlet finds himself at the top of the suspect list. Delaney with help from her bookish voices sets out to find the evildoer. Along the way, she might also find answers to help her solve another mystery she stumbled upon the warehouse while going through the files. Delaney will need to keep her wits about her because it is obvious the wrongdoer likes playing with fire. The Burning Pages by Paige Shelton is the seventh A Scottish Bookshop Mystery. I believe it is best if you start at the beginning of the series rather than at the end. I thought The Burning Pages was well-written with developed characters. We have gotten to know Delaney Nichols and her Scottish family. Delaney’s brother, Wyatt shows up for an unexpected visit to Delaney’s delight. I love the authors descriptions of Edinburgh. She really brings the city alive with her word imagery. I love that she includes statutes, museums, shops, and monuments. We also get historical details which adds color and realism. The whodunit was a fun one to follow and solve. Delaney dons her sleuthing cap once again to help a friend. She gets assistance from her friends, family, and her bookish voices. There is action, intrigue, and drama. I enjoyed the reveal. It was interesting learning more about Roberts Burns, his works, and the societies created in his name. The Burning Pages is a tale that will keep you on your toes. The Burning Pages is a captivating cozy with an intriguing invitation, a burning building, a murdered society member, a compatriot who is a suspect, an unforeseen find, Tam O’Shanter chapeaus, a valuable voice, and pages of poetry.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Paige Shelton has always known how to get the reader's attention. She writes beautiful plots and stories that are hard to ignore, with characters that come alive on the page. In the latest addition to the “A Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series, The Burning Page exemplifies all of the best in writing and cozies. Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet; long after he died, people still celebrate and obsess over his work. Delaney is unexpectedly invited to a Burns Night dinner at what is known as Paige Shelton has always known how to get the reader's attention. She writes beautiful plots and stories that are hard to ignore, with characters that come alive on the page. In the latest addition to the “A Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series, The Burning Page exemplifies all of the best in writing and cozies. Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet; long after he died, people still celebrate and obsess over his work. Delaney is unexpectedly invited to a Burns Night dinner at what is known as the Burns House. Feeling as though something is amiss, she enlists the help of Hamlet to accompany her to the dinner. It doesn’t take long after they arrive to find out it is a setup to get to her boss, Edwin. After she and Hamlet abruptly leave, they learn that the Burns House has perished in a fire, along with one of the dinner party members, who it turns out was murdered. Delaney works quickly to ensure Hamlet, even though he may have a motive, isn’t wrongly accused of the victim’s death. Questioning those who were at the Burns house the night of the dinner and a few people associated with a fire that destroyed a bookshop twenty years earlier, she concludes that the murder is directly related to Burns’ work. Delaney needs to clear her friend of any wrongdoing and solve the murder before history repeats itself. Characters in this series are always easy to understand and empathize with; they fit into the world of books and Scottish history with no problem. There are twists and turns, red herrings, and strange fires that keep readers guessing until the end. But there are also a few surprises, and these will keep you coming back for the next book in the series. Robert Burns was a real poet and is to this day a symbol for the Scottish people. The Burning Page is a beautiful addition to the series and creates enthusiasm for the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins

    “The Burning Pages” the 7th instalment in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series by Paige Shelton. I really enjoy this series and have started collecting in hardcover. Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist … I loved visiting Edinburgh, Scotland and the Cracked Spine book shop again. The story is full of quirky characters with fortune tellers, and buskers set amongst a beautiful setting in old Edinburgh. I liked how this time we were exploring Robbie Burns and Hamlets background. T “The Burning Pages” the 7th instalment in the "Scottish Bookshop Mystery” series by Paige Shelton. I really enjoy this series and have started collecting in hardcover. Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist … I loved visiting Edinburgh, Scotland and the Cracked Spine book shop again. The story is full of quirky characters with fortune tellers, and buskers set amongst a beautiful setting in old Edinburgh. I liked how this time we were exploring Robbie Burns and Hamlets background. There were several possible suspects, and kept me guessing for quite a while. I was drawn into this story right away and did not want to put it down. Overall, I found it to be a very entertaining read that made me long to visit Scotland and read more about poet Robbie Burns. I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Minotaur Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this mystery, the 7th in a series by Paige Shelton. Although I haven't read any of the other books, I was able to follow the story as a stand-alone. The first-person narrator, American ex-patriate Delaney Nichols, has embraced her new life in Edinburgh, married to a pub owner and working in a quaint bookshop. In this volume, her brother Wyatt has come to visit, and he ends up helping her with her sleuthing. When Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this mystery, the 7th in a series by Paige Shelton. Although I haven't read any of the other books, I was able to follow the story as a stand-alone. The first-person narrator, American ex-patriate Delaney Nichols, has embraced her new life in Edinburgh, married to a pub owner and working in a quaint bookshop. In this volume, her brother Wyatt has come to visit, and he ends up helping her with her sleuthing. When the story opens, Delaney is invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She invites her young colleague Hamlet to attend with her. Tension erupts with one of the other guests, who holds a grudge against Delaney's boss. Uncomfortable with the situation, Delaney and Hamlet leave early. Not long afterward, the venue burns down, and the murdered body of one of the guests is found inside. Hamlet becomes the principal suspect and then disappears. Besides working with the police to prove Hamlet's innocence, Delaney has another mystery to solve. Just before the Burns event, she found a mysterious birth certificate that might belong to Hamlet, an orphan who knows nothing of his origins. In this convoluted tale, Delaney is able to connect the dots, figure out how the two mysteries are intertwined, and identify the killer. Although parts of the story seemed rushed and far-fetched, I enjoyed the read, especially the Scottish setting, and I did not guess the murderer until it was revealed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I must admit that when I read book 1 in this series, I never would have foreseen contemplating a 5-star rating for one of them. Delaney and I have not been friends. I’ve found her pushy and obnoxious and completely dismissive of other people’s boundaries. It has been the setting, the bookish voices, and the other characters that have kept me in the series. In The Burning Pages, Shelton draws on the connections we have with those other characters to create a very heartfelt and engaging installment I must admit that when I read book 1 in this series, I never would have foreseen contemplating a 5-star rating for one of them. Delaney and I have not been friends. I’ve found her pushy and obnoxious and completely dismissive of other people’s boundaries. It has been the setting, the bookish voices, and the other characters that have kept me in the series. In The Burning Pages, Shelton draws on the connections we have with those other characters to create a very heartfelt and engaging installment. Delaney isn’t as obnoxious as in some of the other books, and there are exceptionally smooth transitions among the different plot lines. If it weren’t for the clunky reveal, this would have been a five-star review. Thank you to Paige Shelton, Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    The problem with being all caught up on a fave cozy mystery series is that you're so thirsty for more that when the new release finally comes out you steamroll through it and are left on the other side both elated and dejected because it's all over until who knows when the next book will come out? Sob! Love this series -- the Edinburgh setting, all the characters, the mysteries...it feels like coming home every time I start to listen. (I have the whole series on audible narrated by the wonderful The problem with being all caught up on a fave cozy mystery series is that you're so thirsty for more that when the new release finally comes out you steamroll through it and are left on the other side both elated and dejected because it's all over until who knows when the next book will come out? Sob! Love this series -- the Edinburgh setting, all the characters, the mysteries...it feels like coming home every time I start to listen. (I have the whole series on audible narrated by the wonderful Susan Boyce.) The mystery in The Burning Pages was particularly intriguing and I desperately tried to put all the clues together along with Delaney. I made some good inroads but my ultimate 'aha' moment was at the same time as Delaney. And I loved that Hamlet (secondary character, not the play) was featured in this seventh book. Loved getting some of his backstory and the way the bookshop 'family' stick by him through thick and thin. Sheer cozy brilliance!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    The best books are the ones that I learn something from (which I usually do). This is one of those series that continually teaches me so much about Scotland and in particular, its culture and its citizens. I knew next to nothing about Robert Burns since I’m not a fan of poetry but after this, I find him fascinating. This mystery definitely had so much going on that it kept me hooked until the very end. I loved learning more about Hamlet, who is often mentioned in passing in other books. And I lo The best books are the ones that I learn something from (which I usually do). This is one of those series that continually teaches me so much about Scotland and in particular, its culture and its citizens. I knew next to nothing about Robert Burns since I’m not a fan of poetry but after this, I find him fascinating. This mystery definitely had so much going on that it kept me hooked until the very end. I loved learning more about Hamlet, who is often mentioned in passing in other books. And I loved having more time with Delaney’s brother as well. Really looking forward to their next adventure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Bohr

    I won an ARC copy via Goodreads giveaway from the publisher, Minotaur Books. Review is that of my own. Paige Sheldon’s writing style will make me become a lover of cozy mysteries. Paige has a way with words and it’s always so hard to put any of her books down. The Burning Pages - although the seventh book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series - is the first book I’ve read and I was not disappointed. Readers will have a difficult time not finishing this wonderful novel in one seating. The flow of I won an ARC copy via Goodreads giveaway from the publisher, Minotaur Books. Review is that of my own. Paige Sheldon’s writing style will make me become a lover of cozy mysteries. Paige has a way with words and it’s always so hard to put any of her books down. The Burning Pages - although the seventh book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series - is the first book I’ve read and I was not disappointed. Readers will have a difficult time not finishing this wonderful novel in one seating. The flow of the words and plot makes it easy to lose track of time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Scottish bookstore owner, Delaney, is dragged into a mystery again in The Burning Pages. Delaney is invited to a prestigious dinner celebrating Scottish poet, Robert Burns. She brings along her coworker, Hamlet. After the dinner, the venue is burned to the ground and Hamlet is the number one suspect. I love the characters and the Scottish setting. The mystery was relaxing because it was easy to solve. The Burning Pages would make a great beach or warm spring couch read. 4 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Scottish bookstore owner, Delaney, is dragged into a mystery again in The Burning Pages. Delaney is invited to a prestigious dinner celebrating Scottish poet, Robert Burns. She brings along her coworker, Hamlet. After the dinner, the venue is burned to the ground and Hamlet is the number one suspect. I love the characters and the Scottish setting. The mystery was relaxing because it was easy to solve. The Burning Pages would make a great beach or warm spring couch read. 4 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I seem to have requested a book that I was not aware was the 7th book in a series I have never read. As such, I have no knowledge of what happened before, or how the characters may have grown during the time span. I would advise others to read the books in order, as this is not really a good stand alone book. Although it takes place in Scotland, I did get a little tired of everything being about Robert Burns, their famous poet. As far as the mystery itself, it was okay, but seemed to be part of I seem to have requested a book that I was not aware was the 7th book in a series I have never read. As such, I have no knowledge of what happened before, or how the characters may have grown during the time span. I would advise others to read the books in order, as this is not really a good stand alone book. Although it takes place in Scotland, I did get a little tired of everything being about Robert Burns, their famous poet. As far as the mystery itself, it was okay, but seemed to be part of a continuing story, as did the ending of the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Now happily married and enjoying a visit from her brother, Delaney is invited to a Burns night dinner, and as her plus-one takes along her co-worker Hamlet. But they find that at least one of the attendees has a grudge against their boss, and the evening ends early. By the next morning, one of the guests is dead, and Hamlet is the police's main suspect. Naturally Delaney springs into action to clear her friend's name, and also to solve the mysteries of his parentage. Not relevant, but I do wonde Now happily married and enjoying a visit from her brother, Delaney is invited to a Burns night dinner, and as her plus-one takes along her co-worker Hamlet. But they find that at least one of the attendees has a grudge against their boss, and the evening ends early. By the next morning, one of the guests is dead, and Hamlet is the police's main suspect. Naturally Delaney springs into action to clear her friend's name, and also to solve the mysteries of his parentage. Not relevant, but I do wonder that a writer named Paige would give a book this particular title.

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