In Fateful Words, Delaney is a Kansas expat working in an Edinburgh bookstore when her boss mysteriously disappears right before hosting his annual tour of the area. Despite her ex-pat status, Delaney steps in as head of the small global tour group.
The tour relates books including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Hogwarts series to the history and culture of the Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area. Unfortunately, a tragedy interrupts the first day when a nearby inn, where the tour group is staying, has both a death and an assault. Delaney decides to investigate with the help of her Scottish husband and pub owner, Tom. More twists and turns of plots ensue.
Fateful Words is both a cozy mystery but also a bit of a literary travelogue to historic Edinburgh. While all the rain was rather discouraging, I have to say the book genuinely makes me want to visit.
If you like a twisty cozy mystery containing realistic characters and a nice literary setting, don’t miss Fateful Words. 4 stars!
Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.