To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton is the first book in the NEW “Dangerous Type” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, January 2016
The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word.
Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?
When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?
I like it. We are introduced to Clare Henry and her family in this enjoyable story where an old typewriter and murder ignites the telling of this well-executed story. I like the writing style and the way the author presented this beguiling mystery that kept me focused on all aspects as each character is displayed giving us enough insights to follow along as the story progressed. The author did a very good job in providing as few suspects as there were main characters with many intrinsic directional challenges to keep the suspense flowing as to the identity of the killer. The blossoming romances in this story were refreshing and I can’t wait to see where it takes the characters. This was nicely done and I’m eager to read the next book in this amiable new series.