Friday, January 8, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review ~ TO HELVETICA AND BACK by Paige Shelton

To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)
by: Paige Shelton
Series: A Dangerous Type Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Source: Publisher ~ Penguin: Berkley Prime Crime

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?
It’s summertime in Star City, Utah, a place known for its beautiful location and fabulous ski slopes.  Clare Henry is busy working at the family repair and restoration shop, The Rescued Word.  She’s happily looking over a vintage typewriter, brought in by a long time customer, when a strange man shows up demanding she sell him the typewriter being repaired.  When she refuses, he becomes angry and only leaves when police approach.  The next day, Clare and her grandfather, Chester find the man dead behind their store.  Discovering who the stranger was, why he was killed, and why he wanted the typewriter will reveal surprising information.

Paige Shelton has written other cozy mysteries that have rave reviews.  However, the main reason I wanted to read To Helvetica and Back was because it’s the first book in a new series.  This marks my first time reading one of Paige’s stories.  I found myself truly enjoying getting to know Clare Henry, her grandfather, Chester Henry, his temperamental cat Baskerville, and the people in the Henry's inner circle.

Paige has definitely written a book with characters you can become invested in.  The mystery for me was truly that, a mystery.  I had no idea who the mystery man was or why he was killed.  In fact, I just gave up trying to figure it all out and enjoyed the story. The reveal was a “hmm” moment for me, which had me going wow.  Needless to say, I loved it.

**Received a copy from Penguin Berkley for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4.5

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  1. I am looking forward to this too! Sounds great!

  2. I really liked this book. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  3. It just arrived at the library! Always like reading a new series from the beginning.

    1. You DEFINITELY have to read this book!!! I really really liked it.


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