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To Helvetica and Back

A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1

Star City, Utah is filled with interesting shops and people. Clare works with her grandfather, Chester Henry, at one of those shops, The Rescued Word. Together they restore old typerwriters, repair books and sell beautiful paper and writing utensils. When Clare is threatened after she refuses to turn over a customer’s antique typewriter to an angry stranger, she soon finds herself enmeshed in a mystery that includes murder. Clare must figure out what is so important about the decades-old typewriter, while trying to protect her family and dealing with her growing attraction to a newcomer to town.

As a fan of a variety of mysteries, I’m always looking for new genres and authors. “To Helvetica and Back”, the first in A Dangerous Type Mystery series by Paige Shelton was a new take. The premise was intriguing, with a variety of characters. The dialogue seemed to just fall a little flat and the plot was a little too preposterous as times, as well as wrapping up way too neatly. I’m hoping the author finds her footing with this series, because the premise is very promising.


Book Blurb for To Helvetica and Back

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?


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 3.00