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To Helvetica and Back
A Dangerous Type Mystery #1
Paige Shelton

Berkley/Prime Crime
January 5, 2016 / ISBN 978-0425277256
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Chester Henry owns The Rescued Word. The shop once housed a mining company, but now is home to Chester's typewriter repair business. His granddaughter Clare followed in Chester's footsteps, restoring old books using the replica Guttenberg press Chester built years earlier. Clare's restoring a treasured copy of Tom Sawyer for a new customer, Seth, when Mirabelle brings in an Underwood No. 5 manual typewriter for repair. Shortly thereafter, a biker walks in, demanding to buy the Underwood, so insistent that Clare's niece Marion calls 911. The biker leaves before Police Officer Jodie Wentworth arrives and discovers the biker's dropped camera. Determining everyone's safe, Jodie departs, intent on developing the film. The next morning, Clare finds the biker in an alley behind the store, dead. She and Chester become suspects, but are quickly released.

Yet the question remains: Why was the biker killed? And why would he take long distance photographs of Clare and the shop interior?

I was definitely intrigued by the title of this new series by New York Times Bestselling Author Paige Shelton. The author's descriptions of the shop and the city surrounds were so vivid that I wish that I could visit them in real life.

Clare is a charming protagonist who loves her work. The minor characters and subplots accelerated the novel's pace to add intrigue and suspense. I loved the standoffish cat, Baskerville. Clare's best friend Jodie provides additional characterization, and her brother Creighton, Clare's ex-boyfriend, has character potential. Clare's neighbor and geologist Seth hides a secret, yet provides a tantalizing and adorable love interest. Even Clare's widowed grandfather finds potential for love.

I love cozy mysteries that are fast paced, riveting and intriguing, filled with exciting characters. To Helvetia and Back fits that bill nicely, and I can't wait to read future releases in this great, exciting and loveable new series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

To Helvetica and Back #1
Bookman Dead Style #2
Comic Sans Murder

Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2016