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
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.
of other titles in this series
Helvetica and Back #1
Dead Style #2
Sans Murder #3