I’m not usually a big fan of cozy mysteries, though I did grow up on Agatha Christie, and I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) was the first book from Paige Shelton I’ve read, and I chose it because I really like typewriters (even my editing company, Clicking Keys, is named after the sound a typewriter makes when you type…) and cats (I post more pictures on Instagram of my cat than my child…) But, I have to admit that I enjoyed it far more than I expected to.
Star City is one of those small town places with a lot of history and everyone is in each other’s business. (Sort of like where I grew up!) The main character, Clare, runs a book and typewriter repair shop with her grandfather (I really want her job…) when a man storms in demanding that she give him the typewriter she’s just fixed. He ends up dead a few pages later, and the mystery is off to a great start.
It was a little predictable at times and definitely follows the cozy mystery format, but I really have to say that I enjoyed it. I will pick up the next one in the series, Bookman Dead Style, when it comes out next year. And I will probably pick up other books she’s written as well.
Besides, look at that adorable cat on the cover… awww.
Enchanted Rating: 4
Title: To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery
Author: Paige Shelton
Length: 304 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Amazon Link: Buy it HERE*
About the Book
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?
— Description from Amazon.com
About the Author
Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at http://www.paigeshelton.com
Farmers’ Market Mysteries, in order:
1 – FARM FRESH MURDER
2 – FRUIT OF ALL EVIL
3 – CROPS AND ROBBERS
E-book only, short story special – RED HOT DEADLY PEPPERS
4 – A KILLER MAIZE
5 – MERRY MARKET MURDER
6 – BUSHEL FULL OF MURDER
Country Cooking School Mysteries (paranormal series with ghosts), in order:
1 – IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY
2 – IF MASHED POTATOES COULD DANCE
3 – IF BREAD COULD RISE TO THE OCCASION
4 – IF CATFISH HAD NINE LIVES
5 – IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS
A Dangerous Type Mystery Series
1 -TO HELVETICA AND BACK
2 – BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE (February 7, 2017)
The Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series
1 – THE CRACKED SPINE
2 – OF BOOKS AND BAGPIPES (April 4, 2017)