Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton

 Title: To Helvetica and Back
 Author: Paige Shelton
 Series: Book 1 A Dangerous Type Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: Four Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 This mystery had me from the word "typewriter". As a child loved writing stories on them and I had many. As I read the synopsis with the protagonist Clare Henry working at "The Rescued Word" shop with her grandfather whom she calls by his real name, Chester and they repaired old and vintage typewriter's and restored old books and sold stationary I knew this book had me and I quickly put it on my to-be-read list.

 Welcome to Star City, Utah, a city known for its sprawling hills and mounds of snow where it's a skiers paradise. A unknown man walks into "The Rescued Word" and demands Clare hand over a vintage typewriter to him that Clare is repairing that belongs to a friend of her grandfather, Chester. He soon ran off leaving behind a camera after Clare called the police who also happens to be Clares best friend, Jodie.

 After the shop cameras are reinstalled after many years Clare makes a discovery on one of the cameras facing the back of the store. A shoe. She ventures outside to find "the leather man" because of his motorcycle biker looking attire the same man that was in the store the previous day demanding the typewriter laying on the ground,dead.

Clare wonders who this man is and what he could possibly want with a old typewriter. Shes eager to tag along with best friend and police woman, Jodie to investigate the crime and find a killer but Clare's ex and also policeman, Creighton may be standing in their way with a possible new romance for Clare she won't let that stop her.

 From the unique title and premise with the title I actually had to google to find the meaning of. To the picturesque setting and the best part being "The Rescued Word" shop, where the typewriter's brought me back to my childhood. I would be remiss to not to mention the shop's not so lovable cat, Baskerville being a cat lover myself.

 The characters were very likable especially grandfather Chester but to me were not lovable quite yet. I hope to get to know them more in future books and hope to change my mind. Certain aspects of the plot I found uninteresting for example the "goat relocation", It was a very nostalgic reading adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the A dangerous Type mysteries.

 FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and review are honest and our own.

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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST January 17th. Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST January 17th. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your SPAM FOLDER)

34 comments:

  1. I'd love to try out her new series. I love the Cooking School books.

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  2. Great review! I'm interested in knowing what the man wanted with the typewriter and why he ended up dead and what the connection is. Thanks for the giveaway!! jdzchaotickittie@yahoo.com

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  3. What a cute title! I really do want to read this one!
    CalifKitties {at} Aol {dot} com

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  4. Loved typing on my grandmother's old typewriter! Looks like a great new series. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I wish I still had my old typewriter...grammyd01@comcast.net

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  6. This book sounds like a wonderful read, and the cover art is adorable. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I love the idea of a grandfather and granddaughter working together.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  8. I added this to my wish list, and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  9. Looking forward to this book. I'm n the mood for a fun, light-hearted read.

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  10. This sounds really intriguing! I loved using a typewriter growing up. You're making my TBR list grow very rapidly. Love it!!! Orosky17@yahoo.com

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  11. This book interests me greatly. What an intriguing cozy. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. What a unique and captivating cozy which I would enjoy. Many thanks for this great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I really enjoy Paige Shelton and this is on my wish list. I think it may have just moved up the pile a bit. Great review!
    moondance120@yahoo.com

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  14. Wow looking so forward to reading and reviewing this book! It sounds like a wonderful cozy to curl up with. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  15. The Rescued Word sounds like my kind of store! I would love to read this book! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  16. I love the cover. The display of a cat would catch my eye. To win a copy of this book would be wonderful. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  17. A unique sounding mystery, looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Allenxpaa@msn.com

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  18. Thanks, Tina. I've been interested in this book since first reading about the new series. Being a cat lover, I'd love to read it just to learn more about Baskerville. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  19. This book's cover caught my eye the first time I saw it. Now I am seeing it a lot. It's high on my TBR list.
    idahobluebird50@gmail.com

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  20. seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway.
    musiqmom@yahoo.com

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  22. I learned to type on the old Remingtons in my family's Real Estate office. I love getting to know new characters and locations that come with a new series. I'd love to win a copy.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. Old typewriters....I got my very own for a Christmas present my Freshman year in high
    school. Brings back memories of carbon paper and erase a tape. We come along way.
    Would love to read this book.
    Carol Smith
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  24. I still have my grandmother's old typewriter remembering having used it for fun when we would visit her on vacation. I loved the electric typewriters in high school and using one in my own class to write noted to parents and create worksheets. There's an app that mimics an old typewriter that is loads of fun to use. kat8762@aol.com

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  25. A great post and review. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read this book.doward1952@yahoo.com

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  26. Thank you fr the review. This sounds like a great start to a new series. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  27. I love her other series, and would like to read this one.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  28. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway and opportunity to win. mbrown0813@wowway.com

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  29. This sounds like a book I would enjoy I love the cover. I learned to type on a typewriter that looked like that one. Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  30. Sounds like a great read.
    sable677 at yahoo dot com

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  31. I would also be caught at the word typewriter...sounds great...so please enter me and thanks for the giveaway.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  32. I learned to type on a typewriter that belonged to my mother---and looked just about as old as the one on that cover. It took strong fingers to press those keys.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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