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