Saturday, May 26, 2018

Comic Sans Murder

Author:  Paige Shelton
Series:  A Dangerous Type Mystery #3
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  December 2017

Description:  The visit of quirky world-famous horror author Nathan Grimes to Star City is especially thrilling for Clare Henry and her grandfather Chester. As the owners of The Rescued Word, a charming boutique shop in town, Clare and Chester specialize in restoring old typewriters and repairing beloved books. They’ve invited Nathan to their shop to use their equipment for his next book.
But all plans to work on the book take a step in the wrong direction when a tourist discovers an abandoned ski boot on the slopes—and the only sign of the owner is the dismembered foot he left inside! Nathan’s writer’s curiosity for all things horror is further piqued after the body of Clare’s high school friend Lloyd Gavin is discovered sans one foot. When all toes point to a class reunion gone wrong, Nathan can’t help but join Clare and her best friend, police officer Jodie Wentworth, as they hurry to track down the killer before more former classmates become Most Likely to Be Killed.

My Review

I've been reading a lot of advanced reader copies of new books so far this year and I decided that I really need to catch up on some series and books that have been on the to be read list.  So, it's time to return to Star City Utah to see what new trouble Clare and her friends can stir up.  Paige Shelton has crafted a terrific series with characters that hook you from the beginning.  This third book in the Dangerous Type Mystery series was just as entertaining as the first two.  

What continues to draw me to Paige Shelton books is the way she crafts her characters and combines them with engaging mysteries.  Clare Henry is one of those characters.  In fact, She is well rounded, dimensional and engaging.  I think the secondary cast of characters is also well developed and add to the overall depth of the story.  Clare continues to grown into her own as a protagonist and amateur sleuth.  She is still dating Seth and their relationship is written so that if feels natural and not rushed.

I thought the mystery in this third book was really well done and it kept me guessing.  Ms. Shelton certainly threw in plenty of plot twists that kept me re-evaluating my guess as to the culprit or culprits.  I love a mystery that keeps me guessing and on my toes.  This one definitely did that. 

I love reading about Clare, the Rescued Word and the rest of the citizens of Star City.  Ms. Shelton has crafted a delightful series that entertains and takes the reader along for the ride as a wonderfully crafted mystery unfolds.

1 comment:

  1. The first two books in this series were wonderful. I listened to them on CD's and lived the narrator really bringing the stories to life. I also think Paige is a wonderful, talented and creative writer. Looking forward to reading more in this series.