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?
About the Author:
My husband and I moved to Arizona in February of 2015 but before that we lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. I moved there for an advertising job right after college. I hadn’t planned on staying twenty-seven years, but I met Charlie, we got married, we had our son, and a really terrific life happened. I loved Utah, and those twenty-seven years were wonderful. Our son’s in college in Missouri now, and we’re enjoying our new and very desert adventure.
As a kid I moved around a lot. My dad was a football coach, mostly throughout the Midwest but we spent one year in Portales, New Mexico. A couple of things stood out and and stayed with me that year. 1 – We lived in a haunted house. 2 – The southwest rubbed off on me and I have loved it ever since.
I did get to start and finish high school in one place – Des Moines, Iowa, which is a wonderful city even if the humid climate always was a challenge. I ended up going to college there too, at Drake University where I studied journalism. I made some great friends those years. I’m glad to still be in touch with many of them.
I have only ever wanted to be a writer. I’ve had good jobs, bad jobs, great bosses, and terrible bosses. Through it all and ever since I was seven I have only wanted to write. I’m grateful to have the opportunity now. I spend a lot of time on Facebook. I’ve been told I talk way too much about my personal life over there, but I don’t see that changing any time soon. Find me if you’re interested.
Review of To Helvetica and Back
Review (5 Stars): What a delightful new series! I instantly connected with Clare in this story and I loved her spunky personality. Clare helps run The Rescued Word, a shop that restores old books and typewriters, when a mystery man comes into her shop demanding to buy the typewriter of an old friend. Clare sends him on his way but soon discovers his body in the back of the store and must find a killer before it is too late.
To Helvetica and Back was a charming cozy mystery that I absolutely adored. The characters were fun and well-developed in this mystery and I had a difficult time figuring out the mystery until the final reveal. Ms. Shelton is such a talented writer and I’m looking forward to book two in the series to see where these characters go from here.