Audiobook review of To Helvetica and Back

February 17, 2018 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 3

Audiobook review of To Helvetica and Back

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton
Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
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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?

Also by this author: The Cracked Spine, Of Books and Bagpipes


Here is what I thought

I have enjoyed this authors other series so I thought I would give this one a try. I like that it involves restoring old books and typewriters!

Clare works in her uncle’s shop, it’s called Rescued Word and they restore old books and typewriters, the kind before electric typewriters came along. One day a lady they know came in with an old Underwood typewriter wanting to get it fixed and not long after a man comes in demanding they give him the typewriter.

Later that same man is found dead in the back alley behind the shop and soon she is being questioned by the cops though they don’t really think she had anything to do with it. It’s awkward because the cop is her ex-boyfriend. He also happens to be her best friend brother so it made for some strange moments. What helps is that Clare meets a geologist, who had brought a book in for her to repair, he seems like a pretty nice guy.

Clare doesn’t like the murder looming over her head or them thinking anyone else she knows might have done it so she tries and figures out what might have happened. Her friend Jodie is also part of the police and she doesn’t mind getting her help.

I like Clare she has a good head on her shoulder, didn’t try to do anything to dangerous, except maybe one thing. Her friend Jodie seems pretty cool too and I think I am going to like Seth as well. It has some good side characters overall.  I really liked that it’s set amongst a ski resort that has a little street full of great shops who specialize in old time items. Some people these days wouldn’t even know what a typewriter was or how to use them. 🙂

It has a good mystery but it was hard to guess whodunit because I don’t remember ever hearing much about the character who was involved and to me that is a bummer. I like to try and figure it out because of the characters I met throughout the book, but other than that it was a decent mystery.

Decent start to a series and I will be listen to the next one soon. If your a cozy lover then you might enjoy this one. I just love the titles in this series!

The Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is one of my favorites she narrates a lot of mysteries and I always know I will enjoy her narration.

Audio rating: 4


3 Responses to “Audiobook review of To Helvetica and Back”

  1. Melanie Simmons

    I love the store in this one. Restoring old books and typewriters is so cool. I have one of those old typewriters. It was my grandfather’s. I played with it as a child. I used to get the letters all tangled because I would push the letters too quickly. I’m a huge fan of xMarguerite Gavin. I’ll have to look at giving this one a try.

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