Thursday, September 5, 2019

Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer: Review and Free Prequel

Who Shot the Serif?

Hand Lettering Mystery
by Jessa Archer

About Who Shot the Serif?

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (July 7, 2019)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-10: 1079134891
ISBN-13: 978-1079134896
Digital ASIN: B07TBL3TTV
When Jamie Lang finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the window of her shop, Flourish, with a hole shot through a serif, she knows someone's trying to drive her business into red ink. Jamie confronts Earleen Culp, the ruthless owner of the local stationery shop, in front of the most popular breakfast spot in the small town of Cedar Valley. Of course, Earleen professes shock and innocence, so when she’s found dead in front of Jamie's home the next morning, Jamie becomes the prime suspect.

Jamie's one cross-stroke short of acquittal, and even her best friend has her doubts. But Jamie's not the only one in town with a motive for wanting Earleen silenced for good. To clear her name, Jamie's going to need every last drop of ink in her quill.

With the hot police chief Ridge, and her makeup artist friend Nora on her side, she’s prepared to go out with a flourish if that's what it takes to catch the real murderer. She’s desperate to save her hand lettering business, but will her quest lead her right into a killer’s snare?
Hand Lettering Mystery (3 Book Series) by  Jessa Archer

About Jessa Archer

Jessa Archer writes sweet, funny, warm-hearted cozy mysteries because she loves a good puzzle and can't stand the sight of blood. Her characters are witty, adventurous, and crafty in the nicest way. You'll find her sleuths hand lettering inspirational quotes, trying to lower golf handicaps, enjoying a scone at a favorite teashop, knitting a sweater, or showing off a dramatic side in local theater.

Jessa's done many things in her long career, including a stint as a journalist and practicing law. But her favorite job is spinning mysteries. She loves playing small town sleuth and transporting readers to a world where the scones are delicious, wine pairs with hand lettering, and justice always prevails.
Hand Lettering Practice Pages: Connecting Letters

Author Links

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My Thoughts

Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer is the first book in A Hand Lettering Mystery series.  Jamie Lang owns Flourish in Cedar Valley, Washington.  When Jamie finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the front door of the store full of holes, she believes her rival, Earleen Culp is responsible.  In desperate need of caffeine, Jamie heads to the Cedar Valley Bakery and, unfortunately, runs into Earleen which leads to a nasty encounter with numerous witnesses.  The next morning Jamie steps out her front door and stumbles over Earleen dead on her “No Knockee before Coffee” welcome mat clutching another one of Jamie’s hand lettered quotes.  Jamie is at the top of the suspect list and is losing customers left and right.  She has no choice but to search for Earleen’s killer before Jamie ends up working in the prison sign shop.  I thought Who Shot the Serif? is a lighthearted, amusing new cozy mystery.  It is nicely written and progressed at a spry pace.  There are interesting characters with a quaint small town full of gossips.  Everyone knows everybody else’s business.  There are sparks between Jamie and her longtime friend, Ridge Calhoun who is also the chief of police (and the town’s only detective).  Jamie finds Ridge attractive and cannot help but admire his form.  Whoever killed Earleen intends Jamie to take the fall.  Since Earleen was not well liked, there are several viable suspects, misdirection plus pointed clues.  Most readers will be able to solve this whodunit before the solution is exposed.  I like Jamie’s unique shop, Flourish with her beautiful hand lettered quotes and other items. Who Shot the Serif? is a humorous cozy mystery with a nasty nemesis, police chief with a fine physique, rampant rumors, cancelling customers, surprising secrets and a hand lettering artist with a desperate need for coffee.
Who Shot the Serif? is available at (Amazon Universal Link).  As part of the tour, Jessa Archer is offering Cursive Foiled Again!:  A Hand Lettering Cozy Mini-Mystery  free on Amazon (a prequel to the series).  I recommend reading Cursive Foiled Again! before embarking on Who Shot the Serif?  The next two books in A Hand Lettering Mystery series are In the Nib of Time and Kerning to Crime.  All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited.  Please take the time to visit the other stops on the tour (schedule below). Thank you for dropping by today and reading my review.  I will return tomorrow to highlight Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan. I hope you have a delightful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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Tour Participants

September 4 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW, Hand Lettering Practice Sheet

September 4 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author – SPOTLIGHT

September 4 – Laura's Interests – SPOTLIGHT

September 5 – The Avid Reader  - REVIEW

September 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

September 6 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

September 6 – I Read What You Write - SPOTLIGHT

September 7 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 7 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 8 – Cassidy's Bookshelves - REVIEW

September 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

September 9 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 9 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 10 – Here's How It Happened – REVIEW

September 10 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

September 11 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW

September 11 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 12 – ebook addicts – REVIEW

September 12 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

September 13 – That's What She's Reading – REVIEW

September 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

September 13 – LibriAmoriMiei - REVIEW

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