Who Shot the Serif?
Hand Lettering Mystery
by Jessa Archer
About Who Shot the Serif?
1st in Series
Independently Published (July 7, 2019)
Paperback: 218 pages
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?
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.
Jessa Archer Web Page: https://www.jessaarcher.com/home.html
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.
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