My obsession with books about books (and typeface) brings Paige Shelton to the blog again with the second in her Dangerous Type mysteries, narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Please read on for my review of
Bookman Dead Style
Return to Bygone Alley, home of The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry’s shop is dealing with the influx of stars that have arrived to celebrate the Star City Film Festival. One of the stars, Matt, had come into the shop to order some stationary, and her quick interaction left her a bit starstruck, even as she pretends otherwise. Then, she sees Matt being led from the hotel, charged with murder, and her brain goes into investigation mode. He didn’t seem the type, or perhaps he was truly a better actor than his superhero resume would lead her to believe. With one successful investigation under her belt, she sees no reason not to look deeper……
Told in first person, Clare’s development and growth in this story is marvelous. She’s always had a reasonably logical way of thinking, and what could it hurt? With her grandfather’s new ‘lady friend’, and her own relationship with Seth growing nicely, another little twist (and mystery) pops up – are the two connected? Plenty of twists, suspects, turns and several red herrings keep readers going forward in this perfectly paced story. While I had hoped to have a bit more from secondary characters and to see their growth, the two mysteries that need solving, a con artist at work, a new apprentice in the shop and the whole “show must go on” attitude of the film crowd adds depth and interest to the story, giving perspectives that are expected, unexpected and thoroughly unimaginable. Shelton’s writing is wonderful, adding description, tension and moments where emotions (or suspicions) run high, balanced with a logical conclusion to all of the questions that will keep you guessing and then wondering why you didn’t see whodunit.
Narration for this story is provided by Marguerite Gavin, and it worked perfectly in this book. Most of the perspective is from Clare, with minor insets of other characters, and Clare’s voice is clear, strong and nuanced when questions, emotions or frustration takes hold. Gavin allows for information to be absorbed and processed – a real trick in this book as there are moments where information, questions and suspicions come almost simultaneously, and the gentle pacing allowed for it all to be clearly there to grab and process.
You can read these in any order – but if you love books, stationary, clever mysteries and dream of your own shop on a street named Bygone – grab these. You won’t regret it.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Bookman Dead Style
Author: Paige Shelton
Series: A Dangerous Type Mystery #2
Also in this series: To Helvetica and Back
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by: Berkley, Tantor Audio
Published on: 8 August, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 24 minutes
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A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.
It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized notecards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.
But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black...
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A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.