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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?

©2016 Paige Shelton (P)2017 Tantor

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"A finely honed plot and well-drawn, colorful characters will keep readers engaged." (Library Journal)

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Pretty good, as cozies go...

If you enjoy cosy mysteries, this one was mostly low-key, not overly exciting, yet had a very interesting angle for creating the characters. It featured a grandfather (Chester) and grand daughter (Clare) who together run a shop that repairs old typewriters and books called The Rescued Word. I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing that many of us who read cosy mysteries may well recall typing on actual typewriters (well, I do). So at least for me, that certainly made the book more fun.

Who would ever think someone might get killed after trying desperately to buy or steal an old typewriter? Well, that is the dilemma in this book. As Clare has to work with her best friend Jodi and her brother Creighton (whom she formerly dated) who are both part of the Sky City, Utah police force, to solve this odd mystery, she faces danger, and finds love.

I think the strength of this book was in creation of interesting characters. The weakness might have been the narration, which was okay, but felt a little lackluster. I wouldn’t call this a page-turner, but it was a good solid listen. Recommend.

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Type interesting

This is a new author to me. As the characters develop, the writer makes quick work of focusing on the main people and shops. The story is smooth and engaging from the start. The narrator sets just the right tone. Great read!

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  • Beatrice
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I enjoyed listening to this cozy mystery. Maguerite Gaven us one of my favorite nsrrators. She does a great job bringing these characters to life. The story is well written with engaging characters who behave realistically. I hope the rest of the books are made available to Audible listeners.