Who Shot the Serif? (A Hand Lettering Mystery)

by Jessa Archer

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Who Shot the Serif?
(Hand Lettering Mystery)
by Jessa Archer

About Who Shot the Serif?

Who Shot the Serif? (Hand Lettering Mystery)
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?

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.

Author Links

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Purchase Links

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MY REVIEW – 5 Stars

I wasn’t sure what exactly a “serif” was until I read Jessa Archer’s delightful hand-lettering mystery, “Who Shot The Serif?”  What a clever title! (At first glance I read “sheriff.” ) But I soon was corrected and then learned tons more about specialty hand-lettering, coffees, perfumes, and even pricy lingerie from Archer’s first in a trilogy of cozy mysteries.

Immediately you will settle into the town of Cedar Falls – there is even a map in the front of the book!  I love maps like these!  As you get to know Jamie’s friends, clients, and neighbors, you will wish you lived there too.  And then you will meet some disgruntled, grumpy, jealous and greedy townspeople too and wish that handsome police chief, Ridge, would clear them out pronto.

Early on, Jamie finds one of her original hand lettered posters taped to her shop’s front door as she arrives to open for business. It is shot through with holes from a beebee gun.  (One of the fancy letters is missing its serif (hence the title) and Jamie knows just who is responsible.  Her competitor, a nasty, jealous woman, whom Jamie tells off as soon as she sees her…. even in her coffee-deprived state to… threatening to kill her!!  Kidding, of course, but all the people who hear it, remember when the woman is found dead right in front of — well, I won’t give too much away.

Jamie is chief suspect of course, but there are plenty more with reasons to “off” the victim, and Archer keeps readers busy suspecting first one then the other, and turning pages faster to reach the end and the solution.  Ah ha!  Very satisfying.

PS: There is even a lettering practice sheet at the end of the book, to try YOUR hand at lettering.

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