Title: Who Shot the Serif? (Hand Lettering Mysteries #1)
Author: Jessa Archer
Published on: 16th July 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Jamie Lang cannot start her day with a cup or two of coffee. It’s one of those days where Jamie is in a sullen mood (no coffee, no mood) when she discovers one of her hand-lettered quotes on the window of her shop. The paper is full of BB holes and Jamie loses her temper. Earleen’s two naughty nephews were in Jamie’s courtyard the other day, trying to BB shoot a BlueJay so there is no doubt that the duo are up to some naughty business again.
With no dose of morning caffeine, Jamie is angrier than usual as she steps into a popular breakfast spot. There she confronts Earleen and the duo have a cat-fight. The next morning, Jamie finds Earleen on her porch – shot to death. Jamie is now the main suspect in Earleen’s murder and her business is paying the brunt of it. So, Jamie decides to clear her name and save her hand-lettering business.
Who Shot the Serif is the first book in Hand Lettering Mystery series. As a debut to the series, this book has a great start.
The characters are interesting. Jamie, Ridge, Nora, Earleen, Phyllis and Dana -each of these women has a story of their own. Earleen was well-known for gossiping while Phyllis seems to be vile – especially after her best friend, Earleen’s murder. Dana plays the role of a caring and loving cousin.
Jamie has issues of her own. Having chosen the naughtiest of the twins, Rut, and losing him a couple of years ago, Jamie is now attracted to Ridge (Rut’s twin). I wish there was some details as to how Rut passed away – perhaps I can expect this in the next book? The chemistry between Ridge and Jamie is not to be missed. Although, I did not like the fact that Jamie was in two minds about moving on.
The story is well-paced and the suspense is well-maintained throughout. Halfway through, it did seem like the story was going off-track but that was Archer’s way of keeping her readers hooked on to the story – a very good trick, this. 😀 Just when the reader thinks that the story is going to end on a dull note, there’s a twist.
I played detective and I had my suspicion on one of the characters – who, in the end, turned out to be the killer. But what I did not know was why did they have to kill Earleen. As the reason is revealed, it does seem silly but then, people have been killed for less…
As I said before, Who Shot the Serif is a great Cozy debut. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Also, there are some practice sheets at the end of the book for those who want to give hand lettering a try.
Many thanks to Lori for the blog tour invite.