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Comic Sans Murder By Paige Shelton: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Comic Sans Murder, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

In Star City, Utah, Clare Henry works with her grandfather at The Rescued Word. They repair typewriters, books, and save old typesetting fonts. It should be a calm and relaxing place to work, but that’s not always the case.

For one thing, world-famous horror author, Nathan Grimes, is in town. He’s self-publishing a book of love poems, a project decidedly different than his usual writing. By self-published, he means everything from selecting the font, setting the type letter by letter, choosing the paper, and binding the book—at The Rescued Word. He’s often a pleasure to work with but sometimes a bit of a pain when he doesn’t get his way.book

An old high school friend, Lloyd, sends a gift to Clare at the shop. That’s odd enough in itself since she hasn’t seen or heard from him since then, but the gift is a valuable one—three antique typewriters, a mix of a sewing machine, player piano, and history. When a tourist finds a ski boot on the slopes, he plans to take it to the lost and found. That is, until he realizes the foot is still inside the boot. Sadly, the rest of the body is discovered, and it’s Lloyd.

Lloyd was invited to return home for a meeting with three other men. One owns a textbook publishing house, one is a oil man from Wyoming, and the other is a police detective in Star City and Clare’s ex-boyfriend. He’s also brother to Clare’s BFF, Jodie, also a cop. No one seems to know why the meeting was called, who called it, and why the four of them were selected. Creighton, the detective, dismissed the idea. Howard, the oil man, decided it was a good excuse to visit home. Donte, the publisher, still lives in the area with his high school sweetheart, Sarah, who just opened a bookstore.

The mystery is a potential book for Nathan but more personal for Clare. The more they find out, the more puzzled they are.

This is the third book in the series. Readers will learn a lot about old-fashioned publishing, fonts, paper, and inks, but it’s in bits and pieces throughout the book and never gets in the way of the story. Star City is a good place to visit, although after reading about all the snow, a hot toddy may be in order. While it seems there are cozy series for every craft or hobby, this one is unique. The mystery will keep readers guessing right until the end.

Jody’s potential romance shows promise. Clare’s romance, even more so. As for Nathan, I, for one, hope he moves to Star City and becomes a regular sight on the pages. He’s a keeper. Plus, there’s a cat and a surprise when one of the antique typewriters prints out its first message.

Shelton also writes the Farmer’s Market mysteries and the Country Cooking School series.

To enter to win a copy of Comic Sans Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “comic,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 27, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debbie Price January 20, 2018 at 7:48am

Thank you for this chance to win this. I have enjoyed reading this series.


2 Faith Creech January 20, 2018 at 10:36am

This book looks really good. Would love to read it. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!


3 Cynthia Blain January 20, 2018 at 11:03am

Congratulations to Paige on her latest release. I have enjoyed other books and so know this book will be just as great. Love learning about the authors and thank you for that. Would be thrilled to win a book. Sincerely,


4 Kay Garrett
Twitter: @arkieclown
January 20, 2018 at 4:22pm

Love everything about “Comic Sans Murder” By Paige Shelton. Adore the cover! It’s just beautiful – everything a cover should be – colorful, cute, enticing. Love everything I’ve read about the book itself. Definitely love the author and her previous books.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


5 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
January 20, 2018 at 10:32pm

I haven’t read this series yet but I’m putting it on my “to read” list. Thanks for the chance.


6 Kara Vaughan Marks January 21, 2018 at 10:22am

I’d love to read this–ty for the giveaway. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


7 Kristina M. Anderson
Twitter: @booklover43
January 21, 2018 at 3:22pm

Such a delightful series. I cannot wait to read Comic Sans Murder. I enjoyed your review.
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8 Amy Freedman
Twitter: @none
January 22, 2018 at 7:12am

I love this series!! Thanks for the chance to win!!



9 Doward Wilson January 22, 2018 at 10:29am

Sounds good!


10 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
January 23, 2018 at 7:20am

Thanks for the review. Looking forward to this series.

kckendler at gmail dot com


11 Lynn January 24, 2018 at 9:11am

Looks like an interesting read – love the cover!


12 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
January 24, 2018 at 11:48am

I’ve read one other book in the series and enjoyed it very much. I’d love to win this new title and add it to my collection.
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13 Dianne Casey January 24, 2018 at 1:11pm

Great series. Would really like to read “Comic Sans Murder”.


14 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
January 24, 2018 at 3:26pm

Sounds like a great fun read…


15 Meg. Gustafson
Twitter: @meg85242
January 27, 2018 at 8:09am

This sounds like a very intriguing series. I will have to check it out. I have read a couple books by Paige Shelton, and I’m sure this one will not disappoint. Thank you for the giveaway.


16 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
January 29, 2018 at 12:18pm

We have a winner!


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