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?
When Jamie Lang finds a bullet hole in a hand-lettered sign in the window of her shop she knows someone is trying her cause her trouble. The woman she confronts and accuses of the deed then turns up dead and that means double trouble for Jamie.
This was a great, quick read and the first crafting cozy I’ve read with hand-lettering as the theme. The characters were likable, the pace was quick, and I found this to be a fun start to a new series. I’m already looking forward to the next installment.
There’s so much going on here today! Besides a link to download a free Hand Lettering Mini Mystery ebook below, the author has also shared a Hand Lettering practice sheet for you to try. Print a copy here: Place_Names__Worksheet-1312×1698-C
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.
Jessa Archer Web Page: https://www.jessaarcher.com/home.html
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