Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bookman Dead Style (Dangerous Type Mystery, #2)” as Want to Read:
Bookman Dead Style (Dangerous Type Mystery, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bookman Dead Style

(Dangerous Type Mystery #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  162 reviews
A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.

It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—includin
Mass Market Paperback, 276 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Berkley
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bookman Dead Style, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bookman Dead Style

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  869 ratings  ·  162 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Bookman Dead Style (Dangerous Type Mystery, #2)
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ebook
This was a pretty decent mystery, the story pretty much revolved around it, which isn't the case for lots of cozy mysteries where the focus is often on settings, occupations, or characters. It's told from a first person point of view, and the only character that gets much development is Clare the heroine narrator, the other characters are pretty much as we left them in book 1, we're just reminded of the cast of characters relationships. ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Back to Star City, Utah for the second book in the Dangerous Type Mysteries. Stars from Hollywood have come for the Annual Film Festival and to enjoy some time on the slopes. They also descend on Bygone Alley and into The Rescued Word. Matt Bane, the current heartthrob, is in town to promote his superhero movie and visits the shop for some personalized note cards. Just a short time later Clare witnesses the police leading the actor from his hotel in handcuffs. She quickly lear
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a font of mystery, make yourself a note to read BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE. It’s just the type of mystery that keeps readers coming back again and again for author Paige Shelton’s books. You’ll love every word.

How exciting it was to be back in Star City, Utah! I’ve missed protagonist Clare Henry and her grandfather at The Rescued Word, as well as the other characters that made book one, TO HELVETICA AND BACK such an entertaining read.

The key to any good book is fabulous writing, a
Chatting About
Deceit is in the mountain air in the second book of A Dangerous Type Mystery. A film festival brings actors and tourists to Star City, Utah--home of The Rescued Word. Tensions run high as Clare; her grandfather, Chester; and niece, Marion become entangled in both a murder and con artist scam. The author had me thoroughly engrossed as I tried to figure out whodunit! I really enjoyed the part about how a new apprentice is selected for the shop!

I appreciate the regular characters, such as Jodie--a
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton is the second book in A Dangerous Type Mystery series. Clare Henry works with her with her grandfather, Chester to run The Rescued Word in Star City, Utah. It is their busiest time of year with The Star City Film Festival taking place. The town is overrun with tourists and movie people. Marion, Clare’s niece, helps out in the store when she is not out snowboarding on the slopes. She is particularly excited when movie star, Matt Bane comes into the store. He ha ...more
Dawn Frazier
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Dangerous Type mysteries, and it is just wonderful! It's January in Star City, and the Film Festival has come to town. Clare and her grandfather Chester sure don't expect to see movie star Matt Bane walk into their little shop, but he does. Clare somehow senses a connection between them, and when he is accused of murder, she jumps in to help.
This story offers us some insight into Hollywood and movie making, and I was hooked on every word! Each chapter got better an
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been quite a while since I read the first book in this series, and it was almost like meeting the characters all over again. I quickly got caught up though, since the author did a good job of telling who was who and not letting any spoilers get out. I might go back and read that first book to refresh myself on how Clare and Seth got together, (and I honestly had forgotten the other items that they sold at the typewriter repair shop.) It was nice that Seth and Clare were an established coupl ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever not wanted a book to end? I just finished Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton and I did not want it to end, it was really good. This is the first I have read in this series and on page 1 I had no idea what to expect, by page 276 I was sad, my time with the book had come to an end!
This book was outstanding. I am not normally one for "tabloid" type/based mysteries but this one was really, really good. Fictional completely but not completely implausible. Much to love in this one, mai
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outside of missing commas before "too", which was several times, and a questionable action or two, I enjoyed this one. It was an easy read with a good flow. The next one in the series is already lined up in the Kindle. ...more
Nancy Haddock
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun installment, this one set around the annual film festival in town. Introduces some new characters who are a little mysterious. I hope some of them show up again in the next book!
Good continuation of this mystery series about a typewriter repair/book restoration/print shop in a fictitious Utah ski town.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bookman Dead Style is the second book in the A Dangerous Type Mystery series.

Avery engaging follow-up to To Helvetica And Back.

It’s January in Star City and once again everyone is looking forward the Star City Film Festival and a chance to mingle with the movie stars who are in attendance. Clare Henry and her niece, Marion, are very excited when Matt Bane, an up and coming actor, enters their shop The Rescued Word. Shortly after Bane exits the shop Clare childhood friend and a member of the pol
Bookman Dead Style finds Hollywood's hottest movie stars descending on Star City, Utah for the annual film festival, and they've brought murder with them! Movie star Matt Bane is arrested for the murder of his actress sister, Cassie, but Clare Henry doesn't believe he's guilty and sets off to find the true killer. A lost fortune, polygamy, an invitation to an ultra-exclusive secret party, and a reclusive movie star all have roles in this cozy mystery, and it's an excellent second installment in ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Great second book in the series. Claire investigates the murder of a movie star's sister during the Film Festival. The star is accused, but she just doesn't feel he did it. ...more
Jenn Estepp
Cozy + typography. *swoon* the mystery is decent - not great, but enjoyable enough
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was just a fun story. I enjoyed the film festival setting and the characters are a lot of fun. The mystery moved along well and kept me guessing.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Paige Shelton and her Dangerous Type Mystery series are back with Bookman Dead Style. This time, the story takes place in January, during the Star City Film Festival. Tons of celebrities are in Star City, Utah to see and be seen.

Clare Henry is accustomed to seeing celebrities in town. She even tries to treat them as “normal people” and not get all starstruck. When action hero Matt Bane comes into The Rescued Word, she’s amazed by how nice, friendly, and approachable he is. Later in the day, she’
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, 2018
I wanted to like this book, but it's truly terrible. The setting, a mythical town outside Salt Lake City is good, and a typewriter / stationary / typesetting store should be interesting, but the protagonist's discussion of books and typesetting are not believable. Actually, nothing in the book is believable, especially the protagonist's best friend, a policewoman, using her police car as a personal vehicle. And then we get to the ending, where the suspect confesses for no reason in front of a cr ...more
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4

Return to Bygone Alley, home of The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry’s shop is dealing with the influx of stars that have arrived to celebrate the Star City Film Festival. One of the stars, Matt, had come into the shop to order some stationary, and her quick interaction left her a bit starstruck, even as she pretends otherwise. Then, she sees Matt being led from the hotel, charged with murder, and her brain goes into investigation mode. He did
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

Bookman Dead Style
A Dangerous Type Mystery, Book #2
By Paige Shelton
ISBN 9780425277263
Author’s Website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.

It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes
Katie Fitzgerald
This was another solid book in the Dangerous Type Mystery series. Though Clare's relationship to the accused killer seemed a little tenuous to me, I liked the involvement of Hollywood actors in the plot as well as the details about the state of Utah that gave me a stronger sense of the broader setting of the series than I felt in the first book. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a secondary mystery involving The Rescued Word itself. There were a number of new characters added to the mix in ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Clare Henry works in her family business of The Rescued Word, where they repair books, fix old typewriters, and print personalized stationery in Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton. Clare works with her grandfather, Chester, and niece, Olympic- hopeful in snowboarding, Marion, in Star City, Utah, host of the Star City Film Festival. When major film star Matt Bane comes in to order personalized cards that he plans to use for handwritten thank you notes, Marian has her own fangirl moment, hardly a ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm and it's bringing in some movie stars as well. One of them is Matt and he comes into the Rescued Word to order some hand made note cards, but before Clare can even think of getting that order done the young man is in handcuffs accused of murdering his sister. For some reason Clare feels a kindred spirit in the movie star and wants to think the best of him so she tries to find out what really happened as he swears he didn't do it ...more
David H.
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the second Dangerous Type Mystery, and while it was fun and fluffy, it made me roll my eyes a bit more. Clare is still the focus, but her involvement with the mystery in this volume was a bit more questionable, and I feel like the resolution was a bit disappointing. One of the new minor characters was a gossip blogger, but Clare--younger than me!--kept calling him a "blog writer." Oh my god, stop.

One of the things I was looking for with this series was a bit more emphasis on the book-res
Dawn Michelle
Not my favorite of the series. It was solidly a 2 star read until the reveal - I was clueless and who I thought was SO off base I actually laughed out loud at the reveal when I discovered just how wrong I had been.

I AM fairly cynical, so this whole trusting someone just because they are famous and you "think you know them because of it" did not sit well with me. MANY famous people have proved time and time again how wrong that way of thinking is. It just grated on me and made the book slow and
This sequel is a fantastic follow-up that kept me turning "just a few more pages" way into the night! Intricate plotting, cool mystery, sweet romantic subplot, and a host of Hollywood stars invading Star City, Utah, all conspired to create a great read. I adore the characters and it's like hanging out with old friends when I'm with Jodie and Clare. The book played out in my head like a movie and I couldn't wait to find out who was behind the murder. The author keeps you glued to the book and a h ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-utah
Clare meets movie star Matt Bane in passing at the shop where she works with her grandfather, but she feels enough of a connection with him to investigate when he's arrested for his sister's murder. The police work in this book seems rather cursory, but I realized I was enjoying the book nonetheless because Clare is a sensible human being: She doesn't fall madly in love with Matt (she has her own fellow, thanks very much), she doesn't put herself in danger, her snooping is under reasonable contr ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hollywood invading small-town Utah? It's a unique concept that ends up working very well. I always love when characters have to try to act normal around celebrities (some are more successful than others). The mystery was great, with a surprising (and amusing) ending. ...more
Amanda Sassy-pants
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Another cute, cozy mystery featuring bookish elements.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Inked Out (Snug Harbor Mysteries Book 2)
  • Undercover Kitty (Second Chance Cat Mystery #8)
  • One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries #1)
  • Checking Out Crime (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery, #9)
  • Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #3)
  • Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3)
  • Read and Buried (Lighthouse Library Mystery, #6)
  • Murder in the Storybook Cottage (Book Retreat Mysteries #6)
  • Murder in the Margins (The Open Book Mysteries #1)
  • Murder, Plain and Simple (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, #1)
  • The Diva Spices It Up (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #13)
  • Bound for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #4)
  • Dressed to Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #4)
  • Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries Book 1)
  • Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5)
  • A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)
  • Bait and Witch (Witch Way Librarian Cozy Mysteries Book 1)
  • Ink and Shadows (Secret, Book, & Scone Society, #4)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Dangerous Type Mystery (3 books)
  • To Helvetica and Back (Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)
  • Comic Sans Murder (Dangerous Type Mystery, #3)

Related Articles

If you're a fan of the mystery and thriller genre and young adult books, recent months have brought a bevy of great reads to your shelves! We...
140 likes · 21 comments
“Good gravy on biscuits, girlfriend, you are in the middle of more messes than a platter of scrambled eggs. What's going on? Are the planets aligned funny? Or is that unaligned? Shoot, I have no idea. But I need to know what's going on. You and I will be going out for coffee in about thirty seconds.” 0 likes
More quotes…