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Who Shot the Serif?

(Hand Lettering Mystery #1)

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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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 ...more
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Published July 16th 2019 by Archer Mysteries
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Linda
An appealing cozy that’s a fast, friendly read! Jamie Lang is a hand-lettering designer who owns Flourish in Cedar Valley, WA. She’s upset when someone maliciously uses one of her original numbered Serif prints for target practice and tapes it on her front door. When the stiff body of her nemesis shows up on her porch, Jamie has to choose from multiple suspects who is setting her up to take the blame for the murder. Great story!
Kristina
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2019
Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer is the first book in A Hand Lettering Mystery series. Jamie Lang owns Flourish in Cedar Valley, Washington. When Jamie finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the front door of the store full of holes, she believes her rival, Earleen Culp is responsible. In desperate need of caffeine, Jamie heads to the Cedar Valley Bakery and, unfortunately, runs into Earleen which leads to a nasty encounter with numerous witnesses. The next morning Jamie steps out her front ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This new series has plenty of suspects but only one killer, but who could it be?  

I quite enjoyed the first book in this new series, from the clever writing to the killer hiding in plain sight.  Then there is Jamie's business, hand lettering, something I admire but cannot do myself.  I think I should have paid more attention to my cursive in grade school!  

Jamie is falsely accused of murdering her arch nemesis, Earleen.  Earleen is someone everyone loved to hate and there were plenty of people t
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Emily Pennington
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Jamie Lang, owner of Flourish, a hand lettering shop in Cedar Valley, WA, finds herself a suspect in a murder. Jaimie had found one of her hand lettered quotes in the shop window with a hole shot through a serif and had confronted Earleen Culp in front of witnesses, not only because she had motive as a competitor with her stationery store, but because her two young nephews had just received new BB guns recently and she had chased them out of her yard for shooting at inappropriate targets! So nat ...more
Shoshanah Lila
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 pr
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Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer is fabulous. The characters, setting, and knowledge of hand lettering are amazing. I enjoyed the story, but the mystery was perfectly crafted. Jessa Archer is one of my favorite new authors this year. Ms. Archer explains the title wonderfully for all of us who don't do hand lettering. 
Will Jamie figure out wh
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Mary Lou Hoffman
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHO SHOT THE SERIF? is the second book in the Hand Lettering Mystery series. Each will stand on its own, but I highly recommend reading each story in this cozy series.

This is the second book in the series and the second one that I have read (and I already have the next two). I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed vicariously spending some time crafting with Jamie and her friends. I only wish I could create something as beautiful as the lettering art they were describing. I’ll stick to the crafts I do
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Suzanne Hare
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jamie Lang owns her shop called Flourish, a cozy hand lettering shop in Cedar Valley, just outside of Seattle. When she gets to work one day she finds one of her prints taped to the front door, someone had used it for target practice. Her first thought is that it must of been Earleen Culp, her nemesis from high school who just happens to be her competition. Jamie confronts Earling in the bakery, right in front of the detective and threatens her to stay out of her business. Well as it turns out t ...more
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Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love books that keep me entertained and add a bit more knowledge to my skill set. "Who Shot the Serif?" Jessa Archer’s cozy mystery meets those requirements. The story takes place in a sleepy town outside of Seattle – Cedar Valley; a perfect setting for a mystery. Jamie Lang, owner of Flourish, a hand lettering store, finds herself as suspect in a murder. The victim being a long time reveal from Jamie’s high school days and a competitor in the stationary business. Jamie believes she has been s ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
The quirky title drew me to this book, I loved the play on words for the title- Serif instead of Sheriff given that Jamie Lang does hand lettered quotes. Jamie Lang own Flourish - a shop where she creates hand lettered quotes prints etc, and she discovers one of her hand lettered quotes on the front door of the store full of holes, she believes her rival, Earleen Culp is responsible. In the local bistro later that morning she has row with Earleen which ended with Jamie basically saying to her 'i ...more
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, mystery
This is the second book I've read in this series, and I quite enjoy it. I love the character of Jamie Lang. She's the professional hand letterer mentioned in the series title, and she just seems to get herself mixed up with trouble! In this book, she literally stumbles upon the dead body of a woman with whom she had an argument the day before. When town suspicion about Jamie’s involvement starts to cut into her business, she knows she has to help try to help figure out who actually murdered the ...more
Riley
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was yet another clever, well written mystery by Jessa Archer. The descriptions of an artisan’s life in a small tourist town are quite entertaining, as are the build-up and twisty developments of the story. Two teeny details that did bother me in an otherwise well thought out story, though, were 1.) the idea that despite the extensive descriptions about how grumpy and anti-social Jamie is until at least 2 cups of coffee, and that Ridge was creeped out about her because she was supposedly too ...more
Sue
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Jamie Lang is finally getting a nice amount of business at her shop, Flourish, with all the new bride-to-be’s in the area wanting hand-lettered items. When someone tapes one of her hand-lettered quotes with a hole shot through it on her shop door, Jamie has an idea as to who the culprit is. She confronts local stationery shop owner Earleen at a popular breakfast spot, but she professes her innocence. If that isn’t bad enough, Earleen is found dead the next morning on Jamie’s front doorstep makin ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
This was a mystery that started off slowly but gradually gained momentum until the final showdown!

At first I wasn't sure about this book, but as Jamie has more coffee to kick start her day this also kick started, what started as an annoyance (Earleen trying to stop her business) gets worse with one of her limited edition hand lettered quotes shot and pinned to the door.  Jamie hadn't had enough coffee when she saw Earleen and managed to get into an argument with her, that should have been the en
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Krystyna
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hiding in plain sight,

A really great start to a new series. Loved the fact that there is obviously a lot of research behind this book and the plot is nice and tight with a list of suspects that keeps growing the more you find out. This is one of the rare books were the killer caught me by surprise. Terrific! Plus the characters are down to earth and lend credibility to the plot.
A poster full of BB holes, an argument in the bakery (she really needs her caffeine to function) and the discovery of a
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Cassidy
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable light mystery about a small-town business owner specializing in hand printing who takes on the role of amateur sleuth to prove she didn't commit murder. The victim, Earleen, is the type of person everyone loves to hate. Lots of people, including Jamie's friends and neighbors, have a motive for wanting her gone. That doesn't stop many of the townsfolk from pointing a finger in Jamie's direction.
The story moved along at a nice pace, with enough suspense to keep the pages turning -thou
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Molly
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie verbally tangled with Earlene, a childhood nemesis who just cannot seem to let go of past perceived slights. Of course she was upset seeing a copy of her work with bullet holes. Earlene and her nephews with their new BB guns were likely culprits.

Tripping over Earlene the next day was not on the Must Do list for Jamie the next day.

Intriguing small town / related families, friends and exes mystery.

I got an advance copy from Booksprout.

I read the book on Kindle Unlimited. I have read most
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Claudia
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie Lang makes a living by lettering in her small shop. When she finds one of her pieces of lettering seemingly used as target practice for shooting, she believes it to be done by her arch enemy since school days, Earleen, . But then Earleen is found dead on Jamie's front lawn Now Jamie has to prove to people that she is not a murderer.
A nice small-town cozy with a touch of romance. Entertaining and well-written.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a re
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Mary
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery. It had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing who did the dirty deed. The setting and secondary characters are very realistic. The main characters were extremely relatable and fun. I love the fact that there is a map in the front so you can see where this town is in relationship to Seattle. I look forward to spending more time in Cedar Valley, WA with the residents. I definitely recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntar
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JodiandDan Sands-Sweet
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You’ll be sorry, I’ll make you pay for what you did, I could kill you, you’re dead! All things not to say where there are witnesses, especially when the person you’re saying it to ends up dead. Yeah, real bummer, cause then you’re the number one suspect. Time to do some detective work to find the real killer and not get caught or killed your self.
The characters are fun, the hint of romance, but not too much, and some good lol moments. I like some of the snarky sarcasm too. Sarcasm can be so muc
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Tisha
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A terrific Book! Who Shot the Serif was a fun, easy-to-read cozy mystery. After finding the body of a woman who has antagonized her, James becomes a suspect. It doesn't help that the body is found in her front yard. As her business begins to slide, James decides she has to solve the crime. Her friendship with the sheriff provides another layer to the story. All of the characters are unique and
believable. The town seems like a great place to live. I really enjoyed the book and cannot wait to
read
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Gisela Crossley-zels
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great mystery by Jessa Archer. I love the easy and relaxed way her writing comes across. The mystery itself is intriguing and Jamie (the main character) is endearing. Even though the book has a main character, the author (Jessa Archer) gives enough room for the group of other characters so that there is always one you'll like more and one that you might like less. This book is within a series of mystery books starring Jamie, but you'll get enough information so to not have to read the ot ...more
Dorothy  Scott
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tacked to her door is one of Jamie’s hand lettered quotes that is full of bullet holes. A confrontation with her nemesis, a body at her doorstep, and nasty rumors lead to Jamie’s being at the top of the suspect list. With her business in jeopardy, Jamie must rely on her wits and her loyal friends to help her survive. Jess’s Archer has created characters that come alive, plot twists, and suspects who are friends and neighbors. I recommend Who Shot The Serif and the other novels by this author.

I r
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Kristi
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessa Archer does a fantastic job with her writing in that she will grab your attention, hold it til the end of the book and leave you wanting more of her work. This book did not disappoint! An entertaining read for sure making it an even better book. No spoilers here, just know you won't be disappointed reading Jessa's work.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Carol
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, first-reads
Received a Kindle copy as a GoodReads giveaway. It's a fast read and a pretty light cozy, lots of humor. The story, characters and setting were decent. There were a bunch of typos in the Kindle edition that actually made it hard to read in some spots - "bill" instead of "kill" appears several times and was rather confusing until I figured it out. I might read the next book in the series.
Jacqueline
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessa Archer's cozy mysteries are quickly becoming my favorite quick reads! Who Shot the Serif? is no exception!! This book is witty and fun. It is a fast read that makes me wish it was much longer. Can't wait for the next one!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Pat Eroh
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story with lots of mystery - twists and turns to keep me guessing. I love the characters of this story and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Darcy Bronersky
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest I didn't read the book because I can't seem to find it. I will say this Jessica Archer is a great author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Pam
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read! It kept me guessing till the end. Loving the characters and the town. A great start to a new series!
Abby Pechin
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful cozy mystery! I had no idea who the culprit was.
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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. ...more

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