Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

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by Amanda Flower
     
 

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From Amanda Flower—who writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the

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From Amanda Flower—who writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you...

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good...

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“In her page-turning style, Flower builds effective suspense.”—Booklist
Library Journal
04/01/2016
Violet Waverly drives through the night from Chicago to reach her ailing grandmother in the tiny town of Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls, NY. Grandma Daisy, who is actually fit as a fiddle, wants Violet to assume her responsibilities as caretaker of her magical bookstore, Charming Books. Violet has no intention of staying, but then her grandmother is suspected in the murder of Benedict Raisin, whose corpse was found with a title from her shop. Of course, two handsome men—the police chief and the mayor—vying for Violet's attention has no influence on her decision. VERDICT Flower, who also writes the "Amish Quilt Shop" stories as Isabella Allen, launches a delightful new cozy series populated with fun and quirky characters. This first adventure promises pleasures to come and is sure to please devotees of Victoria Laurie, Shirley Damsgaard, or E.J. Copperman.

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ISBN-13:
9780451477446
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
A Magical Bookshop Mystery Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
52,552
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Amanda Flower is an Agatha Award-nominated author. She also writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, including Murder, Simply Served and Murder, Simply Stitched under the name Isabella Alan.

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Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's got all the best things in a cozy...an intriguing main character with a clouded past, just enough romance to keep you hoping for her and the mystery keeps you guessing to the end and then wanting more. Can't wait for the next one!
PammieJo-CozyQueen More than 1 year ago
Violet Waverly receives an urgent summons from her Grandmother to come home to Cascade Falls, NY immediately. When she left 12 years earlier, Violet had vowed never to return. As Grandma Daisy is her only family, she races from Chicago back to her old hometown to find nothing wrong & her grandmother the picture of health. Grandma Daisy, it seems, has been keeping a secret about their family & the bookshop that's been in their family for generations. Before Grandma Daisy can explain, however, they both become involved in a murder & Violet is forced to stay in town. This is the first book in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower. I had a hard time putting this book down & read it in 2 sittings. It has all of my favorite elements: cozy mystery, small town, likable main characters-one of which is elderly & adorable, pets & magic. There was no way I was going to pass on reading this series. The magical element isn't overdone & quite original for a cozy. Halfway through the book I already knew I'd be reading the next one. This was an excellent beginning to what I hope is a long-running series. **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & comments included in this review are entirely my own.
MarshaMysteryReader More than 1 year ago
Set in Cascade Springs, NY, the story opens with Violet hurrying back to her hometown, due to a phone call from her grandmother saying she was ill and needed her. This is Violet's first time back in twelve years. Once there, she is greeted by her healthy grandmother with a live birch tree in the middle of Charming Books, her grandmother's bookstore, and the bookstore's resident talking crow, Faulkner. Realizing she had been tricked into returning to the village, Violet is ready to head back to Chicago the next day and return to school to finish her dissertation. However, the magic books in her grandmother's store have other plans for Violet. The following morning, the body of her grandmother's boyfriend, Benedict, is found in their driveway. His death had been predicted in a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson the day before. All leads point to Grandma Daisy. From then on, spunky Violet is on a mission to clear her grandmother. When the books start giving her clues through the poetry of Emily Dickinson, she is hesitant, but gives in to their clues and heads out on her journey. Although I was a bit skeptical about the idea of a magical bookshop when receiving this book for review, Flower does not disappoint readers with her knack for mystery, humor, and a touch of romance. Flower's village she has created in this world feels so authentic, I found myself drawn into the story from the start. Needless to stay, I am ready to visit Charming Books. Overall, this is a great cozy mystery and keeps you guessing to the end. I look forward to Flower's next books in this series, so I can once again return to Charming Books and see what Violet gets into next. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower is a Magical Bookshop mystery, and the first in a new series. Set in scenic Cascade Springs, New York, this well-written story immediately draws the reader in with plenty of likable, and some not so likable, characters. When Violet Waverly returns home from Chicago to visit her grandmother Daisy, proprietress of Charming Books (the aforementioned Magical Bookshop), she encounters Faulkner, the bookshop's resident crow, the Red Inkers the (local writers group), old friends and boyfriends, new friends, American history, and of course a murder. I enjoyed this story very much, and am glad that it's the first in a series, because I'm looking forward to returning to Cascade Falls in the future. I did receive this book from the author for an honest review, which I have given, and I highly recommend it. It's a quick, light cozy mystery, and it kept me guessing - which I enjoy while reading! A+
prussblue10 7 months ago
My wife convinced me to read this cozy mystery title. I am glad that she did. It is good writing and an engaging story line. As a 'first is series,' it is great! I hope that the author writes #2 soon.
SunnyCarolinaGirl 7 months ago
I loved Charming Books, where the perfect book picks you, and Violet and Grandma Daisy. The small town setting with small shops and restaurants, horse-drawn carriages to give visitors tours of the town and lamp posts as street lights, sound like a place I would love to visit. I am looking forward to what happens next in Cascade Springs!
Carstairs38 8 months ago
New Series Off to a Poetic Start This has turned into a month of first in series. That wasn’t my goal, and I’ve got plenty of in progress series I should be working on, but there were too many new series I was dying to try. The latest of these is Crime and Poetry, the first in the Magical Bookshop series. I was planning to pass it by, but I’d heard so many good things about it, I had to pick it up. When Violet Waverly gets the word that her grandma Daisy is sick, she rushes to Cascade Springs, New York, to be by her side. Only when she arrives, she learns that Daisy is in perfect health. Daisy really wanted Violet to visit so she could reveal some family secrets involving the bookstore and the role Daisy needs to take on. Violet has no desire to move back to Cascade Springs, however. She left the town twelve years ago and plans to head back to Chicago the next morning. Only when she gets up the next morning, she finds Benedict Raisin dead in her grandmother’s driveway. Benedict and Daisy had been dating, and Benedict is found strangled with one of Daisy’s scarves. Violet can’t leave with a cloud of suspicion hanging over Daisy’s head, so she starts looking into the crime, getting help from a most unexpected source. Can she interpret the clues she is getting to find the killer? Since I usually avoid the paranormal, I was going to skip this series since it is the Magical Bookshop series. (And yes, I’ve now spoiled a couple of things I left vague in my plot teaser.) However, I actually find the idea of a bookstore where the books choose you to be quite fun. Yes, the bookstore also plays a part in solving the crime, but it fits in with the world that author Amanda Flower has created, and it’s a minor part of the mystery. The majority of the mystery still involves Violet talking to suspects and weighing what she learns against the other clues she is getting. There is a lot going on in this small town, and that keeps us guessing who the killer is until the end. I thought I had it figured out about half way through, but it turned out I was wrong. Because Violet grew up in Cascade Springs, she has a history with some of the people there, a history that plays out over the course of the book without slowing things down. Instead, it gives her a bit of depth that I enjoyed. There are plenty of characters that we are meeting for the first time right along with Violet, and I really liked them as well. I can see this group of characters becoming friends in a hurry. The fictitious village of Cascade Springs is located a few miles upriver from Niagara Falls. Frankly, I found this location to add to the charm of the book. Maybe it’s because I’ve visited Niagara Falls a couple of times so I could picture the area, but I felt right at home in this touristy town. While the book had some needed set up, especially with the bookstore, I did feel this slowed down the story at times. Likewise, there is Violet’s conflict over her plans to leave versus the desire to stay she is denying. We all know how that will end since this is the first in a series. Overall, these were minor issues to me, however. Unlike some series I’ve started this month, this is a series I’m now up to date on since Crime and Poetry just came out in April. However, I’m looking forward to revisiting these characters as soon as the sequel finds its way into my hands. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in hopes that I would review it.
SherylHendrix 8 months ago
Can't wait to see what happens when Violet Waverly ends up fulfilling her grandmother's wish that she take over as caretaker of the family bookshop business - a business that Violet neither wants nor understands as the books jump off the shelves on their own to make themselves available to customers. Emily Dickinson proves critical to the unraveling of this first mysterious death, but knowing Amanda Flower there will be other mysterious deaths to untangle in the upcoming series. A good read - very enjoyable.
Muttcafe 9 months ago
Cascade Springs is the last place Violet wants to be, but a frantic call from her grandmother prompts her to drop everything and come.  Much to her surprise, her grandmother is well.  Violet plans to leave immediately, but those plans are put on hold when Grandma Daisy's beau is found dead - strangled by a scarf belonging to her grandmother and clutching a book of poetry he bought the day before. Past experience has taught Violet that the Cascade Springs police cannot be trusted, so when her grandmother becomes the prime suspect, Violet starts her own investigation aided by Emerson, an adorable tuxedo cat and the bookshop itself.  Books literally fly off the shelves providing important but cryptic clues. As the novel progresses it becomes easy to understand Violet's anger and resentment towards the Cascade Springs community.  At the same time, her love and dedication to her grandmother shines clearly.  Emerson is a charming fellow with an excellent sense of timing, as well as an adorable willingness to accompany Violet on her investigative forays.   Unlike many cozies, Crime and Poetry is light on humor, focusing more on the mystery aspect.  The one difficulty I had was that most of the characters apart from Violet, her Grandmother Daisy, the local police chief/love interest and a few friends were difficult to like.  Of course it did make for a plethora of suspects.  It goes without saying that I adored Emerson. (Who wouldn't love a cat who is happy to ride in a bike basket) The use of literary references as clues is a nice touch. There is a magical aspect, but don't expect a typical paranormal mystery when you read Crime and Poetry.  The novel appeals to a more general cozy audience.  Personally I am looking forward to seeing where Amanda Flower takes Violet and Emerson in her next magical bookshop mystery.  Pick up your copy of Crime and Poetry before it flies off the shelves. 4/5 I received a copy of Crime and Poetry from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Anonymous 9 months ago
You will love it. I can't wait for the next book.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
How fun would it be to have a book pick you in a bookstore rather than the other way around. That’s what can happen in the magical store, Charming Books, in author Amanda Flower’s new release, CRIME AND POETRY. The first installment in Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, features feisty protagonist Violet Waverly. After a 12-year absence, Violet rushes home to Cascade Springs to be with her dying grandmother Daisy. Only when she arrives, Violet finds Daisy in good health having used the dying ruse only to get her to come home. Daisy wants her to take over the bookstore. Determined not to stay but overnight, Violet soon finds her world upside down. Daisy’s gentleman friend, Benedict Raisin, is found dead in his carriage in Daisy’s driveway and now she’s the prime suspect. Seems Benedict recently changed his will leaving Daisy to inherit. It’ll take more than magical books to help Violet clear Daisy’s name. But then she has Faulkner the talking crow and a special tuxedo cat named Emerson to help her find the real killer. This is an enchanting story that quickly draws you in. The combination of family, friendship, a dash of romance, mystery and suspense holds your attention until the end. The quaint setting of Cascade Springs enhances the story. Flower has crafted likable characters and added a hint of magic to make an entertaining tale. The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. CRIME AND POETRY is a delightful beginning to what promises to be a tantalizing new series for cozy mystery readers. Charming characters, lovely setting and a murder mystery to keep you guessing … this book has it all. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a captivating entry to a great new series CRIME AND POETRY By Amanda Flower The First Magical Bookshop Mystery Violet Waverly rushes back to Cascade Springs, NY, a place she vowed never to return, to see her dying grandmother. She discovers, however, a talking bird flying around the family bookshop and a perfectly healthy Grandma Daisy! Violet also learns that her grandma has been keeping things from her including a boyfriend and the fact that the bookshop actually has magical properties granted by the famous spring water. Although Violet wants to flee town as soon as possible, Grandma Daisy declares that Violet needs to take over as Caretaker. Before Violet can even imagine what that means, yet alone entails, she finds a dead body, as she did prompting her previous flight from town. When her Grandma is named a suspect, Violet knows she can't leave town, at least not yet! Amanda Flower moves out of Ohio in her most recent mystery series and comes to Western New York. She brings something else new too-magic! While prior series involve the Amish and a living history museum this time she's devised a magical bookshop. While the outside world remains mostly mundane, the bookshop required a Caretaker who cares for the birch tree growing inside the building and is given information in the form of books. At Charming Books the books chose their reader. In CRIME AND POETRY Flower creates a delightful new world. A charming town in WNY, a Chief of Police who is both attractive and attentive, fun and spunky animals with minds of their own (Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow), as well as a magical bookstore combine to make a captivating entry to a great new series. As a Western New Yorker myself I love reading books set in my area and am so pleased to see a main character who is part of the Seneca Nation. Flower is off to a great start in her new series. She crafts a solid mystery with choices from the past coloring the present. Violet is an engaging protagonist. As an academic she has an analytical mind, yet her field of study, Transcendental Literature, requires the artistic and creative side. She's therefore able to appreciate the otherworldly, even if it takes a while to acknowledge it. These facets also produce a great detective. Violet will prove more than capable to solve mysteries that come her way. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
L_Cejka More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win a contest and get an advance copy of this book. When it came in the mail, I sat down to read the first chapter or two. A few hours later, I came up for air. I can't believe I read the first 183 pages in one sitting, the afternoon it came in the mail. The only thing that kept me reading straight through was the hungry grumblings of my family. As it was, I finished the book in less than 24 hours. I don't want to spoil any of the book for you, but the town is magical. No, really magic! Not just the magic that comes with a fantastic book, but the town itself has magical qualities. The people, the cats, the trees, the bookstore, and especially the spring that gives Cascade Springs its name. There is a lovable heroine, a spry grandmother, a cat, a crow, love interests, and lots of suspects. I'm usually pretty good at picking the culprit, but this one had me guessing up to the very end. If you're considering this book, please pick it up. It is one of the best cozies that I've read in a long time.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
If you like your cozy mysteries with a side of magic and humor then Crime and Poetry is the book for you. Amanda Flower and her dynamic duo team of "editors" have penned a well-written mystery that will have you laughing as you keep wondering "whodunit". I enjoy Amanda Flower's quirky sense of humor and love how it comes through in her characters. Some of the things that happen to these people will have you laughing out loud and thinking how it could happen to you at the same time. Violet was easy to relate to in this book as was her skepticism of magical books. Grandma Daisy was a hoot and Sadie was charming making them booth instantly likable. My favorite character in the book was Emerson. When he pops out of the bicycle basket I laughed out loud. One of my favorite scenes in the book! The storyline was great and the pace of the book was steady. I was kept guessing until the end as to who the murderer was. I must say I was shocked when I found out. I really liked the fact that I was kept guessing the entire book but found plenty of things to laugh at. This book is the perfect combination of comedy and mystery. If you are looking for a mystery that is tons of fun to read pick up a copy of Crime and Poetry. You won't be disappointed! I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A wonderful start to a new series. Twelve years ago, Violet Waverly left Cascade Springs, New York and swore she would never return. She would have stayed true to her word if her grandmother hadn’t called her pretending to be on her deathbed. Rushing to Cascade Springs from Chicago, Violet not only discovers her grandmother isn’t knocking on death’s door but also has a couple of secrets: 1) Grandma Daisy’s bookstore Charming Books has a resident crow named Faulkner, 2) Grandma has a boyfriend Violet never knew about, 3) Charming Books is magical (the books within literally pick the person who is to read them), and 4) the women in the Waverly family have the ability to have the books speak to them. Violet is all set to return to her life in Chicago when she discovers the body of Benedict Raisin, Grandma Daisy’s boyfriend, in the driveway of their house. Daisy is the number one suspect according to the police, with the charge being lead by Benedict’s estranged daughter and an overzealous police officer. Not wanting her grandmother to be railroaded, Violet stays in town and vows to catch the killer. As Violet and the police investigate, the list of potential suspects starts to grow. It seems Benedict wasn’t always the kind, upstanding man Violet thought he was. Not only is Violet investigating the murder with the help of the books and Benedict’s cat Emerson (who may or may not be magical himself), she’s also dealing with the attention of three men, and a surprise job offer. But she’s getting too close and her life gets put in jeopardy on more than one occasion. Crime & Poetry is the first book in Amanda Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I have to say the series is off to a wonderful start. The setting of a small quaint town is perfect. The characters are all wonderful. I like the potential of a romantic interest or two. I’m hoping for a certain tall dark handsome man in uniform. The mystery and misdirects are great. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.** Rating: 4.5
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Crime And Poetry is the first book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. A very interesting and fun new series from Amanda Flower. Violet Waverly has made an emergency trip back to Cascade Springs after recently receiving from her Grandma Daisy saying her death was imminent. But when she arrives her grandma appears to be in good health. Violet threatens to leave the next morning, but spends the at grandma bookstore, Charming Books. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver, comes to look for a book, one mysteriously flies off the shelf and falls at his feet. Later, when Violet asks about this, Daisy just replies that the books select a reader. When Violet gets up the next morning, she looks outside to see a horse and carriage in her grandma's drive and Raisin in the driving seat. Violet goes out to say hello to him, but soon finds that he is dead. As the police begin to investigate, Daisy becomes a person of interest, as she will inherit all of his possessions. And when his estranged daughter, she claims that Daisy killed him to inherit his estate. Much to Violet's chagrin, she finds out that Nathan Morton is the mayor and who is the cause that she left Cascade Springs twelve years before, is now the mayor. She is sure that he cannot be trusted to give her any help getting her grandmothers name cleared. Violet soon learns that Raisin had a shady past and it sure that is why he has been killed. Daisy soon tells Violet that the reason she wanted Violet is back is so that Violet can take over Charmed Books, as it's a magical type of bookstore that can only be passed on to family The book has a wonderful cast of characters from the police chief David Rainwater, who is somewhat sympathetic to Violet, to Sadie who has a boutique across the street from Charmed Books, and to Lacy and Adrien Dupont who own La Crepe Jolie. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this delightful new series.
Servedogmom More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry is the debut book in Magical Bookshop series penned by Agatha Award-nominated author, Amanda Flower, who is renowned for writing an Amish Mystery series as Isabella Allan. I typically have very ambivalent feelings related to cozy mysteries featuring magic or the supernatural as some have been superbly written and others have been anything but. In Crime and Poetry Amanda Flowers delivers one on the superb end of the scale, truly amazing! Poetry of Emily Dickinson is interspersed throughout the book in the provide hints to solving the mystery. Although not in the book, I believe this one summarizes it nicely. “Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.” ― Emily Dickinson. The protagonist, Violet Waverly, hurries home to Cascade Springs, New York, after departing 12 years ago, when Daisy, her grandmother, calls and says she is dying. When Violet arrives she finds Grandma Daisy working and quite well. Grandma Daisy informs Violet that she is to be the new "caretaker" of the bookstore, a Magical bookstore, where the books choose the person. We meet Emerson, a very special tuxedo cat and Faulkner a hilarious crow who loves to talk and learn a large tree is growing through the house and the stream flows with special water. Violet is in for many surprises. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver who is also Daisy’s boyfriend, dies mysteriously, Daisy is the prime suspect. Violet must to open her mind letting the books speak to her as she works to solve this mystery before it's too late. Violet also encounters her ex-boyfriend, Nathan, now the Mayor, his brother and a handsome Native American police chief. I’m looking forward to the next book in this enchanting series. I need to know if Violet accepted her calling or returned to Chicago. Two parting quotes from Emily Dickinson that fit perfectly in summarizing this enchanted book. “—Magicians be asleep —But Magic — hath an Element Like Deity — to keep —" and “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ~ Emily Dickinson. This book has a magical, strong story line, outstanding quirky characters, dual romantic interests, a complex mystery, puzzling clues, suspense, and humor. I cannot wait to see what the next book holds. I’d suggest readers pick up a copy of this book so one doesn’t fly off of the shelf and hit you! Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this review are my own.
afbaugh More than 1 year ago
An amazing start to this new series. Crime and Poetry introduces you to a magical setting of Cascade Springs, New York and a charming cast of characters that inhabit this village. Violet and Daisy draw you into their bookstore and their lives as they navigate a murder investigation while trying to heal wounds of loss. I cannot wait for the next installment.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry is the first book in the in Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower. I usually have lower expectations for the first book in a series, but that wasn't necessary for this book. The story wasn't bogged down with setting the scene or introducing characters. It flowed smoothly from the very beginning. How can you not love a bookstore where the books choose you and you have a cat and bird helping out? The cast of characters is interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing them in the next book. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
This series is on the path to excellence! This is the first book in this brand new series, and it was great. Sometimes first books can have a hard to follow beginning because they have to establish so much in so little time. But not this book. It dove right in, and after page number one I new I was going to love this book. I think my favorite character was Grandma Daisy. She was quirky and loveable. Faulkner, the talking crow, was a close second. All of the charaters were great. I love the magic book shop theme. It sounds a little tricky though right? How do books talk? Is that going to be believable? Well it is! The books don't actually talk, they give the caretaker signs and clues. ( I am not going to elaborate on the caretaker because I don't want to give anything away.) As far as the customers go, the books choose them. It sounds a little confusing, but I promise you it's not. The mystery was great. There are many twists and turns. And justwhen you think you have it figured out there is another fork in the road. Violet ( the main character) has two love interests. Her old highschool boyfriend Nate. Or the Chief of Police David Rainwater. If I had to pick onewhich one she should end up with. I would pick Chief Rainwater. No doubt about it. This is a great, magical book!
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this new series! Amanda Flower has outdone herself with this amazing, magical town of Cascade Springs. I couldn't put it down. You will love each and every character in this book, they are quirky and fun. In this first book Violet receives a scary call from her grandma Daisy that she is dying. Of course Violet drops everything in Chicago to rush to her grandma's side. She has been away from Cascade Springs for 12 years and had no intention of ever coming back. When Violet arrives she is shocked but happy to see that her grandma is in perfect health. She only said that she was dying to get Violet to come back home to take her place as caretaker to Charming Books. Not only is she told this she is told that the books will talk to her and guide her with everything she will need. Vi doesn't know what to think at this point! She's not sure if she should call a Dr and have her grandma committed or what??? Vi is just not buying the whole talking book thing. But when one of Daisy's friends ends up murdered in front of the bookstore she becomes the prime suspect. Vi vows to stay and clear her grandma. Will Vi be able to clear Daisy of murder and believe in magic at the same time? Or will her past come back to haunt her and block everything? There are tons of twists and turns in this new series as well as some great animals. I love Faulkner the crow and of course Emerson the adorable tuxedo cat. I believe that every magical bookstore should have a cat. If it's murder, mystery, suspense, and magic you are looking for you don't want to miss this new series. I can't wait for it to continue.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a delight. Even though it is the first in a new series, the characters are well established, and the location, Cascade Springs, New York, is the perfect small town -- well except for the murder. I love the idea of a book store where the books choose you and even help you at times, and the resident pet, a talking crow named Faulkner, just adds to the atmosphere. There is also a wonderful tuxedo cat named Emerson who may have a little magic as well. Violet is a wonderful protagonist who is having to deal not only with her past in Cascade Springs, but also a potential future in a town she had sworn never to come back to. I know you will be as enchanted as I was when I read this book. I received a copy of this book for a truthful and honest review.
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry a Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower is a great new series. I just loved the book and would love to sit in the Charming Bookshop and enjoy the atmosphere while reading. Violet hurries back to Cascade Springs, her hometown she swore she would never return to, thinking her Grandma Daisy is ill. When she arrives though she finds Grandma is not sick at all but just wanted Violet to come home and stay to take over the bookshop as its caretaker.Violet is shocked when her Grandma explains about the mystical shop, the tree, and how the books gives the caretaker messages and now Violet is suppose to be the new caretaker and the books will talk to her. Wow she has trouble wrapping her head around all that Grandma tells her. Not just that but she is surprised to find how devious her Grandmother had been to get her to come back. She vows not to stay but that changes when Grandma Daisy's friend Benedict is found dead by Violet in his carriage in Grandma's driveway the next morning and Grandma seems to be the number 1 suspect. Violet has to overlook her past in Cascade Springs, the past that made her swear never to come back and help find who really killed Benedict and prove her Grandma innocent before she leaves. What is Violet to think and how can she prove Grandma is innocent before something happens to her or Grandma and soon so she can get back to her life in Chicago? This is an excellent surprising mystery with strong characters and plot. Violet is a smart, strong willed and independent woman which is always a plus in a mystery, Grandma Daisy is cunning, smart, loving and someone everyone loves. These are two women you would want to be friends with. I like that the Mystical bookshop is an important part to the plot. I could just curl up in a corner of that shop and live there. Who wouldn't want to have a shop that is mystical and the books give you messages what could be greater than that? You also have the good looking intelligent yet kind police chief, Chief Rainwater as well as many suspects. I can not say it enough I loved this book. One of my favorite lines is when Grandma is explaining to Violet about the history and mystery of the bookshop and that she now is its caretaker, "You are the Caretaker. You are to care for the tree and shop now. The books will speak to you now." pg 64 also "Not everything in this world makes sense, you only need to believe it. You are the next Caretaker." pg 64 If you enjoy a good mystery that keeps you guessing with a surprise or two, strong characters, add in a mystical bookshop then don't miss this one. Amanda Flower has another hit with this one. If you want to know more about Amanda Flower and her books check out her site: http://www.amandaflower.com If you want to buy her book go to http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Poetry-Magical-Bookshop-Mystery/dp/0451477448/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448408749&sr=8-1&keywords=crime+and+poetry http://www.christianbook.com/1-crime-and-poetry/amanda-flower/9780451477446/pd/477443?event=ESRCG I won and received this book for my honest opinion and review. Until Next Time: GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA, SOME CHOCOLATE, A GOOD BOOK AND KEEP ON READING!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A very good start to an enchanting new para-cozy series. I was very intrigued when I first heard about CRIME AND POETRY. I already know author Amanda Flower is a marvelous writer, but I was curious to see how she handled a cozy with a paranormal element. She did so most admirably. The premise of a magical bookstore where the book picks the reader is a fascinating one. While interesting to read about, I think I’ll stick with bookstores where I chose the book, not the other way around. I dread thinking what book would pick me! ;-) This first in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries is a well thought out story, with many plot elements, and a diverse, and entertaining group of characters. I was a bit bummed by the fact that a character I feel sure I would have adored turned out to be author Flower’s first victim. Yet it urged me to become even more invested in the story, and to see the killer brought to justice. Cozy fans, especially those who enjoy a paranormal twist, are going to want to add CRIME AND POETRY to your TBRs. And fans of Flower aka Isabella Alan are certainly in for a magical read. Make sure to keep reading after the story for a sneak peek of MURDER, HANDCRAFTED, the newest in the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries by Amanda Flower writing as Isabella Alan!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I always look for a few things when choosing a cozy mystery to read. The cover must be vibrant and eye catching, the general description should be quirky enough to grab my attention and if it involves books and magic, I'm sold. The new series by Amanda Flower has everything I look for, plus some! In this first of a new series, Violet receives a phone call from Daisy, her grandmother. Violet must return home, her grandmother needs her immediately. Fearful that Daisy is in poor health, Violet rushes to her side, only to find Daisy feeling just fine. According to Daisy, it is time for Violet to return home and take her rightful place as Caretaker. This involves letting the books speak to her, something Violet just doesn't find to be true. When a mysterious death takes place, Daisy is the prime suspect and it is up to Violet to open her eyes and her mind and solve this mystery before it's too late. I am so excited to read more in this excellent new series by Amanda Flower. This book will quench the thirst of all avid cozy mystery readers. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.