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Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop Series #2)

Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop Series #2)

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by Amanda Flower

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Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...
In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting...


Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...
In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting...
October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the shop’s back garden to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.
Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore...

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"An enchanting tale of mystery, magical books, and endearing characters. Prepare to be charmed."—Heather Blake, national bestselling author of The Witch and the Dead

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Magical Bookshop Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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Prose and Cons 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadYourWrites 5 hours ago
4.5 Stars October finds Violet Waverly still trying to learn how to be a “caretaker” for her family’s bookshop, Charming Books, and the secrets found within. It’s also time for the annual Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival. This year, Charming Books is going to put on a Poe-try Reading, featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe. To help with the readings, Grandma Daisy has enlisted the help of the Red Inkers, a group of aspiring writers who meet at Charming Books. To make the reading even more authentic, Violet’s friend Sadie Cunningham picks out vintage outfits for everyone to wear. As the festival and reading kicks off, Violet finds Red Inkers member Anastasia Faber dead at the bottom of the stairs leading from her apartment into Charming Books. What looks like a tragic accident turns out to be murder. All clues and evidence point to Sadie. But even Police Chief David Rainwater doesn’t believe Sadie is a killer. Anastasia was a very difficult woman to get along with and she rubbed everyone the wrong way, but who would want to kill her and why? Violet refuses to let Sadie get framed for a crime she didn’t comment. The bookstore becomes insistent that Violet read a couple of books, but will she figure out what the shop wants her to know before it’s too late? Amanda Flower has once again done a fantastic job of telling a story. She takes Violet down a path of discovery, both with the mystery and personally. She’s written a standalone read, but at the same time has given readers of Crime and Poetry more information on the characters. I love the paranormal aspect of the story, with the magical bookshop and all knowing Faulkner the crow and Emerson the cat. Chief Rainwater seems to see more than he lets on. I would definitely love to see things heat up between him and Violet. I’m hoping this series continues because I can’t wait to see where Amanda takes readers and these characters next. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
Anonymous 10 days ago
This is the second book that I have read by Amanda Flowers. I enjoyed this book as I did the first one. I love the book store with a crow & cat and wished I owned it.
MasonCanyon 3 months ago
A warm, inviting feeling is created throughout the pages of a Magical Bookshop Mystery by author Amanda Flower. The setting of a bookstore is welcoming enough but the author enhances the feel even more with a touch of magic. The whimsical elements of a special tree in the middle of the store, books that select the reader, a crow that can quote Poe, and a helpful cat make it a place most readers would love to spend time in. The author has added well-developed, quirky characters to draw readers in even further. The characters are likable and will have you laughing out loud as they also touch your heart. Blending a murder, mystery, and suspense makes a well-balanced story that will keep you on your toes. Add in a touch of romance and the loyalty of friendship makes this an entertaining read. The pace is steady and easy to follow. PROSE AND CONS can be read on its own. A charming and intriguing mystery you won’t be able to put down. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
SherylHendrix 3 months ago
Enjoyed this second in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series about the quirky characters (both animate and inanimate) that inhabit the little town of Cascade Springs, New York, near Niagara Falls. Violet Waverly and her eccentric grandmother Daisy run Charming Books, something of a character in its own right since the books fly off the shelves to select the person who should own them. Emerson the cat, and Faulkner the crow add another dimension to the story with antics that are not only pleasant asides, but fit seamlessly into the story line and mystery murder that needs solving in each book. Add an old boyfriend, now town mayor, a new potential love interest in the handsome chief of police whose native American heritage plays into the story, and a few quirky friends, and you have a tale that is sure to charm cozy mystery fans of all ages.
Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s all about Poe at Charming Books. To draw visitors to the bookstore during the Food and Wine Festival, the Red Inkers decide to do readings by the famous writer of mystery and the macabre. But one of the Inkers will be missing her reading. Violet finds her body at the foot of the stairs and her death was no accident. Using the bookstore’s charms with assists from her cat, Emerson and the shop’s mascot crow, Faulkner, Violet finds herself searching for the killer. We return to Cascade Springs and Charming Books in this 2nd installment of the Magical Bookstore Mysteries, where the perfect book finds you and you find Violet Waverly, her grandma, Daisy, and a tuxedo cat named Emerson and what I picture to be a huge crow named Faulkner. Amanda Flower has created some wonderful characters here. Yes, I am including this unusual bookstore in my list as characters because it truly has a life all it’s own. Still I would classify this mystery as paranormal light. There are no ghosts or witches but the setting itself is magical along with maybe a familiar or two. From the tree growing inside it to the books on the shelves it is a very interesting place. Violet is still trying to understand what is means to be the caretaker of the store with her grandmother by her side. The author has also crafted a entertaining mystery set in this magical place. One with many turns led by clues found in the shop but that take some critical thinking on Violet’s part to decipher. Emerson uses his special talents to help her make a crucial discovery. I liked that she was sharing her findings with the handsome police chief even though that upsets her old boyfriend, the mayor. Romantic tension is always good. Ms. Flower has given readers a very imaginative story with some enchanting and colorful characters. I really hope this series is allowed to continue because there is so much more here for the author to build on. I am excited to visit Cascade Springs again.
Carstairs38 4 months ago
Charming Sequel Book I am in love with Charming Books, a book store where the proper book chooses you. I mean, that is every reader’s dream, right? To pick up a book and know you’ll love it. That’s why I was so glad to revisit the store in Prose and Cons. Charming Books is run by Violet Waverly and her grandmother Daisy. The duo are always looking for ways to draw more people into the store, and they think they’ve hit on a great idea. During the town’s annual Food and Wine Festival, held in mid-October every year, they will host a Poe-try reading. They’ve asked the Red Inkers, a critic group that meets in the shop, to dress up in costumes and do readings from the work of Edgar Allan Poe. And judging from the size of the crowd, they’ve hit upon a winner of an idea. However, one of the Red Inkers is missing. Violet sent Anastasia to change into her costume right before the event started, and when Violet goes to check on her, she finds Anastasia dead at the bottom of the shop’s steep back stairs. But tragic accident soon begins to look like murder, with the police focusing on Sadie, Violet’s friend who provided the costumes. Violet knows that Sadie couldn’t have done it, but unfortunately, all the evidence points to her. Anastasia wasn’t a nice person, so there have to be other people with motive to kill her. Can Violet find these other suspects and figure out which one actually did kill her? Of course, Poe is a reoccurring theme in the book as the shop keeps trying to give Violet clues based his works. I am sadly unfamiliar with the inventor of the detective genre, but anything we need to know based on these stories is explained to us. So don’t let that keep you from jumping into the book. The mystery is strong, with several viable suspects and motives. The author keeps us guessing until we reach the climax where everything falls into place for Violet and us. I do feel like the characters could be a little stronger. I felt that a couple did get some nice development here. On a whole, they are real enough for us to care about the outcome, but they are missing that pop that makes them seem real. Are you wondering where the magic that drives the bookshop comes from? This book hints at the answer, but it doesn’t explain everything like the first book does. If that part intrigues you, be sure to back up so you can see just how it all works. And yes, I really do wish I could visit this shop in person. There is a hint of a love triangle in the book, although I think it is obvious which direction Violet is going to go. (I did call it a hint, after all.) With how this book ended, I am quite curious to see how relationships develop. It’s rare I delve into the magic end of the cozy spectrum, but I’m glad I made the exception for this series. Pick up Prose and Cons today and be prepared to be charmed. NOTE: I received a copy of this book
KMorgan73 4 months ago
I love reading cozy mysteries by Amanda Flower. When I open the book I know I am in for an entertaining and fun read with a mystery that won't scare me senseless and have me sleeping with one eye open. Prose and Cons delivered in all areas. It was fun to return to Cascade Springs and visit Violet and Grandma Daisy again and stroll through Charming Books (where the perfect book picks you). I really wish this were a real bookstore because I would love to spend time looking at all the books and perhaps catch a glance of Faulkner and Emerson. Oh, and to see what book would be picked out for me would be so much fun! During this trip back to Cascade Springs a death is discovered inside the bookstore while outside there is a gathering for a Poe-try Reading. Violet is soon on the case much to the chagrin of Chief Rainwater, the local chief of police. Amanda Flower has once again written a story that will make readers smile, chuckle quietly, and sometimes just laugh out loud. Yes, I know the book is a cozy mystery but some of the situations Violet finds/gets herself into made me laugh out loud. I love the descriptions she uses. It is so easy to picture what is going on and soon you believe you are actually in the story. There are some of the quirky characters we met in the first book of this series and some new characters to meet and get to know in this book. As to the mystery part, well, I was kept guessing until the reveal and then was shocked at who it was. I had no idea! I must admit that along with being shocked I was a little sad when I found out who it was. But in typical Amanda Flower fashion, you can't dislike the killer too much. Amanda creates quirky characters you come to care about even when they do things they shouldn't. I can't wait to read the next installment in this series and hope there are several more books to follow. I enjoy these characters and the village of Cascade Springs. While you don't have to read the first book before you read this one I would recommend it so you get the entire backstory of the characters and the bookstore. Amanda Flower has once again made murder fun so grab this book and a cozy reading spot and enjoy your trip to Cascade Springs! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
Prose and Cons by Amanda Flowers is the second book in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. Violet Waverly is the new Caretaker and co-owner of Charming Books in Cascade Springs, New York. Violet’s grandmother, Daisy is her partner and is teaching her how to be the Caretaker. Violet and Grandma Daisy are getting ready for the Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival. They will be doing a Poe-try (reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe) with the speakers (the Red Inkers) in costume. On the day of the reading, things are going well. Violet goes searching for the next speaker, Anastasia Faber. Anastasia had asked to change in Violet’s apartment. Violet is not a fan of the fellow Red Inker (writing group that meets at Charming Books one night a week). Violet enters the kitchen and prepares to go up the backstairs but Anastasia is blocking the way. Anastasia is on the floor at the bottom of the narrow stairs (they used to be the servant’s stairs) and her body is at a weird (meaning very bad) angle. Violet quickly gets Police Chief David Rainwater (to whom Violet is attracted to). Anastasia was not well-liked in the village (that’s an understatement), because she was very rude and condescending. Unfortunately, Sadie had an incident with Anastasia the previous night which escalates her to the top of the suspect list. Violet will not let her friend get railroaded for a crime that she did not commit. Plus, Violet needs to clear the name of Charming Books (Anastasia did fall down their stairs). Violet sets out to find out more about Anastasia (she was very private). It turns out that Anastasia was hiding a big secret. She was also digging up dirt on the Red Inker members. The clues that Violet is receiving from the books are cryptic. Violet’s sleuthing skills are put to the test in Prose and Cons! Prose and Cons was a delightful and magical novel! I enjoyed every minute of it (and you know I rarely say this). I like the engaging (colorful and quirky) characters (including the pets), the beautiful setting, and the unique bookshop. Prose and Cons is the second books in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, but it can be read alone. Amanda Flower gives the reader all the information needed to enjoy the book (but I highly recommend reading Crime and Poetry). The novel is easy to read, well-written and has a good pace. The mystery is complex and utilizes an atypical method of killing. I give Prose and Cons 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). Prose and Cons will make you laugh and smile. I believe the killers identity will catch many readers by surprise. I especially liked the magical aspects of the book (the flying books). I certainly hope there will be many more books in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series.
chefdt 4 months ago
Prose and Cons is the second book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. Another entertaining visit with Violet and her grandmother Daisy at their bookstore, Charming Books, where your next book finds you. Cascade Springs is preparing for their annual Food and Wine festival and Violet is planning a Poe-try Reading at Charming. Violet has enlisted the help of the Red Inkers, a local writer’s critique group that meets at the bookstore, to help with the reading. Sadie, who owns a vintage clothing store plans to provide period clothes for everyone. As the reading are about to begin, the last member, Anastasia arrives and Violet offers her apartment to change into her costume. A few minutes later she hears a loud crash and finds Anastasia at the bottom of the staircase, dead. When the tests come back it has been determined that she died from a nicotine overdose and the nicotine had come from a bottle that Sadie used for her e-cigarettes. Sadie naturally becomes the prime suspect as the dress has never been out of her shop. Violet soon learns that Anastasia has been writing romance novels under pseudonym and wonders if this might have been a reason for someone to end her life. Most all of the enjoyable folks from Cascade Springs are back once again to help Violet with the investigation. Charming Book’s mascots, Faulkner, a crow, and Emerson, a cat, prove to be heroes in this book. I was completely surprised by who the murderer was. Definitely, will be watching for the next book in this enjoyable series.
LisaKsBooksReviews 4 months ago
Another charming story in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. A master at her craft, author Amanda Flower aka Isabella Alan has proven she can pen an outstanding mystery no matter the main topic. Be it a magical bookstore, the Amish, history, quilting, or middle school, it’s plain to see that this author does her research. Amanda Flower consistently brings readers a well written story that they’ll take with them long after they’ve read the last page. That certainly is true with PROSE AND CONS. This mysterious para-cozy had me under its spell from the beginning. I was so enthralled in the story that I lost all track of time. Eclectic characters, delightful pets, and a wonderful setting (both bookshop and town), PROSE AND CONS is an extremely entertaining tale that will leave readers satisfied yet anxiously awaiting the next installment. If you haven’t read a book by Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan, it is certainly time that you do!
CozyMysteryLover1 4 months ago
When I open a book written by Amanda Flower, I know I will be transported into a world full of surprises. Prose and Cons is the second book in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries. Set in the quaint town of Cascades Springs, NY, Violet and her grandma Daisy are busy running Charming Books, where you don't choose a book, the book chooses you. It's time for the annual Food & Wine festival and the local residents are looking forward to the abundance of tourists strolling the sidewalks and spending money in the wonderful shops. The Red Inkers, a local writing group who meet in Charming Books, are planning on doing Poe-try readings, featuring the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When Violet finds a member of the Red Inkers dead, she knows she has to work fast to solve the murder, the reputation of the book shop depends on it. When secrets become uncovered and shocking news hits the group, the suspect list grows long and Violet can only hope to come out of this unscathed. Ms. Flower has a wonderful imagination and her stories weave a tale full of magic and suspense. I am never disappointed when I read one of her books and Prose and Cons is a wonderful addition to the cozy mystery genre. Fans of a well written cozy, filled with magic and colorful characters will find Prose and Cons a delightful read.
Kuzlin 4 months ago
This is the second book in the Magical Bookshop series, as Violet settles into her role as Caretaker of both the Victorian house/bookstore and the magical birch tree. She also needs to come to grips with her relationship with Mayor Nathan Morton, her ex-boyfriend, and Chief David Rainwater. As part of the town's annual Food and Wine Festival, the Red Inkers (aspiring writers who meet regularly) are putting together a Poe-try Reading, celebrating the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and dressing in authentic Poe-era costumes. But when one of the Red Inkers is found dead at the foot of the back stairs and murder is suspected, Violet knows she needs to help with the investigation, if only to prove that her friend was not the murderer. A delightful mystery filled with clues, twists and turns, until the final solution. I love the interaction of the adorable tuxedo cat, Emerson, as he joins Violet on her quest, as well as the sometimes timely intervention of Faulkner, the shop crow. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an advanced reading copy of this book received through NetGalley.