Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Series #3)

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Series #3)

by Amanda Flower


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USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery. Fans of Sofie Kelly and Heather Blake, prepare your bookshelves!

Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.

January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest.

Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder.

Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case in Murders and Metaphors, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683318996
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Magical Bookshop Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 45,884
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. This is her third Magical Bookshop mystery.

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Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
AmyWeidenaar 3 months ago
Book 3 in a series seemed as good a place to start as any. Violet and her grandmother run a bookshop that's more than slightly unusual and not just because you will always find exactly the book you're in need of there. The shop's essence (the paranormal slant to this series) is a rather interactive secret and has chosen Violet to take over from her grandmother as the shop and it's tree's caretaker. This means watering it with very special water no matter the weather which doesn't seem such a big deal but because Amanda Flower didn't add in a paranormal way to get the water, it adds to the normality of the book which I think is a wonderful foil. Violet left her hometown years ago after a scandal left her angry and heartbroken to the point that she swore she would never return. Now that she's back,, she's dealing with those who hurt her the most as she helps her grandmother set up for a huge book signing for another escapee of the town. A little out of touch with what has gone on while she was gone, she's blind-sided by the family feud of a close friend that comes to everyone's attention during the signing. Unsurprising to her, she's blamed for it by those hosting the event. When she stumbles across a dead body and her grandmother calls the police, more blame is piled on her by the host. The tree/shop has decided she needs to take an active involvement in this case and had tried to warn her of it through a book it keeps literally placing in front of her. Unfortunately, not everyone is excited by her snooping though one person is thrilled and follows her relentlessly whether she likes it or not. I enjoyed the way it was made known that one character will be seen again. It left a bit of tension without a complete cliff hanger. I have to admit that one aspect of the book really grated on me regarding the tree and two characters. It was subtle enough that it would have worked great if it hadn't been a point that the heroine kept worrying about in deliberate obtuseness. It's hard to mix the "wow, she's so smart and observant" sleuth with the completely obtuse "what am I going to do?" persona who worries over her potential love life. Had it not been such a recurring point, it would have played out a lot better for me. Yes, she doesn't catch on quick to what the essence is telling her about the crime but this almost comes across as dumbing down this magical character. Still, I did enjoy the book rather immensely. and I look forward to reading more in this series. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a paranormal cozy that is a bit different. Thank you to Amanda Flower, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley for allowing me the chance to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
ReadYourWrites 4 months ago
I’m so excited to return to Amanda Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mystery series and the Charming Books bookstore where the right book picks you. Murder and Metaphors finds Violet investigating the murder of Belinda Perkins, the sister of her best friend Lacey, when Lacey is suspected of her murder. This is a story where everyone has secrets and money controls all. It has been years since Belinda has been in Cascade Springs, New York and just as long since the sisters have spoken. The sisters haven't gotten along since their mother died and Lacey was put in charge of raising their younger sisters. Belinda makes her triumphant return to Cascade Springs as a best-selling author of wine books. She's in town to promote her latest book and do a book signing at Morton Vineyards, which ties into the Morton's annual ice wine harvesting party. You would think this would be a time of celebration for the Perkins. However, it isn't. Belinda and Lacey get into a very public argument during the signing. Later, Violet stumbles upon the dead body of Belinda. Violet doesn't know Belinda very well or the reason why the four sisters seem to be estranged. She just knows Lacey would never kill anyone, let alone her older sister. As Violet works to figure out who killed Belinda and why the bookstore becomes insistent that Violet reads Little Women. But what does the book have to do with Belinda's death? This is a mystery Violet intends to solve, even if it almost costs her her life. Amanda has written a good mystery. I had no idea who the killer was until the big reveal. I was disappointed in the budding relationship of Violet and Police Chief Rainwater. It seemed to have stalled just when they were making progress. In Murders and Metaphors, Violet's life is changed with a definitive revelation. I'm looking forward to the next book to see how her life progresses. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
RhondaGayleNashHall 5 months ago
5 Stars: ***** 5/5 Do you love murder, mystery, surprises, books, and magic? Then you will love love love Amanda Flower's Murders and Metaphors. Amanda is one of my favorite authors. She is the cause of yet another sleepless night as I just had to read to the very end before I could close my eyes! So, warning, insomnia may accompany this book. Readers who love mysteries simply must check this one out! I received a digital version of this book from netgalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Anonymous 6 months ago
Grandma Daisy and granddaughter Violet Waverly agree to sponsor a book signing at the local winery and instead stumble upon a murder mystery. Can Violet solve the crime and keep her friend Lacey out of prison?
Anonymous 7 months ago
????????????PLEASE PLEASE MIZ AMANDA write more telling us more story of Violet and RAINWATER and the magical bookstore
KittyCalico 7 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very happy about the way things turned out for Violet. I am so looking forward to the next book. You have my kitty curiosity up. Thank you so much Ms. Flower! :) From Tina Deaton (B&N won't let me change my pen name for reviews)
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Dollycas 7 months ago
The characters the author has created are excellent. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and the very verbal crow Faulkner all return to draw us into a story that is both enchanting and intriguing. Violet is growing into her job as caretaker and Grandma Daisy is at a bit of loose ends. Violet does need to fine tune her sleuthing skills a bit and Daisy needs to find new ways to fill her time. The relationship between the two women is getting stronger as they find their way in their new roles. I love sneaky little Emerson and who wouldn’t love an intellectual crow. The supporting cast all have a purpose and have grown right along with the main characters. I found the ice wine and winter midnight harvest to be very interesting even though I was no fan of the entitled Morton family. Charming Books is my favorite bookstore out of all the cozy bookstores I have fictionally visited. It is unique, magical and memorable. I love everything about it. To avoid spoiling anything for new readers I can say more but it is a true treasure. The story is very well-plotted with the main plots and subplots falling easily together. There were several suspects and I was on the trail of the correct person but the climatic finish still surprised me. I enjoy the book group that meets at Charming Books too. It really adds to the story. I call this series “paranormal light” due to its magical setting. Ms. Flowers has taken a very imaginative idea and run with it all while making readers believe what happens within the pages real and believable. What a marvelous mystery! I am so excited for the next book in this series after the little cliffhanger at the end. Looks like Grandma Daisy is going to shake things up.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love the stories, a great mystery and fun read.i couldn't put it down.
Bookaholic-mka 8 months ago
Another delightful read. Murder and Metaphors is Book 3 in a series titled “A Magical Bookshop Mystery” and it is a magic bookshop. One with a great tree right in the middle. A gorgeous tuxedo cat, a funny and very intelligent old crow…well you can see this story has all of the elements for a great cozy. I liked the characters, especially Violet and her grandmother and it wasn’t just that the characters were given substance and description, their living places and surroundings were described to make it so that you could almost live in the moment. See the bookshop, the surrounding businesses all containing their own charming specialty food, vintage things, crepes, pastries, coffee, well, you get the picture. The cover of this book says “prepare to be charmed" and that’s a better description than I can give. I thought this was a fun read that many of us need often. Something to relax with, take our minds off things and keep our minds working too. This is an author who I have read before and really enjoyed the writing style and stories. But…there were so many typos in this book. I have only given it a 3 rating because the typos really played havoc with having an enjoyable read. It's definitely a 4 star book; it just needs to be proofed. What a shame to ruin such a charming story with so many errors.
RosemaryJ 8 months ago
Violet and Grandmother Daisy had hoped to host the book signing of wine connoisseur Belinda Perkins, but her sudden murder had them investigating the suspicious death in order to keep Violet’s friend Lacy, a sister of the deceased, from bring the prime suspect. The book Little Women supplies the magical essence this time around in its attemot to provide helpful clues to Violet. Her romance with police chief David Rainwater progresses and Daisy’s entry into local politics provides a glimpse into future story plots. An entertaining, engrossing mystery with literary allusions. Thank you to #NetGalley and book publisher for digital preview.
bookmon1 8 months ago
MURDERS AND METAPHORS is the third in the Magical Bookstore series by Amanda Flower. The author does give some tidbits from the previous two books, but to really get the full flavor of the bookstore and the main characters, I highly recommend reading the other two. Of course, I am almost obsessed with reading series in order. Violet Waverly has been in Cascade Springs for almost six months in order to help her Grandma Daisy with Charming Bookstore. It is no ordinary shop. A large tree grows in the middle of bookshelves and the shop has books fly off the shelf that are perfect for the interested customer. A talking crow named Faulkner and a cat name Emerson have their own magical gifts. The bookstore must always have a Caretaker that is usually handed down after the previous one has passed. For some unknown reason Violet has been picked to be Caretaker, even though Grandma Daisy, the previous one, is still very much alive. Things seem to be back to normal in town after two murders in the past six months. Unfortunately, things go very badly after a book signing in the store. The author is murdered with a knife that is part of the Ice Wine Festival. Although the police seem to be on top of it, Violet can't resist doing her own sleuthing. The author presents many viable suspects and when the true murderer is revealed it feels authentic and true to life. Violet is the main character, but Grandma Daisy really comes into her own. Readers who like their cozy mysteries with a touch of magic and charming characters are sure to love MURDERS AND METAPHORS. I am a sucker for cozies set bookstores or libraries. I hope the author will have more novels in this series. In the meantime, I have started her Magical Garden series, which is truly engaging so far.
CozyOnUp 8 months ago
A famous sommelier and wine writer returns to her hometown for a book signing and Cascade Springs turns out in full force. But when the author is found dead, Violet comes to the defense of her BFF Lacey to keep her from being charged with the murder of her estranged sister. Violet and her Grandma Daisy run the local bookshop, which is filed with magic to match the right book with the right reader at the right time. And the bookshop says that Violet needs to read Little Women right now. But first Violet must figure out what the bookshop is trying to tell her through the book. Amanda Flower is a gifted and talented author of several series that I read religiously. She develops strong characters and has solid story lines that will capture your attention and have you ready for the next entry in the series.
Fala19 8 months ago
Murders and Metaphors is book three in the Magical Bookshop series. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy series and I'm so happy to have a new installment! It was so great being back with all these quirky characters. Faulkner the talking crow and Emerson the cat were just as humorous as always. And Grandma Daisy, my goodness, she was just as ornery and lovable as ever. She's gotta be one of my favorite characters in recent years. The mystery was great and kept me guessing until the shocking reveal. And, wow, what a doozy! I so didn't see that coming! I didn't think it was possible for this book to top the previous ones, but it's the best one yet! I highly, highly recommend it! Even if you haven't read the first two books, Murders and Metaphors stands alone great. Go pick up a copy. You won't regret it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
TarynLee 8 months ago
In this third book of the series Violet is starting to get the hang of being the caretaker to her family's bookshop. She is settling into her new life but having an ex, who hurt her badly, always around and trying to rekindle things is giving her mixed emotions. While hosting a book signing at her ex's Winery Violet is looking forward to a fun night of books, wine, and fabulous food. The author, Belinda, grew up in the town of Cascade Springs but hasn't been back since her mothers funeral years ago. It doesn't help that Belinda isn't on good terms with her sisters who still live in the town, especially her sister Lacey. Lacey who is Violets good friend wants to hopefully bring her family back together ends up being thrown out of the event, her sister wanting nothing to do with her. Violet decides to step out for some fresh air after the signing and ends up stumbling over a body in the vineyard, a body that ends up being Belinda. When the police turn to Lacey as their main suspect Violet knows that she must turn to the books in hopes of keeping her friend out of jail. Follow along as she searches for meaning in the clues that the books have directed her to. Will she be able to save her friend or will she get lost in trying to find meaning behind what has been revealed. This was my first book of the series and I fell in love with it immediately, I've already bought the previous two books so that I could really get to know its characters. If you love books, mystery, animals, and a touch of the mystical this is definitely the series to read. I can't wait to see what happens next and what books the store will pick to help figure out whatever mystery befalls Violet.
Marshathereader 8 months ago
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the third in the Magical Bookshop mysteries. I love this series and have read all of them. This one did not disappoint. In fact, I want to go to Cascade Springs and visit Charming Books! Violet and Grandma Daisy are doing a book signing at a winery in the dead of winter where Violet literally stumbles onto the body of the author doing the signing. The author is the sister of Violet's best friend and has no relationship with her. Violet is thrown into the thick of the investigation getting help from the bookstore and the book, Little Women. This is an easy to read Cozy with plenty of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the end. You have lovable main characters and likeable supporting characters. You have mystery, romance, humor, and a touch of magic. I was given an ARC by Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for an honest review.
BobbieLCLA 8 months ago
I received a free copy of MURDERS AND METAPHORS (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 3) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy, as owners of the only local bookstore, are participants in a book signing by a local author and famous wine critic. When the book signing is ruined by a murder, Violet’s mystic bookstore pushes Violet to hunt for the murderer. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I was still able to enjoy this story. After reading this one, I intend to read the first two. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries, animal friends, and magical twists. #MurdersAndMetaphors #NetGalley
4GranJan 8 months ago
Magical Bookshop and Cozy Murder Mysteries This is the third installment of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries Series. This is the first of the series that I have read, which was no problem at all. The author writes in such a fashion that the new reader is caught up on the pertinent details, yet is left with the desire to read the previous books. The plot is tight with many suspects and motives. At the final reveal, the reader sees how the clues have led to the culprit without giving the conclusion away. This is a very well-done book. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review. I will be reading all of this author's work, perhaps even a binge read!
KTempleton 8 months ago
This is my first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series although I have read and enjoyed other books by Amanda Flower. I was able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone and look forward to reading more of this series. This is a very unique and fun background for a character and setting. I loved the relationship between Violet and her Grandmother. I love the idea of a book store being able to find just the right book for its customers. The mystery is well paced and does contain several red herrings to keep you guessing. This book has great characters, setting, and story-line that lovers of mysteries and paranormal will both enjoy. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
DanieleK 8 months ago
I am so thankful that the Magical Bookshop Mystery series has found a new publishing home since it is one of my favorite cozy mystery series by one of my favorite authors, Amanda Flower. I so enjoyed the first two books in the series, CRIME AND POETRY and PROSE AND CONS, and this third installment MURDERS AND METAPHORS did not disappoint. It is Ice Wine grape harvesting time at one of Cascade Springs, New York’s popular wineries, Morton Vineyards, and bookstore owner Violet Waverly is not exited to spend time with her ex-boyfriend Nathan or his brother and parents. However, her Grandma Daisy has committed the pair to provide books for the harvest’s accompanying book signing by renowned sommelier Belinda Perkins. Things get hairy when Belinda’s estranged sister, and Violet’s best friend, Lacey tries to make amends, but Belinda makes a huge scene instead, and Violet soon finds Belinda murdered in the vineyards. Sure that Lacey did not kill her sister, Violet does some sleuthing of her own to clear Lacey’s name. The mystery is well executed and engaging. I was hooked from the very first page. There are enough clues and twists throughout the story and plenty of suspects with good motives to keep me guessing. I did not realize who the killer was until right before he/she was revealed, which is always a sign of a good mystery to me. There is a slight paranormal element, but even readers who are not drawn to paranormal cozies will enjoy the book. I enjoy Violet, Grandma Daisy, and Chief David Rainwater. I think I would readily be friends with all of them. All of the characters, both recurring and central to MURDERS AND METAPHORS, are nicely drawn and well rounded and developed. They are interesting and endearing, even those who are not very pleasant. MURDERS AND METAPHORS is a delightful cozy read. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
Tangen 8 months ago
Excellent! The specialty of the bookshop is providing the customer with just the right book, and in the case of the keeper, the book and pages that provide the clues to solving murders. Violet has returned to her grandmother and the hometown she fled some years before only to find out that she has inherited the position of keeper. That is a secret and there are other things involved, but the magic of the bookshop has proved very important in past murder investigations as well as the current one even if she can't tell the police chief who is her love interest. There are problems with the town's prominent family that are related to the past, and that causes a lot of stumbling blocks in the investigation of the murder of a former resident who alienated everyone in her path. The investigation is well plotted, the characters certainly are, and the magic of the bookshop is craftily done. I really enjoyed reading it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
ArizonaJo 8 months ago
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the best one yet in this series. I was immediately wrapped up in the latest visit to Cascade Springs. Ms. Flower's writing is so descriptive that the setting and the characters come to life. Violet and Grandma Daisy host a book signing for a popular author/sommelier, Belinda Perkins, at Morton's Winery. Violet is not looking forward to the event as that means she must once again be in contact with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Morton. As usual the matriarch of the Morton family is disagreeable but is resigned to Violet and Daisy's presence for the book signing. However, a murder disrupts the event and one of Violet's best friends is the number one suspect. Immediately Violet is on the case and with the help of the magical bookshop she might solve it before she's the next victim. I love the characters in this series. Each one, Violet, Daisy, Lacey, Sadie,and David Rainwater are becoming fully developed now and I love the way they are evolving in this book. I also enjoyed meeting a couple of new characters in this book. I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. I heartily approved of the bookshop's apparent approval of David Rainwater. I'm intrigued to see how that will play out in future books. The plot is intricate and filled with devious twists and several suspects that might want the victim dead. I loved every second of my visit to Cascade Springs and am already wishing the next one was available. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read and review the book.
chefdt 8 months ago
Murder And Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries series. I was very excited to learn that this wonderful series has found a new publisher. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the series. Violet and Grandma Daisy are busy putting together a book signing for Belinda, an author, and a sommelier, to be held at Morton Vineyards. Violet would much rather have held the signing at their bookstore, Charming Books. The less interaction she has with Nathan Morton, the mayor of Cascade Springs, New York, and Violet’s high school sweetheart. Belinda has been estranged from her three sisters since their mother passed and she blamed for not helping prevent her passing. One of the sisters is Lacy, Violet’s best friend since childhood. Lacy shows up at the signing with hopes of trying to settle their differences but instead turns into a heated argument that many of the attendees overheard. Later when everyone heads out to the vineyard to harvest the ice wine grapes that the Morton’s Vineyard hope will make a name for their vineyard. Soon Violet trips over the dead body of Belinda who had been with a grape cutting tool. A letter that was written by Lacy, that she tried to give to Belinda at the signing, is found by the lifeless body, and Lacy becomes the primary suspect. Violet doesn’t believe that Lacy is guilty of murdering her sister and sets out to clear her name. In addition, Violet wants to work on reconciling the sisters. Amanda Flower provides, once again, a well written and plotted story with plenty of red herrings. The story also includes a wonderful cast of believable characters. I am looking forward to the next book in this interesting series. Also looking forward to seeing if Grandma Daisy might be getting a romantic interest.
Ellen-oceanside 8 months ago
Who doesn’t believe in Magic. The bookshop seems magical, the tree,the crow, the cat, and books, special books for each who come. They are also participants of a local author doing a book signing, who also a famous wine critic. Something went wrong and led to a murder and Violet investigates. The author has a unique way of drawing you into this story and as readers we want to help Violet with another murder. Given ARC by Net Galley and Crooked Lane for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.