Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

by Amanda Flower

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USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower turns the charm up to ten in her fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race. As if the bike race weren't tiring enough, pesky private investigator Joel Redding is snooping around Charming Books. It takes all of Violet's and Grandma Daisy's ingenuity to keep Redding from discovering the shop's magical essence--which communicates with Violet through books.

When Redding perishes in an accident during the race, David discovers that the brake line of the private eye's bike was cut. Worse, Violet tops his list of suspects. As Emerson the tuxedo cat and resident crow Faulkner look on, Charming Books steers Violet to the works of Walt Whitman to solve the crime. But no other names ring a bell as culprits, and as David's investigation picks up speed, Violet will have to get in gear to clear her name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643851525
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery , #4
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 9,524
File size: 3 MB

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 fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

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Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is the fourth A Magical Bookshop Mystery. There is a delightful cast of characters in this magical tale. Violet Waverly has just finished teaching another semester at the local college as well as defending her dissertation which has earned her the right to put doctor before her name. She is looking forward to working in the shop and spending time with her boyfriend, Chief David Rainwater. Daisy Waverly is Violet’s grandmother and the new mayor of Cascade Springs. Things are never dull when Daisy is around. She came up with the idea for the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum and ran short of funding when issues were discovered with the foundation of the Village Hall. There is Emerson the tuxedo cat that manages to follow Violet around the village (a master escape artist) and Faulkner is the crow that resides in the magical birch tree and calls out unique quotes as well as dropping books into Violet’s path. There are a variety of charming residents and shop owners plus a curmudgeon or two. I just love the descriptions of this quant town. There are some adorable shops and it is close to Niagara Falls. The mystery was multifaceted with several suspects and good clues. While I could identify the guilty party, it took longer to figure out the why. This was a unique whodunit. I like how everything tied together. Amanda crafted a unique mystery that tied in Walt Whitman. I especially enjoyed how literature with the help of the essence tied into the whodunit. Verse and Vengeance also has romance with David and Violet at the forefront, but there is also Daisy and a certain fellow who is smitten with her. Plus, Violet’s department chair might finally work up the nerve to ask out a certain librarian. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story that had me chuckling. That Emerson is quite a character. Thanks to Amanda Flower’s descriptions, I could envision that cat in Violet’s bicycle basket. Violet’s father returns which brings up old feelings of resentment and confusion. Can Violet and her father find a way to move forward? Verse and Vengeance can be read as a standalone for those new to the series, but why would you not want to read all the books in this enchanting series. The ending of Verse and Vengeance is very special, and I cannot wait for the next book in this enchanting series. Verse and Vengeance is a spellbinding tale with an enigmatic essence, perplexing poetry, a curious cat, dynamic Daisy, a pesky PI, and a flawed foundation.
TarynLee 25 days ago
Grandma Daisy has pulled together a bicycle race to raise money to help open a museum for the town. Violet has decided to give the race a go because her boyfriend, Chief Rainwater thought it would be a great way for them to spend some time together. Things are going well until the two get close to the end of the race and find that one of the riders has had an accident. The man, Redding, was in the village not that long ago giving Violet a hard time and has sense come back. Violet worries that she might become a suspect when it is announced that the man was actually murdered. Since he has been pack in town Violet has noticed him watching her every move. Violet really gets upset when the first her is pointed at a friend and student of hers. The young girl may have a few issues but there is no way she is a murderer. The shop keeps throwing Walt Whitman's work in her path she must has to figure out what it all means. There are so many ave is a to look into Violet worries that she won't be able to solve this one. Follow along as she kicks into investigative mode and starts her search for a killer. Will she be successful in the end or will she end up a victim herself. This is such a magical read and always leaves me excited for the next book. This book was no exception, I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
dibbylodd 25 days ago
My favorite characters are the raven and the cat! They are great. A fun mystery, steeped in history. Interesting people and situations. What an intriguing idea about the tree and the spring water and the caretakers. I look forward to more.
DanieleK 25 days ago
I adore the Magical Bookshop Mystery books and am so very happy that the series has found a new home at Crooked Lane Books. Amanda Flower is a prolific writer, among my favorite cozy mystery authors, but this series is my favorite. Perfect for bookshop, paranormal, and pet cozy mystery fans, it is charming and the quintessential cozy. In this installment, Violet is trying to balance her increased workload with her Grandma Daisy, newly elected Cascade Springs mayor, absences from the shop, her role as caretaker of the shop’s special tree, keeping the shop’s magical “essence” a secret, and her budding romance with police chief David Rainwater. When private investigator Joel Redding dies in the town’s fundraising bicycle race, Violet is relieved that he will no longer be poking into the store’s secret and her life, but her student and friend Jo is at the top of David’s suspect list and has gone missing. Violet puts on her sleuthing cap to protect her secret, determine if Joel’s death is connected to David’s ex-brother-in-law’s recent demise, and find the real killer. The characters here are delightful. Violet is intelligent and independent, logical and whimsical. Grandma Daisy is an eccentric hoot. Chief David Rainwater is my favorite character (and, I admit, a bit swoon worthy), but the animals steal the show. Tuxedo cat Emerson and raven Faulkner are bestowed human-like qualities, and they manage to be completely believable. The mystery is well crafted, and the pace of the book just right. There are relatively few suspects for Violet to deal with, but I was still surprised by the killer’s identity and motive. Victim Joel is sufficiently unlikable yet readers will still feel bad about his death. The tale does culminate with an exciting, dangerous reveal. Without giving away any spoilers, fans of Violet and David will be pleased with the progression of their relationship. VERSE AND VENGEANCE is one of my best reads of 2019, and I look forward to reading many more mysteries featuring Violet. I received and ARC of this title from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
Marshathereader 27 days ago
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is book 4 in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I am a huge fan of this series and this one did not disappoint. Cascade Springs is having a bicycle race in order to raise funds for the underground railroad museum that Grandma Daisy is promoting. Chief Rainwater wants Violet to ride in the race with him now that they are a couple.. Violet had noticed that PI Joel Redding is back in town and seems to be focused on the bookstore. Violet feels he is targeting her and the store.. When he shows up during the race taking pictures of her. she knows she has to find out just what he knows. But before she can find out, Redding turns up dead on the race route and the bike has been tampered with. When a former student of Violet's becomes the main suspect , she is again on the hunt for the murderer. There are plenty of suspects that have you guessing to the very end. This is an enjoyable, easy to read cozy with a great setting and relatable characters. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
neptune75 27 days ago
Violet is involved in a bike race through the village when she finds a dead body. Since she has had an encounter with that dead body recently, she is drawn into solving the murder. In other circumstances, someone arguing with a victim would have been more of a suspect, but in this case it is more in her mind than that of the police. And that brings me to what I did not like about this book. I have been reading this series from the beginning and like the fantasy aspect of magic. Violet's reactions to detective in town is overblown and overdone. She makes a mountain out of a molehill. If she just played it cool, nothing she does it really suspicious or that big of a deal in itself. It is almost like creating angst just to have a story. So I kept rolling my eyes at her and thinking just chill.
bouchthebookworm 3 months ago
I was very thankful to receive this book from NetGalley and even though it was the fourth in the series it was easy enough to read as a stand-alone. I absolutely love the setting and the story here. Violet has inherited a bookstore with magical properties and the many many literary references are just endearing. With the help of the bookstore and her wonderful animal sidekicks Emerson and Faulkner (a cat and a raven respectively) Violet uncovers all the towns mysteries. The characters were sweet, the story moved at a great pace and even I didn’t guess the ending so they were all great points. I was reading an uncorrected proof (I think) because there were definitely some misspells and editing issues that were a little distracting. I could feel a great story here, just needed some editing. In all though a lovely cosy mystery full of all the Bookish things I love; books, magic, poets and community.
Booksandknitting 3 months ago
Violet, caretaker of the Magical Bookshop, is entered in the bicycle race to race funds for a new museum. Grandma Daisy is the mayor of Cascade Springs and is determined to fund repairs to the town hall which will house the museum. Violet has seen a PI watching her and the shop, and she’s worried he is trying to find the secret of the bookshop. When he dies during the race, there are plenty of suspects. With the help of the essence of the bookstore, Violet works on solving the mystery. Violet’s boyfriend, who is also the police chief, knows Violet is keeping a secret from him. I love this series which has a magical bookstore, warm and loving relationships, and a beautiful location. The bookstore is built around a tree, which must be watered from the local spring every other day. It gives clues to Violet by putting books in front of her that she must decipher. What a fantastic bookstore!
AMGiacomasso 4 months ago
I love this series and was more than happy when I got this ARC. It's an engrossing and entertaining story even if I found it a bit slow at the beginning. But the book worked his magic and after a while I was hooked and read it late in the night to know what the solution was. It was great to meet again the cast of characters, I was more than happy about the development in the story between Violette and Rainweather. The characters are well thought as usual and likeable. The mystery is solid, full of red herrings and twists, and the solution came as a surprise. I can't wait to read the next installment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Katherinestamps 4 months ago
I love Amanda Flower books, and this one is no exception. I'm not sure how I missed the first three books in the Magical Bookshop series, but I will be putting them on my "to be read" list. Even though this book is the fourth in the series, I had no problem getting to know the characters. The main character, Violet Waverly, is the owner of the bookshop and the keeper of the magical tree inside. The bookshop has a way of finding a book for customers, even if they don't know what they are looking for. The premise of this story is that a private detective who has been following and watching Violet dies in a bike accident during a town wide race. It's quickly discovered by Violet's boyfriend, Chief of Police Rainwater, that the accident was no accident. When Violet's student Jo becomes the focus of the investigation, and then she goes missing, Violet knows she needs to use her sleuthing skills t0 find out what really happened.. This was an enjoyable read, and I really love the idea of the of Charmed Books, the magical bookshop, which has been handed down over generations. I think that the sweet romance between David Rainwater and Violet is endearing and I can just imagine living in the small town of Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls. This was a sweet cozy mystery and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a sweet cozy mystery with a magical bookshop. I was provided a copy of this book in advance in exchange for my honest opinon. #NetGalley
chefdt 4 months ago
Verse And Vengeance is the fourth book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. Violet’s grandmother has recently been elected mayor of Cascade Springs and one of her first projects is to create a museum in the town hall. It is learned that the town hall will need work to the foundation before work can commence on the museum. The amount needed is more than Cascade Springs can afford, so Grandma Daisy has organized a 30-mile bike race. Violet’s boyfriend, police chief David Rainwater wants her to ride with him in the race. As Violet sets out for the race she notices PI Joel Redding watching the bookshop from across the street. Violet has had bad dealing before with Redding and feels that he is trying to learn the secrets that have been kept for several generations that the bookstore has been around. Violet and Rainwater have completed 20 miles when they come to Breakneck Hill and notice that a crowd has gathered on the street. As they are approaching the mass of people, Violet notices a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. When she sees the dead biker's clothes and the book she knows it has to be Redding. First, she wants to find out why Redding was following her and to help Rainwater find the killer. In addition to concern for finding Redding’s killer, Violet is concerned as to how much to tell Rainwater about her duties as caretaker of the bookshop. Grandma Daisy decides that it is time to turn over journals that have been kept since the first caretaker. This is another well-written and told story with an interesting cast of characters. It’s always enjoyable to visit with Grandma Daisy and read about she approaches life. Faulkner, the shop’s pet crow, and Emerson, the tuxedo cat, are back to provide humorous times. I will be watching for the next book in this interesting series.
Cozy Cat Reviews 4 months ago
This is a delightful read ! Favorite cozy author Amanda Flower has released a brilliant fun addition to this well loved series. This is Amanda Flower's fourth book in the successful "Magical Bookshop mystery." I have read the entire series and loved each book. This new release is one of my favorites in the series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. We return to our protagonist Violet Waverly, the proprietor of Charming Books, a bookstore built around a magical tree in Cascade Springs, N.Y. Violet is hiding a secret about her bookstore that it is magical . She is managing it on her own now that her Grandmother is Mayor and enjoying her mayoral duties. She has a resident crow named Faulkner and a charming tuxedo cat named Emerson who have magical powers and are by her side in the bookstore. I love the descriptions of Faulkner and Emerson as they interact with Violet and visitors to the bookstore. This bookstore is unique as it has a long paranormal history in her family and often will pick out books for those who need them. The literary references throughout the book are wonderful. The descriptions of the bookstore are so charming that every reader will wish they could visit. Violet is tasked with keeping the secret of the bookstore from even her police chief boyfriend David. In this next in series Violet has been asked to participate in a bike race by her boyfriend much to her dismay. She does not like to bike and is not looking forward to the race but it is bringing in big business for her town as her Grandmother has advertised it as a fun raiser for their local museum. The bike race has proved popular and the crowds are coming into town and increasing business for everyone. When a murder occurs during the race among the crowds Violet is determined to investigate as a second body is found and her friend is blamed. She knows Jo is innocent and decides to do her own investigation much to the chagrin of her boyfriend who does not want her to investigate. Violet is a savvy investigator and moves forward with her suspicions and soon has clues and suspect she believes are the true murderer. This is such a enjoyable read with a well crafted mystery to conclusion. The charcters are all perfectly written to the series and the description of the local town is charming and delightful. I loved this next in series and highly recommend this for your reading enjoyment. Very well done to the author !
tmefoster 4 months ago
This was such a cute book. It revolves around the Charming Books’ Bookstore and the new owner/Caretaker Violet Waverly. Violet accompanies her boyfriend police chief David Rainwater on a fundraising bike ride that her grandmother (the Mayor) has organized. This fundraiser was set up to help make money to renovate and repair the museum. Two things happen though that throw everything off, no pun intended. First, during the race, someone is murdered, and it just happens to be the Joel Redding who has been investigating Violet and her bookstore. The second thing we don't know about yet but will be the end of the book. Violet, of course, feels obligated to find answers her self. She wants to clear her friend Jo, protect her and protect her shop, but mostly she wants to know why she was being investigated by Joel Redding and what did he know. The magical essence of Charming Books was directing Violet to find the answers. She just wished the essence was a bit more clear with the messages being sent to her. I really enjoyed this book, and it kept me turning pages until the very end, and after that it had me looking up poetry by Walt Whitman! Thank you to Netgalley for the Digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. #VerseandVengeance #NetGalley
lynguy1 4 months ago
VERSE AND VENGEANCE by AMANDA FLOWER is the fourth book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This is a cozy paranormal mystery series that centers on a magical bookshop, Charming Books, and its owner Violet Waverly. Violet’s grandmother is the town’s mayor and has arranged a bike race as a fundraiser for an Underground Railroad museum. Violet and her boyfriend, Police Chief David Rainwater, are participating in the race when they find private investigator Joel Redding dead. Violet works to identify the killer while keeping the bookstore’s magical capabilities a secret from David. The bookstore communicates with her through a book by Walt Whitman. There are several potential killers and the motive for the murder stays unclear throughout most of the novel. The characters fit well into the quaint town and include a crow named Faulkner and a tuxedo cat named Emerson as well as Grandma Daisy and many others. Additionally the relationships between the characters do not come across as contrived. There are plenty of internal and external conflicts that are well defined for the main characters. The scenes progressed in a realistic manner and the author did a great job of world-building that gives the reader a clear sense of the fictional town of Crystal Springs, New York. If you like cozy paranormal mystery books, bookstores, and Walt Whitman then you will likely enjoy this story as much as I did. I only wish I could go into Charming Books and explore the books that would find me while I was there. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Amanda Flower for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
Fala19 4 months ago
Verse and Vengeance is the fourth installment of the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. And what a fun and enchanting addition it was! In each book of this series, the works of a different prolific author help to solve the crime. This time, Walt Whitman's poetry played an integral part. I'm not as familiar with his work as some of the other authors featured in previous books, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment one bit. It was a joy visiting Violet, Grandma Daisy, David, and especially Faulkner the crow and Emerson the cat again. The mystery was a good one. I was 100% sure I knew exactly who the killer was and why. No way was it anybody else. Boy, was I shocked when the reveal came and it was someone else! Never saw that coming! I love it when I can be surprised like that. All in all, Verse and Vengeance was a fun trip back to Cascade Springs. It's sure to delight old fans of the series and new. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries that have a touch magic. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
RGNHALL 4 months ago
5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating Scale Well, this certainly did not help my insomnia because I had to stay awake to finish the entire book. I simply couldn't stop until I had devoured every last morsel of this delightful book! Revisiting Violet and Grandma Daisy was a real treat. Charming Books holds many secrets and it's always fun to learn more. Then there's always murder and the race to solve it and Violet simply must get involved, much to her officer boyfriend's distress. I highly recommend this book to readers and it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for those who love a good mystery! I received a digital ARC 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.
iiiireader 4 months ago
I’ve read other books and series by Amanda Flowers, mainly in her Amish mysteries. I really enjoy her writing, so I took a chance with “Verse and Vengeance”, which is completely different from the books that I have read. There are earlier books in this series and it became apparent to me, fairly early on, that this book would be a pivotal story in what goes on next. It was also a bit difficult for me to catch up to the premise and to understand how the characters related to one another. The author did a good job of giving back story information without giving away much of the earlier books. However, I think I could have gotten much more from the story if I had read the earlier books first. In this book, Violet Waverly is in charge of the magical bookstore which has, in all of its incarnations, been part of her family for hundreds of years. The book is set near the Niagara Falls and there is a stream that provides sustenance for the magic which occurs at the bookstore. The book will provide all of the backstory for that. There is a bicycle race being held to raise money for the renovation of the Town Hall and to create a museum for the Underground Railroad history that is so important Cascade Springs (the town where the action takes place.) There is a death that is deemed a murder and investigations start. The individual who comes under suspicion is a friend and a student of Violet. She feels compelled to come to her defense and to enlist the assistant of her own boyfriend to help. It certainly doesn’t hurt that her boyfriend is also the chief of police. There were a number of storylines interwoven but, by the end of the story, they have all come together. I enjoyed reading the book although it was so different from the funny cozy mysteries I have come to expect from Amanda Flowers. While some funny things did happen, there wasn’t an overall humorous bend to the story. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
BobbieLCLA 4 months ago
I received a free copy of VERSE AND VENGEANCE (Book 4 of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly’s supporting Grandma Daisy’s endeavors as town mayor of Cascade Falls. Violet’s even participating in the first annual Tour de Cascade bike race. Things are going well financially with the bookshop and professionally at the college for the newly minted “Dr.” Waverly. However, Violet is still struggling with whether to tell her boyfriend Police Chief David Rainwater about her family’s magic when a few more stressors make an appearance: both her father and the disturbing private detective Joel Redding arrive back in town. When Joel Redding is murdered during the race, one of Violet’s students becomes the primary suspect. Since the bookshop persists in throwing Walt Whitman tomes at Violet and since her student’s situation resonates with Violet’s past, Violet’s compelled to action. Will Violet be able to use her literary research skills and natural curiosity to find out who really dunnit? I enjoyed this book and have enjoyed all of the books in this series. I recommend the writing and stories of Amanda Flower to fans of cozy mysteries. This series has supernatural element, a rivalry between and intelligent raven and a too-smart tuxedo cat, an interfering elder, and a wonderful boyfriend who is actually good at his job. #VerseandVengeance #NetGalley
ArizonaJo 4 months ago
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is an awesome addition to this series. Can you tell that I love this series? Ms. Flower's descriptive writing pulled me into the village of Cascade Springs as Violet and David are to begin riding in the Tour de Cascade bike race and I didn't put the book down until the end. Violet and Grandma Daisy are two of my favorite people in the world of cozy mysteries. I feel at home at Charming Books and want to move in each time I read a new book in the series. The mystery is complex as their aren't many suspects and the one person who might know something keeps disappearing before Violet and David can really talk to her. A quickly paced plot that kept me on my toes until the reveal which took me totally by surprise made this, for me, an excellent read. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
the_judylwd 4 months ago
Amanda Flower is one of my must read authors. Her cozies are always full of smart heroines with adorable animals and she usually stumps me on whom is the murderer. Verse and Vengeance is no exception. I love Violet and Grandma Daisy. The magic is a fun element. I could not go into the bookshop because I would go broke. The bookshop can tell what you need or want to read and magically the shop has that exact book(s). The animals in this book are her tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop's crow, Faulkner. Those two are very mischievous, but they do not overtake the story. I also like how in each novel there is an author who's work is connected to the murder. In this case, it is Walt Whitman. The author does a great job of incorporating that element into the story. I also loved the ending! This is the fourth book in the series. You could read it as a standalone, but do yourself a favor and read all of them. They are just that enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book! Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This series keeps getting better!! I always love visiting one of Amanda Flowers worlds. She sets a tone on her story by the author the tree picks. In this story Violet finds out how complex life and people are. The essence of the shop really becomes a character of its own. The story is well written with multiple surprises along the way. This is another hit by Ms. Flower and I am waiting in eager anticipation for the next in the series! I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review!
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Grandma Daisy has scheduled a bike race to raise money for the underground railroad museum. It will be a prestigious addition to the town and bring many visitors. White violet and Rainwater are participating in the bike race, they come upon the man who has an accident and has died in the race. Violet soon discovers it is the man is the private investigator that has been following her and wants to discover the bookshop’s secret. Something that Violet plans to keep secret as long as she can. Though she knows that she will need to share the secret with Rainwater if their future is to move forward together.something that Violet plans to keep secret as long as she can. So she knows that she will need to share the secret with rainwater if their future is to move forward together. When the body of a man is found in Niagara Falls is identified as the ex-husband of Rainwater‘s sister, things begin to look as if they may be connected. The trouble is finding out what that connection is and who killed the man. One of Violet’s students becomes a main suspect, and Violet does her best to protect the young girl and prove her innocence. But first she has to find the young girl who has been hiding from the police. Add in a significant historical document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and the mystery is now adding in a significant amount of money that provides the meansadd in a significant historical document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and the mystery is now adding in a significant amount of money that provides the motive for murder. Can Violet, Rainwater, and the essence of the shop solve the murder before another victim is claimed? Another fantastic entry in the series from one of my favorite authorsAnother fantastic entry in the series from one of my favorite authors Amanda flower, Amanda Flower. there are several series that I read religiously by this author and I’m never disappointed. In this series, the author wizen In this series, the author weaves in the works of other authors and brings it all together in a fascinating whodunit. If you have not read anything by this author yet, I strongly suggest that you start here. You won’t be disappointed.
nataliaramlal21 4 months ago
Violet Waverly has reluctantly agreed to participate in grandma Daisy's bike race fundraiser for the Underground Railroad Museum. During the race, a private investigator is murdered. Then the body of a man found in Niagara Falls is identified as the ex-husband of police chief David Rainwater's sister. The police are convinced that the murders are connected and they suspect that Violet's favourite student Jo is somehow involved. Violet believes that Jo is innocent and decides to do her own investigation. Verse and Vengeance is a magical and enjoyable cozy mystery, with a wonderful cast of characters, a charming, picturesque small-town setting, and a well-plotted murder mystery. This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series. When a new installment comes out it feels like catching up with old friends. The plot is complex and nicely paced. I did manage to correctly guess who the culprit was before the reveal but couldn't figure out the motive. I love how literature and magic play a role in helping Violet find clues. Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the series, and I can't wait to read the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MKF 4 months ago
Upfront I confess to being a fan of this series, which features, in addition to the humans, Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow. Yep, a crow who helps a cozy heroine solve crimes. And a book theme. This time out, Violet and her beau David (the police chief) get roped into taking part in a biking event to raise money. Unfortunately, Joel Redding, who has been annoying Violet and her grandmother Daisy by digging into the paranormal bookstore they run, dies during the race- his brake line was cut! Now David does know in his heart that Violet and Daisy didn't do it but they all learn something new as they investigate. This time out, the works of Walt Whitman are featured. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This never gets too woowoo (even with the animals) and it's never too complicated- it's just right for a fun read where you, like me, might learn a bit about Whitman you didn't know before. A good cozy.