#1: Crime and Poetry  -     By: Amanda Flower
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Crime and Poetry #1, in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series, by Amanda Flower

There’s something simply magical about Charming Books.  More than the magical charm of the village where it’s nestled – Cascade Springs, NY.  More than the charm of its slightly eccentric owner – Daisy Waverly.  Or of the granddaughter she tricked into returning home – Violet.  No, at Charming Books, the books choose their buyers…and even have the ability - with help - to predict death and identify murderers.  It’s a good thing…because there’s a murder to be solved!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: NAL
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 6.80 X 4.20 (inches)
ISBN: 0451477448
ISBN-13: 9780451477446
Series: Magical Bookshop Mystery

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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...

Author Bio

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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Praise for Amanda Flower

"In her page-turning style, Flower builds effective suspense."—Booklist

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  1. Locust Grove, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Crime and Poetry
    November 4, 2016
    Mee Maw
    Locust Grove, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I love reading Amanda Flower's books. I have read 5 of them, and can't wait for more!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    So much fun!
    August 1, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I do believe Amanda Flower could be called the queen of cozy mysteries and I am so excited about this new series!!! A bookstore with 'tude, an opinionated cat, a talking crow and a mystery to be solved! Does it get any better than that? Love the town and its eclectic citizens and the history Violet has with them all. Not to mention the Native American police chief. His gentle concern is lost on bulldozer Violet when it comes to mystery solving. David foolishly thinks the detective work should be left to the professional. Poor guy better get used to feeling exasperated at every turn...at least for a few more books because my spidey senses are telling me romance is afoot. A tricky mystery kept me stymied for most of the read. I pretty much suspected everyone by the end! Poor Violet wouldn't have a single friend if she listened to me. I laughed and cringed and gasped out loud. Woot! An amazing debut to the Magical Bookshop Mystery series.
  3. Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story!
    July 7, 2016
    Stitch Chick
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very enjoyable book from the beginning to the end. Whimsical and witty characters, 'magic' bookstore with a tree in the center. It's just a fun read even though it is a murder/mystery, it has a lot of laugh out loud moments. Can't wait for book #2!!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery, Excitement and Fun!!!
    June 27, 2016
    RubyKitty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a great little book (little because of its smaller size). I was drawn into the story from the first page and had a hard time putting it down until it was finished. You thought you could figure out where the story was headed, but aha you were wrong. I loved this book. It took me somewhere different and included a cast of animal characters along with a wonderful variety of people. This book will be kept for another read in future years.
  5. Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Charming cozy mystery!
    April 4, 2016
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower is the first book in the new cozy mystery series titled A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. Violet Waverly rushes home to Cascade Springs, New York when her grandmother, Daisy calls her and states she is dying. Violet arrives to find Grandma Daisy working and very well! It was a ruse (a very effective one) to get Violet home. Violet has not returned home since she left when she was seventeen. It is time for Violet to take her place as the new Caretaker at Charming Books. Grandma Daisy explains the family history and what happens at the store, but Violet is not sure she believes it (seeing is believing). The next morning Benedict Raisin, carriage driver and Grandma Daisy's boyfriend, is in their driveway in his carriage. Unfortunately, he is dead! Grandma Daisy is the number one suspect in the murder (at least according to Officer John Wheaton). Violet sets out to prove her grandmother's innocence. Who wanted to hurt Benedict (who seems well liked) and why leave him in Grandma Daisy's driveway? When the case is over, will Violet stay in town (as Grandma Daisy wants) or will she return to Chicago?

    Crime and Poetry was just delightful. I enjoyed the characters (especially Faulkner, the crow, and Emerson, the cat). The setting sounds like it is just beautiful and a place that I would love to visit. The magical element was very light. I hope there will be more of it in future books. The author did a good job of keeping the reader guessing on the identity of the killer. I knew who the killer was as soon as the character was introduced, but that is just me (I read quite a few mysteries and suspense novels). Crime and Poetry has a good mystery, entertaining characters, beautiful setting, a little romance (the possibility), and magic! Amanda Flower did a wonderful job combining these elements into a charming cozy mystery. I give Crime and Poetry 4.5 out of 5 stars (I marked down because I was able to solve the mystery). I cannot wait for the next book in A Magical Bookshop series.

    I received a complimentary copy of Crime and Poetry through NetGalley (courtesy of the publisher and author) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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