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Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2016

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Book 1 of 2 in the Magical Bookshop Series

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Praise for Amanda Flower

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

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451477448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451477446
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crime and Poetry is the debut book in Magical Bookshop series penned by Agatha Award-nominated author, Amanda Flower, who is renowned for writing an Amish Mystery series as Isabella Allan. I typically have very ambivalent feelings related to cozy mysteries featuring magic or the supernatural as some have been superbly written and others have been anything but. In Crime and Poetry Amanda Flowers delivers one on the superb end of the scale, truly amazing! Poetry of Emily Dickinson is interspersed throughout the book in the provide hints to solving the mystery. Although not in the book, I believe this one summarizes it nicely. “Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.” ― Emily Dickinson. The protagonist, Violet Waverly, hurries home to Cascade Springs, New York, after departing 12 years ago, when Daisy, her grandmother, calls and says she is dying. When Violet arrives she finds Grandma Daisy working and quite well. Grandma Daisy informs Violet that she is to be the new "caretaker" of the bookstore, a Magical bookstore, where the books choose the person. We meet Emerson, a very special tuxedo cat and Faulkner a hilarious crow who loves to talk and learn a large tree is growing through the house and the stream flows with special water. Violet is in for many surprises. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver who is also Daisy’s boyfriend, dies mysteriously, Daisy is the prime suspect. Violet must to open her mind letting the books speak to her as she works to solve this mystery before it's too late. Violet also encounters her ex-boyfriend, Nathan, now the Mayor, his brother and a handsome Native American police chief. I’m looking forward to the next book in this enchanting series. I need to know if Violet accepted her calling or returned to Chicago.Read more ›
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A great debut for a new mystery series !
Crime and Poetry is A Magical Bookshop Mystery first in series by Amanda Flower. The author also writes the very beloved Amish series under the name Isabelle Allen. In this series the setting is a family bookstore in Cascade Springs New York. Our protagonist Violet has been summoned home by her Grandmother under a ruse . Grandma now wants her to take over the bookstore and live in Cascade Springs. The magical element in this story is kept light and the focus is character development and the sleuth which kept me guessing. I loved the addition of the feisty animals in the story. The mystery conclusion was a surprise and a enjoyable sleuth. All in all this is a delight to read for any avid mystery reader. I appreciate the advance reading copy Berkley Publishing Group. I look forward to many more in the fine series. Well Done ! If you enjoy mysteries you will enjoy spending time with Violet and her friends.
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This book was truly a delight. Even though it is the first in a new series, the characters are well established, and the location, Cascade Springs, New York, is the perfect small town -- well except for the murder. I love the idea of a book store where the books choose you and even help you at times, and the resident pet, a talking crow named Faulkner, just adds to the atmosphere. There is also a wonderful tuxedo cat named Emerson who may have a little magic as well. Violet is a wonderful protagonist who is having to deal not only with her past in Cascade Springs, but also a potential future in a town she had sworn never to come back to. I know you will be as enchanted as I was when I read this book.

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What a great new series by Amanda Flower. Interesting cast of characters, Violet the granddaughter, Daisy the grandmother, Emerson the cat, Faulkner the crow and a magical bookstore.
Violet receives an urgent call from her grandmother Daisy that she needs to come home because Daisy is very ill. Violet, jumps in her car and goes to her grandmothers aid in a town she has not been back to in twelve years because of an incident that made her flee Cascade Springs. Violet arrives to find grandma Daisy alive and very well. Daisy cooked up the idea to get Violet to come home because she must become the caretaker of the bookstore. Violet upset and confused trying to make sense of it all discovers a body in the driveway (Benedict Raisin) with her grandmother's scarf around his neck. Of course Daisy is the prime suspect and it's up to Violet to find the real murderer. Benedict is Daisy's gentleman caller and he had his will changed to include Daisy. Daisy tells Violet let the books tell you who the murderer is, no spoilers here, you must read to find out more. Daisy also begs Violet to go get Benedict's cat Emerson, who is a very special cat. Should she stay in Cascade Falls or not? I love the way that Amanda Flower introduces us to all the characters and describes the town of Cascade Falls.
Great start to what I am sure will be a long series.
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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!
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