Review: Crime and Poetry (Book #1: A Magical Bookshop Mystery Series) by Amanda Flower

Wednesday, April 24thRushing 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…

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Source: Purchase          Rating: 4½/5 stars

Oh, Lord y’all!!  I just found a cozy mystery series that speaks to so many of my bookish loves: cozy mystery, animals, a bookstore, a bit of the paranormal, and lovely, quirky characters.  Here’s the skinny on this fun read:

Violet Waverly never, ever, ever meant to return to her hometown.  After a life-altering event during her senior year, Violet escaped and hasn’t returned in more than a decade.  That is, until her beloved grandmother, Daisy Waverly calls with devastating news that brings Violet across the country as quickly as her little car and tolerance for no sleep can get her there.  As it turns out, Grandma Daisy may have been exaggerating her situation just a bit, but her goal is accomplished with Violet back home and now the real work can begin.

But first, there’s the small matter of the murder of Grandma Daisy’s boyfriend . . . .

Violet’s return to her hometown is a mixed bag of emotions.  On the one hand, it is always great to see her grandmother and the bookstore that brought her so much pleasure growing up.  On the other hand, she’s crazy worried about her grandmother and the bombshell she’s dropped on Violet and then there are the looks and gossip that inevitably swirl in a small town.  Grandma Daisy is a strong suspect in the murder of her boyfriend and Violet just can’t sit around and allow her grandmother to be railroaded as she was so many years ago.

With no intention of staying in town, Violet doesn’t worry much about stepping on toes as she begins to poke around into the death of Grandma Daisy’s boyfriend.  What Violet finds is a background, a sort of past life that has seemingly come back in the form of murder.  As she begins to put the pieces together, Violet gets some help from the most unlikely of sources, the books in her grandmother’s bookstore.  Remember that bombshell I mentioned??  As Violet digs deeper, she puts herself in danger but is committed to her course and once she realizes the books are working for her, though in a very cryptic way, she can crack the case which puts her in absolute danger!

The Bottom Line: I am so pleased with this series and can’t wait to read the next two books!!  From start to finish I was sucked into this book, this small quirky little town, and especially the bookstore.  What a wonderful twist the paranormal elements bring to this series with the intuitive little kitty, the very talkative and snarky bird, the insistent books with their cryptic clues, and the specialness of the tree.  When you add in Violet, a dogged, determined, and incredibly intelligent young woman with a feisty granny who WILL have her way, you have something of a recipe for book magic!  I have such a good feeling about this series and sincerely hope it continues to deliver on this promise found in this first book.

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