I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
Length: 8 hours
Published by NAL on April 5th 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
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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...
What I thought of this book.
This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed this book and it’s probably going to be on my favorites list for 2016.
Violet races back to her home town because she fears her grandmother is very ill only to find out her grandmother fibbed. She new it was the only way to get Violet back home and she needed her to come back home to take her rightful place as caretaker of the bookshop.
Violet let her home town after a horrible accident and vowed to not ever come back home, but here she is back home because of her grandmother. She decides that she will not stay long as it brings up to many bad memories but then her grandmother’s friend is killed and because he was found outside her home her grandmother is a suspect.
While she dabbles in finding out who killed the old man she has to deal with some of the things that happened back when she left. She find out her ex-boyfriend is the mayor and he seems to want to rekindle things and she doesn’t. He is part of the reason why she left.
She also find out that the older man wasn’t always a nice guy and use to be into some unsavory things and that could have had a reason for him being killed. He was a really decent guy from what her grandmother had told her and was trying to get his life back to right.
Besides the mystery that was pretty good even though I was fairly certain I knew who the killer was, there is the fact that the bookshop has a bit of magic in it. The reason why Violet’s grandmother wanted her to come back was to take over as caretaker of the bookshop. I will let you find out a what that magic is and how it came to be when you read the book. 🙂
Violet is not looking for a man in her life but she seems to have an old flame and a handsome chief of police viaing for her attention. I think there is going to be many interesting things to come for Violet and her magical bookshop. I can’t wait to read the next one in this new series and will be checking out more from this author!
A great read for any cozy mystery lover!
This one is narrated by a new to me narrator but she was really good and I enjoyed her. Rachel Dulude is one I will be wanting to check out more from.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016