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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 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...


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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 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...

30 review for Crime and Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Book of Secrets

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, the first in a new magical mystery series. CRIME AND POETRY was absolutely delightful, and one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read. The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her sly Grandma Daisy claimed to be at death’s door, but it was all a ruse to get Violet to come home and take over the family’s bookstore. Well, before Violet can go storming back to Ch I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, the first in a new magical mystery series. CRIME AND POETRY was absolutely delightful, and one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read. The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her sly Grandma Daisy claimed to be at death’s door, but it was all a ruse to get Violet to come home and take over the family’s bookstore. Well, before Violet can go storming back to Chicago, a dead body ends up in front of her grandmother’s house, and the initial evidence makes Daisy look guilty. Violet is a wonderful character – smart, witty, bookish, a bit goofy, and totally relatable. She has a darn good reason for avoiding Cascade Springs, and what happened to her twelve years ago adds a second intriguing puzzle to this story. I love how this book jumped into the murder mystery right away, and Violet’s amateur sleuthing skills kicked in, with a little help from the charmed books in her grandmother’s magical bookshop. The main mystery in this book was very interesting, combining a bit of history from Cascade Springs with some sneaky stuff going on in the town today. Violet’s research skills came in handy with her investigation. Along with a touch of the paranormal, there’s also an intriguing family secret, a little romance times two, and two cheeky animals to help (and pester) Violet. CRIME AND POETRY is sure to please cozy mystery fans, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    As a lover of mysteries, magic, and old bookshops, I had to take a few deep breaths to calm my excitement when I found out about Crime and Poetry, the first book in the brand new Magical Bookshop cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. It combines those three things I love. But did it live up to my expectations? With the exception of a few cons, the answer is yes. I'll get the cons out of the way first. Now, this is a cozy mystery, and with that you're going to get a few Hallmark Channel cliches. As a lover of mysteries, magic, and old bookshops, I had to take a few deep breaths to calm my excitement when I found out about Crime and Poetry, the first book in the brand new Magical Bookshop cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. It combines those three things I love. But did it live up to my expectations? With the exception of a few cons, the answer is yes. I'll get the cons out of the way first. Now, this is a cozy mystery, and with that you're going to get a few Hallmark Channel cliches. There's the 20-something female protagonist who returns to her small childhood town despite swearing never to return. There's the Native American police chief named Chief Rainwater who may or may not be a love interest. There's the protagonist's teenage sweetheart who is now mayor and is trying to win her back. And then there's the dead body in a town known for its lack of dead bodies. Also, the killer who's identity you can figure out within the first quarter of the book. These are all things that pop up frequently in cozy mysteries. But honestly, if you are picking up a book like this, odds are you already know all these things and it's just what you're in the mood for. Sometimes, a cute simple story is just what you need. It was exactly what I needed. It's a charming read and took me no time at all to wade through it. Every time I was away from home, I found myself thinking about this book and wanting to get back so I could dive in again. It wasn't because I had to know who the killer was or anything -- I guessed that right off the bat. It was just the sheer comfort I felt while reading that kept me coming back. Amanda Flowers has a writing style that welcomed me into her comfy little world with open arms. Also, you can't beat an old magical bookshop called Charming Books. What a great setting! With that being said, I did want a little more magic and a little more bookshop. But still, Crime and Poetry was an enjoyable read. I have already preordered the second book and can't wait to read it when it comes out in December.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    The concept of a bookshop being magical is not a big step from reality for me, as I consider them magical places already. :) Amanda Flower's new Magical Bookshop Mystery series takes it a step further, creating an enchanted bookshop where the books choose the reader. What else could you expect from a bookshop that has a tree growing inside it? How cool is that??!! The basics: Violet Waverly rushes back to her hometown believing her grandmother is ill, only to discover her grandmother just wants h The concept of a bookshop being magical is not a big step from reality for me, as I consider them magical places already. :) Amanda Flower's new Magical Bookshop Mystery series takes it a step further, creating an enchanted bookshop where the books choose the reader. What else could you expect from a bookshop that has a tree growing inside it? How cool is that??!! The basics: Violet Waverly rushes back to her hometown believing her grandmother is ill, only to discover her grandmother just wants her to take over the family business, Charming Books. At first Violet just wants to run back to Chicago and resume her academic life, but is soon pulled into a murder mystery. Grandma Daisy's friend is found dead in front of her home clutching a book of Emily Dickinson poetry he purchased from the shop the day before. He's been strangled with Grandma Daisy's scarf. So, Violet stays to help clear her grandmother of any suspicion in the murder and learns more every day about the magic that surrounds Charming Books. And, charming is the operative word here. This story was just....charming. I enjoyed the characters, the concept and the plot. The mystery was well-paced, the characters believable, and the magic was endearing. This is a fun, light, magical cozy mystery! I loved the idea of magical spring water, and the tree that gives Charming Books its magic. It made me wish I could visit to discover which books the shop would choose for me! Crime and Poetry is the first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. The second book in the series, Prose and Cons, will be published December 6th. I can't wait for the second book! I enjoyed the first book so much, I immediately pre-ordered the new book! Amanda Flower is also the author of the Appleseed Creek mystery series. Discover more information about the author and her books on her website: www.amandaflower.com ** 10/29/18 -- a new book in this series is coming out soon, so I decided to re-read from the start before I enjoy the new book. I listened to the audio version of this book, and had a great time re-visiting the start of this series. The audio book from Tantor Audio is just over 8 hours long. Narrated by Rachel Delude. She read at a nice even pace, did a great job with character voices and personalities. All in all, a great listening experience!**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Books that help you solve a murder, a magical and mystical tree and bookshop with a sweet Grandma. Water that has magical powers. The setting is Niagara Falls but Crime and Poetry to me felt like a place more charming and mysterious and like a land of fantasy. This series was way more than I expected, I had this series and author on my TBR for a little while and i'm so glad I finally read it. Amanda's imagination is pure brilliance. The plot was well written and amazing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts As a fan of Amanda Flower’s other series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. As she didn’t disappoint! I devoured this book! Violet Waverly is working on her doctorate in literature in Chicago when her Grandma Daisy asks her to come back to Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls. She tells her the doctor said she didn’t have much time. Violet rushes home but her grandmother wasn’t sick. She has another secret she has to tell. Violet isn’t happy but before she can get out Dollycas’s Thoughts As a fan of Amanda Flower’s other series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. As she didn’t disappoint! I devoured this book! Violet Waverly is working on her doctorate in literature in Chicago when her Grandma Daisy asks her to come back to Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls. She tells her the doctor said she didn’t have much time. Violet rushes home but her grandmother wasn’t sick. She has another secret she has to tell. Violet isn’t happy but before she can get out of town a man is found dead on Grandma Daisy’s property and the police think her grandmother may have killed him. Violet will do anything to keep her grandmother out of jail so she has to stick around to find the real killer.. Amanda Flower has written a fantastic story set in a beautiful place. I enjoyed the way she brings history into this story. The town of Cascade Springs has a history, so does Violet’s family and so does Violet. I liked that the story never seemed rushed or got bogged down at all. There was the perfect amount of cozy suspense and the story unfolded very comfortably. Yes, as implied, the bookstore is magical and it and its contents become a character all their own. Of course, we have several human characters, in addition to Violet and her grandmother, there is a writing group that meets at the bookstore, Violet’s high school boyfriend, now the mayor, and his brother. We also meet two non-human characters – a wonderful tuxedo cat named Emerson and a talking crow named Faulkner. The author does a fantastic job introducing us to these and other area residents. The magical part of this mystery was subtle at first and grew just the right about. We learn about it right along with Violet and she is not only smart but skeptical about how it works and has a lot to learn. So do we, I think there is so much more to come. Her grandmother has a unique idea on how to solve the crime but Violet uses old fashioned footwork and questioning suspects in her investigation much to the dismay of a certain very handsome sheriff. I must say here, handsome men are not in short supply in Cascade Springs. The little mini trip to see the falls was great. I hope someday I get to see them up close in personal. This is an excellent start to this series. I want the next book book right now! December, seriously….o.k… I will make do :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten #EnoughIsEnough

    What a wonderful cozy mystery! I just hope that Ms Flower sticks with it. (I'm still a little sore that she abandoned her first series with librarian India Hayes after only TWO books!) This mystery takes place in one of those wonderfully quirky small towns that are so common in cozy mysteries with a magical bookstore that wants its next caretaker to come back home from Chicago. The bookstore is complete with a 200 year old birch tree in the center of the house, a talking crow with an attitude, a What a wonderful cozy mystery! I just hope that Ms Flower sticks with it. (I'm still a little sore that she abandoned her first series with librarian India Hayes after only TWO books!) This mystery takes place in one of those wonderfully quirky small towns that are so common in cozy mysteries with a magical bookstore that wants its next caretaker to come back home from Chicago. The bookstore is complete with a 200 year old birch tree in the center of the house, a talking crow with an attitude, and books that appear out of nowhere to answer your questions. But this is a cozy mystery with a little meat on its bones. The main character had left town under a cloud after she had been suspected of her best friend's murder when she was only 17! She returns to a town where her ex-boyfriend is now the mayor and the chief of police is one prime piece of beefcake and they both are seriously interested in her. (Would that I have such problems!) Fun! Fun! Fun! I adored it! Oh, and there is a murder, lies, tainted water, and a cat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was another book I've been wanting to read for awhile now because I really enjoy another series that this author writes. I'm so glad one of the online book clubs I'm in chose it for the May discussion! Violet Waverly was a grad student called suddenly to her hometown of Cascade Springs NY by her Grandma Daisy who was faking being ill. Grandma had a very important job to tell her about. Vi's plan was to go directly back to Chicago where she was going to the university but finding a dead carr This was another book I've been wanting to read for awhile now because I really enjoy another series that this author writes. I'm so glad one of the online book clubs I'm in chose it for the May discussion! Violet Waverly was a grad student called suddenly to her hometown of Cascade Springs NY by her Grandma Daisy who was faking being ill. Grandma had a very important job to tell her about. Vi's plan was to go directly back to Chicago where she was going to the university but finding a dead carriage driver in her grandma's driveway sort of put a damper on that. Violet was determined to exonerate her grandma of any suspicion in this death and despite handsome police chief Rainwater's warnings, she continued to investigate hoping that she'd find the killer before that person found her. I am in love with these characters already and I even dug out the second book to start. I'm not sure how I would have felt in Violet's shoes if I'd driven like crazy for seven hours to find my grandma healthy and fine. Probably relieved but since Daisy was such a sweet lady, Vi couldn't possibly hold this against her. I loved the cat that sort of adopted Violet. He was the perfect cat for a magical bookshop, very intuitive, appearing at places when Vi could have sworn she'd locked him in the house. The shop crow Faulkner was hilarious at times. All I could picture was the raven on the Munsters that kept saying "Nevermore!" lol. The story about Violet's past was interesting and I was glad to see her get some closure from what happened twelve years ago. I like the new friend she met--Sadie was a very enthusiastic person with nothing but kind words for everyone. And she wasn't really annoying about it either. The two men interested in Violet both seem awesome but for some reason, I tend to be Team David Rainwater. He seems to have more of a connection with Vi. Nathan seems to really care for her too so it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next book. I sure hope the author is planning to write a third book--maybe someone at the discussion will ask her that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aira Karina

    Violet Waverly forced to come back to her home town only to found that she's been tricked by her grandma. Daisy, her grandma, is a lovely woman who owns a bookstore, and claimed that in her store, the books will choose its owner. Violet clearly thinks that her Grandma must be losing her mind, when Daisy asked her to moved back to her hometown. When she was there, she met a nice man who wants to buy books, Benedict. Strange things happens when suddenly, a book fall from the shelf and hits Benedic Violet Waverly forced to come back to her home town only to found that she's been tricked by her grandma. Daisy, her grandma, is a lovely woman who owns a bookstore, and claimed that in her store, the books will choose its owner. Violet clearly thinks that her Grandma must be losing her mind, when Daisy asked her to moved back to her hometown. When she was there, she met a nice man who wants to buy books, Benedict. Strange things happens when suddenly, a book fall from the shelf and hits Benedict on his head. Daisy tried her best to conviced Benedict to pick another book, but Benedict insist to buy the book that hit his head, Emily Dickinson's book. Violet feel strange to see her grandma , freaking out about such things. The next morning, Violet found Benedict in her front lawn, dead. And to make it all worse, her Grandma is suspected by the local police. Violet needs to stay longer in her hometown, to found out the real killer and to unravel a huge family secret. This book is great, and entertaining. A magical bookstore, who doesnt like that. I dont feel like reading a cozy mystery, because the storyline is interesting. I enjoy the characters, the plot, and also the way it written.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I really wanted to like this book, and I really didn't like this book. By the end, I felt genuinely sorry for the heroine, and I wanted nothing more than for her to get back in her car, go back to Chicago, and never, ever talk to anyone in her small town again - including, possibly, her own grandmother, the only kin she had left. The book opens with Violet rush home to visit her dying grandmother, after a self-imposed exile of 12 years. Her grandmother is in perfect health and it quickly becomes I really wanted to like this book, and I really didn't like this book. By the end, I felt genuinely sorry for the heroine, and I wanted nothing more than for her to get back in her car, go back to Chicago, and never, ever talk to anyone in her small town again - including, possibly, her own grandmother, the only kin she had left. The book opens with Violet rush home to visit her dying grandmother, after a self-imposed exile of 12 years. Her grandmother is in perfect health and it quickly becomes apparent that she faked a fatal illness to bring her granddaughter home. CHARMING. (view spoiler)[So, Violet's mother died when she was a child, and her best friend died when she was a teenager. Violet was implicated in her friend's death and the town turned against her. Given this, it seems especially cruel that her grandmother, the only living relative that she has left, would lie to her about being deathly ill. CHARMING. Further, her grandmother, whom she is supposed to be very close to, never mentioned that she has had a boyfriend for the past two years, until, of course, boyfriend ends of dead in her drive way. Grandmother further withholds information from her granddaughter throughout the book. Basically "loving grandmother" is a selfish jerkface. Then there's the set-up for a romantic triangle that includes Violet's childhood sweetheart. The same sweetheart who encouraged the police to look at her as a suspect in her friend's accidental death. Yep. He's a keeper. She makes it clear she isn't interested in rekindling and he keeps pursuing. CHARMING. The character, despite having no reason to trust anyone ever again because everyone she's ever loved has either lied to her or died, tells everyone in town her murder investigation progress. The amount of time she spends confiding in people she hardly knows borders on the absurd. Of course, she tells her "very close" grandmother as little as possible. (hide spoiler)] Seriously, I finished the book feeling a genuine sense of sadness for this character, whose tragic life is played for laughs and who has literally no one she can trust. It's pretty clear that this isn't what the author was going for. The writing style was also not really my thing, though YMMV. There was a lot of, "If I only knew how wrong I was..." type statements and long descriptions of the character choking on various foods which I think was supposed to be a running gag/sign of her social awkwardness, but was overdone and fell flat. The two stars are because the mystery left me genuinely curious as to which horrible person done in the victim. Overall, sad and very disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    leslye

    Cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure reads, and there are some smartly written ones out there. These little books you can curl up with and read with a cup of cocoa. Crime and Poetry is the first book in the new "Magical Bookshop Mystery" series. Violet Waverly returns home to the quaint village of Cascade Springs, NY to help Grandma Daisy run her magical store, "Charming Books" - where books literally fly off the shelves, lol! Violet must clear Daisy's name when the body of a dead man is found c Cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure reads, and there are some smartly written ones out there. These little books you can curl up with and read with a cup of cocoa. Crime and Poetry is the first book in the new "Magical Bookshop Mystery" series. Violet Waverly returns home to the quaint village of Cascade Springs, NY to help Grandma Daisy run her magical store, "Charming Books" - where books literally fly off the shelves, lol! Violet must clear Daisy's name when the body of a dead man is found clutching a book from her shop. When the case is over, will Violet stay in town (as Grandma wants) or will she return to Chicago? This book was delightful and funny. I enjoyed the charming characters (especially Faulkner the crow, and Emerson the cat). The setting sounds like a beautiful, whimsical village I would love to visit. The writing was well done and the mystery kept me guessing. I did know the killer fairly early on, but that is just me (I read too much). So what could be better than a magical bookstore? Whether fictional or a real bookshop, they are all enchanting to me. This was a charming cozy. Book #2 in this series is already on my to-read shelf.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    This is a new series by Amanda Flower, and let me start by saying that it is fantastic! Ms. Flower is a superb writer, and it shows throughout this book. I am not sure any review I write will do justice to how great this book really is. How can you go wrong with a Magical bookstore, where the books choose you, a very special tuxedo cat, and a hilarious crow who loves to talk? This book has it all, a great mystery, a bit of suspense, and a lot of laugh out loud moments. We start with Violet getti This is a new series by Amanda Flower, and let me start by saying that it is fantastic! Ms. Flower is a superb writer, and it shows throughout this book. I am not sure any review I write will do justice to how great this book really is. How can you go wrong with a Magical bookstore, where the books choose you, a very special tuxedo cat, and a hilarious crow who loves to talk? This book has it all, a great mystery, a bit of suspense, and a lot of laugh out loud moments. We start with Violet getting a call from her grandmother Daisy, who tells her a bit of a fib to get her to come running to her bedside. Violet hasn't been back to her hometown in twelve years, because of something that happened in her past, but she doesn't hesitate when grandma needs her. Grandma Daisy has a few surprises up her sleeve, she informs Violet that she is to be the new "caretaker" of the bookstore. Violet is a bit confused when she finds out what this entails, she isn't sure whether to believe it or not. More surprises lie ahead when Grandmas boyfriend is found murdered in her driveway, with her scarf around his neck! Daisy of course becomes the prime suspect. So Violet starts her own investigation to clear her grandmas name, even though the police are displeased about it. Along the way we meet many interesting characters, explore the city of Cascade Springs, and Violet even makes some new friends. I loved everything about this book, especially Emerson the cat, and Faulkner the crow. This is a very promising start to a fantastic new series, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. Don't miss this one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    CRIME AND POETRY is the first in a new series by author Amanda Flower aka Isabella Alan. There is everything I enjoy in a cozy present in this book; loving families, a hint of romance, beautiful setting, a little magic, wonderful characters and a great protagonist. The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her Grandma Daisy called her saying she needed her, sounding very ill. Violet assumed she was at d CRIME AND POETRY is the first in a new series by author Amanda Flower aka Isabella Alan. There is everything I enjoy in a cozy present in this book; loving families, a hint of romance, beautiful setting, a little magic, wonderful characters and a great protagonist. The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her Grandma Daisy called her saying she needed her, sounding very ill. Violet assumed she was at death's door and hightailed it home, only to find out it was a ruse to get Violet to come home and take over the family’s bookstore. Violet is ready to head back to Chicago, but a close friend of Grandma Daisy ends up dead in her driveway with Daisy the prime suspect. She decides to stay to help her grandma, of course that also means doing some investigating on her own. Violet is a wonderful character – smart, witty, bookish, a bit goofy, and totally relatable. She has avoided Cascade Springs for over a decade, and what happened years ago adds a second mystery to the story. Violet’s amateur sleuthing skills led her in the right direction to help Daisy, with a little help from the charmed books in her grandmother’s magical bookshop. I really enjoyed the characters of Grandma Daisy, Chief Rainwater and of course Emerson the cat who adopted Violet rather than the other way around. The main mystery of who killed Benedict Raisin was very interesting, combining a bit of history from Cascade Springs with what was going on in the town in the present. Violet’s research skills came in handy with her investigation, as well as the help from Emily Dickinson. Is there going to be romance in Violet's future? Will she become the keeper of the books? Read this delightful story to find out. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narration was well done. A few words not pronounce the way Canadians do, but that is okay. The voices were easy to differentiate and that is not always the case. I am ready to start the next one for an upcoming discussion in my Cozy Mystery bookclub.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Crime And Poetry is the first book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. A very interesting and fun new series from Amanda Flower. Violet Waverly has made an emergency trip back to Cascade Springs after recently receiving from her Grandma Daisy saying her death was imminent. But when she arrives her grandma appears to be in good health. Violet threatens to leave the next morning, but spends the at grandma bookstore, Charming Books. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver, comes to look for a b Crime And Poetry is the first book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. A very interesting and fun new series from Amanda Flower. Violet Waverly has made an emergency trip back to Cascade Springs after recently receiving from her Grandma Daisy saying her death was imminent. But when she arrives her grandma appears to be in good health. Violet threatens to leave the next morning, but spends the at grandma bookstore, Charming Books. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver, comes to look for a book, one mysteriously flies off the shelf and falls at his feet. Later, when Violet asks about this, Daisy just replies that the books select a reader. When Violet gets up the next morning, she looks outside to see a horse and carriage in her grandma's drive and Raisin in the driving seat. Violet goes out to say hello to him, but soon finds that he is dead. As the police begin to investigate, Daisy becomes a person of interest, as she will inherit all of his possessions. And when his estranged daughter, she claims that Daisy killed him to inherit his estate. Much to Violet's chagrin, she finds out that Nathan Morton is the mayor and who is the cause that she left Cascade Springs twelve years before, is now the mayor. She is sure that he cannot be trusted to give her any help getting her grandmothers name cleared. Violet soon learns that Raisin had a shady past and it sure that is why he has been killed. Daisy soon tells Violet that the reason she wanted Violet is back is so that Violet can take over Charmed Books, as it's a magical type of bookstore that can only be passed on to family The book has a wonderful cast of characters from the police chief David Rainwater, who is somewhat sympathetic to Violet, to Sadie who has a boutique across the street from Charmed Books, and to Lacy and Adrien Dupont who own La Crepe Jolie. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this delightful new series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    This is one big disappointment, the blurb was promissing but the result was aweful.When Violet recieved a call from her dying gran'ma, she immediately left Chicago to her home town (or village). Once there, she discovers a more than healthy Gran'ma Daizy, still managing "Charming books" a hell of a bookshop that is way from ordinary. Vi gets really angry and decides to return to Chicago the next day, but Chicago can wait, the same morning, Vi discovers -on her gran'ma's driveway- the body of Bened This is one big disappointment, the blurb was promissing but the result was aweful.When Violet recieved a call from her dying gran'ma, she immediately left Chicago to her home town (or village). Once there, she discovers a more than healthy Gran'ma Daizy, still managing "Charming books" a hell of a bookshop that is way from ordinary. Vi gets really angry and decides to return to Chicago the next day, but Chicago can wait, the same morning, Vi discovers -on her gran'ma's driveway- the body of Benedict, an old carriage driver she met the day before at the shop. And to make things worse, he was clutching the very book he bought yesterday from "their shop". So far, it's promissing, especially when books decide to talk to you and lead you to the killer. But then, things get really heavy and stalling, there's more about Vi feelings and previous relationship than the murder itself. I loved her character, she's funny and sarcastic, but then, she started being stupid. Vi's ex boyfriend is the mayor of the village, he walked out on her when she needed him the most, the reason Vi left, is her best friend's death, she struggled with the police as she was considered a suspect, her ex-boyfriend's parents asked him to not get involved in what was going on, so he did. Now, he's hitting on her and trying to revive the old flames, what a jerk! and!! and! she's alowing him that, and then start complaining about being stuck between him and the OMG chief of police, an amber eyed native american (the choice is pretty clear, well, there's not any!) So, adding to the fact that the plot was no surprise at all and the culprits can be guessed pretty easily, the heroine starts making very very stupid decisions that can lead to her death. I had high expectations for a mystery involving a book shop, a talking crow and toxedo cat, but, meh..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Great new discovery for me! I really enjoyed the plot and the characters in this story. Toss in a magical tree, a crow with a grumpy personality and an ornery tuxedo cat to make the story just a bit more interesting. Violet is home to visit her grandmother when a dead body makes it way onto the scene and Violet decides she must do a bit of research to help ensure that her grandmother doesn't get accused of a crime she didn't commit. The story was extremely well written and the characters extreme Great new discovery for me! I really enjoyed the plot and the characters in this story. Toss in a magical tree, a crow with a grumpy personality and an ornery tuxedo cat to make the story just a bit more interesting. Violet is home to visit her grandmother when a dead body makes it way onto the scene and Violet decides she must do a bit of research to help ensure that her grandmother doesn't get accused of a crime she didn't commit. The story was extremely well written and the characters extremely well fleshed out. It is not often that I feel the first book really gets the essence of so many characters and yet this one really did! I can't wait to read the second book in the series to see where it goes!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Good, clean fun. The crow needs more character development: someone tell the author to please research crows. (Full disclosure, I may or not be the crow pictured in my profile avatar, lol) As usual, I did not guess the who-dunnit. I was hoping the ex-boyfriend was the murderer, quite honestly, in hopes of getting his old flame, our protagonist, to return to town, but then we wouldn't have a love triangle would we. I totally surprised myself by laughing out loud during the gala, all that stage busi Good, clean fun. The crow needs more character development: someone tell the author to please research crows. (Full disclosure, I may or not be the crow pictured in my profile avatar, lol) As usual, I did not guess the who-dunnit. I was hoping the ex-boyfriend was the murderer, quite honestly, in hopes of getting his old flame, our protagonist, to return to town, but then we wouldn't have a love triangle would we. I totally surprised myself by laughing out loud during the gala, all that stage business with the shrimp cocktail. Bonus star to Grandma for understanding the value of popcorn and how no one should ever need to share their bag with anyone!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cloak88

    A decent cozy-mystery. 3.5 Violet Waverly left her hometown under rather bad circumstances and vowed never to come back. However after her grandmother Daisy (and only living relative) called her from her deathbed, she came back to the last place she wanted to ever be. Imagine how angry she is to find that Daisy, may have overstated her condition just a bit. In fact she's just fine, and it was all a ruse to get her back in town and take over the family business. Charming books a magical bookstore. A decent cozy-mystery. 3.5 Violet Waverly left her hometown under rather bad circumstances and vowed never to come back. However after her grandmother Daisy (and only living relative) called her from her deathbed, she came back to the last place she wanted to ever be. Imagine how angry she is to find that Daisy, may have overstated her condition just a bit. In fact she's just fine, and it was all a ruse to get her back in town and take over the family business. Charming books a magical bookstore..... Ohh and then the dead body shows up and Daisy is murdersuspect #1 I liked the premise, the idea and the story. The novel had a fun, atmosphere and enough mystery to keep you reading even without the Whodunit plotline. In all it is a somewhat slow paced novel, that charmes through its quirks, and it's charming characters. In that it succeeds quite amiably. However I must conclude that perhaps this isn't my prefered genre. To little happened and some things were just a bit convenient to ring true... An opinion probably born more from a conflict between the genre and my tasted than anything ells. In short, a cozy mystery with charming characters and enough mystery to entertain, but perhaps not for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    I was looking for a new cozy to start and all of them weren't up to my taste. I won this book in a Goodreads Book Giveaway from Berkley Publishing Group, and I am so happy that I won it. I am in love with this new series. I loved all the characters in the book. Quirky and fun. The humor in this book gives you a smile but isn't downright silly. That is why I gave up on some of the other mysteries. I'm in love with the magical town of Cascade Springs, NY, I'm ready to move there and I'm in love wi I was looking for a new cozy to start and all of them weren't up to my taste. I won this book in a Goodreads Book Giveaway from Berkley Publishing Group, and I am so happy that I won it. I am in love with this new series. I loved all the characters in the book. Quirky and fun. The humor in this book gives you a smile but isn't downright silly. That is why I gave up on some of the other mysteries. I'm in love with the magical town of Cascade Springs, NY, I'm ready to move there and I'm in love with Emerson, the cat. There is murder, suspense and even some magic. I normally am not a fan of the supernatural but this was written so well into the story that it didn't annoy me at all. I also didn't figure out who the murderer was till it was revealed. I'm anxiously awaiting the next in this cozy mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A promising start to a new series! This cozy includes a magical bookstore where the books choose you; and a resident crow that talks. A murder, along with past secrets and sins, lead to a whodunit that had me guessing right up to the end. I cannot wait for book two!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andree

    I was in the mood for light yesterday, and this certainly fit the bill. It's a well-written cozy mystery. It hits on basically every cosy mystery trope ever: -Set in close-knit small town -vague secret family-based magical powers -works with books - in this case the double-wammy of the family-owned bookstore and the protagonist being a literature professor -love interest that is A) either an ex-high school sweetheart, or B) the head law enforcement in the small town (alas, in this both are present) - I was in the mood for light yesterday, and this certainly fit the bill. It's a well-written cozy mystery. It hits on basically every cosy mystery trope ever: -Set in close-knit small town -vague secret family-based magical powers -works with books - in this case the double-wammy of the family-owned bookstore and the protagonist being a literature professor -love interest that is A) either an ex-high school sweetheart, or B) the head law enforcement in the small town (alas, in this both are present) -quirky family members -Owns cat that seems smarter than average/helps locate key clues -past family tragedy (or other tragedy) It's tropey, but it's generally well enough done that I don't care. Minor quibbles about the set-up (Grandma pretending to be dying to lure her granddaughter back to the village she left for good reason). I also could have done without the love triangle. Especially given that the high school boyfriend, at his parent's urging, let our heroine get caught up in the suspicious death investigation of her best friend, essentially suggesting she may have been implicated. It isn't dealt with anywhere well enough or thoroughly enough (or with enough groveling and indication that he'll change his ways) for me to want anything to do with that side of the love triangle, especially when the law enforcement side is so much more charming (and I've already read the second book, and my objection still stands). Still, it's one big trope, but it's a trope I'm a sucker for. Also, the local university campus features an awesome librarian, and the bookshop has a resident talking crow. Just sayin'.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book was a real surprise for me I'd thought that the book was about (view spoiler)[ witches selling grimoires along with maybe potions or other magical accoutrements. Instead it's about a shop that tells you things through the books it pushes on the reader. (hide spoiler)] I thought it was a novel concept, well done by the author. I'll be reading book 2 of the series very soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    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 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. Two parting quotes from Emily Dickinson that fit perfectly in summarizing this enchanted book. “—Magicians be asleep —But Magic — hath an Element Like Deity — to keep —" and “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ~ Emily Dickinson. This book has a magical, strong story line, outstanding quirky characters, dual romantic interests, a complex mystery, puzzling clues, suspense, and humor. I cannot wait to see what the next book holds. I’d suggest readers pick up a copy of this book so one doesn’t fly off of the shelf and hit you! Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this review are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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. I received this book from the author for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    A very good start to an enchanting new para-cozy series. I was very intrigued when I first heard about CRIME AND POETRY. I already know author Amanda Flower is a marvelous writer, but I was curious to see how she handled a cozy with a paranormal element. She did so most admirably. The premise of a magical bookstore where the book picks the reader is a fascinating one. While interesting to read about, I think I’ll stick with bookstores where I chose the book, not the other way around. I dread thi A very good start to an enchanting new para-cozy series. I was very intrigued when I first heard about CRIME AND POETRY. I already know author Amanda Flower is a marvelous writer, but I was curious to see how she handled a cozy with a paranormal element. She did so most admirably. The premise of a magical bookstore where the book picks the reader is a fascinating one. While interesting to read about, I think I’ll stick with bookstores where I chose the book, not the other way around. I dread thinking what book would pick me! ;-) This first in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries is a well thought out story, with many plot elements, and a diverse, and entertaining group of characters. I was a bit bummed by the fact that a character I feel sure I would have adored turned out to be author Flower’s first victim. Yet it urged me to become even more invested in the story, and to see the killer brought to justice. Cozy fans, especially those who enjoy a paranormal twist, are going to want to add CRIME AND POETRY to your TBRs. And fans of Flower aka Isabella Alan are certainly in for a magical read. Make sure to keep reading after the story for a sneak peek of MURDER, HANDCRAFTED, the newest in the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries by Amanda Flower writing as Isabella Alan!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    A delightful and wonderful debut in an enchanted bookstore. Meet Grandma Daisy, owner of Charming Books and her stubborn granddaughter, Violet. Violet has rushed to her ailing grandmother's bedside only to discover she is hale and hearty. Violet is getting ready to return to her life in Chicago when a dead man is found in Daisy's driveway and she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. A long ago accident had driven Violet from her home right after high school and this new murder is bringing al A delightful and wonderful debut in an enchanted bookstore. Meet Grandma Daisy, owner of Charming Books and her stubborn granddaughter, Violet. Violet has rushed to her ailing grandmother's bedside only to discover she is hale and hearty. Violet is getting ready to return to her life in Chicago when a dead man is found in Daisy's driveway and she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. A long ago accident had driven Violet from her home right after high school and this new murder is bringing all the bad memories back. This is a complex mystery involving secrets, greed, revenge and blackmail. The characters are delightful and the enchanted bookstore just adds another dimension to this page turning adventure. Amanda Flower has created a wonderful new adventure for everyone to enjoy. Her descriptive narrative will pull you in and you won't want to leave!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Book #1 in Magical Bookshop. New author to me. This is one of the best series starts I have read in a long time. I thoroughly loved this book. Cannot wait to read more about Emerson and Faulkner. Too bad there is only 2 in this series. Hope there will be more. 4.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I loved this book and I was glad it was picked as a book club choice. Amanda never fails to entertain and this was no exception.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    I really enjoyed this cozy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    I loved this book!💖 Loveable characters, humorous, and absolutely enchanting! I hope there will be more 📚 in this series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Brought back to her ancestral town under false pretenses, Violet Waverly rushes into her grandmother Daisy’s bookstore to find her nowhere near her deathbed and even further from remorseful for using such pretext to get her back. Charming Books is located in the old Victorian that housed Waverly’s for 200 years. A house filled with memories, magic books, a live birch tree, 2 stories tall, and a talking crow, dubbed Faulkner. Three generations of women ran the store, keeping the secret of what t Brought back to her ancestral town under false pretenses, Violet Waverly rushes into her grandmother Daisy’s bookstore to find her nowhere near her deathbed and even further from remorseful for using such pretext to get her back. Charming Books is located in the old Victorian that housed Waverly’s for 200 years. A house filled with memories, magic books, a live birch tree, 2 stories tall, and a talking crow, dubbed Faulkner. Three generations of women ran the store, keeping the secret of what the books could do within its walls, and there alone. When a carriage driving gentleman Violet just met is found in her grandmother’s driveway the morning after a Dickenson book of poetry fell from the shelf to him, there is much explaining to be done. Who was he to Gramma Daisy? Why did the book fall at him? Why was Daisy’s scarf used to strangle him and more so, does any of the fore mentioned have any relevance to Daisy being the sole benefactor of his will? The water of Cascade Springs is said to have healing powers. To the Waverly’s, it is exceptionally true. The birch tree, over 200 years old, is watered only with said water. It ensues and imbues the mystical powers into the books that deliver messages to the Waverly women. From those said books are hints, via Emily’s poetry, as to whom Violet should focus to clear her grandmother’s good name. No one (but one curmudgeon detective) believes Daisy could, in any way, be responsible... but all evidence does seem to point her way. But what’s a good mystery without a little romance? Violet’s old high school flame is now mayor and still holding that torch. The hot chief of police is also showing interest beyond Violet’s own attempts to solve the crime. But Violet is set on going back to Chicago once she clears her grandmother of any wrongdoing, no matter her supposed next in line bookstore/tree/magic books caretaker heritage. I applaud the reveal. Tho I had one culprit pegged, I did not at all expect the other. The ending is open, as far as Violet’s decision to stay & whom would be keeping her company, and I’m sure much will be there for me in the next book, Prose and Cons, but it still felt in need. Flower’s writing is well done (even when the proof reader or editor miss) and she does well with her characters, settings and dialogue. I’m looking forward to part 2. As an aside, I’m beginning to think the name Waverly is synonymous with magic, in all its spellings.

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