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    Magical New Series

    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.
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    A promising start to a new series!

    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!
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    Magical Bookshop, Murder and Poetry

    I have read this author's other cozy series and I love Biblio Mysteries so I was excited to read this new series. Violet returns to her hometown after her grandmother calls for help. Her grandmother owns a magical bookshop in upstate New York and she wants Violet to take over. While there Violet discovers the body of her grandmother's friend and since her grandmother is the suspect she sets out solve the murder. I like the town and the supporting characters. I also like the Emily Dickinson Poetry and the animals. The mystery was OK. I was able to figure out the who did it early on. I am not a fan of romantic triangles so I am not sure if I will enjoy the triangle that was being set up in this book. Overall this was an enjoyable first book. Enjoy I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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    Charming cozy mystery!

    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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