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    Magical

    Grandma Daisy has scheduled a bike race to raise money for the underground railroad museum. It will be a prestigious addition to the town and bring many visitors. White violet and Rainwater are participating in the bike race, they come upon the man who has an accident and has died in the race. Violet soon discovers it is the man is the private investigator that has been following her and wants to discover the bookshop’s secret. Something that Violet plans to keep secret as long as she can. Though she knows that she will need to share the secret with Rainwater if their future is to move forward together.something that Violet plans to keep secret as long as she can. So she knows that she will need to share the secret with rainwater if their future is to move forward together. When the body of a man is found in Niagara Falls is identified as the ex-husband of Rainwater‘s sister, things begin to look as if they may be connected. The trouble is finding out what that connection is and who killed the man. One of Violet’s students becomes a main suspect, and Violet does her best to protect the young girl and prove her innocence. But first she has to find the young girl who has been hiding from the police. Add in a significant historical document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and the mystery is now adding in a significant amount of money that provides the meansadd in a significant historical document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and the mystery is now adding in a significant amount of money that provides the motive for murder. Can Violet, Rainwater, and the essence of the shop solve the murder before another victim is claimed? Another fantastic entry in the series from one of my favorite authorsAnother fantastic entry in the series from one of my favorite authors Amanda flower, Amanda Flower. there are several series that I read religiously by this author and I’m never disappointed. In this series, the author wizen In this series, the author weaves in the works of other authors and brings it all together in a fascinating whodunit. If you have not read anything by this author yet, I strongly suggest that you start here. You won’t be disappointed.
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    Another excellent book by Amanda Flower!

    Violet Waverly has reluctantly agreed to participate in grandma Daisy's bike race fundraiser for the Underground Railroad Museum. During the race, a private investigator is murdered. Then the body of a man found in Niagara Falls is identified as the ex-husband of police chief David Rainwater's sister. The police are convinced that the murders are connected and they suspect that Violet's favourite student Jo is somehow involved. Violet believes that Jo is innocent and decides to do her own investigation. Verse and Vengeance is a magical and enjoyable cozy mystery, with a wonderful cast of characters, a charming, picturesque small-town setting, and a well-plotted murder mystery. This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series. When a new installment comes out it feels like catching up with old friends. The plot is complex and nicely paced. I did manage to correctly guess who the culprit was before the reveal but couldn't figure out the motive. I love how literature and magic play a role in helping Violet find clues. Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the series, and I can't wait to read the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    A spirited tale!

    Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is the fourth A Magical Bookshop Mystery. There is a delightful cast of characters in this magical tale. Violet Waverly has just finished teaching another semester at the local college as well as defending her dissertation which has earned her the right to put doctor before her name. She is looking forward to working in the shop and spending time with her boyfriend, Chief David Rainwater. Daisy Waverly is Violet’s grandmother and the new mayor of Cascade Springs. Things are never dull when Daisy is around. She came up with the idea for the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum and ran short of funding when issues were discovered with the foundation of the Village Hall. There is Emerson the tuxedo cat that manages to follow Violet around the village (a master escape artist) and Faulkner is the crow that resides in the magical birch tree and calls out unique quotes as well as dropping books into Violet’s path. There are a variety of charming residents and shop owners plus a curmudgeon or two. I just love the descriptions of this quant town. There are some adorable shops and it is close to Niagara Falls. The mystery was multifaceted with several suspects and good clues. While I could identify the guilty party, it took longer to figure out the why. This was a unique whodunit. I like how everything tied together. Amanda crafted a unique mystery that tied in Walt Whitman. I especially enjoyed how literature with the help of the essence tied into the whodunit. Verse and Vengeance also has romance with David and Violet at the forefront, but there is also Daisy and a certain fellow who is smitten with her. Plus, Violet’s department chair might finally work up the nerve to ask out a certain librarian. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story that had me chuckling. That Emerson is quite a character. Thanks to Amanda Flower’s descriptions, I could envision that cat in Violet’s bicycle basket. Violet’s father returns which brings up old feelings of resentment and confusion. Can Violet and her father find a way to move forward? Verse and Vengeance can be read as a standalone for those new to the series, but why would you not want to read all the books in this enchanting series. The ending of Verse and Vengeance is very special, and I cannot wait for the next book in this enchanting series. Verse and Vengeance is a spellbinding tale with an enigmatic essence, perplexing poetry, a curious cat, dynamic Daisy, a pesky PI, and a flawed foundation.
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    Another winner from Amanda Flower

    Amanda Flower is one of my must read authors. Her cozies are always full of smart heroines with adorable animals and she usually stumps me on whom is the murderer. Verse and Vengeance is no exception. I love Violet and Grandma Daisy. The magic is a fun element. I could not go into the bookshop because I would go broke. The bookshop can tell what you need or want to read and magically the shop has that exact book(s). The animals in this book are her tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop's crow, Faulkner. Those two are very mischievous, but they do not overtake the story. I also like how in each novel there is an author who's work is connected to the murder. In this case, it is Walt Whitman. The author does a great job of incorporating that element into the story. I also loved the ending! This is the fourth book in the series. You could read it as a standalone, but do yourself a favor and read all of them. They are just that enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book! Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    I liked this book and the series.

    I received a free copy of VERSE AND VENGEANCE (Book 4 of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly’s supporting Grandma Daisy’s endeavors as town mayor of Cascade Falls. Violet’s even participating in the first annual Tour de Cascade bike race. Things are going well financially with the bookshop and professionally at the college for the newly minted “Dr.” Waverly. However, Violet is still struggling with whether to tell her boyfriend Police Chief David Rainwater about her family’s magic when a few more stressors make an appearance: both her father and the disturbing private detective Joel Redding arrive back in town. When Joel Redding is murdered during the race, one of Violet’s students becomes the primary suspect. Since the bookshop persists in throwing Walt Whitman tomes at Violet and since her student’s situation resonates with Violet’s past, Violet’s compelled to action. Will Violet be able to use her literary research skills and natural curiosity to find out who really dunnit? I enjoyed this book and have enjoyed all of the books in this series. I recommend the writing and stories of Amanda Flower to fans of cozy mysteries. This series has supernatural element, a rivalry between and intelligent raven and a too-smart tuxedo cat, an interfering elder, and a wonderful boyfriend who is actually good at his job. #VerseandVengeance #NetGalley

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