Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

March 27, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, Mystery 5 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop, #1) by Amanda Flower
Series: Magical Bookshop #1
Published by Berkley on April 5th 2016
Number of Pages: 368
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy
Source: Obsidian
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

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...

This was such a fun book! I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was thinking it was one of two other people. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. I loved Grandma Daisy, she was fun and perfectly fit the mischievous meddling grandma role, with a few extra quirks thrown in.

I also really liked Violet. And how her past slowly revealed itself as clues to the main mystery appeared. There are hints about a love triangle, but honestly her old boyfriend, now the mayor, irked me. I’m really hoping the police chief wins out, and it certainly looked like he was going to. But we’ll have to wait and see.

The whole premise of a magical bookstore was neat. Not a lot happened with the store in this one, most likely because it was setting up the series. Books followed Violet around, and a few customers were chosen by a book instead of the other way around. I’m guessing more will happen now that she believes in the store. I can’t wait to see what the store will do in the next books. And I really liked the talking crow, and Emerson the cat. All the characters were well-written, with strengths and flaws. The town felt real, and I loved getting to know most of the characters that appeared in the book.

This totally made my keepers shelf, and I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next book!


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5 Responses to “Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I really liked this one! I can hardly wait to see what the author comes up with for the next book. Though I do hope they don’t all focus on poetry books. I like poetry, but only using one kind of book for the bookstore to ‘speak’ with the main character would get old.

  1. Lola

    This sounds like a fun cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal. This one’s on my to-read list already. I requested it on netgalley, but got declined :(. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one! The premise with the magical bookshop sounds fun. I am not a big fan of love triangles in cozy mysteries as so far it always seems so obvious who will win. I do like how many cozy mysteries have cats or dogs in them, I usually enjoy them. Great review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I seem to be on a paranormal cozy kick lately. *laughs* Which works, but sometimes themes seem like they’ve been done over and over again. I loved that this one was pretty unique!

      Sorry you keep getting declined! *snugs* Hope you get approved for the next books you request!

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