I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop, #2) by Amanda Flower
Published by Berkley on December 6th 2016
Number of Pages: 323
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting...
October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.
Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore...
There’s still a love triangle going on in this book. The mayor (Nathan), and the police chief (David) are still both interested in Violet. And while Violet doesn’t seem to be interested in Nathan, she wasn’t encouraging David either. I’m hoping for David, but we’ll have to see!
There were more magical happenings in the store, and with the tree. But not a whole lot more than the first book. The bookshop is still talking to Violet via poetry, this time using Edgar Allan Poe. And while she’s able to figure out a few of the clues, both she and I were completely surprised by who the killer was.
There were a number of side mysteries as well as the main one, and not all the side mysteries had anything to do with the main mystery. I liked the rivalry between Emerson and Faulkner, and how Emerson gets Violet into situations she had otherwise talked herself out of by breaking and entering.
I didn’t like the character who died much, so I’m not sad to see them go. I loved the secret room and how Emerson found it for Violet. There were also a number of cute or funny moments between Violet, David and his family. There are a lot of funny moments in the book in general.
If you’re looking for a magical cozy with a unique twist, you should try this series.