Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop Series #1)

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop Series #1)

by Amanda Flower

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From the national bestselling author of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries comes the first charming caper in the 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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ISBN-13: 9780451477446
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Magical Bookshop Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 54,146
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Flower is the USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries, the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, and the Magical Garden Mysteries. She also writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries under the name Isabella Allen. In addition to being an author, she is a librarian in Northeast Ohio.

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Crime and Poetry 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's got all the best things in a intriguing main character with a clouded past, just enough romance to keep you hoping for her and the mystery keeps you guessing to the end and then wanting more. Can't wait for the next one!
PammieJo-CozyQueen More than 1 year ago
Violet Waverly receives an urgent summons from her Grandmother to come home to Cascade Falls, NY immediately. When she left 12 years earlier, Violet had vowed never to return. As Grandma Daisy is her only family, she races from Chicago back to her old hometown to find nothing wrong & her grandmother the picture of health. Grandma Daisy, it seems, has been keeping a secret about their family & the bookshop that's been in their family for generations. Before Grandma Daisy can explain, however, they both become involved in a murder & Violet is forced to stay in town. This is the first book in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower. I had a hard time putting this book down & read it in 2 sittings. It has all of my favorite elements: cozy mystery, small town, likable main characters-one of which is elderly & adorable, pets & magic. There was no way I was going to pass on reading this series. The magical element isn't overdone & quite original for a cozy. Halfway through the book I already knew I'd be reading the next one. This was an excellent beginning to what I hope is a long-running series. **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & comments included in this review are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually have a feel for the Whodoneit by the time I am 1/2 - 2/3 of the way through the book but this one had me stumped as to who did it.
MarshaMysteryReader More than 1 year ago
Set in Cascade Springs, NY, the story opens with Violet hurrying back to her hometown, due to a phone call from her grandmother saying she was ill and needed her. This is Violet's first time back in twelve years. Once there, she is greeted by her healthy grandmother with a live birch tree in the middle of Charming Books, her grandmother's bookstore, and the bookstore's resident talking crow, Faulkner. Realizing she had been tricked into returning to the village, Violet is ready to head back to Chicago the next day and return to school to finish her dissertation. However, the magic books in her grandmother's store have other plans for Violet. The following morning, the body of her grandmother's boyfriend, Benedict, is found in their driveway. His death had been predicted in a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson the day before. All leads point to Grandma Daisy. From then on, spunky Violet is on a mission to clear her grandmother. When the books start giving her clues through the poetry of Emily Dickinson, she is hesitant, but gives in to their clues and heads out on her journey. Although I was a bit skeptical about the idea of a magical bookshop when receiving this book for review, Flower does not disappoint readers with her knack for mystery, humor, and a touch of romance. Flower's village she has created in this world feels so authentic, I found myself drawn into the story from the start. Needless to stay, I am ready to visit Charming Books. Overall, this is a great cozy mystery and keeps you guessing to the end. I look forward to Flower's next books in this series, so I can once again return to Charming Books and see what Violet gets into next. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower is a Magical Bookshop mystery, and the first in a new series. Set in scenic Cascade Springs, New York, this well-written story immediately draws the reader in with plenty of likable, and some not so likable, characters. When Violet Waverly returns home from Chicago to visit her grandmother Daisy, proprietress of Charming Books (the aforementioned Magical Bookshop), she encounters Faulkner, the bookshop's resident crow, the Red Inkers the (local writers group), old friends and boyfriends, new friends, American history, and of course a murder. I enjoyed this story very much, and am glad that it's the first in a series, because I'm looking forward to returning to Cascade Falls in the future. I did receive this book from the author for an honest review, which I have given, and I highly recommend it. It's a quick, light cozy mystery, and it kept me guessing - which I enjoy while reading! A+
Anonymous 8 months ago
I just discovered Amanda Flower and her cozy mystery books. Violet Waverly and the inhabitants of Cascade Springs are well developed characters that each have their own bit of quirkiness. My favorite part of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries is the mystical aura surrounding Charming Books store and it's enchanting inhabitants including Violet, her grandmother, Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow. As charming as the characters are, the mysteries leave me on the edge of my seat, and guessing who-dunnit until the very end. I am adding Amanda Flower to the top my my favorite cozy mystery authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads: "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..." My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book so much! It was just such a fun read that had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. I've had this book on my TBR list for over two years which is a shame considering how much I enjoyed it. But that's what happens sometimes, and I won't be waiting that long to pick up the next book in this series! In this book, Violet gets drawn into a murder investigation because her grandmother is considered to be the prime suspect. One of the things that caused me to hesitate a bit with picking this book up at first was the idea of a magical bookstore. I'm here for any and all cozy mysteries set in bookstores but I wasn't sure how the author was going to work a magical bookstore. She did it beautifully though and in a way that just fit in perfectly with the story. What could have been over the top just seemed to fit perfectly. I really loved everything about this book! It was a fun read and kept me guessing throughout. I also really, really enjoyed that the author included some pieces of history in the book. I don't want to say more than that as I feel like it is a slight spoiler. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am left very excited to have finally tried this cozy mystery series. I've got two more books now to look forward to which is always a good thing! I'm glad that my personal TBR challenge finally gave me the push I needed to read this book. It was a great way to start off this challenge for me in 2019 even if it added more books to my TBR rather than lessening it. What a great problem to have! I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries and mysteries alike. It was a really fun read so I hope that other readers enjoy this one as much as I did! Bottom Line: A fun beginning to this cozy mystery series! I can't wait to read more! Disclosure: I read this book courtesy of my local library. Thoughts as always are my own.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! My first by Amanda Flower and definitely not my last. Very charming. Perfect setting and great characters.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry is the first book in the Magical Bookshop mystery series by Amanda Flower. It's a pretty good start to the series. This was a very good book and I enjoyed it after I finally got into it. I had a little trouble getting into it at first because of the supposed location. I'm very familiar with the section of Western New York that this book is set in and it took me a while to figure out what part of the Niagara River they were based on. At first I was confused because so much of that area has the river in a gorge and the communities are several stories above, but there is an area that is similar to what was described and once I figured out that area was where the fictional town is, it was easier for me to get into the actual story. The setting descriptions were great. They were a nice balance of description versus imagination. I enjoyed the characters in this book. While Violet has a tendency to go looking for trouble (which can be a pet peeve for me), she's not one of the "too stupid to live" heroines that you sometimes see in cozies. Grandma Daisy is awesome and I absolutely adore her. The characters are rich and strong, complex and easy to identify with. I look forward to seeing how the various characters grow and their relationships change throughout the series. The story line moved along at a decent pace. There was only one time that I thought it was moving a bit slowly, but that feeling didn't last long. All in all, I'd say that this is an excellent start to a new series and I look forward to reading more from this author!
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
My wife convinced me to read this cozy mystery title. I am glad that she did. It is good writing and an engaging story line. As a 'first is series,' it is great! I hope that the author writes #2 soon.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
I loved Charming Books, where the perfect book picks you, and Violet and Grandma Daisy. The small town setting with small shops and restaurants, horse-drawn carriages to give visitors tours of the town and lamp posts as street lights, sound like a place I would love to visit. I am looking forward to what happens next in Cascade Springs!
SherylHendrix More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see what happens when Violet Waverly ends up fulfilling her grandmother's wish that she take over as caretaker of the family bookshop business - a business that Violet neither wants nor understands as the books jump off the shelves on their own to make themselves available to customers. Emily Dickinson proves critical to the unraveling of this first mysterious death, but knowing Amanda Flower there will be other mysterious deaths to untangle in the upcoming series. A good read - very enjoyable.
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
Cascade Springs is the last place Violet wants to be, but a frantic call from her grandmother prompts her to drop everything and come.  Much to her surprise, her grandmother is well.  Violet plans to leave immediately, but those plans are put on hold when Grandma Daisy's beau is found dead - strangled by a scarf belonging to her grandmother and clutching a book of poetry he bought the day before. Past experience has taught Violet that the Cascade Springs police cannot be trusted, so when her grandmother becomes the prime suspect, Violet starts her own investigation aided by Emerson, an adorable tuxedo cat and the bookshop itself.  Books literally fly off the shelves providing important but cryptic clues. As the novel progresses it becomes easy to understand Violet's anger and resentment towards the Cascade Springs community.  At the same time, her love and dedication to her grandmother shines clearly.  Emerson is a charming fellow with an excellent sense of timing, as well as an adorable willingness to accompany Violet on her investigative forays.   Unlike many cozies, Crime and Poetry is light on humor, focusing more on the mystery aspect.  The one difficulty I had was that most of the characters apart from Violet, her Grandmother Daisy, the local police chief/love interest and a few friends were difficult to like.  Of course it did make for a plethora of suspects.  It goes without saying that I adored Emerson. (Who wouldn't love a cat who is happy to ride in a bike basket) The use of literary references as clues is a nice touch. There is a magical aspect, but don't expect a typical paranormal mystery when you read Crime and Poetry.  The novel appeals to a more general cozy audience.  Personally I am looking forward to seeing where Amanda Flower takes Violet and Emerson in her next magical bookshop mystery.  Pick up your copy of Crime and Poetry before it flies off the shelves. 4/5 I received a copy of Crime and Poetry from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love it. I can't wait for the next book.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
How fun would it be to have a book pick you in a bookstore rather than the other way around. That’s what can happen in the magical store, Charming Books, in author Amanda Flower’s new release, CRIME AND POETRY. The first installment in Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, features feisty protagonist Violet Waverly. After a 12-year absence, Violet rushes home to Cascade Springs to be with her dying grandmother Daisy. Only when she arrives, Violet finds Daisy in good health having used the dying ruse only to get her to come home. Daisy wants her to take over the bookstore. Determined not to stay but overnight, Violet soon finds her world upside down. Daisy’s gentleman friend, Benedict Raisin, is found dead in his carriage in Daisy’s driveway and now she’s the prime suspect. Seems Benedict recently changed his will leaving Daisy to inherit. It’ll take more than magical books to help Violet clear Daisy’s name. But then she has Faulkner the talking crow and a special tuxedo cat named Emerson to help her find the real killer. This is an enchanting story that quickly draws you in. The combination of family, friendship, a dash of romance, mystery and suspense holds your attention until the end. The quaint setting of Cascade Springs enhances the story. Flower has crafted likable characters and added a hint of magic to make an entertaining tale. The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. CRIME AND POETRY is a delightful beginning to what promises to be a tantalizing new series for cozy mystery readers. Charming characters, lovely setting and a murder mystery to keep you guessing … this book has it all. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a captivating entry to a great new series CRIME AND POETRY By Amanda Flower The First Magical Bookshop Mystery Violet Waverly rushes back to Cascade Springs, NY, a place she vowed never to return, to see her dying grandmother. She discovers, however, a talking bird flying around the family bookshop and a perfectly healthy Grandma Daisy! Violet also learns that her grandma has been keeping things from her including a boyfriend and the fact that the bookshop actually has magical properties granted by the famous spring water. Although Violet wants to flee town as soon as possible, Grandma Daisy declares that Violet needs to take over as Caretaker. Before Violet can even imagine what that means, yet alone entails, she finds a dead body, as she did prompting her previous flight from town. When her Grandma is named a suspect, Violet knows she can't leave town, at least not yet! Amanda Flower moves out of Ohio in her most recent mystery series and comes to Western New York. She brings something else new too-magic! While prior series involve the Amish and a living history museum this time she's devised a magical bookshop. While the outside world remains mostly mundane, the bookshop required a Caretaker who cares for the birch tree growing inside the building and is given information in the form of books. At Charming Books the books chose their reader. In CRIME AND POETRY Flower creates a delightful new world. A charming town in WNY, a Chief of Police who is both attractive and attentive, fun and spunky animals with minds of their own (Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow), as well as a magical bookstore combine to make a captivating entry to a great new series. As a Western New Yorker myself I love reading books set in my area and am so pleased to see a main character who is part of the Seneca Nation. Flower is off to a great start in her new series. She crafts a solid mystery with choices from the past coloring the present. Violet is an engaging protagonist. As an academic she has an analytical mind, yet her field of study, Transcendental Literature, requires the artistic and creative side. She's therefore able to appreciate the otherworldly, even if it takes a while to acknowledge it. These facets also produce a great detective. Violet will prove more than capable to solve mysteries that come her way. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
L_Cejka More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win a contest and get an advance copy of this book. When it came in the mail, I sat down to read the first chapter or two. A few hours later, I came up for air. I can't believe I read the first 183 pages in one sitting, the afternoon it came in the mail. The only thing that kept me reading straight through was the hungry grumblings of my family. As it was, I finished the book in less than 24 hours. I don't want to spoil any of the book for you, but the town is magical. No, really magic! Not just the magic that comes with a fantastic book, but the town itself has magical qualities. The people, the cats, the trees, the bookstore, and especially the spring that gives Cascade Springs its name. There is a lovable heroine, a spry grandmother, a cat, a crow, love interests, and lots of suspects. I'm usually pretty good at picking the culprit, but this one had me guessing up to the very end. If you're considering this book, please pick it up. It is one of the best cozies that I've read in a long time.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
If you like your cozy mysteries with a side of magic and humor then Crime and Poetry is the book for you. Amanda Flower and her dynamic duo team of "editors" have penned a well-written mystery that will have you laughing as you keep wondering "whodunit". I enjoy Amanda Flower's quirky sense of humor and love how it comes through in her characters. Some of the things that happen to these people will have you laughing out loud and thinking how it could happen to you at the same time. Violet was easy to relate to in this book as was her skepticism of magical books. Grandma Daisy was a hoot and Sadie was charming making them booth instantly likable. My favorite character in the book was Emerson. When he pops out of the bicycle basket I laughed out loud. One of my favorite scenes in the book! The storyline was great and the pace of the book was steady. I was kept guessing until the end as to who the murderer was. I must say I was shocked when I found out. I really liked the fact that I was kept guessing the entire book but found plenty of things to laugh at. This book is the perfect combination of comedy and mystery. If you are looking for a mystery that is tons of fun to read pick up a copy of Crime and Poetry. You won't be disappointed! I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A wonderful start to a new series. Twelve years ago, Violet Waverly left Cascade Springs, New York and swore she would never return. She would have stayed true to her word if her grandmother hadn’t called her pretending to be on her deathbed. Rushing to Cascade Springs from Chicago, Violet not only discovers her grandmother isn’t knocking on death’s door but also has a couple of secrets: 1) Grandma Daisy’s bookstore Charming Books has a resident crow named Faulkner, 2) Grandma has a boyfriend Violet never knew about, 3) Charming Books is magical (the books within literally pick the person who is to read them), and 4) the women in the Waverly family have the ability to have the books speak to them. Violet is all set to return to her life in Chicago when she discovers the body of Benedict Raisin, Grandma Daisy’s boyfriend, in the driveway of their house. Daisy is the number one suspect according to the police, with the charge being lead by Benedict’s estranged daughter and an overzealous police officer. Not wanting her grandmother to be railroaded, Violet stays in town and vows to catch the killer. As Violet and the police investigate, the list of potential suspects starts to grow. It seems Benedict wasn’t always the kind, upstanding man Violet thought he was. Not only is Violet investigating the murder with the help of the books and Benedict’s cat Emerson (who may or may not be magical himself), she’s also dealing with the attention of three men, and a surprise job offer. But she’s getting too close and her life gets put in jeopardy on more than one occasion. Crime & Poetry is the first book in Amanda Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I have to say the series is off to a wonderful start. The setting of a small quaint town is perfect. The characters are all wonderful. I like the potential of a romantic interest or two. I’m hoping for a certain tall dark handsome man in uniform. The mystery and misdirects are great. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.** Rating: 4.5
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
afbaugh More than 1 year ago
An amazing start to this new series. Crime and Poetry introduces you to a magical setting of Cascade Springs, New York and a charming cast of characters that inhabit this village. Violet and Daisy draw you into their bookstore and their lives as they navigate a murder investigation while trying to heal wounds of loss. I cannot wait for the next installment.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Crime and Poetry is the first book in the in Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower. I usually have lower expectations for the first book in a series, but that wasn't necessary for this book. The story wasn't bogged down with setting the scene or introducing characters. It flowed smoothly from the very beginning. How can you not love a bookstore where the books choose you and you have a cat and bird helping out? The cast of characters is interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing them in the next book. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this new series! Amanda Flower has outdone herself with this amazing, magical town of Cascade Springs. I couldn't put it down. You will love each and every character in this book, they are quirky and fun. In this first book Violet receives a scary call from her grandma Daisy that she is dying. Of course Violet drops everything in Chicago to rush to her grandma's side. She has been away from Cascade Springs for 12 years and had no intention of ever coming back. When Violet arrives she is shocked but happy to see that her grandma is in perfect health. She only said that she was dying to get Violet to come back home to take her place as caretaker to Charming Books. Not only is she told this she is told that the books will talk to her and guide her with everything she will need. Vi doesn't know what to think at this point! She's not sure if she should call a Dr and have her grandma committed or what??? Vi is just not buying the whole talking book thing. But when one of Daisy's friends ends up murdered in front of the bookstore she becomes the prime suspect. Vi vows to stay and clear her grandma. Will Vi be able to clear Daisy of murder and believe in magic at the same time? Or will her past come back to haunt her and block everything? There are tons of twists and turns in this new series as well as some great animals. I love Faulkner the crow and of course Emerson the adorable tuxedo cat. I believe that every magical bookstore should have a cat. If it's murder, mystery, suspense, and magic you are looking for you don't want to miss this new series. I can't wait for it to continue.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a delight. Even though it is the first in a new series, the characters are well established, and the location, Cascade Springs, New York, is the perfect small town -- well except for the murder. I love the idea of a book store where the books choose you and even help you at times, and the resident pet, a talking crow named Faulkner, just adds to the atmosphere. There is also a wonderful tuxedo cat named Emerson who may have a little magic as well. Violet is a wonderful protagonist who is having to deal not only with her past in Cascade Springs, but also a potential future in a town she had sworn never to come back to. I know you will be as enchanted as I was when I read this book. I received a copy of this book for a truthful and honest review.