Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

by Amanda Flower

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ISBN-13: 9781683319009
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Magical Bookshop Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,391
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. This is her third Magical Bookshop mystery.

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Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Bookaholic-mka 5 days ago
Another delightful read. Murder and Metaphors is Book 3 in a series titled “A Magical Bookshop Mystery” and it is a magic bookshop. One with a great tree right in the middle. A gorgeous tuxedo cat, a funny and very intelligent old crow…well you can see this story has all of the elements for a great cozy. I liked the characters, especially Violet and her grandmother and it wasn’t just that the characters were given substance and description, their living places and surroundings were described to make it so that you could almost live in the moment. See the bookshop, the surrounding businesses all containing their own charming specialty food, vintage things, crepes, pastries, coffee, well, you get the picture. The cover of this book says “prepare to be charmed" and that’s a better description than I can give. I thought this was a fun read that many of us need often. Something to relax with, take our minds off things and keep our minds working too. This is an author who I have read before and really enjoyed the writing style and stories. But…there were so many typos in this book. I have only given it a 3 rating because the typos really played havoc with having an enjoyable read. It's definitely a 4 star book; it just needs to be proofed. What a shame to ruin such a charming story with so many errors.
RosemaryJ 5 days ago
Violet and Grandmother Daisy had hoped to host the book signing of wine connoisseur Belinda Perkins, but her sudden murder had them investigating the suspicious death in order to keep Violet’s friend Lacy, a sister of the deceased, from bring the prime suspect. The book Little Women supplies the magical essence this time around in its attemot to provide helpful clues to Violet. Her romance with police chief David Rainwater progresses and Daisy’s entry into local politics provides a glimpse into future story plots. An entertaining, engrossing mystery with literary allusions. Thank you to #NetGalley and book publisher for digital preview.
bookmon1 5 days ago
MURDERS AND METAPHORS is the third in the Magical Bookstore series by Amanda Flower. The author does give some tidbits from the previous two books, but to really get the full flavor of the bookstore and the main characters, I highly recommend reading the other two. Of course, I am almost obsessed with reading series in order. Violet Waverly has been in Cascade Springs for almost six months in order to help her Grandma Daisy with Charming Bookstore. It is no ordinary shop. A large tree grows in the middle of bookshelves and the shop has books fly off the shelf that are perfect for the interested customer. A talking crow named Faulkner and a cat name Emerson have their own magical gifts. The bookstore must always have a Caretaker that is usually handed down after the previous one has passed. For some unknown reason Violet has been picked to be Caretaker, even though Grandma Daisy, the previous one, is still very much alive. Things seem to be back to normal in town after two murders in the past six months. Unfortunately, things go very badly after a book signing in the store. The author is murdered with a knife that is part of the Ice Wine Festival. Although the police seem to be on top of it, Violet can't resist doing her own sleuthing. The author presents many viable suspects and when the true murderer is revealed it feels authentic and true to life. Violet is the main character, but Grandma Daisy really comes into her own. Readers who like their cozy mysteries with a touch of magic and charming characters are sure to love MURDERS AND METAPHORS. I am a sucker for cozies set bookstores or libraries. I hope the author will have more novels in this series. In the meantime, I have started her Magical Garden series, which is truly engaging so far.
CozyOnUp 6 days ago
A famous sommelier and wine writer returns to her hometown for a book signing and Cascade Springs turns out in full force. But when the author is found dead, Violet comes to the defense of her BFF Lacey to keep her from being charged with the murder of her estranged sister. Violet and her Grandma Daisy run the local bookshop, which is filed with magic to match the right book with the right reader at the right time. And the bookshop says that Violet needs to read Little Women right now. But first Violet must figure out what the bookshop is trying to tell her through the book. Amanda Flower is a gifted and talented author of several series that I read religiously. She develops strong characters and has solid story lines that will capture your attention and have you ready for the next entry in the series.
Fala19 8 days ago
Murders and Metaphors is book three in the Magical Bookshop series. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy series and I'm so happy to have a new installment! It was so great being back with all these quirky characters. Faulkner the talking crow and Emerson the cat were just as humorous as always. And Grandma Daisy, my goodness, she was just as ornery and lovable as ever. She's gotta be one of my favorite characters in recent years. The mystery was great and kept me guessing until the shocking reveal. And, wow, what a doozy! I so didn't see that coming! I didn't think it was possible for this book to top the previous ones, but it's the best one yet! I highly, highly recommend it! Even if you haven't read the first two books, Murders and Metaphors stands alone great. Go pick up a copy. You won't regret it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR 9 days ago
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower takes readers back to Cascade Springs, New York. Violet Waverly and her grandmother, Daisy own and run Charming Books with its magical birch tree. Violet is the newest Caretaker and she is still adjusting to her new duties. The booksellers are heading to Morton Wineries where Belinda Perkins, a sommelier and bestselling author, will be holding a book signing for her newest release. After the signing, the Morton’s will be hosting their annual ice wine cutting party. During the signing Lacey Perkins arrives to see her estranged sister, but Belinda ends up causing a scene by refusing to talk with Lacey. Emerson, Violet’s tuxedo cat, insisted on coming to the winery with them. When they prepare to leave, Emerson takes off into the vineyard. Violet gives chase and trips over a frozen Belinda Perkins with a curved grape cutting knife in her back. Thanks to the public altercation, Lacey ends up at the top of Chief Rainwater’s suspect list. Violet knows that Lacey would not harm anyone much less her sister, but Violet needs more information if she is to clear her friend. The shop keeps giving Violet copies of Little Women to guide her in the investigation. She now needs to figure out how the Perkins sisters relate to the March girls. Join Violet, Daisy, Emerson and Faulkner in their quest to identify Belinda’s killer in Murders and Metaphors. Murders and Metaphors is the third tale in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, but it can be read alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included. Cascade Springs is a charming small town with a mystical spring. Charming Books has an enchanted two hundred year old birch tree growing in the middle which needs this special water twice a week from the Caretaker. The magical essence in the shop helps Daisy and Violet guide customers to the perfect book plus it has aided Violet in solving two local crimes. I thought Murders and Metaphors was well-written with steady pacing. I like the engaging yet quirky characters which include Faulkner, the talking crow and Emerson, a canny feline. Daisy is a delightful woman and I hope I am as sprightly at her age. She is a little bit at loose ends with Violet taking over the Caretaker duties, but I believe Daisy has found just the right job to keep her busy (I do not want to spoil it for you). Violet has only been the Caretaker for six months. She is a smart woman who teaches at the local college in addition to her work at the bookstore. Violet is also finishing up work on her doctoral thesis which she will defend in May (busy woman). The mystery has multiple suspects, good clues and misdirection. Identifying the killer, though, was a snap (maybe I have read too many mysteries). Violet needs to work on the way she asks questions. She is too direct (Violet needs to channel Daisy). I loved the inclusion of Little Women. The store is trying to help Violet solve Belinda’s murder, and it is not being subtle. It was interesting to learn about ice wine. I had not heard about this beverage before (I like learning new things). There is a man in town who is too nosy for his own good and may cause trouble for our bookstore owners. I have a feeling we have not seen the last of him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this enchanting cozy mystery. Murders and Metaphors has humor, a touch of romance, a talking crow, a murder, a busy cat, magic and references to my favorite book, Little Women.
TarynLee 9 days ago
In this third book of the series Violet is starting to get the hang of being the caretaker to her family's bookshop. She is settling into her new life but having an ex, who hurt her badly, always around and trying to rekindle things is giving her mixed emotions. While hosting a book signing at her ex's Winery Violet is looking forward to a fun night of books, wine, and fabulous food. The author, Belinda, grew up in the town of Cascade Springs but hasn't been back since her mothers funeral years ago. It doesn't help that Belinda isn't on good terms with her sisters who still live in the town, especially her sister Lacey. Lacey who is Violets good friend wants to hopefully bring her family back together ends up being thrown out of the event, her sister wanting nothing to do with her. Violet decides to step out for some fresh air after the signing and ends up stumbling over a body in the vineyard, a body that ends up being Belinda. When the police turn to Lacey as their main suspect Violet knows that she must turn to the books in hopes of keeping her friend out of jail. Follow along as she searches for meaning in the clues that the books have directed her to. Will she be able to save her friend or will she get lost in trying to find meaning behind what has been revealed. This was my first book of the series and I fell in love with it immediately, I've already bought the previous two books so that I could really get to know its characters. If you love books, mystery, animals, and a touch of the mystical this is definitely the series to read. I can't wait to see what happens next and what books the store will pick to help figure out whatever mystery befalls Violet.
Marshathereader 9 days ago
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the third in the Magical Bookshop mysteries. I love this series and have read all of them. This one did not disappoint. In fact, I want to go to Cascade Springs and visit Charming Books! Violet and Grandma Daisy are doing a book signing at a winery in the dead of winter where Violet literally stumbles onto the body of the author doing the signing. The author is the sister of Violet's best friend and has no relationship with her. Violet is thrown into the thick of the investigation getting help from the bookstore and the book, Little Women. This is an easy to read Cozy with plenty of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the end. You have lovable main characters and likeable supporting characters. You have mystery, romance, humor, and a touch of magic. I was given an ARC by Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for an honest review.
BobbieLCLA 9 days ago
I received a free copy of MURDERS AND METAPHORS (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 3) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy, as owners of the only local bookstore, are participants in a book signing by a local author and famous wine critic. When the book signing is ruined by a murder, Violet’s mystic bookstore pushes Violet to hunt for the murderer. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I was still able to enjoy this story. After reading this one, I intend to read the first two. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries, animal friends, and magical twists. #MurdersAndMetaphors #NetGalley
4GranJan 10 days ago
Magical Bookshop and Cozy Murder Mysteries This is the third installment of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries Series. This is the first of the series that I have read, which was no problem at all. The author writes in such a fashion that the new reader is caught up on the pertinent details, yet is left with the desire to read the previous books. The plot is tight with many suspects and motives. At the final reveal, the reader sees how the clues have led to the culprit without giving the conclusion away. This is a very well-done book. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review. I will be reading all of this author's work, perhaps even a binge read!
KTempleton 10 days ago
This is my first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series although I have read and enjoyed other books by Amanda Flower. I was able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone and look forward to reading more of this series. This is a very unique and fun background for a character and setting. I loved the relationship between Violet and her Grandmother. I love the idea of a book store being able to find just the right book for its customers. The mystery is well paced and does contain several red herrings to keep you guessing. This book has great characters, setting, and story-line that lovers of mysteries and paranormal will both enjoy. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
DanieleK 10 days ago
I am so thankful that the Magical Bookshop Mystery series has found a new publishing home since it is one of my favorite cozy mystery series by one of my favorite authors, Amanda Flower. I so enjoyed the first two books in the series, CRIME AND POETRY and PROSE AND CONS, and this third installment MURDERS AND METAPHORS did not disappoint. It is Ice Wine grape harvesting time at one of Cascade Springs, New York’s popular wineries, Morton Vineyards, and bookstore owner Violet Waverly is not exited to spend time with her ex-boyfriend Nathan or his brother and parents. However, her Grandma Daisy has committed the pair to provide books for the harvest’s accompanying book signing by renowned sommelier Belinda Perkins. Things get hairy when Belinda’s estranged sister, and Violet’s best friend, Lacey tries to make amends, but Belinda makes a huge scene instead, and Violet soon finds Belinda murdered in the vineyards. Sure that Lacey did not kill her sister, Violet does some sleuthing of her own to clear Lacey’s name. The mystery is well executed and engaging. I was hooked from the very first page. There are enough clues and twists throughout the story and plenty of suspects with good motives to keep me guessing. I did not realize who the killer was until right before he/she was revealed, which is always a sign of a good mystery to me. There is a slight paranormal element, but even readers who are not drawn to paranormal cozies will enjoy the book. I enjoy Violet, Grandma Daisy, and Chief David Rainwater. I think I would readily be friends with all of them. All of the characters, both recurring and central to MURDERS AND METAPHORS, are nicely drawn and well rounded and developed. They are interesting and endearing, even those who are not very pleasant. MURDERS AND METAPHORS is a delightful cozy read. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
Tangen 10 days ago
Excellent! The specialty of the bookshop is providing the customer with just the right book, and in the case of the keeper, the book and pages that provide the clues to solving murders. Violet has returned to her grandmother and the hometown she fled some years before only to find out that she has inherited the position of keeper. That is a secret and there are other things involved, but the magic of the bookshop has proved very important in past murder investigations as well as the current one even if she can't tell the police chief who is her love interest. There are problems with the town's prominent family that are related to the past, and that causes a lot of stumbling blocks in the investigation of the murder of a former resident who alienated everyone in her path. The investigation is well plotted, the characters certainly are, and the magic of the bookshop is craftily done. I really enjoyed reading it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
ganderson523 10 days ago
Murders and Metaphors is a fun mystical story that takes place in upper New York state near Niagara Falls in Cascade Springs, home of the Charming Books bookstore, where the books choose the buyer. Housed in a lovely old Victorian home built around a tall birch tree, the bookstore has magical qualities where the books occasionally fly, is home to Faulkner, a talking crow and Emerson, a tuxedo cat with special powers. Violet Waverly is the caretaker of the bookstore that has passed down to the female descendants one generation to the next for the last two hundred years. Violet's mother died when she was young so she has taken over for her grandmother, known to everyone as Grandma Daisy, although she is still active at the bookstore. The caretaker has to guard the secret of Charming Books and water the tree every forty eight hours with water from the local springs under the cover of night when no one can see. In this book, the third of the series, Violet and Grandma Daisy has been asked to set up a table selling books at a local winery owned by the Morton family. Mayor Nathan Morton, former boyfriend of Violet's, asked them to sell the books at the event but the Morton parents don't like Violet causing an awkward situation. They are selling books written by a local woman, Belinda Perkins, a sommelier and wine critic, who has made some enemies with her reviews. This is a late night event because there will be a midnight cutting of the grapes for ice wine. But before the night is over, Belinda is found in the vineyard by Violet with a vine cutting knife in her back. When Lacey, Belinda's estranged sister and Violet's friend, is considered a suspect, Violet sets out to prove that Lacey is innocent. Belinda was not a likable person so there are many people who are in the suspect pool. The "essence" of the bookstore is trying to direct Violet in her search by dropping Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott in front of her. Police Chief David Rainwater and Violet are very close and he is not happy with Violet getting involved in the investigation. But someone doesn't want Violet working the case so her life is in danger. I was not sure how I felt about a magical bookstore but it is a fun story with a mystery to solve that pulls one into the story and keeps the pages turning. Now, I have to go read the first two in the series. I received a complimentary copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
ArizonaJo 10 days ago
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the best one yet in this series. I was immediately wrapped up in the latest visit to Cascade Springs. Ms. Flower's writing is so descriptive that the setting and the characters come to life. Violet and Grandma Daisy host a book signing for a popular author/sommelier, Belinda Perkins, at Morton's Winery. Violet is not looking forward to the event as that means she must once again be in contact with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Morton. As usual the matriarch of the Morton family is disagreeable but is resigned to Violet and Daisy's presence for the book signing. However, a murder disrupts the event and one of Violet's best friends is the number one suspect. Immediately Violet is on the case and with the help of the magical bookshop she might solve it before she's the next victim. I love the characters in this series. Each one, Violet, Daisy, Lacey, Sadie,and David Rainwater are becoming fully developed now and I love the way they are evolving in this book. I also enjoyed meeting a couple of new characters in this book. I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. I heartily approved of the bookshop's apparent approval of David Rainwater. I'm intrigued to see how that will play out in future books. The plot is intricate and filled with devious twists and several suspects that might want the victim dead. I loved every second of my visit to Cascade Springs and am already wishing the next one was available. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read and review the book.
chefdt 10 days ago
Murder And Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries series. I was very excited to learn that this wonderful series has found a new publisher. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the series. Violet and Grandma Daisy are busy putting together a book signing for Belinda, an author, and a sommelier, to be held at Morton Vineyards. Violet would much rather have held the signing at their bookstore, Charming Books. The less interaction she has with Nathan Morton, the mayor of Cascade Springs, New York, and Violet’s high school sweetheart. Belinda has been estranged from her three sisters since their mother passed and she blamed for not helping prevent her passing. One of the sisters is Lacy, Violet’s best friend since childhood. Lacy shows up at the signing with hopes of trying to settle their differences but instead turns into a heated argument that many of the attendees overheard. Later when everyone heads out to the vineyard to harvest the ice wine grapes that the Morton’s Vineyard hope will make a name for their vineyard. Soon Violet trips over the dead body of Belinda who had been with a grape cutting tool. A letter that was written by Lacy, that she tried to give to Belinda at the signing, is found by the lifeless body, and Lacy becomes the primary suspect. Violet doesn’t believe that Lacy is guilty of murdering her sister and sets out to clear her name. In addition, Violet wants to work on reconciling the sisters. Amanda Flower provides, once again, a well written and plotted story with plenty of red herrings. The story also includes a wonderful cast of believable characters. I am looking forward to the next book in this interesting series. Also looking forward to seeing if Grandma Daisy might be getting a romantic interest.
Ellen-oceanside 10 days ago
Who doesn’t believe in Magic. The bookshop seems magical, the tree,the crow, the cat, and books, special books for each who come. They are also participants of a local author doing a book signing, who also a famous wine critic. Something went wrong and led to a murder and Violet investigates. The author has a unique way of drawing you into this story and as readers we want to help Violet with another murder. Given ARC by Net Galley and Crooked Lane for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
BeagleGirl123 10 days ago
Amanda Flower's 3rd Magical Bookshop Mystery, Murders and Metaphors, is absolutely charming - which is perfect since the magical bookshop is appropriately named Charming Books! A world class sommelier and former resident of Cascade Springs is found stabbed to death during a local ice wine harvesting, and when one of her best friends is suspected of the crime Violet must investigate to clear her name. With the bookshop dropping Little Women into her lap every time she turns around, and a private investigator dogging her every move, Violet certainly has her hands full! I truly enjoyed this lovely little cozy mystery. A+
BeagleGirl123 10 days ago
Amanda Flower's 3rd Magical Bookshop Mystery, Murders and Metaphors, is absolutely charming - which is perfect since the magical bookshop is appropriately named Charming Books! A world class sommelier and former resident of Cascade Springs is found stabbed to death during a local ice wine harvesting, and when one of her best friends is suspected of the crime Violet must investigate to clear her name. With the bookshop dropping Little Women into her lap every time she turns around, and a private investigator dogging her every move, Violet certainly has her hands full! I truly enjoyed this lovely little cozy mystery. A+