This is the second book in the Magical Bookshop series. A little crow, er I mean bird told me that Amanda Flower is planning on releasing the third book in January 2019. I can’t wait! In the first one, we found out about Violet’s past and what has haunted her for twelve years. She got her closure on that but now in this one, we get to find out a little bit more about her past which I do hope carries on to the next book (and the next and the next…sorry I do love this series and I’m not even getting paid to say that lol)
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was so excited to start this book after the first one and I had a hard time putting it down. This one takes place around four months later from the first and it’s Food and Wine Festival time in Cascade Springs, NY as well as getting closer to Halloween. How appropriate that the Red Inkers author group has decided to do some Poe readings during the Festival at Charming Books. The festivities are temporarily stopped by the murder of one of the Red Inkers right there in the bookshop. Despite warnings from pretty much everyone she knows, Violet is determined to solve this case too especially since her friend Sadie is the main suspect!
I liked that Violet had accepted her job as Caretaker of the books and even found a job in Cascade Springs. She hadn’t had a close friend since her high school friend died twelve years ago so it’s nice to see her getting closer to the people in town. I’m not sure if she’ll ever have a bestie like some of our favorite book sleuths but if she would, my guess might be Sadie.
There’s still the issue of two handsome men in her life although lately she hadn’t given Nathan the time of day. She did get to meet David Rainwater’s adorable niece and seemed to gain a little more of his trust. I still think they’re more connected spiritually and wouldn’t be surprised if David already knows the secrets behind the shop and the birch tree since he’s already more in tune to the earth and his surroundings.
I thought it was super fun to hear the crow Faulkner actually say “Nevermore!” in this book! I had made a reference to him reminding me of the raven in the Munster house in the first review but at that time had no idea this book would be Poe-themed as far as the books giving suggestions on solving the murder. Excitedly looking forward to the next book!