Murders and Metaphors–review

This is the long-awaited third book in the Magical Bookshop series by Amanda Flower, and it’s one book I didn’t want to come to an end. I follow the author on Facebook, and I’m sure I saw her post about the fourth book being in the works, but it’s going to seem like a long time! I’m just happy that the series has a new home, thanks to her awesome agent as I read in the book’s acknowledgements.

My Goodreads review:

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3)Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a book that was a long time in the making, well it seemed like it was lol, and it definitely did not disappoint! I’m so happy this series found a new home and is able to continue.

Violet’s cat Emerson found the body of a famous sommelier and wine author in the Morton Vineyards where they were holding their annual ice wine grape cutting. Violet’s friend Lacey who owned the local cafe with her French-Canadian husband was the woman’s estranged sister, and since a huge blow-up between them had happened earlier, Lacey was the main suspect. David Rainwater, police chief and Violet’s good friend knew he couldn’t stop her from investigating, but he always told her to be careful. After an attempt on Violet’s life, she was more determined than ever to find the killer.

The showdown was great! I hadn’t even suspected that particular person at all. I loved that David and Violet were growing closer and that Grandma Daisy had found something to do to make her feel more useful. Faulkner the crow and Emerson always crack me up and add just the perfect touch of comic relief to the stories that I’ve followed since the first book. Violet had finally been able to talk to her grandma about something that had been bothering her, as well as she was able to give herself permission to make the right choice in a love interest. I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!

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Crime and Poetry–review

This is the first book in a so-far two book series by well-known Ohio author, Amanda Flower. I absolutely love her Amish Candy Shop series so I just knew I’d fall in love with the characters in this book as well…and I did!

My Goodreads review:

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another book I’ve been wanting to read for awhile now because I really enjoy another series that this author writes. I’m so glad one of the online book clubs I’m in chose it for the May discussion!

Violet Waverly was a grad student called suddenly to her hometown of Cascade Springs NY by her Grandma Daisy who was faking being ill. Grandma had a very important job to tell her about. Vi’s plan was to go directly back to Chicago where she was going to the university but finding a dead carriage driver in her grandma’s driveway sort of put a damper on that. Violet was determined to exonerate her grandma of any suspicion in this death and despite handsome police chief Rainwater’s warnings, she continued to investigate hoping that she’d find the killer before that person found her.

I am in love with these characters already and I even dug out the second book to start. I’m not sure how I would have felt in Violet’s shoes if I’d driven like crazy for seven hours to find my grandma healthy and fine. Probably relieved but since Daisy was such a sweet lady, Vi couldn’t possibly hold this against her. I loved the cat that sort of adopted Violet. He was the perfect cat for a magical bookshop, very intuitive, appearing at places when Vi could have sworn she’d locked him in the house. The shop crow Faulkner was hilarious at times. All I could picture was the raven on the Munsters that kept saying “Nevermore!” lol.

The story about Violet’s past was interesting and I was glad to see her get some closure from what happened twelve years ago. I like the new friend she met–Sadie was a very enthusiastic person with nothing but kind words for everyone. And she wasn’t really annoying about it either. The two men interested in Violet both seem awesome but for some reason, I tend to be Team David Rainwater. He seems to have more of a connection with Vi. Nathan seems to really care for her too so it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next book. I sure hope the author is planning to write a third book–maybe someone at the discussion will ask her that.

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