Sunday, May 8, 2016

#Review: Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery, Book 1) by Amanda Flower #CozyMystery

Book Details:

Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery (Book 1)

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451477448
ISBN-13: 978-0451477446

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Back Cover of Paperback:

Just outside Niagara Falls sits the village of Cascade Springs, New York, the home of a magical bookstore where one young woman, her feisty grandmother, and a curious tuxedo cat team up to keep crime between the pages...

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 Review:

Crime and Poetry is a wonderful first book in Amanda Flower's new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.  

When Violet comes back to Cascade Springs, NY for the first time in years it is because she gets news that her grandmother's health is declining.  Swearing to never step foot back in that town, Violet realizes that her return was a ploy by her not-so-sick grandmother.  It's time for Violet to take control of the bookstore.  Not believing that there's anything special, or mystical, about the shop, Violet intends on getting back to her life as quickly as possible.

Someone in Cascade Springs has other plans when they kill a man and implicate Violet's grandmother.  It's now up to Violet to figure out who killed her grandmother's friend...because she's certain it wasn't her grandmother.

The tangled webs that the author wove throughout the pages are very intriguing.  The different characters that pop up as the police attempt to piece clues together keep the reader guessing.  The world building and character develop is done well, leaving the reader well informed about the characters, Cascade Springs, and background information without going overboard.  The book flows along nicely and isn't overly wordy or descriptive to the point of redundancy or boredom.  

I enjoyed the interactions between Violet and her grandmother, as well as between Violet and Chief Rainwater.  Violet is a very likable character who, in true cozy heroine form, sort of puts herself in danger at times.  Coming back home has also put Violet right back into her childhood, except the men in her life now are much different than they were many years ago.  People still view her the same as they did, which is unfortunate.  When she comes face-to-face with chief of police though, she hopes all of her stories have stayed buried.

The magical component of Crime and Poetry doesn't overshadow the mystery.  It builds slowly and consistently as Violet attempts to come to terms with the fact that her grandmother's library is anything but ordinary.  The flying books and a cat named Emerson are icing on the the cake!

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Review copy was originally provided as an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley, however, I liked the book so much that I purchased a paperback for my bookshelf.

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