Title: Crime and Poetry
Author: Amanda Flower
Series: Book 1 Magical Bookshop
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Star Rating: 4 out 5
Reviewed by: Marlene
Charming Books has been a staple in Cascade Springs, New York for years. It is a quaint Victorian home with a birch tree growing through it to enchant the customers but the customers have no idea. Violet has been avoiding her home town for the past twelve years after suffering the loss of her best friend and being accused of her murder in the process. She vowed never to return but a call of distress from her grandmother, Daisy and she finds herself rushing to be by her side.
When Violet shows up in a panic she finds her grandmother healthy and happy to see her. Apologetic for the deception Daisy now has to convince Violet to stay in Cascade fall and take on her legacy. This gets sidetrack when Grandma Daisy's suitor, Benedict Raisin is found dead in her driveway. Violet now has to stay and find the true murderer before she can go home to Chicago and finish her dissertation in literature. Along the way she finds herself in ownership of an adorable tuxedo cat named Emerson who will not be left out of the hunt for his owner's murderer. Even though Violet has no intention of staying she will not allow her grandmother to fall victim to be falsely accused for this crime.
As emotions are storming through Violet from her past and trying to desperately get back to her future, the town and people of Cascade Springs seems to keep putting up roadblocks. She must maneuver herself around a head strong Chief of police, bickering brothers (one who is her ex-boyfriend and the other who carried a crush for her) and a money hungry daughter of the deceased to get through the past and present of Benedict's life and what she finds is lead after dead end lead.
I loved the story, the twists and turns and the fast paced drama. It had the perfect balance of mystery and drama with a touch of magic. I also related deeply to Violet, the struggle between being dragged back into you past when you just want to keep moving forward. I find her a good strong lead, exactly what I want in my female characters. Other characters I found engaging were Grandma Daisy, Sadie, Carly, Chief Rainwater and of course Emerson.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are honest and our own.
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