Sunday, April 3, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

 Title: Crime and Poetry
 Author: Amanda Flower
 Series: Book 1 Magical Bookshop
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 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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 Comment with your email below to win Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower in the comments. If you do not leave your email here on the blog or email acozygirlreads@gmail.com you will be disqualified from winning.

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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST April 4th. Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST April 4th. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your SPAM FOLDER)

67 comments:

  1. This sound like a great beginning to a fun series! Would love to win a copy.

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  4. This book looks fantastic! I love Amanda Flower's other series as well! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Jillian.lauder@yahoo.com

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  5. This sounds like an interesting new series that I'd like to start reading. Thanks for the contest, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  11. I would love to win this book. It has many of the things I look for in a desired book: A bookstore (I would love to have one), a cat, and a close family (she is lucky to still have her gramma). Am a devoted reader of cozies and am always on the look out for new authors and series.

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  12. Looking forward to this series! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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  13. Crime & Poetry looks like a great read. Would like very much to see how Violet resolves this case. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  16. This new series seems to have a little bit of everything for a cozy reader and I'm already in love with Daisy, Violet, Emerson and the tree!! :)
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  18. I love any cozy that has a bookstore in it. I'd love to add this first of a series to my growing home library (2300+).

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  21. Sounds like a great new series, can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  22. I love Amanda's writing. This book sounds fantastic. Thank you for this giveaway.
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  26. I love Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan's other series, so I'll read this book. I'm Italian, so I can't entry the giveaway...

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  29. This sounds like a great new series for sure. I love that a tuxedo cat is featured in this one. That's what my Holstein Kitty was.

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  30. I am a cozy mystery fanatic! This mystery has entered in my "must read" list! I am intrigued by the description and now I HAVE to read more! I am at northstarvance@gmail.com Merry

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  41. Violet sounds like an interesting character. It should be interesting to see if she decides to stay permanently.
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  43. Thanks for the giveaway. I do enjoy reading cozy mysteries with a touch of the paranormal. It always adds to the twists and turns of the story. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  55. Violet is definitely intriguing me with past events like that I have go to know what happens. Thanks for the chance to win.

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