Monday, April 4, 2016

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

I always love to find the start of a new series to adore. There was so much that drew me to Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower. Bookshop; Magical. That combines two of my favorite themes! 

From the back of the book:

From Amanda Flower—who writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

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 thoughts:

This was so well crafted! Let me start by saying, oh wow, the characters! I loved every single one of them. Even the killer, who I didn't pick as the killer, which might be why I loved them too. Violet felt like a best friend instantly. I felt her pain at being back in town, I felt her love for Daisy, and oh boy, did I feel the attraction to the stunning sheriff. There were a lot of stunning men, but the sheriff was something! Oh, and then the magical characters! This is seriously packed with characters to love.

The balance between world building and mystery was handled perfectly. It was longer than many of the cozies I've read lately, but when I got to the end, I felt like it could have gone on and on, much to my delight. I am waiting with baited breath for the next part. I suggest you get a copy now. This is so unique and well crafted that you don't want to miss out.

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