Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop)
by Amanda Flower
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451477446
Date: 05 April 2016 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Violet Waverly drove from Chicago to Cascade Springs, New York, because her Grandma Daisy had called to say she was dying. Imagine her surprise to arrive and find her Grandma Daisy in good health and working in her bookstore, Charming Books. If you thought Violet was exasperated, well you'd be a bit short of the mark. Then she learns that her Grandma's plan was for her to stay and help in the bookstore so she can be trained to take over the care of the store's indoor tree and the spring that the town is named for. Evidently, the women of the family have always taken care of the spring and it was time for Violet to step up and take over the duty.
Since Violet couldn't move out of town fast enough after high school and the death of her best friend, staying is the last thing Violet wants to do. However, once her Grandma's male friend is found dead and the police seem to think Grandma Daisy is the prime suspect, Violet is determined to find the real killer.
It's hard to resist a bookstore with a talking crow named Faulkner, a tree growing in the center of the building, and books that jump off the shelf to give you clues to solving your problems. Then you have to add in a sexy police chief, two brothers who haven't managed to get over their adolescent rivalry, and a slew of other characters that add charm, weirdness, and a side of quirky. Did I mention that Cascade Springs is near Niagara Falls? So, the setting is nearly a character in its own right.
So, for a first book in a new series, Crime and Poetry is a great start to the Magical Bookshop Mysteries and I look forward to the next installment.