Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery) by Amanda Flower (review by Cathy)


About the book:

In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting…
October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore…

My review:

I’ve become very attached to Cascade Springs and the residents.  They’re fun, a little quirky and close knit.  They also have some unique shops, my favorite being Charming Books, a magical book shop, where the book chooses you.   I love Violet and her grandmother Daisy and can totally imagine myself spending time with them.   Emerson is the adorable tuxedo cat that provides both comfort and a bit of frustration to Violet as he is determined to go where he wants, whenever he wants.  I can’t forget Faulkner, the talkative and funny crow who kind of freaks me out, but I still like him

I loved the town’s annual Food and Wine Festival and how the author described the activities, the visitors and the food which made me hungry.

Violet finds herself caught up in helping to solve another murder much to the chagrin of Chief Rainwater.

This is a fast and entertaining book and one I highly recommend.

I received a copy of Prose and Cons through Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.



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