Friday, November 3

Book Review: Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

Author: Amanda Flower
Title: Crime and Poetry
Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Thriller
Format: Ebook
Pages: 364
Published: April 5, 2016
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

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...

Randomly found this at the library while just scrolling away. Books, magic, murder....some of my fave things ;) 

We follow Violet who rushes home to sit by her ailing grandma's bedside. However, when she arrives her grandma is completely fine. She had lied to get Violet to come back home and help her in her bookstore. This store...the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you. Violet won't be tricked into staying and has every intention of hightailing it back to Chicago, but when a dead man is discovered clutching a book she sold him and then her grandma is arrested and is a main suspect, she is forced to stay and help find the killer. 

This started off okay but I found I couldn't really get into it. 

Violet is kind of stuck up and Grandma was rude AF to lie like that. The mayor can F off. 

I liked the cat and I liked the chief of police. That was it. The small town didn't give me the small-town feels I was asking for. 

I stuck around for the mystery and the cat....and the chief of police *wink*. That was it. Maybe Violet gets better in the next one? IDK...I struggled with her. She was def on a high horse.

All-in-all, slightly rough beginning but I am willing to read book 2. I have hopes because I love the concept so much. Can I own a bookstore like this? PLEASE!? I'll give this 2 stars. 


Sophia Rose said...

Yeah, getting bad vibes off some of the main characters would be a disappointment. I love the idea of a magical bookshop.

Blodeuedd said...

Maybe not the cozy for me

Carole Rae said...

Sophia, maybe she gets better. But damn is she snobby.

B, I don't blame ya.