Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3)
USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery. Fans of Sofie Kelly and Heather Blake, prepare your bookshelves!Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest. Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder. Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case in Murders and Metaphors, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3) Details

TitleMurders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Writing, Books About Books

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3) Review

  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Murders and Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I love this series! The thought of a magical bookstore with an enchanted tree growing in the middle makes me happy in itself. Add in that customers visiting Charming Books get magically matched with the perfect books.....and I'm just totally sucked in by this series. I wish Charming Books were real! I would be there all the time! :) I wonder what my perfect book would be??Violet Waverly runs Charming Books with her g Murders and Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I love this series! The thought of a magical bookstore with an enchanted tree growing in the middle makes me happy in itself. Add in that customers visiting Charming Books get magically matched with the perfect books.....and I'm just totally sucked in by this series. I wish Charming Books were real! I would be there all the time! :) I wonder what my perfect book would be??Violet Waverly runs Charming Books with her grandmother Daisy. She's taken over as caretaker of the shop and the magical tree as well. It's been six months since she left her old life to come back to Cascade Springs, NY to help her grandmother. While she loves the shop and her grandmother.....Violet has already had to solve two murders (with the help of her grandmother, the magical shop, Emerson the Cat and a crow named Faulkner, of course). Surely things will calm down now..... But, of course, that doesn't happen. An author is stabbed to death with a grape cutting knife at the annual Morton Vineyard ice wine harvest. Violet, Daisy and the Red Inkers writing group are back on the case! Who put the wine expert on ice? Violet is determined to catch the killer!This story is a great addition to this delightful cozy series! The mystery is interesting and engaging with plenty of twists and suspense. I like Violet as a main character. The side characters are all quirky and awesome. In this newest book, there are some nice developments in background story and character development. Can't wait to see how things develop in future books! The last few pages made me smile. Grandma Daisy is coming into her own! :) I was a bit surprised by the solution to the mystery, although it does make perfect sense. I just didn't see it coming. All in all, a very entertaining and fun read. I love Emerson and Faulkner. My favorite character though is Daisy....she's just lovely...and feisty when she needs to be! Amanda Flower never disappoints. I enjoy every book I read by her. I will definitely continue reading this series. Her Magic Garden series, Amish Candy Shop cozies and Appleseed Creek series are also favorites. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    What is there not to love about a cosy mystery in a perfectly picturesque little village near Niagara Falls? Especially when the main character is custodian of a magical bookshop with an enchanted tree, books that fly off the shelf to pick their readers, a talking crow and a sweet but very clever little cat.Although this is the third Magical Bookshop Mystery (and I have not yet read the first two) I had no trouble jumping straight in and getting to know the characters. Violet Waverley, the reluc What is there not to love about a cosy mystery in a perfectly picturesque little village near Niagara Falls? Especially when the main character is custodian of a magical bookshop with an enchanted tree, books that fly off the shelf to pick their readers, a talking crow and a sweet but very clever little cat.Although this is the third Magical Bookshop Mystery (and I have not yet read the first two) I had no trouble jumping straight in and getting to know the characters. Violet Waverley, the reluctant caretaker of 'Charming Books', has settled back in her home town of Cascade Springs after running from a bad relationship to college in Chicago. Returning to help out her grandmother, Daisy with running the shop, she was initially reluctant to take over as caretaker but has since discovered that she loves being back in her quaint little home town, where everyone knows each other and everything is within walking distance. When an author is murdered at a book signing and one of Violet's best friends is suspected of killing her, she is forced to find out who really killed her, especially when the bookshop keeps leaving her clues.With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Crooked Lane Books for a digital ARC to read
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  • Dana-Adriana B.
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book from ""A Magical Bookshop Mystery"" and it is not going to be the last :) Violet has to solve another murder before the police is arresting the wrong person. IIf you look for mystery and romance, this is it!Thank you Netgalley for this wonderful book.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Charming Books was to host the signing of Belinda Perkins’ new release out at the vineyard of Violet’s ex and his family. Charming Books’ owner and custodian, Violet Waverly was not impressed. But Grandma Daisy had organized it so Violet had no choice but to go along for the ride. Belinda was a nasty piece of work and when her body was discovered out among the snow-covered vines after the signing, and her death looked like the work of her sister, Violet’s best friend Lacey Dupont, Violet knew sh Charming Books was to host the signing of Belinda Perkins’ new release out at the vineyard of Violet’s ex and his family. Charming Books’ owner and custodian, Violet Waverly was not impressed. But Grandma Daisy had organized it so Violet had no choice but to go along for the ride. Belinda was a nasty piece of work and when her body was discovered out among the snow-covered vines after the signing, and her death looked like the work of her sister, Violet’s best friend Lacey Dupont, Violet knew she had to investigate to clear Lacey’s name.Cascade Springs in the Niagara Falls region was a quiet little town as a rule. But with the deepest of winter shrouding the houses and people, Violet had her work cut out – she had more suspects than she knew how to deal with. So she enlisted the help of the magical bookshop – the essence would direct her to the answers she sought. And when that direction was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Violet found herself even more confused. What was it telling her? Would she be able to solve this murder mystery before someone else died?Murders & Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the 3rd in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, and the first I’ve read. Intriguing and different, I was enchanted by the magical bookstore, and loved Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow – both permanent residents of Charming Books. And I just wanted to give Grandma Daisy a hug 😊 A great cosy read which I recommend.With thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third installment in the Magical Bookshop series but my first read in it. Violet and her grandmother Daisy live in Cascade Springs, New York--which provides the perfect setting for a mystery combined with a touch of paranormal. Belinda Perkins, who was born in Cascade Springs but has since found celebrity status as a wine reviewer, is murdered after a book signing at a local winery. Violet's best friend Lacey, and Belinda's sister, is the chief suspect but Violet is convinced that sh This is the third installment in the Magical Bookshop series but my first read in it. Violet and her grandmother Daisy live in Cascade Springs, New York--which provides the perfect setting for a mystery combined with a touch of paranormal. Belinda Perkins, who was born in Cascade Springs but has since found celebrity status as a wine reviewer, is murdered after a book signing at a local winery. Violet's best friend Lacey, and Belinda's sister, is the chief suspect but Violet is convinced that she is innocent and is determined to prove it. Her investigation turns up a number of suspects and motives but when she gets too close to the solution, she comes face-to-face with the killer.What an enjoyable read! It was easy to jump right into the story. I really liked the closeness between Violet and her grandmother; it brought up memories of my late Nana. The author does a wonderful job of developing the characters and bringing the reader right into the mystery. I live in the Niagara region and enjoyed the use of fiction and non-fiction. The development of Violet's romance with police chief Rainwater continues at a pleasant pace. I was amused with Belinda's nasty reviews of an ice wine, saying that one was attempting to have a tropical flavor comes off as a mediocre fruit punch and that customers would do better choosing ice wines across the border in Canada. Ice wine is really delicious and Canadian ones have had a reputation of being better than American but we are improving! If you want a less expensive American one, I suggest a Late Harvest Vignoles. Bring out a cordial glass for best enjoyment! A good ice wine should have notes of orange, honey, apricot and/or pineapple. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a complimentary advance digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    When I requested this book I did not realize it was the 3rd book in a series that I had not read. While had no problem understanding the story it would have been better if I had read the previous books as the tale often refers to them. I now have 2 more books to add to my TBR PILE.Violet Waverley is now the caretaker of the Charming Books, a Magical Bookstore. There is a talking crow who had broken his wing as a fledging and refused to leave. Emerson, a tortie cat who went everywhere with his pr When I requested this book I did not realize it was the 3rd book in a series that I had not read. While had no problem understanding the story it would have been better if I had read the previous books as the tale often refers to them. I now have 2 more books to add to my TBR PILE.Violet Waverley is now the caretaker of the Charming Books, a Magical Bookstore. There is a talking crow who had broken his wing as a fledging and refused to leave. Emerson, a tortie cat who went everywhere with his previous owner. Both added humor to the story. The store keeps throwing copies of LITTLE WOMAN around. Violet does not understand what the store is trying to tell her. There are 4 Perkin sisters in the tale that are estranged from each other.Violet and Grandmother Daisy are supplying the books for a local winery for a book signing affair for sommelier Belinda Perkins. Violet had a lot negative history with the winery. Emerson managed to sneak into the car and ride to the event. After an upsetting scene between the two sisters, the affair closes. Violet left Grandmother Daisy to pack up as Violet is looking for Emerson who has managed to disappear. He leads Violet to a dead body. Will Violet find answers Belinda'death before a friend is arrested for her murder?Disclosure: Many Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    As I have said numerous times, Amanda Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. No matter what book or series I pick up I know that it is going to be a terrific read and hit all the notes I look for when reading a cozy mystery. I was so happy to see that she was continuing the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This series is set in the quaint town of Cascade Springs New York. The characters are well written, diverse, charming and some a bit quirky. I enjoy the relationship between Violet As I have said numerous times, Amanda Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. No matter what book or series I pick up I know that it is going to be a terrific read and hit all the notes I look for when reading a cozy mystery. I was so happy to see that she was continuing the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This series is set in the quaint town of Cascade Springs New York. The characters are well written, diverse, charming and some a bit quirky. I enjoy the relationship between Violet and her Grandma Daisy. They are each still finding their way after Violet became the new Caretaker of the tree. The romance between Violet and Chief Rainwater is progressing nicely but there are going to be some bumps along the way. The characters are growing and coming into their own which is always one of the things I look for in a cozy series.The mystery was well done. It carries through the entire story and there are plenty of clues sprinkled throughout book. There were a couple of nice twists that I didn't see coming which added some drama to the mystery. I did not guess the identity of the killer and I think readers will be surprised. This series also has a nice hint of the paranormal that runs throughout each story. I don't think it is overpowering and I enjoy how the bookshop sends Violet hints on what she needs to solve a mystery.This book just hooked me from the start and I stayed up a couple nights past when I would normally go to bed so I could read farther into the story. A sure sign that a book has grabbed your attention. I hope there will be more books in this series because I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out for a few of the characters.I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the 3rd book in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, and a great addition. I love this book/series and highly recommend to all people who enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy run the Charming Books store, where the books have a mind of there own. When a nasty author is found dead after a book signing, and Violet's friend is the main suspect, the mystery begins. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Murders and Metaphors is a cute cozy mystery with all the usual elements. I personally believe this type of book is excellent for relaxing. If you want literary fiction, you won't like this book.
  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the best one yet in this series. I was immediately wrapped up in the latest visit to Cascade Springs.Ms. Flower's writing is so descriptive that the setting and the characters come to life. Violet and Grandma Daisy host a book signing for a popular author/sommelier, Belinda Perkins, at Morton's Winery. Violet is not looking forward to the event as that means she must once again be in contact with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Morton. As usual the matriarch of Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the best one yet in this series. I was immediately wrapped up in the latest visit to Cascade Springs.Ms. Flower's writing is so descriptive that the setting and the characters come to life. Violet and Grandma Daisy host a book signing for a popular author/sommelier, Belinda Perkins, at Morton's Winery. Violet is not looking forward to the event as that means she must once again be in contact with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Morton. As usual the matriarch of the Morton family is disagreeable but is resigned to Violet and Daisy's presence for the book signing. However, a murder disrupts the event and one of Violet's best friends is the number one suspect. Immediately Violet is on the case and with the help of the magical bookshop she might solve it before she's the next victim.I love the characters in this series. Each one, Violet, Daisy, Lacey, Sadie,and David Rainwater are becoming fully developed now and I love the way they are evolving in this book. I also enjoyed meeting a couple of new characters in this book. I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. I heartily approved of the bookshop's apparent approval of David Rainwater. I'm intrigued to see how that will play out in future books. The plot is intricate and filled with devious twists and several suspects that might want the victim dead. I loved every second of my visit to Cascade Springs and am already wishing the next one was available. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read and review the book.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Flower is a gifted author who never disappoints me.Murders and Metaphors is a well told tale, featuring the murder of a sommelier.When someone close to Violet is a prime suspect, she turns to her magical bookshop to find the answers.I love this series because the characters are so real, that I find myself with a group of friends whenever I open one of these books.This story has everything I look for in a cozy mystery, a well told story, unique characters and plenty of twists and turns to Amanda Flower is a gifted author who never disappoints me.Murders and Metaphors is a well told tale, featuring the murder of a sommelier.When someone close to Violet is a prime suspect, she turns to her magical bookshop to find the answers.I love this series because the characters are so real, that I find myself with a group of friends whenever I open one of these books.This story has everything I look for in a cozy mystery, a well told story, unique characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged from beginning to end.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the chance to read this book!I did enjoy the story of the magical bookstore, and the legacy of guardianship entrusted to the caretakers. I liked the idea of the tree magic, and I really wish I could walk into a bookstore that knew which books I wanted. I would probably walk away with hundreds, but anyway.For a cozy mystery I felt this one was a little off, and I didn't really like the reasoning behind it. I did however see a lot of potential in the setting a Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the chance to read this book!I did enjoy the story of the magical bookstore, and the legacy of guardianship entrusted to the caretakers. I liked the idea of the tree magic, and I really wish I could walk into a bookstore that knew which books I wanted. I would probably walk away with hundreds, but anyway.For a cozy mystery I felt this one was a little off, and I didn't really like the reasoning behind it. I did however see a lot of potential in the setting and the characters and I'm happy to try some of the other books in the series. This was an ARC, but there were many spelling and grammar errors that really need to be corrected before it goes to print too. Four stars.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Another great visit to Charming Books and the cast of characters in the town. The author does a phenomenal job of character development as each character, including the shop cat and bird, have unique and well developed personalities. The plot in this particular book was quite good with a slight surprise when the villain is revealed. It was interesting getting Violet's friend Lacey's back story filled in more. I love how you get to know the townspeople so much better in each book and it honestly Another great visit to Charming Books and the cast of characters in the town. The author does a phenomenal job of character development as each character, including the shop cat and bird, have unique and well developed personalities. The plot in this particular book was quite good with a slight surprise when the villain is revealed. It was interesting getting Violet's friend Lacey's back story filled in more. I love how you get to know the townspeople so much better in each book and it honestly makes you want to just keep on reading so you don't have to say goodbye at the end of the book. I can't wait for the author to write more of this series!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series although I have read and enjoyed other books by Amanda Flower. I was able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone and look forward to reading more of this series. This is a very unique and fun background for a character and setting. I loved the relationship between Violet and her Grandmother. I love the idea of a book store being able to find just the right book for its customers. The mystery is well paced and does contain several red herr This is my first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series although I have read and enjoyed other books by Amanda Flower. I was able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone and look forward to reading more of this series. This is a very unique and fun background for a character and setting. I loved the relationship between Violet and her Grandmother. I love the idea of a book store being able to find just the right book for its customers. The mystery is well paced and does contain several red herrings to keep you guessing. This book has great characters, setting, and story-line that lovers of mysteries and paranormal will both enjoy. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Flower is one of my 2018 favorite cozy mystery authors. This is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This series is set in the quaint village of Cascade Springs, New York. The author has done a great job of the character development as each character is unique, well written, and some even a bit quirky. I enjoy the relationship between Violet and her Grandma Daisy. They are still feeling their way around their new roles since Violet became the new Caretaker of the tree. T Amanda Flower is one of my 2018 favorite cozy mystery authors. This is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This series is set in the quaint village of Cascade Springs, New York. The author has done a great job of the character development as each character is unique, well written, and some even a bit quirky. I enjoy the relationship between Violet and her Grandma Daisy. They are still feeling their way around their new roles since Violet became the new Caretaker of the tree. The blossoming romance between Violet and Chief Rainwater is progressing but there are going to be a few hiccups along the way.The mystery was well written and carries through the entire story. There were a couple of twists and turns that I didn't see coming which added to the mystery. I did suspect the identity of the killer early on but then changed my mind and I think readers will be surprised who the culprit is.This series also has a nice hint of the paranormal that runs throughout each story. I don't think it is overpowering and I enjoy how the bookshop sends Violet hints on what she needs to solve a mystery.This book had me hooked from the beginning and I finished in a couple nights. I hope there will be more books in this series because I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out for a few of the main characters.* There were several spelling and grammar errors that really need to be amended before it goes to print in February, but that is what we are doing besides reviewing we are proofreaders too.I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd installment of the magical bookstore series. I love this series and honestly, it just keeps getting better. It’s January and Violet and Grandma Daisy are hosting a book signing party for Belinda Perkins, being held at the Morton Family Vineyard during the Ice Grape Harvest. Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs and left many years ago and is estranged from her sister Lacey one of Violet’s best friends. Belinda is a famous sommelier who is in town for her book signing and to do a rev This is the 3rd installment of the magical bookstore series. I love this series and honestly, it just keeps getting better. It’s January and Violet and Grandma Daisy are hosting a book signing party for Belinda Perkins, being held at the Morton Family Vineyard during the Ice Grape Harvest. Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs and left many years ago and is estranged from her sister Lacey one of Violet’s best friends. Belinda is a famous sommelier who is in town for her book signing and to do a review on the Morton’s Ice Wine. The family is considering taking the wine national. Lacey and her husband Adrien are catering the event and Lacey attempts to contact Belinda so they can have a chance to speak. Belinda freaks out and causes a giant scene. Emerson the cat escapes Violet’s tote bag and she goes out into the Vineyards to search for him. After chasing Emerson and catching him on her way, back to the house she trips over what she thinks is a root and learns it is Belinda with a grape knife in her back holding a letter from Lacey. Lacey becomes the prime suspect in the murder and Violet is determined to find the real killer There were lots of people who had motive including an ex-husband and winery owner who her last review ruined and her other two sisters. The bookshop keeps sending Violet messages and dropping Little Women all over the shop. Violet is really trying to understand what the shop is trying to tell her. The clues are there but the ending is shocking. Love all the twists and turns in this story as well as the ending. Sadie has a possible new love interest and Violet finally lets Chief Rainwater know he is the one for her. I cannot wait to see what is up next for Grandma Daisy, Violet and everyone else in Cascade Springs. Cannot wait for the next installment.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Another great visit to Charming Books and the cast of characters in the town. The author does a phenomenal job of character development as each character, including the shop cat and bird, have unique and well developed personalities. The plot in this particular book was quite good with a slight surprise when the villain is revealed. It was interesting getting Violet's friend Lacey's back story filled in more. I love how you get to know the townspeople so much better in each book and it honestly Another great visit to Charming Books and the cast of characters in the town. The author does a phenomenal job of character development as each character, including the shop cat and bird, have unique and well developed personalities. The plot in this particular book was quite good with a slight surprise when the villain is revealed. It was interesting getting Violet's friend Lacey's back story filled in more. I love how you get to know the townspeople so much better in each book and it honestly makes you want to just keep on reading so you don't have to say goodbye at the end of the book. I can't wait for the author to write more of this series!
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  • Noemie | allmybookthoughts
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley & Crooked Lane Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. #partnerI thought this was such a perfect continuation of the Magical Bookshop series! The characters are all absolutely wonderful, and it was fun to see how the murder tied in to this small town. Of course, Grandma Daisy is hilarious, and Violet is a wonderful main character! I was happy to see the Red Ink writer group expanding, and can’t wait to see how those new characters will tie in t Thank you to Net Galley & Crooked Lane Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. #partnerI thought this was such a perfect continuation of the Magical Bookshop series! The characters are all absolutely wonderful, and it was fun to see how the murder tied in to this small town. Of course, Grandma Daisy is hilarious, and Violet is a wonderful main character! I was happy to see the Red Ink writer group expanding, and can’t wait to see how those new characters will tie in to future books.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    A visit to Cascade Springs with Violet Waverly and Aunt Daisy was the perfect antidote for a sad day. With the death of a hometown girl who had returned for a book signing of her latest book, Violet must prove her friend's innocence. The charm just isn't in the bookstore's name, but in all the characters and their relationships. The mystery is solid and I can't wait to return to Cascade Springs for my next visit. Highly recommended!Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to rea A visit to Cascade Springs with Violet Waverly and Aunt Daisy was the perfect antidote for a sad day. With the death of a hometown girl who had returned for a book signing of her latest book, Violet must prove her friend's innocence. The charm just isn't in the bookstore's name, but in all the characters and their relationships. The mystery is solid and I can't wait to return to Cascade Springs for my next visit. Highly recommended!Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    A visit to Cascade Springs with Violet Waverly and Aunt Daisy was the perfect antidote for a sad day. With the death of a hometown girl who had returned for a book signing of her latest book, Violet must prove her friend's innocence. The charm just isn't in the bookstore's name, but in all the characters and their relationships. The mystery is solid and I can't wait to return to Cascade Springs for my next visit. Highly recommended!
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    In this third installment of the Magical Bookshop Series, we are back in Cascade Springs with Violet and Grandma Daisy of Charming Books. Where books magically match themselves to customers.January is time for the Ice Wine festivities and Violet is not feeling it this time. She's had her heart-broken before and the one responsible is sure to be in attendance. Which means Violet will not be. No matter what. Not even magic is going to get her to go!However Grandma Daisy has arranged for the book s In this third installment of the Magical Bookshop Series, we are back in Cascade Springs with Violet and Grandma Daisy of Charming Books. Where books magically match themselves to customers.January is time for the Ice Wine festivities and Violet is not feeling it this time. She's had her heart-broken before and the one responsible is sure to be in attendance. Which means Violet will not be. No matter what. Not even magic is going to get her to go!However Grandma Daisy has arranged for the book shop to host former resident and current book writing sommelier, Belinda Perkins, book signing. Belinda left town long ago after a fight with her sisters. One of those sisters may be still carrying a grudge and after the throw down at the book signing, one of them is left dead!While Violet is almost certain sister Lacey is innocent, she herself turns to the magical bookshop for assistance. And as usual the help is spot on! But will it save Lacey or just leave them both out in the cold?This is such a fun series and Amanda Flowers is one of the best at cozy mysteries. I love Faulkner, the crow. The characters are very well written and it's what I would call an intelligent cozy!Well Done!Netgalley/February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. An enjoyable cast of characters that you like spending time with. A lot of suspects to look at trying to figure out whodunit. I love the bookshop trying to help Violet along the way.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of MURDERS AND METAPHORS (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 3) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy, as owners of the only local bookstore, are participants in a book signing by a local author and famous wine critic. When the book signing is ruined by a murder, Violet’s mystic bookstore pushes Violet to hunt for the murderer.I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I was still able to enjoy this story. After r I received a free copy of MURDERS AND METAPHORS (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 3) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy, as owners of the only local bookstore, are participants in a book signing by a local author and famous wine critic. When the book signing is ruined by a murder, Violet’s mystic bookstore pushes Violet to hunt for the murderer.I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I was still able to enjoy this story. After reading this one, I intend to read the first two. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries, animal friends, and magical twists.#MurdersAndMetaphors #NetGalley
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  • Rekha Rao
    January 1, 1970
    A book about a bookstore and books! What more can a book lover ask for? This was such a charming and wonderful story. The characters, especially Grandma Daisy, Faulkner and Emerson were cuter than cute!Grandma Daisy ( isn't her name cute???) and Violet Waverly own a magical bookshop called Charming Books. Cascade Springs is a famous spring known for its magical and healing properties. There is a two-hundred-year-old birch tree in the middle of the bookstore and every alternate day, it is Violet' A book about a bookstore and books! What more can a book lover ask for? This was such a charming and wonderful story. The characters, especially Grandma Daisy, Faulkner and Emerson were cuter than cute!Grandma Daisy ( isn't her name cute???) and Violet Waverly own a magical bookshop called Charming Books. Cascade Springs is a famous spring known for its magical and healing properties. There is a two-hundred-year-old birch tree in the middle of the bookstore and every alternate day, it is Violet's job to draw water from the Cascade Springs and water the tree.The Morton Vineyard is hosting a book signing club - the guest is none other than the famous sommelier Belinda Perkins, a former resident of Cascade Springs. But things go wrong when Belinda is found murdered in the vineyard. Violet decides to poke her nose into the murder investigation and she unearths some dark secrets about the Perkins and Mortons.What else does a cozy mystery need when there is a cafe that makes delicious baked goodies, a cute tuxedo cat, a pet crow, ice wine, snow, a tinge of romance and a murder? The bookstore is magical - it always gives clues in the form of unexpectedly dropping books out of nowhere- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in this case, sometimes flips pages too so that Violet gets the clue that she's searching for.I loved the tux-cat Emerson. Partly due to the fact that I have a tux-cat at home and partly because tuxedo cats are so adorable!! Grandma Daisy was adorable too, and so was Faulkner, the pet crow. Somehow, the four of them - Emerson, Faulkner, Grandma Daisy and Violet form a strong bond and always seem to understand each other. There was even a local critique group called Red Inkers that held meetings at the bookstore every now and then. The other characters in the story included the Mortons (nasty ones, these!), Chief David Rainwater (Violet and he have a thing going on), Sadie (Violet's best buddy), Lacey and Adrien (owners of Le Crepe Jolie), Lacey's sisters - Belinda, Adele and Michelle, and Joel Redding, the nosy P.I.The language is clear and simple. The story was interesting and entertaining. The ending was good and the identity of the murderer was a surprise. Overall, the book was a delightful read.My Rating is 4.5/5 (rounded it off to 5)
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    4 out of 5 starsARC provided in exchange for an honest reviewWhile I'm a little bit guilty about starting a series at the third book, I am so happy I gave this book a try, because it was whimsical fun in story book form. Honestly, what is not to love about a magical bookstore that uses books to send messages to help our heroine solve crimes? Nothing. It's actually pretty original, and it shows how much Flower's loves literature, which this girl can appreciate. Luckily, this book wasn't overly ki 4 out of 5 starsARC provided in exchange for an honest reviewWhile I'm a little bit guilty about starting a series at the third book, I am so happy I gave this book a try, because it was whimsical fun in story book form. Honestly, what is not to love about a magical bookstore that uses books to send messages to help our heroine solve crimes? Nothing. It's actually pretty original, and it shows how much Flower's loves literature, which this girl can appreciate. Luckily, this book wasn't overly kitchy, which these cozy mysteries have a habit of being, only suffering from a cat and a bird that are far more aware of the world around them then they really should be. Aside from a few spelling and grammar errors, which I'm hoping are fixed before publication, this was just a fun read over all. Mystery wise, I was left guessing until the end, which is all you can really ask for, and I honestly want to go and read the first two books in this series, so I can be completely brought up to speed.Over all, this was a great lazy, day off read. Not horribly long, and filled with magic and mystery. I would honestly recommend this to any fan of the cozy mystery genre.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! The specialty of the bookshop is providing the customer with just the right book, and in the case of the keeper, the book and pages that provide the clues to solving murders. Violet has returned to her grandmother and the hometown she fled some years before only to find out that she has inherited the position of keeper. That is a secret and there are other things involved, but the magic of the bookshop has proved very important in past murder investigations as well as the current one Excellent! The specialty of the bookshop is providing the customer with just the right book, and in the case of the keeper, the book and pages that provide the clues to solving murders. Violet has returned to her grandmother and the hometown she fled some years before only to find out that she has inherited the position of keeper. That is a secret and there are other things involved, but the magic of the bookshop has proved very important in past murder investigations as well as the current one even if she can't tell the police chief who is her love interest. There are problems with the town's prominent family that are related to the past, and that causes a lot of stumbling blocks in the investigation of the murder of a former resident who alienated everyone in her path. The investigation is well plotted, the characters certainly are, and the magic of the bookshop is craftily done. I really enjoyed reading it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I'd never read this searies before but the third book in I had a pretty good idea of who's who. I'm also pretty interested in reading the whole series so points for that.The magic bookshop that provides clues in the form of literature is a really interesting idea and a lot of fun!It was a good mystery and the clues we're really enjoyable.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    This series is always a fun read. I love the idea of a bookstore that always gives you the book you need (is it always the one you want though?) The characters are fun and are developing through the series. Ms. Flower always writes an interesting mystery and they are well written. Just to get the most out of the characters, I'd start at the beginning, but the mystery doesn't require it. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'd never read this searies before but the third book in I had a pretty good idea of who's who. I'm also pretty interested in reading the whole series so points for that. The magic bookshop that provides clues in the form of literature is a really interesting idea and a lot of fun! It was a good mystery and the clues we're really enjoyable.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past h I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest.Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder.Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case in “Murders and Metaphors”, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.A book set it my beloved Niagara! (Mind you, I am on the Canadian side which was the Horseshoe Falls which are better than the American Falls ... aka “The Shower”!) And, a nice, clean mystery where I didn’t guess the murderer in the first few pages like some authors have a habit of doing (Mary Higgins Clark, I am talking to you! It is a super-quick read – I am a ridiculously fast reader – but it was still engrossing and enjoyable. And it made me want wine. (Tawse Vineyards if you can get it, BTW!)The mystical part of the story was fun: I have not read a lot of fiction that involves that and I loved the cover art work. If you have not read the “Magical Bookshop” series, I highly recommend that you go and buy the previous books as this series looks to be amazing if this third book is any indication!I do have to say something: the price for a hardcover book of $26.99 US/$35CAD for a 220 or so page book is INSANE … wait for paperback or kindle. This kind of book is usually a paperback kind of purchase IMHO. Short, cozy mystery books should not be that expensive!
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