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Crime and Poetry

Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Amanda Flower (P)2016 Tantor

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3 and a half stars

This was an okay cozy mystery. The pace is rather slow and the characters aren't fully developed. The plot was okay. The story wasn't bad but it was just typical. I will probably get the next one to see if it is more developed.

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Magical Books, A Talking Crow, Great Easy Listen

This book is escapism at its best. Is it blood and guts kind of murder mystery? No. Hard core investigation? No. Small town, friends and family closeness? YES, YES, YES . . . with a few rotten eggs thrown in . . . Grandma Daisy and her Charming Books Bookstore and the her friends, The Red Inkers, the local writers group who meets at her bookstore, are a varied bunch of folks, and include Police Chief David Rainwater. When Grandma Daisy's boyfriend (and carriage driver), Benedict Raisin is found murdered, and she becomes a suspect, her granddaughter, Violet goes on a search for the real killer. With a little help from the books in the book shop and Benedict's cat (who Violet has named, Emerson), Violet sets out to clear her grandma's name. This magical story takes me back to the books of my childhood . . . clean, fun and anticipation in every chapter. I love the talking crow, Faulkner. The story of Violet in high school and now her return twelve years later, and how she reconciles herself to what happened in the past. In one word, this book is absolutely DELIGHTFUL.

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loved this book! I got mad when I had to sleep!

I wanted to listen straight through, but had to sleep and work. interesting lovable characters. can't wait for prose and cons!

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  • 09-30-17

This author is wonderful

Listening to Crime and Poetry gave me many hours of pleasure. Amanda Flower knows just what her readers want and her series is fresh and lovely. The narrator is particularly gifted. I highly recommend this series. I can't wait to read the next book.

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Enchantingly entertaining

Ms. Flower has captivatingly intertwined mystery, romance, and magic into a delightful " who dun it".
With the strong intelligent female lead, a interesting grandmother who owns a magical bookstore with a talking crow, two "hot" romantic interests, and a cute tuxedo cat this book will leave you wanting more. Truly enjoyable

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Interesting premise, but heroine acted stupidly

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't mind when amateur sleuths interfere with police investigations.

What was most disappointing about Amanda Flower’s story?

Heroine failed my 3-strike test: 1) she lied to the chief of police, whom she believed to be a good guy, about possibly being attacked on the street; 2) she withheld information in an ongoing murder investigation, and 3) she let a suspicious character, whom she knew worked for a company that opposed her family interest, into her car when she was on her way to gather info on the case. I stopped listening at about the halfway mark. Too bad, since the premise was interesting.

Have you listened to any of Rachel Dulude’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have no complaint about Rachel Dulude's performance. I have not heard her before, so I have no basis for comparison.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, since the premise intrigued me.

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Fresh take on a murder mystery

Quirky and fun take on a murder mystery with lots of room to develop the series. Easy to listen to and follow- loved the cat and pet crow. Quite credible 😎intelligent reading

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fun read

this was fun to read. enjoyable . It has believable characters, magic, murder, what's not to like?

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Another great series

I have found another great series. The characters are well developed, likable, and believable. The narration is spot on. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this book.

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Good but predictable

This audiobook it's just like some of the others I listen to good but he gets predictable halfway through. nice try thow

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