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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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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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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-14-16

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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  • charro
  • chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-11-16

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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Good story had unreached potential

I enjoyed the book but was very let down by the sudden end. It didnt feel completed, like there were loose ends. That was disappointing.

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  • AJ
  • USA
  • 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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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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Meh

Would have been an ok short story. A pretty bland novelette that could/should be missed.

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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.