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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.

©2016 Amanda Flower (P)2016 Tantor

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cute book with a nice plot

I don't usually like magic or fantasy to intrude in my mystery books. But Crime and Poetry and Prose and Cons are exceptions! With a creative plot and plenty of surprises, Prose and Cons actually bridges the gap between reality and fantasy really deftly, making it a lot of fun.

The narration also was well-done. I really enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to more!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 10-01-18

Writers' Club, Magical Bookshop, Cozy Mystery

The second book in the series finds Violet and Grandma Daisy getting ready for the annual Food and Wine festival in Cascade Springs, with the Red Inkers preparing a reading of Edgar Allan Poe. Emerson, the tuxedo cat and Faulkner, the shop's talking crow are up to their same antics and keep the tale interesting. When one of the Red Inkers is found murdered, the entire town is in the middle of the festival and the handsome Chief of Police, David Rainwater begins the investigation. Vying for Violet's attention is also her high school sweetheart, Mayor Nathan Morton, whose family also owns one of the town's wineries. The old birch tree growing in the middle of the bookshop is being cared for by Voilet, who goes regularly to the town's spring to get water for it. The story is charming, just like the name of the bookstore and the murder is solved with Violet's help. Wishing there were more in the series . . .

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  • AJ
  • USA
  • 10-02-17

Great plot with lots of twists and turns

I never saw the ending coming, or who the killer turned out to be until the very last. Most of all, I loved listening as the characters in the town came to life through the great narration. The pictures painted for me were delicious and it was hard to see the book come to an end.

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this author should be charged with plagiarism

Every plot element that I've read in all other books are in this. single woman with painful past, love triangle, spunky grandma , magical trees, pets who save the day, etc. Yawn

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-09-16

Charmless

This is predictable and formulaic novel, and the unrealistic plot made it impossible for me to finish the book. From the onset, the reader is introduced to perfect looking characters in a perfect town. The only person who is not perfect is the intended murder victim. The story then goes on to follow the typical cozy mystery formula. The lead character, Violet, insinuates herself in solving the crime to save a friend and find justice. Along the way, she angers the police chief who is too nice too arrest her. I admit I stopped listening to the book early on because I couldn't take it. The main problem with this book is that the characters are flat and underdeveloped. I can't relate to them, and, therefore, have no interest in what happens to them. The narrator contributes to making this an unfortunate listening experience. Rachel Dalude reads very fast without inflection. I might have been able to stomach the book a little more if the narrator had a better performance. I won't be getting the next book in this series.

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Going downhill

The first book in the series is ok, though very uneven and uncertain of what it wants to be, it holds through. In this one, though, the protagonist loses at least half her intelligence but gains at least triple the arrogance. The marysuefication of her character became too much for me so I think I'm done with the series.

As for the narrator, she does a competent job. Some of the female friend voices are exaggerated and too similar to one another, but overall, I think she did a good job.

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Terrific

A great story, fun characters, a wonderful mystery and well plotted. You'll love this book. Am excited for the next installment.

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