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Crime and Poetry

(A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,662 ratings  ·  636 reviews
From Amanda Flower—who writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by NAL
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Nicole Yup, she is 29. She left right after high school at age 17 (presumably for college), and has been gone 12 years. Also, at one point about 50 pages in …moreYup, she is 29. She left right after high school at age 17 (presumably for college), and has been gone 12 years. Also, at one point about 50 pages in she refers to herself as "nearly 30".(less)

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Diana • Book of Secrets
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, the first in a new magical mystery series. CRIME AND POETRY was absolutely delightful, and one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read.

The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her sly Grandma Daisy claimed to be at death’s door, but it was all a ruse to get Violet to come home and take over the family’s bookstore. Well, before Violet can go storming back to Ch
Cameron Chaney
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a lover of mysteries, magic, and old bookshops, I had to take a few deep breaths to calm my excitement when I found out about Crime and Poetry, the first book in the brand new Magical Bookshop cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. It combines those three things I love. But did it live up to my expectations? With the exception of a few cons, the answer is yes.

I'll get the cons out of the way first. Now, this is a cozy mystery, and with that you're going to get a few Hallmark Channel cliches.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The concept of a bookshop being magical is not a big step from reality for me, as I consider them magical places already. :) Amanda Flower's new Magical Bookshop Mystery series takes it a step further, creating an enchanted bookshop where the books choose the reader. What else could you expect from a bookshop that has a tree growing inside it? How cool is that??!!

The basics: Violet Waverly rushes back to her hometown believing her grandmother is ill, only to discover her grandmother just wants h
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books that help you solve a murder, a magical and mystical tree and bookshop with a sweet Grandma. Water that has magical powers. The setting is Niagara Falls but Crime and Poetry to me felt like a place more charming and mysterious and like a land of fantasy.

This series was way more than I expected, I had this series and author on my TBR for a little while and i'm so glad I finally read it. Amanda's imagination is pure brilliance. The plot was well written and amazing.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok

This is one big disappointment, the blurb was promissing but the result was aweful.When Violet recieved a call from her dying gran'ma, she immediately left Chicago to her home town (or village).
Once there, she discovers a more than healthy Gran'ma Daizy, still managing "Charming books" a hell of a bookshop that is way from ordinary.
Vi gets really angry and decides to return to Chicago the next day, but Chicago can wait, the same morning, Vi discovers -on her gran'ma's driveway- the body of Bened
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2016
I really wanted to like this book, and I really didn't like this book. By the end, I felt genuinely sorry for the heroine, and I wanted nothing more than for her to get back in her car, go back to Chicago, and never, ever talk to anyone in her small town again - including, possibly, her own grandmother, the only kin she had left.

The book opens with Violet rush home to visit her dying grandmother, after a self-imposed exile of 12 years. Her grandmother is in perfect health and it quickly becomes
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

As a fan of Amanda Flower’s other series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. As she didn’t disappoint! I devoured this book!

Violet Waverly is working on her doctorate in literature in Chicago when her Grandma Daisy asks her to come back to Cascade Springs, near Niagara Falls. She tells her the doctor said she didn’t have much time. Violet rushes home but her grandmother wasn’t sick. She has another secret she has to tell. Violet isn’t happy but before she can get out
Kirsten "every vote counts"
What a wonderful cozy mystery! I just hope that Ms Flower sticks with it. (I'm still a little sore that she abandoned her first series with librarian India Hayes after only TWO books!)

This mystery takes place in one of those wonderfully quirky small towns that are so common in cozy mysteries with a magical bookstore that wants its next caretaker to come back home from Chicago. The bookstore is complete with a 200 year old birch tree in the center of the house, a talking crow with an attitude, a
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another book I've been wanting to read for awhile now because I really enjoy another series that this author writes. I'm so glad one of the online book clubs I'm in chose it for the May discussion!

Violet Waverly was a grad student called suddenly to her hometown of Cascade Springs NY by her Grandma Daisy who was faking being ill. Grandma had a very important job to tell her about. Vi's plan was to go directly back to Chicago where she was going to the university but finding a dead carr
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure reads, and there are some smartly written ones out there. These little books you can curl up with and read with a cup of cocoa.

Crime and Poetry is the first book in the new "Magical Bookshop Mystery" series. Violet Waverly returns home to the quaint village of Cascade Springs, NY to help Grandma Daisy run her magical store, "Charming Books" - where books literally fly off the shelves, lol! Violet must clear Daisy's name when the body of a dead man is found c
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A decent cozy-mystery. 3.5

Violet Waverly left her hometown under rather bad circumstances and vowed never to come back. However after her grandmother Daisy (and only living relative) called her from her deathbed, she came back to the last place she wanted to ever be. Imagine how angry she is to find that Daisy, may have overstated her condition just a bit. In fact she's just fine, and it was all a ruse to get her back in town and take over the family business. Charming books a magical bookstore.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Violet Waverly forced to come back to her home town only to found that she's been tricked by her grandma. Daisy, her grandma, is a lovely woman who owns a bookstore, and claimed that in her store, the books will choose its owner. Violet clearly thinks that her Grandma must be losing her mind, when Daisy asked her to moved back to her hometown. When she was there, she met a nice man who wants to buy books, Benedict.

Strange things happens when suddenly, a book fall from the shelf and hits Benedic
Dawn Frazier
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a new series by Amanda Flower, and let me start by saying that it is fantastic! Ms. Flower is a superb writer, and it shows throughout this book. I am not sure any review I write will do justice to how great this book really is. How can you go wrong with a Magical bookstore, where the books choose you, a very special tuxedo cat, and a hilarious crow who loves to talk? This book has it all, a great mystery, a bit of suspense, and a lot of laugh out loud moments.
We start with Violet getti
Mimi (mimiisreading)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
"This is crazy. Books can't predict the future. They can't solve a murder."

"They aren't predicting it," Grandma Daisy said. "They only provide hints to what is already known."

I'm not a big mystery/thriller reader but I'm slowly trying to ease into these genre(s). As you can see from my rating, I didn't love this book but I do think this is the perfect book to read if you want to get into reading mystery books.

About the book

Our main character Violet Waverly, rushes into Cascade Springs to
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CRIME AND POETRY is the first in a new series by author Amanda Flower aka Isabella Alan. There is everything I enjoy in a cozy present in this book; loving families, a hint of romance, beautiful setting, a little magic, wonderful characters and a great protagonist.

The book begins with Violet Waverly frantically running back to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after a twelve-year absence. Her Grandma Daisy called her saying she needed her, sounding very ill. Violet assumed she was at d
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crime And Poetry is the first book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

A very interesting and fun new series from Amanda Flower.

Violet Waverly has made an emergency trip back to Cascade Springs after recently receiving from her Grandma Daisy saying her death was imminent. But when she arrives her grandma appears to be in good health. Violet threatens to leave the next morning, but spends the at grandma bookstore, Charming Books. When Benedict Raisin, a carriage driver, comes to look for a b
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, clean fun.

The crow needs more character development: someone tell the author to please research crows. (Full disclosure, I may or may not be the crow pictured in my profile avatar, lol)

As usual, I did not guess the who-dunnit. I was hoping the ex-boyfriend was the murderer, quite honestly, in hopes of getting his old flame, our protagonist, to return to town, but then we wouldn't have a love triangle would we.

I totally surprised myself by laughing out loud during the gala, all that stage
Micky Cox
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great new discovery for me! I really enjoyed the plot and the characters in this story. Toss in a magical tree, a crow with a grumpy personality and an ornery tuxedo cat to make the story just a bit more interesting. Violet is home to visit her grandmother when a dead body makes it way onto the scene and Violet decides she must do a bit of research to help ensure that her grandmother doesn't get accused of a crime she didn't commit. The story was extremely well written and the characters extreme ...more
Victorian  Vickie
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Magical Bookstore is a place that I love to visit! If you toss in a magical tree that needs mystic water that makes it more interesting. I love the fact that she rushed home to help her grandma even though she dreaded coming back to town. When t the books started to pick the patrons they needed to go home with was just perfect! Such a great cozy mystery!

Violet Waverly rushes from Chicago to Cascade Springs, New York when she thinks her Grandma daisy is dying. Instead she finds Daisy is the picture of health as she runs Charming Books. Violet moves into full sleuth mode when Daisy's beau, Benedict, is found dead outside of her house with one of her scarves around his neck.

What a delightful start to a series! I want to visit a bookstore where the books pick you. The magical quality of the books along with a tree growing in the middle of t
I was looking for a new cozy to start and all of them weren't up to my taste. I won this book in a Goodreads Book Giveaway from Berkley Publishing Group, and I am so happy that I won it. I am in love with this new series. I loved all the characters in the book. Quirky and fun. The humor in this book gives you a smile but isn't downright silly. That is why I gave up on some of the other mysteries. I'm in love with the magical town of Cascade Springs, NY, I'm ready to move there and I'm in love wi ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a real surprise for me I'd thought that the book was about (view spoiler)

I thought it was a novel concept, well done by the author. I'll be reading book 2 of the series very soon.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A promising start to a new series!

This cozy includes a magical bookstore where the books choose you; and a resident crow that talks. A murder, along with past secrets and sins, lead to a whodunit that had me guessing right up to the end. I cannot wait for book two!
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book #1 in Magical Bookshop. New author to me. This is one of the best series starts I have read in a long time. I thoroughly loved this book. Cannot wait to read more about Emerson and Faulkner. Too bad there is only 2 in this series. Hope there will be more. 4.5 stars
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I was in the mood for light yesterday, and this certainly fit the bill. It's a well-written cozy mystery. It hits on basically every cosy mystery trope ever:
-Set in close-knit small town
-vague secret family-based magical powers
-works with books - in this case the double-wammy of the family-owned bookstore and the protagonist being a literature professor
-love interest that is A) either an ex-high school sweetheart, or B) the head law enforcement in the small town (alas, in this both are present)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this cosy mystery the first in the Magical Bookshop series and did not even come close to guessing who dunnit!

I really enjoyed the concept of a magical bookshop that communicates to its caretaker by leaving books around with the pages open at words that will help solve the crime.

I liked Violet and her grandmother Daisy they work together well - along with the lesser characters of Emerson and Faulkner.

Am going to be reading more in this series for sure.
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Sarah Booth
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I started out not getting into it as easily as I usually do, but then it grew on me and I decided to read the second one.
It’s a typical cozy but this one has a haunting back story and a little bit of paranormal thrown in for kicks.
Let’s face it, it’s a book with a cat that rides round in a bicycle basket, and that is a big selling point.
Crime and Poetry is the debut book in Magical Bookshop series penned by Agatha Award-nominated author, Amanda Flower, who is renowned for writing an Amish Mystery series as Isabella Allan. I typically have very ambivalent feelings related to cozy mysteries featuring magic or the supernatural as some have been superbly written and others have been anything but. In Crime and Poetry Amanda Flowers delivers one on the superb end of the scale, truly amazing! Poetry of Emily Dickinson is interspersed ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brought back to her ancestral town under false pretenses, Violet Waverly rushes into her grandmother Daisy’s bookstore to find her nowhere near her deathbed and even further from remorseful for using such pretext to get her back. Charming Books is located in the old Victorian that housed Waverly’s for 200 years. A house filled with memories, magic books, a live birch tree, 2 stories tall, and a talking crow, dubbed Faulkner. Three generations of women ran the store, keeping the secret of what t ...more
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Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, ...more

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