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Prose and Cons

(A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,505 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...
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 a
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
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I love this series about a magical bookshop! Customers in Charming Books get mysteriously matched with the books that fit them. Only proprietors Violet Waverly and her grandmother Daisy know the secret. They are the caretakers of the bookshop and the magical oak that grows up through the middle of the building. In Prose and Cons, everyone is gearing up for the annual Food and Wine Festival in Cascade Springs. The bookshop is hosting a reading of Edgar Allen Poe's work. The presenters will dress ...more
Diana | Book of Secrets
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, LOVE this series! PROSE AND CONS continues the story of Violet Waverly as the caretaker of a magical bookstore in Upstate New York. Charming Books is an amazing shop where the books choose you, the customer. The story also uses the books from its shelves to help Violet solve mysteries, or at least nudge her in the right direction. In this case, it was all about Edgar Allan Poe, whom I adore.

The mystery is intriguing and twisty, and the setting - a chilly Autumn festival - was pe
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Violet finds herself involved with another murder which is connected to the Red Inkers. While trying to locate the murder she finds out some rather difficult news regarding her mother and father. In the end the murder is found out but I will admit it wasn't who I was suspecting. I really did enjoy this book and the series. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series coming out next year. ...more
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
This is a great book to read at Halloween time! 🎃 Violet and her writing group are getting ready to do a Poe-try reading at Charming Books (a magical bookstore) at the village’s food and wine festival. In the mist of the event, Violet notices one of the presenters is missing. When Violet checks up on her fellow writer, Violet discovers that she is dead. There is plenty of mystery to be had in this book. Was the death an accident or a murder? Who are the mystery people that climb out of the woodw ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prose and Cons is the second book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Another entertaining visit with Violet and her grandmother Daisy at their bookstore, Charming Books, where your next book finds you.

Cascade Springs is preparing for their annual Food and Wine festival and Violet is planning a Poe-try Reading at Charming. Violet has enlisted the help of the Red Inkers, a local writer’s critique group that meets at the bookstore, to help with the reading. Sadie, who owns a vintage clothing
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I totally love this series. Can not wait to read the third.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Definitely one of my new favorite series! Love the characters and setting of this series and can’t wait to see what happens next. I love the magical bookshop and would love to see what book it would pick out for me. The mystery was done well and I was as shocked by the outcome as everyone else.
A petite teenage girl stood in front of the display of sports biographies that was tucked away in a small corner of the bookshop Charming Books, which I co=owned with my grandmother Daisy in the village of Cascade Springs, New York, and chewed on her lip.

Another great visit to Charming books! The bookshop is have a Poe-try Reading honoring Edgar Allen Poe during the annual Food and Wine Festival. The members of the Red Inkers have agreed to do the readings and Sadie has selected costumes for eac
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to start this book after the first one and I had a hard time putting it down. This one takes place around four months later from the first and it's Food and Wine Festival time in Cascade Springs, NY as well as getting closer to Halloween. How appropriate that the Red Inkers author group has decided to do some Poe readings during the Festival at Charming Books. The festivities are temporarily stopped by the murder of one of the Red Inkers right there in the bookshop. Despite warn ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that the main problem is that I seem to have moved beyond the cozy genre...
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the small town of Cascade Springs is a magical bookstore. It is where the book picks the reader or the purchaser. There is a crow named Faulkner who quotes from books, and a tuxedo cat named Emerson. Daisy has owned the store for years, but has recently called her granddaughter Violet home. Daisy is getting older and the store needs a new "caretaker". All this is explained in the first book in the series and it was such a good story, I recommend you read it if you have not already.

October in
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s all about Poe at Charming Books. To draw visitors to the bookstore during the Food and Wine Festival, the Red Inkers decide to do readings by the famous writer of mystery and the macabre. But one of the Inkers will be missing her reading. Violet finds her body at the foot of the stairs and her death was no accident. Using the bookstore’s charms with assists from her cat, Emerson and the shop’s mascot crow, Faulkner, Violet finds herself searching for the killer.

We return
Doward Wilson
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cascade Springs, New York is the home of Charming Books, an enchanted shop that finds the perfect book for each reader. Owned by Daisy Waverly and her granddaughter, Violet, the bookstore has an ancient tree growing in the middle of it. The tree thrives because it is watered from a nearby enchanted spring. The October Food and Wine Festival is the perfect time to showcase the bookstore with readings from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The Red Inkers, a local writing group that meets in the bookst ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Last night I finished Prose and Cons, the second in the Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower. This book was outstanding. I love it when book two is even better then book one and book one was pretty terrific! In Prose and Cons I was guessing until the end and really pulling for main character Violet to solve the case, yet found myself running in circles trying to figure out who done it! I was shocked and still am reeling from the outstanding reveal, my lips are sealed though you will have to ...more
I really enjoyed this book, love the idea that the book chooses the reader. Another plus for this book in the series is that the featured book another classic is by Poe. Two Poe classics The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven help Violet solve the case. Wish I could visit "Charmed Books" IRL. ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
There's just something about this series that I enchanted bookshop, a quaint village, a likable main character, and this one is set in the fall....LOVE! ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Hmm. I don't think I'll be finishing this one. I didn't get much into it without lots of Halloween (which I highly dislike), wine and drinking, and a possible homosexual hint (about a man being so beautiful that the female population of the town and even some of the male population could vouch for that). I'm really not interested in Edgar Allen Poe, either, so I don't think I'll be finishing this one. I just don't have the time to read a book that I might not like! :/ ...more
Micky Cox
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book just cements this series as a really fun and entertaining must read on the cozy mystery list! This is the second book in the series and it takes the characters development just a bit further and the plot is fantastic. Creative "murder" technique and the list of suspects is long, but well sorted to bring you to the conclusion in a well thought out manner. I really want the author to hurry and provide us with another book as I really want to see where the characters go next in their pers ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2018-may
I thoroughly enjoyed the second installment in the Magical Bookshop series. It has just the right amount of magic. The locale and characters are welcoming. I love Emerson. I can just see him riding in the basket of the MC's bike. Adorable. Hope that she will write more! 4 stars ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
It is obviously perfectly reasonable for me to spend a Sunday reading cozy mysteries about magical bookshops. My review of this one is essentially my review of the first, with the additions of:

I really like Lacey, Colleen, and Renee as Violet's female friends. Librarian Renee chasing Violet across the university lawn with her information, and startling the students was my favourite. The mystery was better done in the last one, with the Underground Railroad aspects, and more logical suspects. Thi
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting mystery. good characters.
i didn't guess it at all and enjoyed the surprise reveal at the end.
that grandma daisy is a crack-up. I loved the scene where she's on her porch rocker talking doing an interview w/a reporter-never mind that there was a dead body on her property-she's shamelessly plugging her store. LOVED IT! i chuckled out loud! and poor Charles, he means well.

my negative is that while i know this is predominately a mystery, i like the little bit of romance in the story too.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loving this cute magical cozy series! I want to run a bookstore just like it! 😘
Leslye ♥
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
4.5**** stars

This series combines two of my favorite cozy themes: magic and books. I enjoyed every minute of this book! I love it when book two is even better than the first book in the series- and book one was pretty darn good! It was great to be back with Violet and Grandma Daisy in their enchanted bookstore - where you don't pick the book, but it picks you. Charming Books mascots, Emerson (a tuxedo cat), and Faulkner (the funny crow that loves to talk) were entertaining as always. They can al
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A follow up to Crime and Poetry, Violet & Daisy again find themselves embroiled in another murder mystery centered around their magical bookstore. When one of the local writers group members drops dead during a Poe-try reading, all leads point to the least plausible suspect and our 2 bookstore sleuths are again off to prove innocence while finding the true guilty. Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow, along with the essential birch tree are all on hand to help. Meddling with police procedure (a ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book number two in this series does not disappoint!

This cozy includes a magical bookstore where the books choose you; and a resident crow that talks. A murder of a not well liked citizen along with her secret, lead to a whodunit that had me guessing right up to the end. I cannot wait for book three!
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-girl-reads
Review on CozyGirlReads. ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute series. Magical bookstore where books often choose a customer who needs to read them? Check. Cute tuxedo cat that often leads his mistress in the right direction (or is being headstrong and stubborn?) Check. A crow who lives in the bookstore and often mimics the raven from Edgar Allen Poe, screeching 'Nevermore' and flying around like a guided missile? Check. Not to mention a small town near Niagara Falls that has an interesting cast of characters including Violet, the 'caret ...more
Dawn Michelle
This is fast becoming my new favorite series and would have gotten 5 stars if I had not figured out who the murderer was, figured out the other "mystery" and the stupid love-triangle angle. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE authors, stop writing those. They are dumb and obnoxious and just ruin a story. Especially with characters that are clearly unsuited for each other AND have such a back history that would make it impossible for them to ever really be together again. . Other than those three things, this w ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
Fun little cozy series. Takes place in upstate New York. There is a magical bookstore involved. Looking forward to the next book.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Prose and Cons by Amanda Flowers is the second book in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series. Violet Waverly is the new Caretaker and co-owner of Charming Books in Cascade Springs, New York. Violet’s grandmother, Daisy is her partner and is teaching her how to be the Caretaker. Violet and Grandma Daisy are getting ready for the Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival. They will be doing a Poe-try (reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe) with the speakers (the Red Inkers) in costume. On the day of the r ...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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