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Murders and Metaphors

(A Magical Bookshop Mystery #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  163 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery. Fans of Sofie Kelly and Heather Blake, prepare your bookshelves!

Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.

January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Cindi Read on, though you'll likely want to read the first two after you finish this's that good! Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors.

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Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murders and Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I love this series! The thought of a magical bookstore with an enchanted tree growing in the middle makes me happy in itself. Add in that customers visiting Charming Books get magically matched with the perfect books.....and I'm just totally sucked in by this series. I wish Charming Books were real! I would be there all the time! :) I wonder what my perfect book would be??

Violet Waverly runs Charming Books with her g
Charming Books was to host the signing of Belinda Perkins’ new release out at the vineyard of Violet’s ex and his family. Charming Books’ owner and custodian, Violet Waverly was not impressed. But Grandma Daisy had organized it so Violet had no choice but to go along for the ride. Belinda was a nasty piece of work and when her body was discovered out among the snow-covered vines after the signing, and her death looked like the work of her sister, Violet’s best friend Lacey Dupont, Violet knew sh ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is there not to love about a cosy mystery in a perfectly picturesque little village near Niagara Falls? Especially when the main character is custodian of a magical bookshop with an enchanted tree, books that fly off the shelf to pick their readers, a talking crow and a sweet but very clever little cat.

Although this is the third Magical Bookshop Mystery (and I have not yet read the first two) I had no trouble jumping straight in and getting to know the characters. Violet Waverley, the reluc
Dana-Adriana B.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is my first book from ""A Magical Bookshop Mystery"" and it is not going to be the last :)
Violet has to solve another murder before the police is arresting the wrong person. IIf you look for mystery and romance, this is it!
Thank you Netgalley for this wonderful book.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was very upset when this unique series ended after just 2 stories. I am so happy that the people at Crooked Lane Books saw its promise and gave the series new life.

This 3rd story takes place in January and Violet and her Grandma Daisy will be selling books at a book signing for Belinda Perkins, a well-known sommelier, and author. The event is taking place at Morton Vineyard right before their midnight ice grape harvest. That means Violet will not be able to avoid her ex and
Cathy Daniel
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did get annoyed at the publisher for misusing your and you're twice!! But not a major deal and not the author's fault. This is my favorite series by Amanda Flower and it begs for one more at least! And potential love triangle ENDED. So much happiness.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third installment in the Magical Bookshop series but my first read in it. Violet and her grandmother Daisy live in Cascade Springs, New York--which provides the perfect setting for a mystery combined with a touch of paranormal. Belinda Perkins, who was born in Cascade Springs but has since found celebrity status as a wine reviewer, is murdered after a book signing at a local winery. Violet's best friend Lacey, and Belinda's sister, is the chief suspect but Violet is convinced that sh ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, fiction
3.5 stars, another cute story by Flower. Makes me want to have my very own magical bookshop.
Peggy R
As I have said numerous times, Amanda Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. No matter what book or series I pick up I know that it is going to be a terrific read and hit all the notes I look for when reading a cozy mystery. I was so happy to see that she was continuing the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This series is set in the quaint town of Cascade Springs New York. The characters are well written, diverse, charming and some a bit quirky. I enjoy the relationship between Violet ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I requested this book I did not realize it was the 3rd book in a series that I had not read. While had no problem understanding the story it would have been better if I had read the previous books as the tale often refers to them. I now have 2 more books to add to my TBR PILE.
Violet Waverley is now the caretaker of the Charming Books, a Magical Bookstore. There is a talking crow who had broken his wing as a fledging and refused to leave. Emerson, a tortie cat who went everywhere with his pr
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that was a long time in the making, well it seemed like it was lol, and it definitely did not disappoint! I'm so happy this series found a new home and is able to continue.

Violet's cat Emerson found the body of a famous sommelier and wine author in the Morton Vineyards where they were holding their annual ice wine grape cutting. Violet's friend Lacey who owned the local cafe with her French-Canadian husband was the woman's estranged sister, and since a huge blow-up between them
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the 3rd book in A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, and a great addition. I love this book/series and highly recommend to all people who enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries. Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy run the Charming Books store, where the books have a mind of there own. When a nasty author is found dead after a book signing, and Violet's friend is the main suspect, the mystery begins.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best in this series yet. Magical bookstore proprietors Violet and grandma Daisy are tasked with supplying the books for a wine critic author at the vineyard owned by her old beaus family. Extensive history of love and hate hovers over the event, but is overshadowed by the murder of the authoress amongst the vines.
When two sisters of the deceased head the suspect list, our gifted sleuths set out to prove them innocent. Assisted by the resident crow, cat and general essence of the shop, clue
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Murders and Metaphors is a cute cozy mystery with all the usual elements. I personally believe this type of book is excellent for relaxing. If you want literary fiction, you won't like this book.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A 200 year-old Birch tree thrives in the middle of a Queen Anne Victorian that houses Charming Books, a magical bookshop in Cascade Springs, NY, where Violet Waverly serves as the tree’s Caretaker and bookshop’s co-owner. Along with her Grandma Daisy, Violet operates the bookshop that finds the perfect book for each customer along with helping the two women solve mysteries by providing clues found in books on the shelves. In other words, Violet and Daisy live and work in an enchanted environment ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this latest installment in this series! Great mystery that I did not figure out until the end.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder And Metaphors is the third book in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries series.

I was very excited to learn that this wonderful series has found a new publisher. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the series.

Violet and Grandma Daisy are busy putting together a book signing for Belinda, an author, and a sommelier, to be held at Morton Vineyards. Violet would much rather have held the signing at their bookstore, Charming Books. The less interaction she has with Nathan Morton, the mayor of
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this third book of the series Violet is starting to get the hang of being the caretaker to her family's bookshop. She is settling into her new life but having an ex, who hurt her badly, always around and trying to rekindle things is giving her mixed emotions. While hosting a book signing at her ex's Winery Violet is looking forward to a fun night of books, wine, and fabulous food. The author, Belinda, grew up in the town of Cascade Springs but hasn't been back since her mothers funeral years ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower is the best one yet in this series. I was immediately wrapped up in the latest visit to Cascade Springs.

Ms. Flower's writing is so descriptive that the setting and the characters come to life. Violet and Grandma Daisy host a book signing for a popular author/sommelier, Belinda Perkins, at Morton's Winery. Violet is not looking forward to the event as that means she must once again be in contact with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Morton. As usual the matriarch of
Dawn Michelle

This has been on of biggest surprises of this year [so far] for me; I never expected to love this series as much as I have - what a treat this has been!! I have loved all three of these books so much; they have been such a joy to read!!

This one had so many twists and turns and I was as confused as Violet was throughout most of the book - I never saw the murderer coming and for me, that is the best thing about a well-written cozy. AND!!! the wretched love-triangle is O V E R!!! HA
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A magical bookshop with a birch tree growing right in the middle and which had to be watered by magical spring waters was a wondrous sight to imagine. Add to that, the shop knew what the readers wanted and books flew off the shelves to pick the reader. The essence of the shop knew which book would help its caretaker, Violet, to solve the murder. Grandma Daisy, crow Faulkner, and tuxedo cat Emerson completed the coterie

When celebrity author Belinda Perkins was found murdered with a knife stickin
Lisa Morin
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Flower is a gifted author who never disappoints me.
Murders and Metaphors is a well told tale, featuring the murder of a sommelier.
When someone close to Violet is a prime suspect, she turns to her magical bookshop to find the answers.
I love this series because the characters are so real, that I find myself with a group of friends whenever I open one of these books.
This story has everything I look for in a cozy mystery, a well told story, unique characters and plenty of twists and turns to
Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower takes readers back to Cascade Springs, New York. Violet Waverly and her grandmother, Daisy own and run Charming Books with its magical birch tree. Violet is the newest Caretaker and she is still adjusting to her new duties. The booksellers are heading to Morton Wineries where Belinda Perkins, a sommelier and bestselling author, will be holding a book signing for her newest release. After the signing, the Morton’s will be hosting their annual ice wine cuttin ...more
I always read a little bit about a book that I've read and am about to leave a review. In this case, I ran across someone saying that this series had a new publisher and there is where part of my complaints come in - at least that is what I'm thinking. I won the first book in a Goodread's Giveaway and ended up loving this cozy series even though it had a bit of supernatural powers. I couldn't wait to get this book #3 and it felt like I was going home again when I started the book, but then somet ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the chance to read this book!

I did enjoy the story of the magical bookstore, and the legacy of guardianship entrusted to the caretakers. I liked the idea of the tree magic, and I really wish I could walk into a bookstore that knew which books I wanted. I would probably walk away with hundreds, but anyway.

For a cozy mystery I felt this one was a little off, and I didn't really like the reasoning behind it. I did however see a lot of potential in the setting a
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars: ***** 5/5

Do you love murder, mystery, surprises, books, and magic? Then you will love love love Amanda Flower's Murders and Metaphors. Amanda is one of my favorite authors. She is the cause of yet another sleepless night as I just had to read to the very end before I could close my eyes! So, warning, insomnia may accompany this book.

Readers who love mysteries simply must check this one out!

I received a digital version of this book from netgalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for m
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is actually a three and a half star read for me. I'll go into more detail once I'm able to sort out my thoughts, but I will not lie and will admit that part of my rating is based on the numerous errors within the book. Missing words, wrong words used, continuity issues, they abound, and it is truly a sad thing to discover in a series that I've come to enjoy.
More thoughts on this book to come later.
Murders and Metaphors is a fun mystical story that takes place in upper New York state near Niagara Falls in Cascade Springs, home of the Charming Books bookstore, where the books choose the buyer. Housed in a lovely old Victorian home built around a tall birch tree, the bookstore has magical qualities where the books occasionally fly, is home to Faulkner, a talking crow and Emerson, a tuxedo cat with special powers. Violet Waverly is the caretaker of the bookstore that has passed down to the fe ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I am so thankful that the Magical Bookshop Mystery series has found a new publishing home since it is one of my favorite cozy mystery series by one of my favorite authors, Amanda Flower. I so enjoyed the first two books in the series, CRIME AND POETRY and PROSE AND CONS, and this third installment MURDERS AND METAPHORS did not disappoint.

It is Ice Wine grape harvesting time at one of Cascade Springs, New York’s popular wineries, Morton Vineyards, and bookstore owner Violet Waverly is not exited
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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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