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Verse and Vengeance

(A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 ratings  ·  212 reviews
USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower turns the charm up to ten in her fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant
Published November 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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VERSE AND VENGEANCE by AMANDA FLOWER is the fourth book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. This is a cozy paranormal mystery series that centers on a magical bookshop, Charming Books, and its owner Violet Waverly.

Violet’s grandmother is the town’s mayor and has arranged a bike race as a fundraiser for an Underground Railroad museum. Violet and her boyfriend, Police Chief David Rainwater, are participating in the race when they find private investigator Joel Redding dead. Violet works to ide
Natalia  R
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Violet Waverly has reluctantly agreed to participate in grandma Daisy's bike race fundraiser for the Underground Railroad Museum. During the race, a private investigator is murdered. Then the body of a man found in Niagara Falls is identified as the ex-husband of police chief David Rainwater's sister. The police are convinced that the murders are connected and they suspect that Violet's favourite student Jo is somehow involved. Violet believes that Jo is innocent and decides to do her own invest ...more
Charming Books’ owner Violet Waverly accompanied her boyfriend and police chief David Rainwater on the fundraising bike ride in Cascade Springs near Niagara Falls although the distance was quite daunting. Her old bike had seen better days, but it took her safely wherever she needed to go. As she and David careened down Breakneck Hill, they didn’t expect what they found at the bottom. Twenty five miles into the race and the person in front of them wasn’t going any further.

The death of Joel Reddin
Tracy Marie
This was such a cute book. It revolves around the Charming Books’ Bookstore and the new owner/Caretaker Violet Waverly. Violet accompanies her boyfriend police chief David Rainwater on a fundraising bike ride that her grandmother (the Mayor) has organized. This fundraiser was set up to help make money to renovate and repair the museum. Two things happen though that throw everything off, no pun intended.

First, during the race, someone is murdered, and it just happens to be the Joel
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4 stars
This was a great cozy, the case was interesting involving a famous American poet but the best thing about this series are the characters. Violet is terrific as the main character and I’m so happy that (view spoiler)
Micky Cox
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bookshop has a secret that has been guarded forever by the caretakers, but is that secret about to be outed and will that mean that relationships will change because of the secret. A very interesting and entertaining murder plot is interwoven with the personal storylines of the characters making this book even more intriguing and delightful. The characters are quite well developed and their personal stories strengthen the underlying murder plot. I absolutely can't wait to see what happens in ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is an awesome addition to this series. Can you tell that I love this series?

Ms. Flower's descriptive writing pulled me into the village of Cascade Springs as Violet and David are to begin riding in the Tour de Cascade bike race and I didn't put the book down until the end. Violet and Grandma Daisy are two of my favorite people in the world of cozy mysteries. I feel at home at Charming Books and want to move in each time I read a new book in the series. The my
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This is one of my favorite series and I loved the ending and am so glad there is another book coming. The characters are fun and I liked this story. Apparently the editing could have been better as a person who had this book from the library before me corrected many typos. Still did not make the story any less fun to read.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Everything I've been hoping would happen in Violet's life has come together in a happy way. There were times when she doubted people that she considered friends, but everything worked out and the killer was caught. I was really surprised by the reveal too and had never suspected that person. (Although I can't say that I'm sorry it was that person lol). I don't want to say too much, because there are a number of spoilers in the book. Any fans of Violet and David will ...more
Peggy R
Ms. Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and I was particularly happy to see that this series found a new home with Crooked Lane Books. This is a wonderful series with likable characters, a quintessential cozy mystery setting and a plot that will keep the reader engaged throughout the story. Violet and her grandmother Daisy are charming characters that are instantly likable with a bit of the paranormal in them. Once again, Violet is involved in another murder mystery, this time it t ...more
Dawn Michelle
I am so glad that I took a chance on this series - I just love every book that is in it!!

I really enjoy Violet and her grandmother, David Rainwater and all of the characters that revolve around them. I enjoy the mystery aspect of the books [though I will admit, I am not a fan of Whitman and that part of the book was a touch tedious for me - he was so pretentious. Geesh.] and I never saw that end coming, though I thought in a previous book that something could happen along these lines, just not
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I liked this one. There wasn't too much mortal peril, which is always good. (I do find it gets a bit tedious when there's mortal peril in every single book in a mystery series.) I continue to enjoy the town. Although, sometimes the relationships can be a little... straightforward. In the sense that Violet has one conversation with her long lost father and decides to forgive him for essentially abandoning her. Also, tthe writing group seems to be getting paired off one by one with convenient (and ...more
Verse and Vengeance is my least favorite in this series. 2.5 stars

Violet, Daisy and the magical book shop are all just lovely. I wish I were a Waverly woman chosen to be the Caretaker! But book 4 was a little slow with a lot repetition of Cascade Springs history. I like the tie in history between Walt Whitman, the poet and Abraham Lincoln although fiction, it lead me to read more about Whitman watching Lincoln commuted pass his residence on a daily basis. The last poem by Whitman was touching.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great mystery! When the murdered was revealed, I was shocked! I definitely didn't see that one coming. I loved the whole Walt Whitman theme and what the author did with interesting and intriguing! And the ending...YES!! Perfect! Can't wait to read book 5! Amanda Flower never disappoints. Excellent story teller! ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
Final cozy mystery in a four book series. Books, cats and a little magic. Fun books to get lost in.
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Verse and Vengeance is the fourth book in Amanda Flower's Magical Bookshop Mystery series and the first that I have had the pleasure of reading.....and let me tell you..... I AM HOOKED !!! There is so much to fall in love with in this series.....

You have main character Violet Waverly and her Grandma Daisy, the bookstore they own called Charming Books, Grandma Daisy is the mayor of their little village of Cascade Springs, they are close to Niagara Falls, Violet is dating the police chief, everyo
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Grandma Daisy has pulled together a bicycle race to raise money to help open a museum for the town. Violet has decided to give the race a go because her boyfriend, Chief Rainwater thought it would be a great way for them to spend some time together. Things are going well until the two get close to the end of the race and find that one of the riders has had an accident. The man, Redding, was in the village not that long ago giving Violet a hard time and has sense come back. Violet worries that sh ...more
Sue Em
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it




Having returned to Cascade Springs, Violet Waverly managed Charming Books now that her Aunt Daisy has become mayor and involved with a museum for the town and it's history. What no one besides them knows is that Violet has taken over as Caretaker for the magical essence for the bookstore. After a sleazy PI threatens to expose her secrets, he turns up dead during a charity bike race. Amanda Flower has several excellent series, but this one is my favorite with a crow named Faulkner, a tuxedo c
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eeeep!!! Magical bookshop that leaves cryptic literary messages, an independent cat who knows what he wants and doesn't let anyone stand in his way, a crow that makes his home in the branches of the birch tree that grows up through the bookshop...well...this series is called magical for a reason. It is sublimely so! Makes me giddy just thinking about it. :-)

This is the fourth book in the series and I think it's best if you've read the other books first so you get a feel for all that bookshop mag
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Another charming entry in the Magical Bookshop series!

A nosy detective is murdered at a bike race. Violet has to figure out why and protect the bookshop's secret
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower is the fourth A Magical Bookshop Mystery. There is a delightful cast of characters in this magical tale. Violet Waverly has just finished teaching another semester at the local college as well as defending her dissertation which has earned her the right to put doctor before her name. She is looking forward to working in the shop and spending time with her boyfriend, Chief David Rainwater. Daisy Waverly is Violet’s grandmother and the new mayor of Cascade Spri ...more
The 4th of the Magic Bookshop mysteries set near Niagara Falls, Violet Waverley is caught up in yet another murder: this time of a private detective who is determined to find out the source of the magic at Charming Books, owned by Violet and her grandmother, Daisy, who is now the mayor of Cascade Springs. When the private eye dies during a charity bike race, all eyes turn to the bike shop's assistant (also one of Violet's students at the local community college).

Violet, who is dating the town's
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book as well as the previous three Magical Bookshop Mysteries, and I am hoping that the author will continue to write more books in this series since this is the last one published to date. These mysteries have a bit of everything that I like! The characters are interesting and the setting is exceptional! I love bookshops in general, but this one has a touch of magic that is intriguing. There is a tuxedo cat named Emerson and a black crow named Faulkner who live in the boo ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Another good mystery. Lots of suspects and clues.
I'm glad Daisy is warming to Charles. And I'm also glad to see that Violet & David are in a relationship.

This was a case where i thought it was ok in the first book but has become more charming over the course of the series. Love the cat & the bird.
While it's always best to read in order, you can read these out of order. The writer does a great job of summing up the characters/events from previous books so the reader isn't lost if they
Wendy Heuvel
Another cute and charming mystery in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series. I've read other series where I was bored by the fourth book because every book had seemed the same. Amanda Flower does a great job keeping this series interesting all the way through so far. The growing relationships between characters is a great part of the overall plot, and the mystery in this book is just as exciting as the others. Looking forward to another book in this series. ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A typical cozy. I rolled my eyes a few time as Violet constantly thought everything was her responsibility. That's common for the genre, but was overly obvious in this book. I also thought it a bit of a stretch that she was so concerned about Jo's welfare every minute of the day. But the mystery, motive, & intertwining characters was plausible, Emerson the cat was up to his usual antics, and the romances progressed without being prominent in the story. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it !! It was fantastic took me a while to get through it just because I was busy but I love everything about it 😍😍 Books , Library’s , murder what more could you want ?!
Just watched a similar mystery on Hallmark Sunday night another series I read 😻😻
Tracy Smith
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, read-2021
Love any cozies by Amanda Flower. Would highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys them!!
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
This latest Magical Bookshop story drew me in from page one till the very surprising ending. Multiple murders, friends hiding out from everyone... Town Hall in danger of collapsing from water damage to its foundations..

Ya Gotta Read It!
Shellie Risner
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this series. Ok, so my mental image of Rainwater is Duane Johnson. Makes the characters even better! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
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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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