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 sticking down her back and the shop indicating the book The Little Women to Violet, she knew she had to get to the truth and save her friend Lacey from being charged for murder.
My first book by Amanda Flower charmed me completely. I loved the cute little whodunit which kept me twisted with suspects and enamored with the characters. The story had references to the past but nothing which felt confusing. Amanda’s writing kept me engrossed into the story and invested in Violet’s life. I wouldn’t have minded more of the mystery aspect, but that was just my mystery seeking mind nudging me with its niggle.
This bookstore, Charming Books, enchanted me completely, and I wanted nothing more than to find a cozy nook with a cuppa tea and a good book. A magical read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Crooked Lane Books, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Would you love to stay in such a magical bookstore forever?
Amanda Flower is a three-time Agatha Award-nominated author. She also writes the USA Today bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, including Murder, Served Simply and Murder, Simply Stitched, under the name Isabella Alan.
A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest. Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder.
Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back
Publication Date: 12th February 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books