PROSE AND CONS : A MAGICAL BOOKSTORE MYSTERY
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 and Wine Festival, Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the shop's back garden to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.
Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she'll need to rely on Poe's works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop's crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else's heart beats nevermore...
I can't tell you how ridiculously giddy I am over this series. I mean, how can anyone resist a magical bookstore? Where the books choose the right readers and leave cryptic clues lying around to help Violet with her crime solving. The same bookstore that has a majestic birch tree smack in the middle of it that requires nourishing from the town's special spring water. Where a talking crow roosts in it's branches. And a tuxedo cat has his own unique way of communicating. Sheer bibliophile bliss.
The mystery is clever and so well laid out with a selection of interesting suspects and Violet unable to resist sticking her oar in despite the police chief's (and hopefully future love interest) disapproval. Her sleuthing skills fall into the act-first-think-later category which leads to some delightful madcap humour. Fast-paced and snappy and totally addictive.
Please note: This book is not in the Christian Fiction genre but it is a clean read.
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