Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop, #2)5 Stars

Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley

In the small town of Cascade Springs is a magical book store. 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 Cascade Springs means time for the annual Food and Wine Festival. Tourists are in town and Violet and her grandmother Daisy are trying to get them to visit Charming Books, by hosting a poetry reading by the local writers group, The Red-Inkers. All is going well and she is happy with the turnout until one of the writers has not come out of the store. When she is found dead at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck it appears to be an accident, but the coroner finds otherwise. Once again with the help of the books and the animals, Violet is on the case.

Violet is not shy about her investigating, but she is not pushy either. She is smart and figures out puzzles and clues easily. She is gradually meeting people in town, making friends and working to feel comfortable in Cascade Springs after her bolt from town 12 years earlier. The other main characters, Daisy, Detective David Rainwater and their neighbour Sasha are getting more fleshed out as this series continues. Violet still seems to have an attraction to David and I am still hoping this will become a more serious relationship. There is a bit of a love triangle with the mayor Nathan, pursuing her, but she does not seem to be reciprocating his feelings. The mystery was well written. The method of death, the various suspects, the clues and red herrings are all well done and the story moved quickly. I kept changing my mind about the culprit every time there was a new clue or interview and the reveal of the culprit surprised me. Once again, I enjoyed my visit to Cascade Springs and look forward to another book in this series. Amanda Flowers has become one of my favourite cozy mystery writers and has other series that I can read until another Cascade Springs story comes out.

About the Author (From Goodreads): 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 and Wine Festival, and 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 on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before 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…

Amanda FlowerAbout the Author: Amanda Flower, an 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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an adult services librarian for a public library near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan.