Murders and Metaphors (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #3) by Amanda Flower, Narrated by Rachel Dulude

Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books, October 1, 2019 by Tantor Audio

Cascade Springs, in the Niagara Falls area, is home to several vineyards and January is ice wine season. When Belinda Perkins, a published sommelier wants to do a book signing during the Grape Harvest Festival. Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs and her sister, Lacey Dupont, is a friend of Violet Waverly, the caretaker/owner of Charming Books. When Belinda ends up dead at the winery, Lacey is the main suspect as they had an argument earlier in the evening. Can Violet find the real killer and get her friend off the hook?

This is a wonderful series full of books and magic. Charming Bookstore is a place where the books pick a reader. When Violet is involved in a mystery, the store presents her with a book and she needs to use the information in the book to solve the puzzle. It is not easy and definitely not straight forward trying to figure out the message from Little Women. The characters in this book, specifically Violet, Grandma Daisy, Faulkner the crow and Emerson the cat, all lend a paw or a beak to help solve the mystery. The setting is wonderful. The small town and the quirky townsfolk are great, but the store, complete with a magical tree growing inside give that whimsical, magical feeling. The mystery is interesting and engaging with plenty of twists and suspense. I was a bit surprised by the solution to the mystery, although it made perfect sense. I just didn’t see it coming. All in all, a very entertaining and fun read. I am a huge fan of Amanda Flower and look forward to more books in this series.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rachel Dulude. I enjoyed her narration and felt that she voiced the various characters well. I did switch back and forth from the audiobook and print depending on my time and schedule, but overall, enjoyed the novel to the fullest using both formats. The publishers Tantor Audio and Crooked Lane Books generously provided me with copies of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

40192825. sy475 Synopsis: 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 region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. 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.

Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and 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 on the case in Murders and Metaphors.