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Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower {5 Stars}

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower {5 Stars}

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower (Magical Bookshop Mysteries #2)
Published by Berkley on Dec. 6th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Cozy
Page Length: 323 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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...

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Prose and Cons from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • I liked the mystery in this sequel much more than the first book. Since I’ve gotten to know Violet’s various friends, when one of them is found dead and another is accused, I really cared about developments in the case. I completely believed who was under suspicion but also was sure from an emotional standpoint that it couldn’t be true.
  • Everything is Edgar Allan Poe! The theme at the bookshop is Poe-try, haha. Various of Poe’s stories are pulled in to give Violet hints at what was going on. It was also a great chance for the resident crow to show off ;-).
  • Thinking back, I can see what the book hints were trying to tell Violet, though of course at the time I couldn’t really figure out the clues. Just the right amount of hints!
  • The romance is taking its time to develop and I actually really like what is slowing things down. Violet is unsure about her previous relationship in town and he is still pursuing her, which is then pushing away the guy Violet is actually interested in but hasn’t realized it. It’s exactly the situation I’ve coached friends through. It could have easily gotten annoying if Violet was angsting about this the whole time, but she isn’t really thinking about it, except when jumping into bushes to avoid the guy!

Weaknesses:

  • The method of murder was a bit off the wall in my opinion. Substances involved in disorienting the victim are ones I am fairly familiar with and we would never have enough laying around to carry out this murder. It just seemed kind of silly.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower

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