In a mad dash, Violet Waverly
has gone to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York, after
a summons from her Grandma Daisy saying that she's dying and
needs her. Well it seems Grandma Daisy pulled a fast one on
her, deciding it was the only way to get Violet to return
to the town she ran far, far away from twelve years before.
Grandma Daisy is determined that Violet come home and stay
home, and take her rightful place as Caretaker of the magical
birch tree which grows in the center of her Charming Books
After Grandma Daisy's gentleman friend, carriage driver Benedict
Raisin, is murdered, and Grandma Daisy becomes a suspect,
circumstances conspire further to keep the reluctant Violet
in town until the killer is found and until the town’s
“Two Hundred Years of Cascade Springs” gala is
over and done with.
During her extended visit (you'll have to read the book yourself
to find out if Violet decides to stay longer), Violet makes
new friends and encounters old ones. There is romance in the
form of the decidedly too-hot-for-Violet's-own-good police
chief, David Rainwater, and in the renewed attentions of her
former high school boyfriend, now the mayor, Nathan Morton.
Best of all, Violet inherits a highly intelligent cat, Emerson,
who belonged to murder victim Benedict. Hey, Grandma Daisy
has her pet crow, Faulkner, so it's only fair the Violet get
the cat, right? Emerson certainly seems to have chosen her!
I confess that I had a great deal of anticipation that this
would be a wonderful book and was certain I would love it.
I would have been so let down and disappointed had it not
been just that—a WONDERFUL BOOK!!
I loved every chapter, page, word, character, plotline and
character. It takes a lot for a seasoned mystery reader like
myself to be completely befuddled as to the killer's identity
and motive. I couldn't have asked for more and simply cannot
wait for the next book in the series! I'd love to be able
to read it in the magical fairy children's loft in Charming
Books itself! Super-duper-magicaliciously recommended!
Reviewer Note: The author also writes the Amish
Quilt Shop Mysteries under the name Isabella Alan