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Murders and Metaphors
Magical Bookshop #3
BY Amanda Flower

Crooked Lane
February 12, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-68331-899-6

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Book three in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series finds Charming Books owner Violet Waverly immersed in the continuing magic of the shop, the local ice wine season events and, lo and behold, another murder!

When author Belinda Perkins, who grew up in Cascade Springs, returns for the grape-harvest festival, things start to look bleak. Belinda had left town and her three sisters in her dust years ago and the family has been torn apart. Violet’s friend, Lacey Dupont, is one of the sisters and is Violet’s high school friend.

Brenda is stabbed to death among the frozen grapevines, and indications are that Lacey is the killer. Knowing that her friend would never do such a thing, Violet sets out to find the real killer.

Belinda was a celebrity sommelier who could make or break a business. She’d alienated several people with her harsh reviews. Between her work and her personal relationships, there are plenty of suspects with motives for killing her.

With the help of the Magical Bookshop and a seemingly endless repetition of the same clues in the form of the book Little Women, and help from her Grandma Daisy and Emerson the cat, Belinda is able to clear Lacey, yet another sister is now on the hook for the killing.

I enjoy this series very much and am especially fond of the talking crow, the magic willow tree, and Emerson the cat. The personal relationships continue to grow, and I just love Grandma Daisy as well as Violet’s friend, Sadie. Violet's potential romance with Police Chief David Rainwater seems to be on the right path towards joyfulness, too!

Get your copy of this February 2019 release and treat yourself to another enjoyable visit to Cascade Springs, where you can revel in the magic!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Crime and Poetry #1
Prose and Cons #2

Reviewers Note: The author also writes the Magical Garden series, as well as a number of other mystery series.

Reviewed 2019