USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery. Fans of Sofie Kelly and Heather Blake, prepare your bookshelves!
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, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.
About the Author
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and 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. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. This is her third Magical Bookshop mystery.
Praise for Murders and Metaphors: Charming...Cozy fans will be well satisfied." —Publishers Weekly
"The master of the charming mystical cozy again provides plenty of quirky characters and red herrings to keep you guessing." —Kirkus Reviews
“I enjoy this series very much...Treat yourself to another enjoyable visit to Cascade Springs, where you can revel in the magic!” —MyShelf
"Violet and Daisy are fun characters, Faulkner and Emerson add a nice balance of humor, and anybody would risk arrest just to meet Police Chief David Rainwater." —Kings River Life
Praise for the Magical Bookshop mysteries: "An enchanting tale of mystery, magical books, and endearing characters. Prepare to be charmed." —Heather Blake, national bestselling author of The Witch and the Dead on Crime and Poetry
“In her page-turning style, Flower builds effective suspense.” —Booklist
Praise for Amanda Flower: "Amanda’s smooth writing style and clever touches of humor instantly caught my attention." —Shelley Shepard Gray, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author
"Amanda Flower knows how to create pure magic." —Hannah Reed, bestselling author of the Scottish Highland mysteries
"I look forward to many more stories from Amanda Flower." —Bailey Cates, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries