Prose and Cons : Magical Bookshop Mystery Series

  • by Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by Rachel Dulude
  • Series: Magical Bookshop Mystery Series
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

this author should be charged with plagiarism

Every plot element that I've read in all other books are in this. single woman with painful past, love triangle, spunky grandma , magical trees, pets who save the day, etc. Yawn
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- Marci Nelson


This is predictable and formulaic novel, and the unrealistic plot made it impossible for me to finish the book. From the onset, the reader is introduced to perfect looking characters in a perfect town. The only person who is not perfect is the intended murder victim. The story then goes on to follow the typical cozy mystery formula. The lead character, Violet, insinuates herself in solving the crime to save a friend and find justice. Along the way, she angers the police chief who is too nice too arrest her. I admit I stopped listening to the book early on because I couldn't take it. The main problem with this book is that the characters are flat and underdeveloped. I can't relate to them, and, therefore, have no interest in what happens to them. The narrator contributes to making this an unfortunate listening experience. Rachel Dalude reads very fast without inflection. I might have been able to stomach the book a little more if the narrator had a better performance. I won't be getting the next book in this series.
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- Beatrice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio