By Amanda Flower
My brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Nicole Flower, manage the Landing in the basement of with a group of dedicated volunteers. The food pantry feeds over sixty families in its neighborhood on $200 a week.
The Learned Owl will donate $1 to the Landing food pantry for every copy of Prose and Cons it sells before or at my book signing there on December 10th in addition to the $1 that I will donating to the Landing for every copy of Prose and Cons sold by any bookseller by December 20th. For those of you who cannot make the signing, the Learned Owl is also selling PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED copies on the novel. They can ship anywhere.
Julie's review of PROSE AND CONS:
Violet is in the middle of another murder! This time one of the women in the Red Inkers group is found dead on the back stairs of Charming Books. Violet’s shop neighbor Sadie is a suspect in the murder, and Violet is determined to prove that Sadie is not the murderer.
With suspects coming out of the woodwork Violet investigates during the busiest time of Cascade Springs year. The Food and Wine Festival is going on in the little village and provides an entertaining backdrop for this murder mystery.
Violet finds herself getting into several scrapes that Chief David Rainwater is not happy about. There are hints of something developing between the two, but Violet isn’t ready to go there yet. Being the caretaker of the magical tree in the bookstore causes Violet to pause and think before entering a relationship with the chief. He’s already asking questions about the tree. Plus Violet’s old flame Mayor Nathan Morton is still holding out hope for a rekindling of their relationship.
Prose and Cons is a fast read that kept me entertained throughout the entire reading. I kept thinking, “I’ll read one more chapter” and then I’d get to the end of the chapter and have to continue just to see what happened next. The mystery was solid and the murderer was definitely a surprise. Charming Books’ mascots Emerson the cat and Faulkner the crow were entertaining as always! Their antics had me laughing several times while reading. I love that the bookstore helps Violet and her grandmother place books into the hands of readers and also helps Violet solve the mystery (I loved the references to Edgar Allen Poe that were used), and I also love that Violet is embracing her role as caretaker. I look forward to the next installment of the Magical Bookshop Mystery series as there are still several things that need to be resolved in Violet’s life and I can’t wait to see how the bookstore helps her out.