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Murders and Metaphors – Amanda Flower

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In this 3rd book in the A Magical Bookshop Mystery series, Violet investigates the death of a celebrity sommelier who died at her book signing event. This book can be read as a standalone.


Murders and Metaphors is a very entertaining and a fast-paced cozy mystery about Violet and her grandmother, Daisy and their bookstore in Cascade Springs, New York. Charming Books is an enchanting bookstore, where the books help Violet solve mysteries. In this instalment, it was Little Women by Louisa Alcott, coincidentally the same book she chose to work on for her PhD dissertation.

I loved the mystery and the setting—this one takes place during the Mortons’ annual ice wine harvesting party in Cascade Springs. Charming Books is hosting a book signing for Belinda Perkins at this event, and the Mortons are hoping to use this opportunity to promote their ice wine label.

It was fun watching Violet solve the mystery following clues from passages in Alcott’s Little Women. With the help of her pets— Faulkner, the crow that talks and Emerson, a tuxedo cat—Violet tracks down every clue. Despite warnings to stop meddling in police investigation, Violet is determined to solve this case because Lacey, a sister of the victim and Violet’s friend is the main suspect.

I  enjoyed reading Murders and Metaphors. I liked the author’s writing style and the engaging characters that she created. I found Violet and her eccentric grandmother to be likeable characters with their quirky pets, the cat and the crow.

I liked the vivid descriptions of the vineyard and surroundings in Cascade Springs. I thought the weather was perfect as it took place during the winter, creating a chilly atmosphere throughout the book.

The mystery was well plotted, the clues and red herrings were all well done and the story moved at a quick pace. I would love to see Violet and the Police Chief, Rainwater take their friendship a step further as the series progresses. Besides, what with Grandma Daisy’s surprise announcement, Violet will be needing an extra set of hands at the bookstore. I look forward to reading more about the people of this quaint village and can’t wait to see what mystery Violet has to solve next.

Overall, an entertaining read. I recommend this book to those who love a good cozy mystery.

  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (22 February 2019)