Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Prose and Cons {+ Giveaway}

PROSE AND CONS by Amanda Flower
◊ Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery, Book 2
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0451477456
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0451477453


Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...
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 in the shop’s back garden to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.
Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during 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...

A warm, inviting feeling is created throughout the pages of a Magical Bookshop Mystery by author Amanda Flower.

The setting of a bookstore is welcoming enough but the author enhances the feel even more with a touch of magic. The whimsical elements of a special tree in the middle of the store, books that select the reader, a crow that can quote Poe, and a helpful cat make it a place most readers would love to spend time in.

The author has added well-developed, quirky characters to draw readers in even further. The characters are likable and will have you laughing out loud as they also touch your heart.

Blending a murder, mystery, and suspense makes a well-balanced story that will keep you on your toes. Add in a touch of romance and the loyalty of friendship makes this an entertaining read. The pace is steady and easy to follow.

PROSE AND CONS can be read on its own. A charming and intriguing mystery you won’t be able to put down.

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower, A Magical Bookshop Mystery (Book #2), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0451477453, Mass Market Paperback, 352 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of PROSE AND CONS by Amanda Flower to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy spending time in a bookstore? What is your favorite part of visiting bookstores?


  1. It does sound like a lot of fun.
    I have a weakness for cosies - and magic.

  2. I haven't been in a book store in a long time. The last book I bought was from a thrift shop.

  3. I haven't been in one in forever either.
    Little spooky it's one of the writers who turns up dead...

  4. Book stores are such great settings for crime stories, Mason - they've got so much personality! This one looks good, too - thanks for sharing.

  5. I love this cover, thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  6. A delightful and special feature. I enjoy spending time browsing in bookstores, the atmosphere and the most favorite place for me to relax and enjoy.

  7. I love going to a book store. I check out all the new arrivals, look for books for my grandchildren and then look for books in the discounted section for myself. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I like the idea of the cat and crow.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  9. Love book stores! This one has everything I like in a story, can't wait to read it..

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  10. I love book stores, I usually check out what's in the cozy line, but I find myself roaming the whole store, looking at books that I might not normally buy, or what may catch my eye.

  11. The quiet and the smell. The fact that most people in there feel the same way about books.

  12. I LOVE book stores! I love the new books. I love seeing what's new. I love the magazines. I love buying one or two new books from my wish list. We usually pick out a whole bunch and get a coffee in the cafe while we figure out which books are going home.


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