Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you…
Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good…
3 out of 5 stars
|I love that this book had such a magical element to it. A lot of times magic is just barely hinted at, but in this book, the magic was fairly present. I’m interested in seeing how Violet does with the magical bookshop and her job as the Caretaker in the next book.
Violet was a likable character but for a big portion of the book, I felt so bad for her. She held onto so much guilt for so long over something that she didn’t even do. Not to mention people in her life keeping things from her or lying about her. Sadie, Faulkner the crow, and Emerson the cat were some of my favorite characters in this book as well.
I am not usually a fan of love triangles, but I can understand why there would be one in this story. I do have a preference of who I hope Violet ultimately ends up with. 😉
The mystery was well written, but there were times when the story started to drag and I could feel myself losing interest. I also love when the author is able to stump me about the killer, but I was able to correctly guess the killer in this book.
Overall, this was a good book and I am interested in what’s to come in the next one.