Read Around Ohio: Crime and Poetry

Amanda Flower


The first book in Amanda Flower’s popular Magical Bookshop Mystery series, Crime and Poetry (2016) introduces Violet Waverly, her grandmother Daisy, their cat Faulkner, and their magical Western New York bookstore Charming Books.

An old man named Benedict Raisin is found dead in the bookshop. Violet works to prove her grandmother’s innocence. Meanwhile, she is conflicted with life decisions such as whether she wants to remain in Western New York to run the bookshop or return to Chicago to continue her studies in transcendental literature.

Under the pseudonym Isabella Alan, Flower also is the author of the bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries series of books.

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