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Summary

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race. As if the bike race weren't tiring enough, pesky private investigator Joel Redding is snooping around Charming Books. It takes all of Violet's and Grandma Daisy's ingenuity to keep Redding from discovering the shop's magical essence—which communicates with Violet through books.

When Redding perishes in an accident during the race, David discovers that the brake line of the private eye's bike was cut. Worse, Violet tops his list of suspects. As Emerson the tuxedo cat and resident crow Faulkner look on, Charming Books steers Violet to the works of Walt Whitman to solve the crime. But no other names ring a bell as culprits, and as David's investigation picks up speed, Violet will have to get in gear to clear her name.

©2019 Amanda Flower (P)2022 Tantor

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  • Akua
  • 03-06-22

one of the Best

I couldn't put it down! I hope there are more. The pacing and intrigued are perfect.

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  • TammyR
  • 23-07-22

Another great installment

I really enjoyed this book, as I have the others in this series. Amanda Flower's series are generally fun, light-hearted reads and this series is my favorite. I love the simple magical element and that it supports rather than becomes the plot. Clever mysteries keep you guessing and follow to a logical conclusion. Overall well written and the narration is wonderful.

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  • Dawn
  • 04-05-22

Wonderful series

Amanda Flower has written another great installment in the Magical Bookshop mystery series. All the characters are well developed. Violet, Grandma Daisy, the tuxedo cat Emerson, and the crow Faulkner soon become more like family than simply characters in a book/audiobook.

Rachel Dulude, as always, gave a stellar performance as she brought the story to life and gave each character distinct voices.

I highly recommend this book/audiobook to cozy mystery fans.

And one more thing, Ms. Flower, I hope another installment is coming soon as I’m already anxiously waiting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-22

Greatest

The best one yet. Keep them coming Anxiously awaiting the next installment. Thank you for this series.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 10-04-22

Loved It

I so enjoy this series, and this book just takes it to an all new level. Violet, David, Grandma Daisy, and all the characters that populate this story make it an oh so entertaining mystery.