Sunday, October 2, 2016

Poe and Murder

by Faulkner the Shop Crow from Prose and Cons

Caw! Caw! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween time! The time of the year when crows, such as myself, receive the attention we deserve. I have been getting a little extra attention this month because of my personal hero Edgar Allan Poe. No, sadly, Mr. Poe is not coming back from the grave, but wouldn’t that be a sight if he did? It would certainly go viral on that “YouTube” contraption that I hear the young people speak of when that visit Charming Books, a magical bookstore in the middle of the village of Cascade Springs, New York and my humble home. Why I am excited about Mr. Poe at the moment is because Charming Books is hosting a Poe-try Reading in conjunction with Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival. While visitors come to the village to partake of our great selection of wines, especially ice wine, which is a regional specialty, they will be exposed to the great works by the Master of the Macabre read by members of the Red Inkers, a local writing group that meets in Charming Books several times per week.

The granddaughter of Grandma Daisy, my mistress and closest friend, is behind this great event. Ever since, Violet, Daisy granddaughter, moved back to Cascade Springs, there have been a lot of excitement in the village and few murders. The only beef that I have with Violet is that she adopted a little troublemaker, a tuxedo cat named Emerson. I will not waste my breath telling you about the cat.

At the bookshop, we were all set to have a wonderful Poe-try Reading. There was a great crowd and plenty of wine and cookies from the French café down the street. Everything was perfect until a dead writer, not Poe, showed up as an uninvited guest. Now, Violet has to solve the murder to save the shop. I will be assisting in her investigation, of course, as will the the magical bookshop itself.

You can read the entire tale of Poe, Violet, the dead writer, and myself in PROSE AND CONS, Violet's second biography written by Amanda Flower. And don’t forget that, Amanda Flower is donating $1 to a local food pantry, the Landing, for every copy of PROSE AND CONS sold by December 20th. The book’s release date is December 6th.

Caw! Caw! Happy Halloween!

Preorder or purchase any edition of Prose and Cons between now and Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and Amanda will donate one dollar for every book sold to a local food pantry, The Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. The Landing is located in the basement of Akron Christian Reformed Church with a group of dedicated volunteers. The food pantry feeds over sixty families in the church’s neighborhood on $200 a week. The money raised will go towards the purchase of an industrial refrigerator, so that the food pantry can store more food longer for their families. You can learn more about the Landing in this article and video in the Akronist.

The Learned Owl Book Shop is also sell autographed copies and will donate an additional $1 for every copy sold through them. Learn more here!

Buy a mystery and help feed a community! What's better than that? And I hope you enjoy my latest adventure. It’s sure to make you laugh… but then again, I may be biased. It is my life after all...

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