Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr by Holly Bell. Book 6 in Holly’s quintessentially English series, Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries.
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Title: Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr by Holly Bell
Series: The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries #6
Published by Self-Published on 3rd February 2021
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Women Sleuths
No. of Pages: 288
Fire on wild Bodmin Moor, murder by impossible means, missing children, star-crossed lovers and a most mysterious family. Covert witch Amanda travels into Cornwall to learn a startling tale and take on a formidable task.
Who and what is Lucy? What really went on at Growan House School? Who is the killer? Detective Inspector Trelawney must dig into his clan’s nefarious past to discover vital clues.
Armed with only a wand and her eternally grumpy cat, Tempest, can Amanda survive her most perilous journey yet into the past, and solve the strange case of Lucy Penlowr?
Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link
What did I think about it?
A Unique Addition To This Quintessentially English Cosy Paranormal Mystery Series.
I genuinely love Holly Bell’s writing style. Her stories are easy to read with intelligent prose and engaging plotlines which she sprinkles with gentle humour. This story is slightly different from the previous books. It comes at the mystery of Lucy Penlowr from a different angle. However, it didn’t disappoint and lived up to my expectations.
I’ve been in love with our main protagonists, Amanda and Thomas, since book 1 – The Hidey-Hole Truth.
They’ve both grown and developed as the series has progressed. I’m enjoying seeing their slow-burn friendship turn into something romantic. Our resilient heroine Amanda Cadabra has all the qualities that I look for in a female lead and Detective Thomas Trelawney is a worthy hero. They’re both intelligent and resourceful. However, this book gives us an insight into retired Chief Inspector Michael Hogarth, Thomas’s mentor and friend and Amanda’s honorary uncle. Amanda and Thomas are still pivotal. However, it’s Uncle Mike’s past that leads our protagonists into the mystery surrounding Lucy Penlowr.
Holly has obviously taken care over writing this unique tale.
Holly’s attention to detail makes the characters we meet more credible – they feel real. This makes it easy for me to get caught up in the story. The plot touches on some darker, complex themes but it’s all handled empathically. The mystery that Amanda and Thomas had to piece together in this book had me scratching my head. There were enough twists and turns in this tale to keep any Hercule Poirot satisfied. 😉 I enjoyed getting different perspectives from various witnesses to the same situation as the investigation progressed. It was a truly inspiring plot without being convoluted or outrageous.
Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr is book 6 in an ongoing series.
A lot has happened in the previous books and we’ve met many key characters. Our emotional connection to the main characters and the supporting cast has been built and grown over the previous books. Mysteries, secrets and villains have been revealed and duly dealt with that are pertinent to this case. I was left with a feeling of closure, although, not all of the mysteries have been solved.
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.
The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr has got everything that I look for in an engaging story. A couple of intelligent mysteries to get the little grey cells whirling. Various action scenes that get the adrenaline pumping, and enough tension to make me hold my breath. There’s some wonderful, well-written humour to stop things from getting too dark. Plus, there’s the reminder about the slow-burn romance between our two protagonists sprinkled throughout.
I’d recommend Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with an additional paranormal aspect.
I’m looking forward to finding out what mysteries and adventures Amanda and Thomas get caught up in next.
Has my review of AMANDA CADABRA AND THE STRANGE CASE OF LUCY PENLOWR (AMANDA CADABRA COZY PARANORMAL MYSTERIES #6) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Series
This is a quintessentially English cozy paranormal mystery series. Our heroine, Amanda, is a village witch in the fictional village of Sunken Madley. In each book, Amanda has various things to deal with, from solving age old mysteries, to helping catch a killer and unlocking the secrets to her family’s mysterious deaths. All the while keeping her magic a secret from her friends and Villagers.
Books in the Series
It’s never too late to step into the charming world of Amanda Cadabra and her tenacious cat, Tempest. Click any of the links below to read my reviews or buy the books yourself.
- Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth (Book #1) (2018)
- Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets (Book #2) (2018)
- Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan (Book #3) (2019)
- Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley (Book #4) (2019)
- Amanda Cadabra and The Hidden Depths (Book #5) (2020)
- Amanda Cadabra and The Strange Case of Lucy Penlowr (Book #6) (2021)
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