Author Interviews

Flora Meets: Holly Bell – Independent British Author

Hello Fellow Book-a-holics. Today, I am delighted to welcome British born, independent paranormal cozy mystery author, Holly Bell.

Holly’s new book Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan has just been released. It’s book 3 in her quintessentially English series, Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries. I loved it and you can read my review HERE.

Keep reading to find out more about The Flawless Plan, the other books in this series and Holly herself. Plus a fun Q&A about Holly’s own reading habits.

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Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan by Holly Bell

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An accident waiting to happen. Sunken Madley village church hall seems safe enough for a dance class. Now there’s a body. Or is it two? Only ghosts for witnesses. Covert witch Amanda and her grumpy feline familiar must look for answers in the past. But which past?

With a spy, a saboteur, an uncooperative ghost, multiple puzzles, and herself as the number one suspect she’s going to need backup.
There’s just one choice: the personable but intractable Inspector Trelawney. Only if Amanda can dare to trust him can they survive and solve the case before the murderer strikes again.

But who, in this peaceful English village would resort to murder?
In the words of Grandpa: ‘This one is going to be more complicated than the last one. Possibly … probably. Definitely.’

Keep reading to find out more about the other books in this series and Holly herself. Plus a fun Q&A about Holly’s own reading habits.

The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Series

This is a quintessentially English cosy 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.

Buy AMANDA CADABRA in print and ebook.

Amazon UK* ¦ Amazon US*

Or read for free using your Kindle Unlimited subscription!

Keep reading to find out more about Holly herself. Plus a fun Q&A about Holly’s own reading habits.

Flora Meets…

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Hi Holly and welcome to Flora’s Musings…

Flora: I have been completely captivated by the world that you’ve created for your Amanda Cadabra series and have lost myself to the village of Sunken Madley and it’s residents; I want to go there – despite the murderous happenings. Lol!

What story have you lost yourself in, either recently or in the past, that has left a lasting impression on you even now?

Holly: It has to be Lord of the Rings.

When I was reading it, it felt more real than reality. It was all I wanted to think or talk about! More than any other book it taught me about world-building, especially a world with fantasy elements. It plugged into my love of history, and the richness of the context made the whole saga utterly believable. I revel in Tolkien’s use of language in creating characters and regions, and the emotional terrain is vast. It is glorious escapism, full of valuable life-lessons absorbed by osmosis and has been a how-to for me as a writer. It is one of my oldest friends.

Flora: I have to confess that I haven’t actually read any of Tolkien’s work (I’m ashamed to say the length puts me off) but I LOVED the films; they’ve become some of my favourites. As we’re on the subject of favourites, what are your top 5 favourite books?

Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

(See above!)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

(Another utterly believable escapist tale of goodness triumphing)

Friday’s Child – Georgette Heyer

(Funniest romance I have ever read and love the historical setting and detail)

Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett

(Wisest and most entertaining spin on fairytales I have come across. Great admirer of Sir Terry’s collected works.)

1066 and All That – W. C. Sellar, R. J. Yeatman

(Laugh-out-loud spin on history and traditional attitudes to it.)

Flora: I loved reading the Narnia Chronicles when I was younger and I have fond memories of repeatedly opening up my Nan’s old bedroom wardrobe hoping to feel snow! Although I haven’t read all of The Discworld books, the ones that I have read I’ve enjoyed so I’ll have to check out Witches Abroad and add it to my pile.

Thank you for visiting Flora’s Musings today, Holly and answering my questions. I think you’ve added a few more titles to our ever-growing TBR piles, you’ve certainly added to mine.

So what about you, fellow book-a-holics, have you read any of Holly’s favourites? Have you added any of the above books to your lists like I have? As usual, I’d love to hear from you, just leave a comment below.

Holly’s latest book, Amanda Cadabra and the Flawless Plan (Amanda Cadabra Mysteries #3) is available NOW.

Keep reading to find out more about Holly herself.

About The Author

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Cat adorer and chocolate lover, Holly Bell is a photographer and video maker when not writing. Holly lives in the UK and is a mixture of English, Scottish, Cornish and Welsh, among other ingredients.

Her favourite animal is called Bobby. He is a black cat. Purely coincidental. Of course.

Holly devoured all of the Agatha Christie books long before she knew that Miss Marple was the godmother of the Cosy Mystery. Her devotion to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings meant that her first literary creation in this area would have to be a cosy paranormal.

Having derived immense delight from the adventure of writing her first book in the Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries in 2018. Holly admits that there’s no turning back. Further books are in the pipeline.

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Holly loves to hear from readers and she always responds in person.

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By Flora

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

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