Asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch Amanda Cadabra is a survivor. After all, her family’s bus went over a Cornish cliff. Now the presentable but irritating Inspector Trelawney is dogging her footsteps as he investigates the unexplained deaths. But that’s the least of her problems. Amanda has just got a furniture restoration job at the old English Manor of Sunken Madley with its murky past.
Armed only with a wand and Tempest, her grumpy reincarnated cat, she’s going in. A body, ghosts, hidden tunnels, chills and unexplained lights; can Amanda solve the mystery in time and save the village from the scandal of murder?
This book is set in England, so the language reflects how we spell and speak here (however strange!). This may be a little different from what you’re used to, especially in the US, but never fear, there’s a glossary at the back of the book if you need help.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When you first meet Amanda she is only a little girl being brought up by her lovely grandparents where she is home school because of asthma that she suffers from. It has made it much easier for her grandparents though because the first day that Amanda did magic was by accident and luckily they were the only ones to see it. It was time to tell Amanda about them and her. What a wonderful childhood Amanda has but it isn’t long before the story jumps forward and the main event begins.
To the outside the world Amanda is furniture restorer like her grandfather but she and her reincarnated grumpy cat Tempest manage to get up to quite a bit of witchy business. There are some marvellous characters in the book, a lovely best friend and a couple of rather dashing gentlemen. At times I was nearly crying with some of the antics as it is so darn delightful. Amanda is a super sleuth at digging way back into the past and solving long ago mysteries, of course with a little help from some friendly ghosts and a touch of magic.
I am delighted to say that there is already a further three books out in this series so it is a perfect time to catch up now. There are some fabulous reviews on the series and if they are anything to go by this then they are gems. Highly recommended!
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Whilst being an enthusiastic novel reader, Holly has had a lifetime’s experience in writing non-fiction. Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth is her first official venture into the realms of fiction and there is no looking back in the foreseeable future.
Her favourite animal is called Bobby. He is a black cat. Purely coincidental. Of course.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES PLUS AMAZON LINKS: