Amanda Cadabra And The Hidey-Hole Truth is a cosy paranormal English mystery.
The author uses a mix of old style amateur sleuthing and British comedy to deliver this relaxed paced tale which is sprinkled with nostalgia. The initial use of dual timelines introduces the reader to Amanda and the grandparents who brought her up. There is secrecy surrounding the death of Amanda’s parents which runs alongside a second mystery for Amanda to solve.
This books works if you are familiar with, and enjoy, British eccentricities which, in the past, have been the backbone of popular comedy. For instance, misleading those in authority, outrageous names, confusing conversations and slapstick fun.
When Amanda is asked to do some renovations to the stair bannisters at Sunken Madley Manor she finds herself dealing with more than one spooky experience. With her moody cat she sets out to find out if the tales of ghosts at the Manor really are true.
I liked the light cosy feel to this book and I was smiling away at some of the names of places, book titles and characters. I also liked the parts connected to old Cornwall and the hints of its history. The discoveries at the manor were interesting, though I wasn’t overly convinced by the plot.
Overall, this is an easy read and may appeal to those who enjoy a nostalgic British cosy mystery.
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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?