THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is set outside the town limits of Dillwood, in a strange old house called the Manor, with a detective who is bold, brassy and only thirteen. Her name is Penelope Amour. Her parents invite family and friends to the Manor to celebrate Penelope’s birthday, assembling an odd mix of characters. Complications soon arise when a snowstorm knocks out the power, sTHE BIRTHDAY CURSE is set outside the town limits of Dillwood, in a strange old house called the Manor, with a detective who is bold, brassy and only thirteen. Her name is Penelope Amour. Her parents invite family and friends to the Manor to celebrate Penelope’s birthday, assembling an odd mix of characters. Complications soon arise when a snowstorm knocks out the power, stranding them in the country, fourteen miles from town. Then on the morning of Penelope’s birthday, they find one of the guests dead. Another guest spins a tale of a triple curse, claiming that two more will die in the next two days. While the adults bumble along trying to find the killer, Penelope enlists the help of friends Ruthie, Wendell and Orson to find the murderer. THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is a blend of humor, cozy mystery and suspense that is a fun read for adults as well as tweens....
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Cute young adult mystery story. Penelope is having a party but she doesn't really know the guest but her mother makes her attend anyway. Once the first body is found it seems that Penelope and her new friends try to figure out what's going on before someone else gets killed. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
For Penelope Armour and, indeed, one of her guests, it’s going to be a birthday to remember. Sadly, it won’t be in a good way. As the blurb suggests, the birthday brings together an array of guests with the purpose of celebrating Penelope’s birthday but it all goes a bit awry.Penelope has to face the bumbling ineptitude of the adults around her as she proves herself to be a far more logical thinker than any of her grown up relatives. She takes it upon herself to find the murderer and follow the clues in a sensible direction, despite constant distractions from those around her.As Penelope is a relatively young heroine you would perhaps expect this book to be a little childish in its execution. Not so! In fact, Penelope is a mature, spunky character – it’s easy to forget that she’s actually a child. Accordingly, it’s easy to enjoy this book as an adult and simply be swept along by the mix of mystery and humour; however, I can certainly appreciate that this would be a very fun read for a younger audience too.Despite a dark subject matter, this is a light-hearted and fun read that put me in mind of The Pineville Heist and was certainly as good. This was a quick two sitting read, perfect for chilly winter afternoons. Voigts spins a good yarn – the novel is quite short but the length of the story is perfectly reasonable. It doesn’t drag on but nor is it abrupt: instead, it fits quite comfortably in its 186 pages and still delivers a charming tale.This is the first in the Penelope Mysteries, with subsequent titles Penelope and the Ghost’s Treasure and Penelope and the Christmas Spirit also available.Review original published on Book Bags and Cat Naps. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All views are my own.
It's Penelope Amour's thirteenth birthday and her parents have planned a party for her--her first ever--and invited a strange mix of relatives and friends, including a gangster Uncle, an egomaniacal movie star and her 10-year-old stepson, a wannabe-doctor cousin, a dysfunctional family with a spoiled rotten young son, gypsies, and a mysterious, tarot-reader, to celebrate. Penelope's parents have their own eccentricities. Gustav, is an inventor with an array of bizarre devices of his own creation laying around the house. Winifred, is a compulsive neat freak who seems to be doing her best to aggravate her adolescent daughter and vice versa. As with any good house-mystery, a la Clue, a blizzard knocks the power out and isolates them at the Manor, fourteen miles away from the nearest town, Dillwood. Then someone dies. To ramp up the intrigue, one guest flashes a Tarot card and predicts another death, and another guests tells of a gypsy curse and claims two more will die. ...read more at UndergroundBookReviews(dot)com
Agatha Christie perfected the locked-room murder. Nancy Drew stumbled into murders that mystified adults. However, PENELOPE AMOUR must solve a murder that confounds the adults in her world before she becomes the next victim. In Ron Voigts' debut novel, we laugh and scratch our heads at the antics of the invitees to Penelope's 13th birthday party in an isolated mansion ruled by her strong-willed mother and eccentric father. Then, Ron takes us to the darker side. After the first murder, a gypsy foretells of two more. We shudder as the killer stalks Penelope, and the action gets too close to our heroine. Sometimes a young girl has to become a strong, levelheaded woman to prevent the murderer from killing her so she can get to the birthday presents she deserves. Though it is a Young Adult novel at heart, there is plenty of mystery and merriment to keep all ages laughing and scratching their heads, trying to figure out, "Who did it?" Five starts out of the gate.
Penelope lives with her eccentric parents in a lonely house in the country. For her 13th birthday her parents invite an assortment of interesting guests, but little do they know that murder is on the party games list!The bodies keep piling up, and though Penelope's parents tell her to stay out of it, she can't help but try to solve the crime. Especially when the murderer leaves her a chilling message in the attic.This was a fun read and despite many people thinking of YA as teen books, I would safely recommend it for ten year olds and up. The characters were fun and i really enjoyed Penelope's spunk. As for the mystery, well, Mr. Voigts fooled me. All I'll say is I didn't see it coming ;)
This is a funny,nutty story of a thirteenth birthday party that goes all wrong. Wrong meaning murder, two murders. The Armour family is trapped with a killer in the house during the party, and no one can leave, nor can the police be called, because the phones are out and there is 24 inches of snow on the ground. The characters are all a little whacky, which makes them really fun. This is a murder mystery the whole family can enjoy on a wintry night.
This is my baby and I love it!!!