Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Review from Shannon: Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Haunting of Elmwood Manor (A Pekin Dewlap Mystery) by Pamela McCord (Young Adult Paranormal Mystery)

The Haunting of Elmwood Manor
Pamela McCord
(a Pekin Dewlap Mystery)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 1st 2019
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery

Pekin Dewlap hasn’t seen a ghost since she was twelve. But she’d do anything to get them back. Starting a ghostbusting business with her two best friends, Amber and Scout, seems like the perfect way to accomplish her goal. Of course, playing with ghosts isn’t high on their wish list, so Pekin has to do some arm-twisting to get them on board.
Once committed, Pekin and her friends find themselves in deep, trying to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Miranda Talbert. Miranda went missing in 1918, and her spirit has wandered the halls of Elmwood Manor for the last hundred years.
In the midst of finding Miranda, discovering her budding feelings for Scout, and consoling a terrified Amber, Pekin is met by an angry ghost set on thwarting her plans. Will the Ghosties be able to help Miranda, or will Pekin’s business die before she solves the mystery?
The Haunting of Elmwood Manor by Pamela McCord is a beautifully executed tale of intrigue, mystery and terror. Ms McCord intricately weaves the threads of this story in an easy to read style that all middle schoolers, as well as the older crowd, will enjoy reading. 

In addition, Ms McCord has created some realistic and enjoyable young people in the characters of Pekin, Amber and Scout. Those difficult to navigate early teenage years are accurately depicted throughout the story. 

I found this to be gripping and lovely. I never was quite sure what was going to jump out at me, and I certainly didn't anticipate the villain. This story does get very dark without going into too much detail, but it can be scary for those kids who scare easily. However if you're a fan of mystery, and horror, this is right up your alley. Again, this is absolutely age appropriate for middle-graders. 

I would grab this up for your kids who love a good paranormal mystery... or any adult as well!

Pam was born in Arkansas several decades ago. She’s not sure if that makes her a Southern Girl or if moving to Southern California when she was five revokes her Southern Girl card. She started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Reaching the first 5,000 words was a milestone, but with time and hard work she managed to finish an entire book, much to her surprise. Since then, she’s written several novels, in several genres. Romance, middle grade and paranormal comprise most of her work. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable. 


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great, exciting read! Glad you liked it! :)