It has been a while since I have done a review tour, but I could not resist the opportunity to read this cute middle-grade paranormal mystery. Read on for my review, and don't miss an opportunity to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
The Haunting of Elmwood Manor
(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?
I am no stranger to middle grade fiction. In fact, I am looking forward to my kids being old enough that I can read some with them, because I truly do enjoy that genre. It is filled with magic and adventure. So it is not altogether strange that I would be interested in 'The Haunting of Elmwood' and want to join this tour, even though I have never focused on reviewing this genre on this blog.
With that being said, I was pretty excited to sit down and enjoy this book, especially because it involved a haunted house and a group of young ghost hunters.
It certainly started out as I expected. The laying out of the plot and characters, and I really enjoyed them all. It was fun to see the different dynamic within the three friends, Pekin being the one that pretty much begged the other two to go along with her crazy ideas.
Up until the moment when Elmwood's ghost began to manifest and interact ('hang out') with the teens, the story felt believable and flowed well. But at that point it started to break apart for me a bit.
The types of interactions didn't feel believable to me in that kind of situation, and it broke apart further when the stranger that Pekin saw outside the house finally introduced herself and began to assist the group.
It was a fun story that had much potential, but I feel like something crucial was missing. Nonetheless, it kept me interested to the end and I did enjoy the overall premise of it.
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.
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