Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets

Book Two of the Hilarious Fantasy Mystery Series

When covert witch Amanda discovers a body, she and Tempest, her grumpy feline familiar, are drawn into a world of spies, bombs and 1940. An old secret, a new build, a murder with a single witness. Only one magical sleuth who can unravel an historic puzzle.

But in such a picture-perfect English village ... who would do anything so terrible as murder? And can Amanda and Tempest find them ... before they find her?


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Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets

A go-to series for lovers of humorous fantasy mystery, where Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie, in a 'timelessly British' supernatural whodunnit. A mirthful mix of vintage and modern-day fun, suspense and excitement, with a happy ending.

Inspired by Lord of the Rings, the collected works of Sir Terry Pratchett, and the esteemed Miss Christie, with a dash of Georgette Heyer, Alastair MacLean, JK Rowling, and the best of 1940’s British cinema, this first sequel in the series will leave you with a smile on your face and spirits raised as you the read ‘The End’ and reach for the next book.

Dive in to rejoin the delightful Amanda, the superior Tempest, the attractive but by-the-book Inspector Trelawney, the aristocratic Senara and the warm-hearted Cornishman Perran, together with a host of their colourful neighbours and an assemblage of suitably suspicious characters. Each individual has their own hidden depths to surprise you along the way, as you enter the village of Sunken Madley.

Amanda Cadabra with Tempest in the workshop

The Characters

  • Amanda is a covert witch, reclusive but beloved resident of Sunken Madley, trained by her grandparents in magic and keeping a low profile. But can she do that with a missing body, ghosts and secret tunnels on her hands and a police detective asking too many questions?
  • Tempest is Amanda's grumpy feline reincarnated by grandparents Perran and Senara during Amanda's teens. Regards humans as an inferior species. Will he stay awake long enough to aid his pet human when the crunch comes?
  • Detective Inspector Thomas Trelawney of the Devon and Cornwall Police is assigned to the Cardiubarn Case: a van containing Amanda's family mysteriously went over a cliff when she was 3 years old. Are his suspicions about the three Cadabras justified?
  • Senara and Perran Cadabra are grandparents and adoptive parents to Amanda. They have lovingly home educated and trained her in furniture restoration, witchcraft and dealing with 'Normals'. But how much are they not telling their granddaughter about their past?

The Plot

  • They say the lost village at Madley Wood is a place where the leaves don’t grow and the birds don’t sing. It looks like no one told local-boy-made-good Damian Gibbs who is planning a new build there.
  • They say not even dog walkers go to Lost Madley. And the site is guarded, so how come a body has turned up so close to the building foundations? And who is the man covert witch and unwilling sleuth Amanda keeps seeing who doesn’t seem to belong? Of course, Tempest, her irascible feline familiar knows, but as usual, he’s not telling.
  • They say you can never go back. But the personable Inspector Trelawney is having flashes of recall from his past, just as Amanda is starting to remember more of her own. Are the two connected?. And, if Amanda is to solve the murder, what choice does she have but to travel with Tempest to the dark, World War II days of 1940? To the last night of Little Madley.
  • Amanda Cadabra and the Cellar of Secrets is a hilarious, suspenseful, entertaining fantasy that draws the reader into a world of picturesque English villages, unforgettable characters, a cat with attitude, air-raids and the most enchanting of urban fantasy mysteries.
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Chapter 1
Why amanda found the body

Call a dorctor or search for clues? Amanda Cadabra took the few vital seconds to make the decision.
But then, she had never been impulsive.

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What they say

"I was enchanted--a very fitting emotion for a quaint and often hilarious journey with a lovable witch and her even more lovable familiar. "

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" I’ve totally lost myself in the village of Sunken Madley and all the people there"

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