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Penelope and the Birthday Curse

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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, s
ebook, 184 pages
Published (first published June 8th 2011)
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Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Donna Brown
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Underground Book Reviews
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rick Bylina
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 fo ...more
Joleene Naylor
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 s
Donna Sheldon
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Donna by: My business partner
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.
Ron Voigts
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my baby and I love it!!!
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