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Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

(Amanda Lester, Detective #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Twelve-year-old Amanda Lester wouldn't be caught dead going into the family business. Just because she's related to Inspector G. Lestrade, that bumbler who sometimes worked with master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, doesn't mean she should become a detective and give up her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Unfortunately, her plans are in jeopardy. Her latest project with the Stick ...more
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Published May 22nd 2015 by The Writing Show
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my stop during the blog tour for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 November till 13 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1), Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2) and Amanda Lester and the Pu
Lauren Stoolfire
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Don't think that just because Amanda Lester is descended from Inspector G. Lestrade that she's interested in going into the family business. She wants to be a filmmaker, not a detective, although admittedly her film club isn't really coming together since her control freak tendencies are driving members away. Amanda's life changes dramatically don't give her any choice and suddenly enroll her in a boarding school for the de
This is one of the best Middle Grade and mystery books I've read in a while! I don't read a lot of Middle Grade books, but this one immediately captured my attention with the beautiful cover and interesting blurb. And I am so glad I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar mystery is about a girl named Amanda, who wants to be a filmmaker, but her parents want her to be a detective as they are descendants of Lestrade and they sent her to a school to become a detecti ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in an amazing new series. It's fun to read and there are lots of red herrings that really do end up being important to the story. Amanda Lester is a bright young lady and a good detective.

Amanda Lester is ashamed to be descended from Inspector Lestrade of Sherlock Holmes fame. She has no desire to be a detective. Her aim is to be a film maker. When her family moves from California to England they enroll her in a secret boarding school. Only descendants of famous detectives
Patricia Hamill
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy features the hijinks of Amanda Lester, an avid filmmaker who’s been enrolled in a secret school for the descendants of famous detectives. Still, Amanda’s having none of it until some very strange things start to happen and she and her new friends get caught up in figuring it all out.

I thought this was a lovely story. Set in the UK at a private school, a secret one, it was reminiscent of Harry Potter, but instead of focusing on magic, it focuses on dete
Eva • All Books Considered
This was pretty cute -- a cross between Nancy Drew and Harry Potter. Amanda's life is in complete upheaval when her parents decide to move to the UK so that Amanda can attend a super secret school to become a detective, a school which only invites the progeny and relatives of the world's best detectives. Unfortunately, Amanda loves living in LA because she is obsessed with movies and directing movies and has no interest in becoming a detective despite her famous relative. It was fun to see how A ...more
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Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for my review. Thank you.

Four stars for a tween book, but really not a bad read for an adult who enjoys YA fiction. Regardless of Berinstein's admitted admiration for Rowling, this book does not try to be Hogwarts-ian.

"I, Amanda Lester, solemnly promise not to reveal the existence of the Legatum Continuatum School to anyone outside the school and my immediate family. If I do so, whether purposely or inadvertently, I may be ex
Billy Buttons
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
Author: Paula Berinstein
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 7/10
Writing Style: 7/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 9/10
Of the 16 readers:
14 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
14 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
8 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotti
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
"Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy" which I won through Goodreads/First Reads is a tween adventure filled with mystery and intrigue that begins when twelve year old Amanda Lester a descendant of Scotland Yard Inspector G. Lestrade is reluctantly enrolled at " Legatum Continuatum: the Enduring School for Detectives" at Lake Windemere in England. A filmmaker at heart Amanda not only deplores any connection to her bumbling ancestor who worked with master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, a detectiv ...more
Carol Bro
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-teens ("Tweens") and teens
Her friends in California consider Amanda Lester a know-it-all. Amanda disagrees. She just wants things done right, especially when it comes to her film-making. She can't help it if her way is always right!

Amanda's parents are another problem. They seem to be plotting out her whole future for her. Their lifelong dream is for her to carry on the family tradition by becoming a great detective in the manner of their esteemed ancestor, G. Lestrade. They've even enrolled her -- against her will -- i
Derrick Belanger
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is a smashing Holmesian debut from Paula Berinstein. The book involves a plucky young girl by the name of Amanda Lester who is a descendant of Inspector G. Lestrade, the Scotland Yard friend of Sherlock Holmes. Despite her rich ancestry, Amanda wants nothing to do with Inspector Lestrade nor with the world's first consulting detective. She would rather be a film student than work on solving a mystery. Poor Amanda is out of luck as her parents who don't ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery for preteens and young adult readers. I love reading these books written for our youth which is somewhat expected since I am an 8th grade English teacher. It is so much better when the book is well-written -- and this one definitely is. There are no "lags" in the storyline, and the mystery is set up so that readers can try to work out the mystery as things evolve. Anybody who is a lover of mystery books and books for our younger generation should try this one. Although it is a ...more
Absurd Book Nerd
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read! If you love detectives and mysteries, this will be right up your alley. Amanda wants to be a filmmaker, but her parents want her to follow in the family tradition and become a detective like her famous ancestor, Lestrade. So they send her to detective school where she meets lots of other kids descended from famous detectives. The school makes a great setting for this well-done mystery.

The mystery itself was well written. It kept me guessing and I didn't figure it out un
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads-won
Thank you GoodReads for my advance copy of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy, by Paula Berinstein.
I did enjoy reading about Amanda. I do have to admit that I left it at work and a coworker brought it home before I could finish. She read it to her daughters. They also enjoyed reading about the Pink Sugar Conspiracy. They gave it 5 stars.
Amanda Lester is geared toward tweens but anyone who enjoys ya would enjoy reading. Characters are well written. This is the first book in a series of
Kim Pumm
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Paula! My 9 year old Granddaughter (Lily) and I so enjoyed your book. Lily was so excited that I had a chance to meet you in Westlake and when I told her a little about your book she couldn't wait to start reading. We both had a hard time putting the book down and couldn't wait to pick it up the following day to continue the adventure. We both are looking forward to your next book. Thank you for make our Summer reading so fun. ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
not my typical selection , but well written. liked the Sherlock Holmes tie in with school and villain bravo PAULA BERINSTEIN.. Thanks for the free reads on GOODREADS ...
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Despite his name, Cricket Martini-Curls was a tea man. He despised how fellow members of the criminal aristocracy assumed he could be appeased with one of those vermouth concoctions. Fools! One would think that the magnificent Martini-Henry rifles which had conquered half the world would have made a lasting impression. Two cups of Tetley’s, leaves couriered from the most underhanded tea shop in Edinburgh?, soothed his temper sufficiently that chief henchman Simcoe Alehops dared to approach his d ...more
Beverly Laude
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, mystery, juvenile, 2019
Amanda is a typical tween, at odds with her parents and enjoying her life in LA as an aspiring filmmaker. When her parents announce that they are moving to England and that she will attending a top secret Detective school, she is devastated. As a descendant of the bumbling Inspector G. Lestrade, she has been exposed to Sherlock Holmes all her life. However, she hates Holmes and relates more to his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. She has no desire to be a Detective!

After arriving at the School, Aman
Greg Dixon
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Lester and the pink sugar conspiracy

A good read for people who are in to the series recommend highly can't wait for the next one of the series a little slow to start but picks up towards the end shaping up to be a enjoyable read
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For someone who is a descendant of the ever famous Inspector G. Lestrade, a colleague of Sherlock Holmes, Amanda is not very happy about it. In fact, she is already fed up since that’s what all her parents want to talk about. All she hears about everyday are either stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Inspector G. Lestrade or anything related to detective works and she’s already sick of it! Can’t her parents understand that she doesn’t want to do anything with it, and directing mo ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, netgalley
There's something about this book that draws me in and I can't quite put my finger on it.

Perhaps it was the concept. It was the concept that made me interested in this book before I even read the description. This isn't a school for fairy tale characters, which seems to be a popular theme at the moment. No, it is a school for the descendants of famous detectives, and this is a very different theme than fairy tale characters. I enjoyed reading about the way that the school functioned, as well as
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Twelve year old Amanda Lester is a descendant from G. Lestrade, a detective that worked with Sherlock Homes. Her father, Herb, is a detective and her mother, Lila, is a well-known author of detective novels. Is it any wonder that Amanda wants nothing to do with the detective world. She wants to make movies and living outside Los Angeles is the place to do it, that is until the family moves to the UK and she is enrolled in a secret school for detectives. Only descendants of famous detective famil ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy - Amanda Lester Mystery 1
Author: Paula Berinstein
Published: 5-22-15
Publisher: The Writing Show
Pages: 335
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Sub Genre: Mystery and Detectives, Children's Fiction
ISBN: 9780986030482
ASIN: B00Y41B470
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

Twelve year old Amanda lives to create films, living in L.A. that is not surprising. When her latest project goes south and her actors quit, because of her micromanaging and her pushy style
Tonja Drecker
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first paragraph already made me an Amanda Lester fan. I have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes (always have had), and the idea that one of Detective Lestrade's (a police detective who had close ties with Mr. Holmes) descendants would be a girl, who wants nothing to do with her ancestry had me smiling right away. Especially when she calls Sherlock Holmes 'Mr. La-di-da boring detective, whoop-de-doo.'

Another huge bonus is the added information at the front of the book. There are maps, floor plan
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell

As a child, I never really got into the whole detective thing. I was more into horror, so I've never really read any of the classic detective stories. I say this with a sense of irony, seeing as I own a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and have never even cracked open the book.

Going into this series, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm clearly out of the age range for the book and it's a genre I rarely explore, unless you count the Alex Cro
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amanda Lester is a 12-year-old budding filmmaker, just about to enter a competition in her home- town with her company the stick dogs, when her ancestor G. Lestrade, bumbling detective who basked in the reflected glory of Sherlock Holmes steps in and propels her off to Lake Windemere to attend Legatum, a secret school for detectives.
Amanda does not want to go into the family business, she has no pride in her connections, in fact quite the opposite. But, she's 12. She has no choice. Despite objec
Penny Marks
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Lester and The Pink Sugar Conspiracy is the first book in the series. It is directed towards middle schoolers but I have to say that I loved reading it and I am an adult sometimes. LOL The cover is striking, that is what caught my attention but when I opened it and began reading I didn't want to stop. I loved reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries as a middle schooler but would have loved to have had the chance to read this series too. Harry Potter also came to mind while reading but ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amanda lives in LA and is an aspiring filmmaker. She's a bit difficult to get along with, partly because she's so passionate and doesn't have patience for people who aren't. One day, her parents announce that they are moving to England where she will attend a school for descendants of famous detectives. That doesn't go over well because Amanda sees no value in being a detective. She puts up a fight but ends up at the school. It doesn't take long for her to realize that it might not be so bad the ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not long ago, I received and read an ARC of the paperback version of this book and thought it was extremely creative and well-written, which didn't surprise me, having long been a fan of Paula Berinstein's podcast, The Writing Show. When I saw Allan Corduner provided the narration for the audio book, I had to give it a listen. Corduner is a masterful narrator and voice actor, and had narrated The Book Thief and served as the voice of Snape in the Harry Potter audiobooks.

The audiobook did not dis
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Paula Berinstein (Paula B) is the author of the Amanda Lester, Detective middle-grade/YA series, which features a descendant of the Sherlock Holmes character Inspector Lestrade and is set in the English Lake District.

She is also the author of a new time travel series for adults, Indigo.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show (

Other books in the series

Amanda Lester, Detective (10 books)
  • Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective, #2)
  • Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective, #3)
  • Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4)
  • Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus (Amanda Lester, Detective, #5)
  • Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise (Amanda Lester, Detective, #6)
  • Amanda Lester and the Green Monkey Gotcha (Amanda Lester, Detective, #7)
  • Amanda Lester and the Black Shadow Terror (Amanda Lester, Detective, #8)
  • Ivy Halpin and the Irish Bog Witches (Amanda Lester, Detective, #9)
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